Why Mystery Authors Make Great Friends

Lauren 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 third book in this series, Shades of Murder, was released in May 2012. This is Lauren’s fifth mystery.

E-Mail: writerlaurencarr@comcast.net


Ten Advantages to Having a Mystery Author for a Friend (in person or on Facebook):

  1. If you’re ever locked out of your home, your mystery author friend will know best how to break in.

2.   Who better to show you where best to conceal a weapon?

3.   At Pampered Chef’s parties, they are very handy in detailing what kitchen utensils make the best weapons for use in self-defense … just in case your family launches a coup after serving them your world infamous tuna casserole once too often.

4.   Mystery authors are less sappy at conferences than Romance authors. We don’t hug as much. That isn’t because we’re standoffish. It’s because we don’t want you to detect our concealed weapons. Since we don’t hug as much, this means we don’t spread as many germs and you’re less likely to catch a cold when you get home.

5. Mystery authors are more exciting. They are the only friends able to plot out your murder and list your friends and family as suspects in order of interest when you’re fifteen minutes late for lunch. (If your friend reveals that the babysitter did it, you may want to take a closer look at the sitter’s text messages.)

6. During those paranoid moments when you think your next door neighbor is a mob assassin because he has been acting suspicious, your mystery writing buddy is the one friend you can count on to not only support your belief, but break into his house to illegally search it for proof. Of course, you can depend on your friend to bring the lock pick kit and know how to use it. (Don’t ask her how she knows how to use it.)

7.   If your spouse leaves you for another woman, your mystery author friend can advise you on how to fake your death and make it look like he killed you so that he will spend the rest of his life in jail for what he did.

8.   Your mystery author friend is more than happy to run a background check on that new mate you met online.

9.   On that first date, you can count on your mystery writing friend to tail you and your date all evening to make sure you don’t end up in a plot for their latest book … whether you want her to or not.

10. We know what countries don’t have extradition.


So make a Mystery Writing friend today! I’d love to make your acquaintances at any of my sites:

Websites:  http://mysterylady.net/

Blog: Literary Wealth: http://literarywealth.wordpress.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lauren.carr.984991

Gnarly’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/GnarlyofMacFaradayMysteries

Twitter: @TheMysteryLadie

13 thoughts on “Why Mystery Authors Make Great Friends

  1. Whew! I’m soooo very glad that you’re one of my friends, Lauren. Although I wish you had shown me the weaponry in my kitchen when you were here not long ago–I served spaghetti the other nite and Bill had that coup look in his eyes. If it weren’t for the garlic rolls I’d have been a goner! ;}


  2. And I thought most of that was “classified.” But I have done some of the above…the B&E was fun when a friend and I couldn’t get into another friend’s house so we could feed her cat while she was away. And we weren’t caught. Go figure.


  3. Some of my best plots have come from occupying my time while waiting for a friend to show up for lunch or a meeting. You’re dead on about that one, and the kitchen equipment also for sure.


  4. News Flash: Beginning August 1, the Mac Faraday Mysteries will be on sale.

    From August 1-5, It’s Murder, My Son, the first installment in the series, will be free on Amazon Kindle. Old Loves Die Hard and Shades of Murder will be on sale for 99 cents.

    August 6 through the rest of August, It’s Murder, My Son will then go up to 99 cents.

    So, if you are looking for something to read on vacation, mark your calendars and take advantage of this Summer sale!

    Best Regards,


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