Coffee is Murder

McKinley Mysteries: Short & Sweet Cozies

Book 9
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
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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.”

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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
May 27, 2015
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Pages
158
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ISBN
9781988064901
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
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This content is DRM protected.
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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.”

Beware of all that goes bump in the night…

“You can never go wrong with a McKinley cozy mystery… These are the little mysteries are a perfect addition to your cozy mystery collection.” –Wifetime of Happiness

Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation.

With the police actively investigating and with no clear indication that the woman was murdered, the McKinleys will need to take a cloak-and-dagger approach if they’re going to carve out the truth. As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects. If they’re able to narrow them down fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.

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 Halloween is Murder:

★★★★★ “A well written mystery with fun for the Halloween days.”

★★★★★ “It's got an ending I didn't expect. Highly recommend.”

★★★★★ “Another fast-paced and fun book by Carolyn Arnold.”

★★★★★ “A great story, quick read.”

★★★★★ “A fun, old-fashioned murder mystery.”

★★★★★ “I love fun, cozy, mystery books and this book totally fits the bill!”

★★★★★ “There are some very comedic sequences.”

★★★★★ “I would recommend this book to all cozy mystery lovers.”

★★★★★ “Another Wow book from Carolyn Arnold!”

This wasn’t in the travel brochure…

“A cute cozy mystery for the summer! There’s action and romance…The storyline is quick and light—perfect for beach reading!” –Writer Blogger Mom

There’s only so much relaxation two former detectives can handle—even if they’re on their honeymoon. With their recent fall into money, Sean and Sara McKinley should be living it up, enjoying the sun and beaches of Cancun. But heading into their third week of vacation, they’ve had just about enough lying around. 

When the husband of a couple they’ve befriended is kidnapped and held for ransom, it has the McKinleys putting their experience to good use. As they set out in the unfamiliar landscape of this Mexican paradise, the investigation will have them risking their lives to stop 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 Vacation is Murder:

★★★★★ “It's full of sun and fun and mystery.”

★★★★★ “Excellent!”

★★★★★ “Give yourself a treat, enjoy Cancun with the McKinleys!!

★★★★★ “A delightful story with a well-developed story line, and well-written.”

★★★★★ “Packed with mystery and plenty of twists.”

★★★★★ “Liked the suspense and fun they are having.”

★★★★★ “Fast moving and a fun read.”

★★★★★ “This one was better than the first one if that is possible.”

★★★★★ “Some laughs thrown in to make it fun to read.”

★★★★★ “Fun, excitement, a touch of the whimsical and romance.”

★★★★★ “Great continuation of this series!”

★★★★★ “There is plenty of intrigue and a bit of romance thrown in as well.”

★★★★★ “It's light reading, but cute.”

It’s in the fine print…

“This is such a great cozy series with so much going on. It’s like being on a ride right along with Sara and Sean and watching as they put the pieces together.” –Community Bookstop

Old Man Quinn left Sean more than his billions—he left him a murder to solve.

Inside the chest given to him from the executor of Quinn’s will, Sean finds a key and explicit instructions that the contents are for his eyes only. Once Sean discovers where the key fits, he finds another letter, this one stating that Quinn wants a closed case reopened. And when Sean looks into the case, he is shocked by who the victim was.

As Sean and his wife, Sara, uncover the clues, they are led from the back rooms of Quinn’s corporation to the streets of New York City, but they will stop at nothing to get to the truth.

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 Money is Murder:

★★★★★ “It kept me up past my bedtime wanting to know how the story was going to play out.”

★★★★★ “It reminds me a bit of Hart to Hart as well as the close partnerships seen on Blue Bloods.”

★★★★★ “Perfect for a satisfying read while sunning by a pool, lying on a beach or relaxing anywhere.”

★★★★★ “A touch of romance, humor, and more twists and turns than you can count.”

★★★★★ “This is a cozy thriller which will definitely entertain you.”

★★★★★ “I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.”

★★★★★ “Great characters and fun twists and turns.”

★★★★★ “Love this couple.”

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

★★★★★ “The ending will definitely surprise you; I didn't see it coming at all!”

★★★★★ “Easy read, great book.”

★★★★★ “The twists and turns in this installment are fun and captivating.”

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.”

Romance. Humor. Murder.


"The Day Job is Murder blends murder and romance along with a side helping of the "Golden Rule" in action, with some good consequences. It's a sweet, uplifting story with pleasant characters and a happy ending in a bite-sized format." –Beas Book Nook


Working for the Albany Police Department is murder—not because Sean and Sara are in Homicide but because they can't be a couple as long as they are partners on the job. Feeling handcuffed, it seems that a romance between them is off the table, but one thing life should have taught them by now is nothing ever stays the same. Well, that and where there's an intention, there's a way out. But Sean and Sara never would have seen this one coming…


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 The Day Job is Murder:


★★★★★ "A true cozy mystery. Fun, easy to read and fast moving."

★★★★★ "Loved that it was a quick read when you don't have a lot of time to read."

★★★★★ "Very entertaining with a few very poignant moments, excellently written."

★★★★★ "A cute little story."

★★★★★ "An enjoyable read that sets the stage for the rest of the series."

★★★★★ "The perfect beginning to what will certainly be a wonderful series."

★★★★★ "Great little book. Enjoyed the mystery and the fascinating twist in the story."

★★★★★ "Fun and fast reading."

★★★★★ "Enjoyable characters to follow."

★★★★★ "Light mystery fun in the workplace."

★★★★★ "Great book, had me from the first page."

★★★★★ "Fantastic start to the new McKinley Mysteries series!"

★★★★★ "Whets the readers' appetite for more of Sean and Sara's adventures!"

Beware of all that goes bump in the night…

“You can never go wrong with a McKinley cozy mystery… These are the little mysteries are a perfect addition to your cozy mystery collection.” –Wifetime of Happiness

Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation.

With the police actively investigating and with no clear indication that the woman was murdered, the McKinleys will need to take a cloak-and-dagger approach if they’re going to carve out the truth. As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects. If they’re able to narrow them down fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.

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 Halloween is Murder:

★★★★★ “A well written mystery with fun for the Halloween days.”

★★★★★ “It's got an ending I didn't expect. Highly recommend.”

★★★★★ “Another fast-paced and fun book by Carolyn Arnold.”

★★★★★ “A great story, quick read.”

★★★★★ “A fun, old-fashioned murder mystery.”

★★★★★ “I love fun, cozy, mystery books and this book totally fits the bill!”

★★★★★ “There are some very comedic sequences.”

★★★★★ “I would recommend this book to all cozy mystery lovers.”

★★★★★ “Another Wow book from Carolyn Arnold!”

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