Book Review & Giveaway: The Lady Who Cried Murder by Lauren Carr

Book Title: The Lady Who Cried Murder by Lauren Carr
Series:  A Mac Faraday Mystery (Volume 6)
Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 286 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  January 2, 2014
Content Rating: PG-13 – Lauren Carr’s mysteries are murder mysteries. Sometimes, the murder does happen on-stage. There is no graphic violence or explicit sex. There is some very mild language (hell or damn, very few and far between) No F-Bombs!

Determined to get her pretty face in front of the cameras, Khloe Everest fakes an abduction only to make a grand entrance in the midst of a press conference held by Spencer’s Police Chief David O’Callaghan.

Three years later, after failing to catapult her notoriety into a long-lasting celebrity, Khloe Everest returns to Spencer upon her mother’s sudden death and seemingly finds another weapon to propel her into the spotlight. Unfortunately, someone kills her before she can make this entrance.

In Lauren Carr’s sixth mystery, Mac Faraday and his friends come up against reality stars, politicians, has-beens, and wannabes. Mac also finds himself face-to-face with an old foe from his past who had managed to escape arrest during their last encounter. Now, Mac sees that his adversary has only become more powerful, and dangerous, with the passage of time.

Intent to not let this killer escape again, Mac and his friends need to put all of their talents together to put a stop to a cold-blooded lady killer. 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read quite a few of Lauren Carr’s books and Mac Faraday is the first character of hers that I read about. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to read all of the books in order, so now I’m catching up. This is the sixth book in the series.

There are so many twists in this book it’ll make your head spin! Just when I thought I had something figured out, another bomb would drop. It starts with Khloe’s crazy antics and just gets crazier from there, but can you expect when dirty politicians and celebrity has-beens are in the picture?

There are quite a few characters as is usual for Lauren Carr’s books. She always has a list of characters at the front of the book in case it’s needed, which is nice. Gnarly remains my favorite character because he’s smarter and braver than many humans. Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates from the Lovers in Crime series make an appearance in this book. I like it when characters cross over between series.

I definitely recommend The Lady Who Cried Murder. I’m going to quit saying that the books are my favorite Lauren Carr book so far because it seems that each new one I read is better than the last. If you like mystery and intrigue along with a touch of romance and a lot of humor, this is the series for you. This book does stand-alone though.

“I recommend this book to all mystery lovers! The Lady Who Cried Murder was another heart-stopping thriller! While the mystery and the road to its solution was amazing, I truly enjoyed the cast and characters (they feel like family)! Another great hit and I look forward to reading the next installment of Mac Faraday and his gang and what kind of drama they end up in!” – review by Debbie Hill, Miss Book Lovers

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor. 

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. 

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

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Audiobook Review: Daisy McDare and the Deadly Judicial Affair by K.M. Morgan

With a murder trial taking place in Cozy Creek, Daisy McDare is having trouble focusing on her interior decorating work.

The last thing she wants is for the defendant, Corey Kincaid, to get acquitted.

In Daisy’s mind, Corey is guilty. In fact, Daisy’s amateur sleuthing played a huge role in Corey’s arrest.

As Daisy nervously waits for the jury to reach a verdict, another big mystery begins to unfold in town.

And this new mystery comes with a twist that Daisy isn’t prepared for.

Things are really heating up in Cozy Creek. But will it soon get too hot under Daisy’s collar?

My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Daisy McDare & the Deadly Judicial Affair is a novella in the Daisy McDare cozy mystery series. I’m listening to them in order which isn’t necessary, but it does make the stories flow well. It’s been a while since I listened to one of these (I get sidetracked easily), and I had forgotten how short they are. I know, novella, duh, but I was just getting into it when it was over!

When court is over, Daisy’s husband, Gavin, sees the husband of her best friend in a compromising position. What should they do? Daisy knows she can’t keep this a secret, but she decides to investigate this mystery before going to her friend. Good choice! And what a twist!

I recommend Daisy McDare & the Deadly Judicial Affair to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and super quick reads.

About the Author

K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.

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New Release: Child Sex Abuse by Beverley Chalmers

Available from Amazon and most retailers.

ISBN#‎ 978-1-83975-956-7

Published by: Grosvenor House Publishing, 2022. (Pre-order now!)

E-Book Published by: D-Editions, 2022 (Coming Soon!)

Our world enables the sexual abuse of children. Children of all ages are abused in every country in the world, by members of every society, culture, religion, and socio-economic class. About 120 million children under twenty, or one child in ten, report sexual abuse.

We often blame children for their own abuse, instead of holding the perpetrators responsible for their crimes. When perpetrators are prosecuted, punishments are rarely severe. Remarkably, we sometimes justify child sex abuse, or even facilitate it, allowing it to continue, not only in hidden places, but even in the open. This book exposes the stunning extent of child sex abuse in today’s world.

Child Sex Abuse presents a wide-ranging view of the pervasive pandemic of sexual assault against children. This book highlights the experiences of survivors alongside the multitude of ways in which their communities and societies enable their abuses. In contexts such as: institutions renowned for their egregious abuses like religious schools and the Canadian Residential Schools; cultural practices like child marriage; or global economic enterprises like sex trafficking and online abuse, Child Sex Abuse reveals the complicity of our society in facilitating child abuse around the world.

Intended Audiences:

  • General interest for adults and parents.
  • Academics and professionals in areas including Law, Politics, Education, Child Maltreatment, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, and Medicine.

About the Author

Beverley Chalmers has dedicated her life to studying experiences of birth and sexuality in difficult social, political, economic and religious environments. Her book, Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women’s Voices under Nazi Rule won twelve book awards. Betrayed: Child Sex Abuse in the Holocaust, won six book awards and led her to write about the ongoing, and heartbreaking, pandemic of child sex abuse. Dr. Chalmers has two doctoral degrees, a DSc in Medicine and a PhD in Psychology. Further details about Dr. Chalmers and her other publications can be found at

Multiple Award-Winning Books by Bev Chalmers



Book Review & Giveaway: Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday by Alysson Foti Bourque


Book Title:  Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Pelican Publishing
Release date:  May 9, 2022
Content Rating:  G

Book Description

Alycat wakes up to seafood gumbo for breakfast, and even though her house is the first stop for the school bus, the bus is already full when she boards. Alycat’s whole day is turning topsy-turvy. What is happening? Young readers will tag along on Alycat’s adventures during her very “cattywampus” Wednesday and learn that a little help from some friends and a good attitude can make your day!

The themes of the books in the Alycat Series all reflect a reliance on friendships, imagination, and creativity towards problem solving. The character traits of Alycat
and her friends inspire and encourage young readers to find their own special gifts. After enduring a cattywampus world pursuant to an
unexpected pandemic, this book will resonate with readers to persevere through the wackiest and toughest of times.

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Alycat website
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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

On a particular Wednesday, everything in Alycat’s world is backwards! It starts with dinner for breakfast and ends with breakfast for dinner. I was impressed how well Alycat dealt with her cattywampus day. She remained positive and didn’t think twice about asking friends for direction. While being a cute book, Alycat’s positivity is a good lesson for children.

Not only is this a good story, but the illustrations are bright and colorful. Just looking at the cover it’s obvious that the illustrations will be great. And did you notice the upside-down hopscotch?

About the Author 

Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the award-winning Alycat series. Alysson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center.

After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. Alysson enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves wholeheartedly.



The Alycat Series has won several prestigious awards including:
Three Mom’s Choice Awards®
Benjamin Franklin Digital Award, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Best Book Award Finalist
NY Big Book Award
Reviewed by Midwest Book Review
Southern Festival of Books Panelist
Louisiana Book Festival Featured Author

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter   Facebook  ~  Instagram ~ Pinterest

Tour Schedule

May 23 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
May 23 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
May 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
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May 26 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review / giveaway
May 27 – A Mama’s Corner Of the World – book review / giveaway
May 31 – Baroness’ Book Trove – book spotlight / giveaway
May 31 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
June 1 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway
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June 3 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
June 6 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
June 7 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
June 8 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
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June 13 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 14 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
June 14 – @twilight_reader – book review / giveaway
June 15 – Fur Everywhere – book review / giveaway
June 15 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
June 16 – My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 17 – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews – book review / giveaway
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Mayflies Arise by Ima Ryma

Mayflies Arise
By Ima Ryma
Artist Nicholas Hely Hutchinson

Millions arise from waters where
Born in the way of nature’s plan,
The mass moves upward in the air,
Together search in swirling span
Of light be natural or not,
Drawn to the source instinctively,
In totalness of what be sought.
Whatever reason such might be,
The sound and sight of all awing
Is sensed by any passerby,
Pausing to ponder such a thing,
That briefly lives and then will die.

The swarm of mayflies fly as may,
The lives do last but just one day.


Book Review: Mummy’s Big Tummy by Jane Callow

Title: Mummy’s Big Tummy
Author: Jane Callow
Publisher: ‎ Clink Street Publishing
Release Date: 26th May 2022
Genre: Picture Book

Another whimsical story about Fairfax, a loveable, mischievous Fox! Read along with your child to find out what Fairfax learns today! Fairfax is puzzled by a mystery! A mystery that gets ‘bigger’ every day! Read along with your child as the mystery unfolds to unveil a wonderful surprise at the end!

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from Kaleidoscope Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This charming children’s book is about a young fox named Fairfax who notices that his mom’s tummy is growing. He’s afraid she’s eating too much but his dad explains that he’s going to be a brother, and that’s where his sister is growing. He is so excited about the news that he cries (happy cry)!

This book is fun to read and has bright and colorful illustrations and is told in rhymes. It’s good for any child to read but perfect for children who are going to be a big brother or a big sister.

About the Author

I am a married mother of two grown up children.

I am recently retired due to a serious illness which following the treatment has given me far too many empty days!

Over the years I have worked in a number of children’s nurseries, two of which I owned. I have also started a private school where I worked as the principal.

As a lover of drama I found that working with children allowed me to unleash the comedy side of me most days, during role play or reading the children books.

I realised over the years that certain books had the childrens fixed attention and tickled their sense of humour! Especially if read in a humorous way!

Due to the many empty days I found myself in I decided to try writing a story myself. A story that would not only educate but would allow a child to explore empathy and embrace the multitude of emotions that will come their way whilst growing up.

Humour is a great way to hold a child’s attention and make learning enjoyable and the Fairfax books are all about learning how to understand and deal with the challenges life throws at us with a lovely splash of humour!

Each story helps deliver a valuable lesson and is put across in a way that makes reading fun!!

And at the centre of each story is Fairfax is the fox, a loveable character that I am sure young children will relate to and learn from during their developing years.