Family is Murder

McKinley Mysteries: Short & Sweet Cozies

Book 5
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
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If only there was someone to clean up this mess…

“You know that big smile you wear after you just finish a good book? The one that seems to cement the mood for the rest of the day? Well, that’s what I felt after reading Family is Murder.” –Christine Warner, International bestselling author

Sean and Sara McKinley put out an ad for a maid, never expecting Sara’s birth mother to apply—or at least that’s who the woman is claiming to be. While Sean is suspicious of the woman’s true identity and her motives, Sara opens her heart to the woman. But when a dead body turns up soon after Sara’s supposed mother takes off without so much as a goodbye, they both must question the truth.

Could they have welcomed a killer into their home without even knowing it?

McKinley Mysteries are short & sweet just like that coffee you crave. Savor the perfect blend of romance, humor, and murder with zero additives such as foul language, graphic violence or sex. These international bestselling cozies are bound to hit the spot and keep you coming back for more. This is an addiction you can afford to have. Get started today.

What readers have to say about Family is Murder:

★★★★★ “A fun read, well-written, which will totally entertain you.”

★★★★★ “Better than a TV show!”

★★★★★ “I appreciate the sometimes-unique methods they use to investigate.”

★★★★★ “This series of books is one of the best I have read in a while.” 

★★★★★ “The characters and well-rounded and believable and the plot twists and turns to keep you guessing.”

★★★★★ “A great cozy.”

★★★★★ “So easy to read you feel as if you are in the story with them.”

★★★★★ “She has once again outdone herself......What a talent!!!”

★★★★★ “Easy reading and entertaining.”

★★★★★ “One of those books you'll enjoy reading again and again.”

★★★★★ “Another fun installment in this series!”

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About the author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.
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Publisher
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
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Published on
Jul 6, 2014
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Pages
127
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ISBN
9781988064864
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
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Sean and Sara McKinley find more than a bargain this Black Friday…

“This is the perfect mystery to sink into… Keeps you in suspense and turning the pages until the surprising climax.” –Bixler Reviews

The busiest shopping day of the year should be all about the discounts, but Sean and Sara’s trip to the mall brings them a murder to solve. Though the police think the man purposely took a flying leap from the second level to the concourse, the widow is adamant her husband would never have done that. But it’s Sara’s past connection with the widow that has the McKinleys looking into the matter.

The answers aren’t coming quickly—not with mall security dropping the ball and no seeming motive for murder. If the McKinleys are going to find out the truth, it will take unconventional means, a little undercover work, and the help of their friend Sergeant Jimmy Voigt. If they’re lucky, they just might get this case wrapped up in time for the holidays. Maybe even with a pretty little bow.

McKinley Mysteries are short & sweet just like that coffee you crave. Savor the perfect blend of romance, humor, and murder with zero additives such as foul language, graphic violence or sex. These international bestselling cozies are bound to hit the spot and keep you coming back for more. This is an addiction you can afford to have. Get started today.

What readers have to say about Shopping is Murder:

★★★★★ “A great cozy mystery with a crime fighting duo.”

★★★★★ “Such a fun read!”

★★★★★ “Fun and really pulls you in and you want to keep going to solve the crime.”

★★★★★ “A great relaxing, compelling, mystery.”

★★★★★ “Filled with great characters and wonderful plot twists.”

★★★★★ “Thoroughly enjoyable.”

★★★★★ “A quick, fast-paced read with enjoyable characters, a dash of romance, plenty of mystery and a solid resolution.”

Mistletoe and mischief…

“Everything you could want in a Christmassy novella and more!... This cozy mystery will bring a smile to your face and is perfect for a quick read to get you in that holiday spirit!” –Wifetime of Happiness

Albany’s the perfect image of a winter wonderland, and Sean and Sara’s friend Jimmy is going to be Santa Claus for the upcoming Christmas parade. The trees and decorations have been selected and the gifts have been purchased. The season has truly cast its magical spell—until Sean and Sara’s neighbors die in a horrible house fire.

While the fire department ruled holiday-related hazards as the cause, Sara suspects there’s more to it. Her determination to find the truth has her and Sean toeing the line between what’s legal and what’s not.

McKinley Mysteries are short & sweet just like that coffee you crave. Savor the perfect blend of romance, humor, and murder with zero additives such as foul language, graphic violence or sex. These international bestselling cozies are bound to hit the spot and keep you coming back for more. This is an addiction you can afford to have. Get started today.

What readers have to say about Christmas is Murder:

★★★★★ “Warm and fuzzy.”

★★★★★ “A great way to get into the Christmas spirit.”

★★★★★ “Even though a serious subject, this was a fun romp.”

★★★★★ “Fabulous and definitely great for Christmas cozy lovers.”

★★★★★ “It is fast moving and enjoyable.”

★★★★★ “Anyone who loves Christmas cozies will love this story!”

★★★★★ “Keeps your turning pages until the very end.”

★★★★★ “Delightful read!”

★★★★★ “Cute, light reading and quite entertaining.”

This isn’t an adventure on the high seas, but “thar be gold!”

“It was full of adventure and mystery along with some romance. It pulls you in and won't give up until everyone is safe and sound! Definitely a great cozy series!” –Community Bookstop

Jimmy finally takes a Caribbean vacation and a chance on love. It could have been the perfect romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day, but he goes missing. His female companion thinks cupid’s arrow may have missed its mark, but Sean and Sara McKinley know Jimmy would never leave a lady stranded.

The McKinleys hop on their private jet to the tropical paradise of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, determined to find their friend. What they get is one gold coin near where Jimmy was last seen, and their imaginations go wild: did pirates kidnap Jimmy? But all the fanciful conjecture in the world won’t get them any closer to finding him. They need to figure out the motives for anyone who might want to hurt Jimmy—and before it’s too late.

McKinley Mysteries are short & sweet just like that coffee you crave. Savor the perfect blend of romance, humor, and murder with zero additives such as foul language, graphic violence or sex. These international bestselling cozies are bound to hit the spot and keep you coming back for more. This is an addiction you can afford to have. Get started today.

What readers have to say about Valentine’s Day is Murder:

★★★★★ “This is an exciting, suspense filled, and FUN mystery.”

★★★★★ “Kept me interested all the way through.”

★★★★★ “A well-written, invigorating mystery”

★★★★★ “I enjoyed every moment of reading this.”

★★★★★ “Packed with adventure.”

★★★★★ “There is intrigue, suspense, and surprises in this story.”

★★★★★ “A fast-paced mystery set in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.”

★★★★★ “You’ve got to love a good surprise ending.”

★★★★★ “Even more action-packed and suspenseful than usual.”

★★★★★ “There is some sweet, light romance, and a missing person whodunit.”

★★★★★ “Arnold weaves wonderful mysteries​.”

★★★★★ “Was a delight to read.”

A cup a day won’t kill you, but a few might.

“Very pleasant reading…with enjoyable characters, some twists and a little romanticism… Ideal [for] beach reading and for those who love the cozy mystery.” – LibriAmoriMiei

Their first case as private investigators have Sean and Sara McKinley neck-deep in coffee beans, trying to find a killer. With their client certain that her mother was poisoned through her coffee-of-the-month club, it has them setting out to Williamsburg, Virginia, to visit Tasty Beans headquarters. The problem is their New York PI licenses don’t carry any weight in the state of Virginia, so it forces Sean and Sara to improvise. They’re going to have to brew one robust plot to get themselves on the inside, and they just might have to stir their friend Jimmy into the blend if they’re going to have any hope of grinding out a killer.

McKinley Mysteries are short & sweet just like that coffee you crave. Savor the perfect blend of romance, humor, and murder with zero additives such as foul language, graphic violence or sex. These international bestselling cozies are bound to hit the spot and keep you coming back for more. This is an addiction you can afford to have. Get started today.

What readers have to say about Coffee is Murder:

★★★★★ “An interesting mystery with a clever, satisfying conclusion.”

★★★★★ “Another engaging and fun read.”

★★★★★ “Exhilarating and pleasingly suspenseful.”

★★★★★ “Combine Carolyn Arnold & Coffee for a killer of a book.”

★★★★★ “Another fun, high-energy tale of the McKinleys.”

★★★★★ “The true culprit was a definite surprise.”

★★★★★ “Sprinkled with humor, romance, and plenty of suspense.”

★★★★★ “Fun, interesting, with mystery and good characters.” 

★★★★★ “Zany characters, action and laughter with surprises.”

They’re ready to hit the slopes…when things go downhill.

“Filled with colorful characters and an intriguing mystery…Skiing is Murder is a fine addition to an established series and can be enjoyed on its own.” –Queen of All She Reads

Sean and Sara are supposed to have a relaxing vacation in Vail, but it all goes up in a puff of powder when there’s a suspicious death on the mountain. Sara’s not about to let rumor and local police conclude that Adrian Blackwell, a two-time Olympic skiing gold medalist, died in a skiing accident. She’s certain he was far too skilled for that to have happened and does her best to convince Sean to investigate what really took place.

Sean might have been able to refuse, but when Adrian’s agent contacts their private investigation firm in Albany, New York, to look into Adrian’s death, Sean’s curiosity is piqued. The course ahead isn’t going to be an easy one, though. The McKinleys will need to traverse moguls standing between them and the truth. The biggest obstacle is that their New York State PI licenses hold no legal authority in Colorado. But they’ve faced this challenge before. It will just involve some creativity and undercover stunts, all while trying to dodge the local police.

McKinley Mysteries are short & sweet just like that coffee you crave. Savor the perfect blend of romance, humor, and murder with zero additives such as foul language, graphic violence or sex. These international bestselling cozies are bound to hit the spot and keep you coming back for more. This is an addiction you can afford to have. Get started today.

What readers have to say about Skiing is Murder:

★★★★★ “Just a good, clean, read.”

★★★★★ “A fast read, and endearing, inspiring me to start the series from the beginning.”

★★★★★ “This book has so much intrigue.”

★★★★★ “An entertaining mystery.”

★★★★★ “This is a short, exciting, comfy read.” 

★★★★★ “It kept me turning pages to see what happened next.”

★★★★★ “It is a good, clean series.”

★★★★★ “This book was totally enjoyable.”

★★★★★ “Very good read!!!!”

★★★★★ “Endearing and entertaining cozy mystery.”

Sean and Sara McKinley find more than a bargain this Black Friday…

“This is the perfect mystery to sink into… Keeps you in suspense and turning the pages until the surprising climax.” –Bixler Reviews

The busiest shopping day of the year should be all about the discounts, but Sean and Sara’s trip to the mall brings them a murder to solve. Though the police think the man purposely took a flying leap from the second level to the concourse, the widow is adamant her husband would never have done that. But it’s Sara’s past connection with the widow that has the McKinleys looking into the matter.

The answers aren’t coming quickly—not with mall security dropping the ball and no seeming motive for murder. If the McKinleys are going to find out the truth, it will take unconventional means, a little undercover work, and the help of their friend Sergeant Jimmy Voigt. If they’re lucky, they just might get this case wrapped up in time for the holidays. Maybe even with a pretty little bow.

McKinley Mysteries are short & sweet just like that coffee you crave. Savor the perfect blend of romance, humor, and murder with zero additives such as foul language, graphic violence or sex. These international bestselling cozies are bound to hit the spot and keep you coming back for more. This is an addiction you can afford to have. Get started today.

What readers have to say about Shopping is Murder:

★★★★★ “A great cozy mystery with a crime fighting duo.”

★★★★★ “Such a fun read!”

★★★★★ “Fun and really pulls you in and you want to keep going to solve the crime.”

★★★★★ “A great relaxing, compelling, mystery.”

★★★★★ “Filled with great characters and wonderful plot twists.”

★★★★★ “Thoroughly enjoyable.”

★★★★★ “A quick, fast-paced read with enjoyable characters, a dash of romance, plenty of mystery and a solid resolution.”

How far would you go for those who can’t defend themselves?

From international bestselling author Carolyn Arnold comes a serial-killer novel that is perfect for fans of JT Ellison, Catherine Coulter, Allison Brennan, and Blake Pierce.

FBI Agent Brandon Fisher never expected he’d empathize with a serial killer.

|It’s almost Christmas and with the festive season in full swing, Denver, Colorado would be an idyllic destination—if not for Detective Mack McClellan’s conviction there’s a serial killer on the loose. Brandon and his team are called in when a man’s body is found next to a dumpster and the victim shares a commonality with a few men who were reported missing. With the discovery of another body, the connection between the two dead men is confirmed and reveals the killer’s shocking motive. It’s one the FBI hasn’t seen before, and it will have Brandon and his colleagues questioning who sits on the side of justice—them or the killer they’re hunting.

The Defenseless is a creepy psychological thriller that will have readers turning the pages to unravel every twist. Buy this international bestselling book today and hunt a serial killer alongside the FBI!

Join the hundreds of thousands of readers who have already taken the plunge into a series that will take you into the minds of the most heinous and disturbing serial killers the world could ever imagine. It doesn’t matter if this is the first book you’re reading in the Brandon Fisher FBI series or not; all the books stand alone!

What readers say about The Defenseless:

★★★★★ “Clever writing, character development and intensity.”

★★★★★ “Fast-paced.”

★★★★★ “Fantastic read. Lots of twists and turns.”

★★★★★ “Pace was great and kept in suspense until the end!”

★★★★★ “I am totally hooked.”

★★★★★ “Enthralling investigative thriller.”

★★★★★ “Well-written, intriguing, and interesting.”

★★★★★ “What a story! Page-turner yes!”

★★★★★ “The storyline and development of characters kept my interest through to the last page. I had a hard time putting it down.”
★★★★★ “I love this writing style, I feel like I’m part of the book.”

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