Book Description for Cancelled Vows:
Police Chief David O’Callaghan and Chelsea Adams’ wedding day is fast approaching. Unfortunately, at the last minute, David discovers that there is one small problem to be taken care of before he can tie the knot—divorce his first wife!
Lauren Carr takes fans of the Mac Faraday mysteries to the Big Apple in this nail biting adventure. In Cancelled Vows, David, Mac, and Gnarly, too, rush to New York City to dissolve David’s marriage to an old girlfriend—and he’s got five days to get it done. When murder throws up a road block, it is up to David’s best man, Mac Faraday, and Gnarly, K9-in-waiting, to sort through the clues to get David to the church in time!
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Mac has to have David go the New York and divorce his wife before they can get married. They don’t have much time to get this done. His fiancé is not talking to him and he can’t even remember getting married.
Things never go as planned for wedding or anything much anymore. A murder pops up to make the days to get the divorce even shorter. Can it be done?
The book is full of mystery, drama, humor and surprises. You won’t know where to turn or what to believe. A real page turner.
Sex and the Unmarried Male—It’s Complicated
By Lauren Carr
It used to be so much easier for male characters in books back fifty or so years ago.
Generally, in mystery, suspense, and thrillers, the sexual lifestyle of single men wasn’t talked about within the pages of the books. Readers were able to make assumptions based on the character’s marital status and social reputation.
Take a look at Nero Wolfe, Perry Mason, and any of the noted mysteries. if a respectable man was unmarried, then he would “court” a young woman with the prospect of marriage in mind. If she kissed him on the lips, it was considered a home run! If there were any women before his intended, it was usually because he made a mistake by getting mixed up with a conniving little witch—she was especially a witch if she permitted him to go beyond her lips.
Because good people never talked about those things and they were certainly not written about in respectable books—readers were free to assume that both the man and woman on their wedding day were virgins.
No one ever knew what was happening between Perry Mason and Della Street—thought readers loved to speculate. Why did we never see Della going on a date? And when Paul Drake went hunting down Perry after hours (back then they didn’t have cell phones, so he had to literally hunt him down) Perry and Della were always enjoying dinner in a nice romantic restaurant.
What’s up with that?
Really, when you look back at these mysteries from generations before, how much do we know about these detectives who have set the standard for today’s mysteries. What do we really know about Perry Mason? His relationships with women? Has some woman broken his heart and that’s why he can’t make a commitment to Della?
How about Nero Wolfe? Why is he a recluse? Does he have an pack of ex-wives hunting him down to pay back alimony?
And how about Ellery Queen? Why would a grown man—a successful novelist—still be living with his father?
While these cultural limitations of the time made relationships between men and women simpler—they also made our male protagonists men with less depth. In an effort to delve deeper into their protagonists, in recent years writers have been pushing the envelope—and the bedroom door open a crack—to give readers some insight into their detectives’ love lives and—as a result—offering some clues to what makes them tick.
With depth comes complicated relationships.
Readers of the Mac Faraday Mysteries will have noticed that Mac’s half-brother, Police Chief David O’Callaghan, has been through quite a few women during the course of the series. Yet, he is not a man who willingly plays games with women’s hearts.
As David explains in The Murders at Astaire Castle, the women with whom he becomes involved often strive for careers outside the small resort area of Deep Creek Lake. Once opportunity knocks, they leave and soon after their long-distance relationship ends. A pop psychologist would wonder why he continuously chooses women destined to leave him.
Could David O’Callaghan maybe have a few commitment issues? And, if so, should he even be thinking about marrying Chelsea Adams? Well, it is clear that David O’Callaghan wants to marry Chelsea Adams. Otherwise, why would he run off to New York City to divorce his first wife?
“Wait a minute,” I can hear readers of the Mac Faraday Mysteries asking, “what first wife? I didn’t even know David O’Callaghan was married.”
Neither did he.
It’s complicated. I assure you, Perry Mason would never get married without knowing it—or would he? After all, what do we really know about Perry?
David O’Callaghan is such a complex character because he grew up with Mac’s birth father. He was a witness to everything that Mac Faraday only read about in his birth mother’s journal about his parents’ love affair, which was years before Patrick O’Callghan had met David’s mother.
Going into Cancelled Vows, I wanted to explore more deeply how that troubled marriage affected David’s relationship with women.
How better to do that than to be forced to revisit an old girlfriend when it is discovered that he had married her via a drive-thru in Las Vegas? When David, Mac, and Gnarly go to New York to get the marriage dissolved, a murder sends David on the run from the police, during which he takes a hard look at his past and makes hard decisions about his future.
In the end—readers will never see David O’Callaghan in the same light again—neither will he.
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday and Lovers in Crime Mysteries and the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real live Gnarly!) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.