An Interview with Archie Monday (& Gnarly, too!)—and a Drawing for a Free Book!

Lauren Carr 2Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime. The first installment in the Joshua Thornton mysteries, A Small Case of Murder was a finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award. A Reunion to Die For was released in hardback in June 2007. Both of these books are in re-release.

Lauren is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The first two books in her series, It’s Murder, My Son and Old Loves Die Hard have been getting rave reviews from readers and reviewers. The next book in this series, Shades of Murder, will be released in May 2012. This will be Lauren’s fifth mystery.


Visit Lauren’s website, Facebook page and blog at:

Lauren is here today to share an interview with Archie Monday and Gnarly.

Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of

Lauren’s upcoming book, Shades of Murder.


Interviewer: Hello, today, we are honored to have visiting with us, Archie Monday, Mac Faraday’s … uh, friend, I guess you would call it. You live with Mac at the Spencer Manor, his estate on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland.

Archie Monday: Actually, I live in the guest cottage on the estate. I was his late mother, Robin Spencer’s editor and research assistant. She let me live in the guest cottage. When she passed away a couple of years ago, she stipulated in her will that I could live there for as long as I wanted. (smiles) Right now, I have no intention of leaving anytime soon.

Interviewer: Now her son, Mac Faraday, lives on the estate. How’s that working out for you?

Archie Monday: Very well, indeed. It was a big surprise for everyone, when Robin passed away suddenly and left her estate to her only son, Mac. You see, no one knew that she had any children. But then, it came out in her will that when she was a teenager, she had had a baby out of wedlock. Imagine the surprise when she asked me to find him, only to have him turn out to be a top homicide detective. What a kick! Here, Robin Spencer’s protagonist in most of her books has been Mickey Forsythe, a homicide detective who inherits millions. Now her real live son, who she gave up for adoption when he was born, turns out to be a homicide detective who inherits $270 million—on the very day that his divorce from the wife who left him becomes final!

Interviewer: I guess things worked out well for you, didn’t they?

Archie Monday: (giggles) Very well indeed. Ever since his inheritance, Mac’s life has become one Robin Spencer mystery after another and I’ve been there for the ride from the very beginning!

Interviewer: You brought with you another part of Mac’s inheritance. Gnarly. My, he’s one big German Shepherd! Tell us about Gnarly.

Archie Monday: Yes, he is big, isn’t he? But he’s very lovable. (hugs him) Gnarly has the distinction of being the only German Shepherd to have been dishonorably discharged from the United States Army.

Interviewer: (clutching lunch bag to her chest) Did that discharge have anything to do with food?

Archie Monday: I don’t know. They refuse to talk about it. And they get pretty nasty about it, too. You don’t have to worry. Gnarly doesn’t beg.

Interviewer: No, he demands. Does he ever blink?

Archie Monday: No. Just ignore him.

Interviewer: To get back to our interview … Tell us about Mac’s latest adventure.

Gnarly barks.

Archie Monday: You forgot to include Gnarly.

Interviewer: Sorry, Gnarly. Mac and Gnarly’s latest adventure?

Archie Monday: Well, in Shades of Murder, Mac Faraday is once again the heir to an unbelievable fortune. This time the benefactor is a stolen art collector. But this isn’t just any stolen work-of-art—it’s a masterpiece with a murder attached to it.

Ilysa Ramsay was in the midst of taking the art world by storm with her artistic genius. Hours after unveiling her latest masterpiece—she is found dead in her Deep Creek Lake studio—and her painting is nowhere to be found.

Almost a decade later, the long lost Ilysa Ramsay masterpiece has found its way into Mac Faraday’s hands and he can’t resist the urge to delve into the case.

Interviewer: (turns to hide sandwich from Gnarly as he closes in) Sounds exciting.

Archie Monday: But wait, there’s more. While Mac is trying to find out who killed Ilysa Ramsay and stole her latest painting, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; a former JAG lawyer Joshua Thornton agrees to do a favor for the last person he would ever expect to do a favor—a convicted serial killer.

Interviewer: What kind of favor would a serial killer want? And why would Joshua Thornton agree to help him?

Shades of MurderArchie Monday: The favor is to solve the one murder wrongly attributed to him. Anyway, Joshua agrees to look into it and finds an unexpected ally in Cameron Gates, a spunky detective who has reason to believe the young woman known to the media only as Jane Doe, Victim Number Four, was the victim of a copycat. Together, Joshua and Cameron set out to light a flame under the cold case only to find that someone behind the scenes wants the case to remain cold, and is willing to kill to keep it that way.

Believe it or not, the paths of our respective cases ended up on a collision course to bring everyone—including Gnarly—together in a showdown with a killer who’s got a talent for murder!

Are you listening to me?

Interviewer throws lunch down in front of Gnarly, who pounces on it.

Interviewer: Here! Take it! Take it all! (regains composure) I’m sorry, Archie, you were saying something about a painting and a murdered artist.

Archie Monday: I’m sorry, Gnarly and I are late for our next interview. I guess you’ll have to read Shades of Murder to find out all about it. (to Gnarly) Are you ready to go, Gnarly?

Gnarly belches.

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Interviewer: Shades of Murder is scheduled for release May 15. It will be available in both print ($14.99) and e-book ($2.99). Pre-orders are available now at Mystery Author Lauren Carr’s website:

To enter the drawing for a copy of Lauren’s

new book, Shades of Murder, leave a comment below.

Two copies will be awarded, one print (US only) and

one electronic (anywhere)—please mention your

preference in your comment.

The winning names will be drawn

Sunday evening, May 6th.