It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the local year-round residents who have enjoyed their rural way of life and the city dwellers moving into their mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clothes lines.
When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees on the town residents, Police Chief David O’Callaghan decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run as mayor of Spencer!
What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight Gnarly becomes the front runner—at which point his political enemies take a page straight out of Politics 101. What do you do when you’re behind in a race? Dig up dirt on the front runner, of course.
Seemingly, someone is not content to rest with simply embarrassing the front runner by publicizing his dishonorable discharge from the United States Army, but to throw in a murder for good measure. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!
He’s Not Snarly, Vote 4 Gnarly!
If Gnarly Was Our President…
By Lauren Carr
1) He’s a dog. I know what you’re saying. Gnarly is playing the “dog card.” But think about it. How many times have you heard someone say, “I trust dogs more than I trust humans”? Well, it’s true. Why? Because dogs don’t lie. Face it. He’s not going to tell you that he loves you and will go to back for you and work his heart out for you in order to win a thousand votes from you. If Gnarly doesn’t like you, he’ll bite you on the ankle. Now how refreshing is that in a presidential candidate?!
2) Gnarly will never lie to you. See Number 1.
3) No New Taxes. Gnarly doesn’t know what taxes are. As long as no one tells him, you don’t have to worry about him imposing any.
4) You can trust Gnarly to keep our nation’s secrets safe. Just last week, when he got a Blackberry and he ate it. He doesn’t use email because every time he gets near a computer he tends to chew on it and then it gets messed up. So there is no question about his emails being hacked and then him lying about it.
5) Gnarly will go to North Korea to negotiate an end to their nuclear testing. This might not be a good idea because they eat dogs in Korea.
6) Gnarly will repeal the leash law—Day One in office—every word of it.
7) Gnarly will repeal ObamaCare. Mainly because he hates going to the doctor and getting shots.
8) Before this decade is out, Gnarly intends to send a man to Mars and back—not a dog—because that will be dangerous. Best to send a man—preferably a terrorist. That way if something unfortunate happens, there will be no great lost.
9) Gnarly promises unlimited dog biscuits in every home, and a dog park and fire hydrants on every block.
10) Gnarly will hold a summit, bringing together the canine and feline leaders of all the countries throughout the world to work out a peace agreement to settle all their differences. No humans allowed. They had their chance. Now it’s time to get down to get down to business.
About the Author
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
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