Khloe Everest was a young lady with a dream. She wanted to become famous. Three years ago she had engineered a plan where she went missing, in order to garner news about herself and to hopefully become famous. When she made her grand entrance, things didn’t turn out the way she expected. For a time faded into the background.
Three years later she returned to the Spenser Mountain area when her mother passed away. She called a press conference supposedly to draw enough attention to gain the publicity she believes she needs in order to become a reality star.
When police Chief David O’Callaghan arrives at Khloe’s mom’s luxurious home, news reporters have already started to gather for her big announcement. They complain to David that Khloe is not answering the door and others tell him she has not been heard from or seen in four days, he finally enters the home only to find a gruesome scene.
David called in his half-brother, Mac Faraday, a retired homicide detective who now owned Spencer Mountain, to help him with the investigation. When they find other women were killed the same way Khloe was, the realized they had a serial killer on the loose. The investigation also showed the lengths Khloe would go to in order to reach her goal, and how far others would go to prevent that from happening.
The Lady Who Cried Murder is the sixth book in the Mac Faraday mystery series written by Lauren Carr. Fans of the series will appreciate the return of the regulars they have become accustomed too, as well as two cross-over characters from her Lovers in Crime series starring Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates.
This fast-paced story will keep readers guessing who murdered the reality star wannabe and for what reason. The usual red herrings and surprise twists and turns are a welcome addition for anyone who likes to try to solve the crime along with the investigators.
The well-developed plot adds to the authenticity of the story giving it a feel of reality. One of those ripped-from-the-headlines types of books that stir emotions and make one wonder if something like this could happen in their city.
In a way, this is a sad story of a young woman who craves the limelight, but who goes about gaining it in all the wrong ways. The author wisely uses humor at appropriate times to keep the book from bogging down.
All in all, The Lady Who Cried Murder is a well-thought out mystery and a worthy addition to a wonderful series.
A special thank you goes to the author of providing an advanced reading copy for our review. If you are interested in any of Lauren Carr’s mystery stories, they are available on Amazon.com.