Christmas is Murder

McKinley Mysteries: Short & Sweet Cozies

Book 7
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
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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.”

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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
Dec 4, 2014
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Pages
124
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ISBN
9781988064888
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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 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.”

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 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.”

It’s all in the state of mind…

“Not only will this book have your detective skills on alert, but it will have you rooting for Maddy.” —Bookaholic and More Blog

Detective Madison Knight wishes she’d just pulled the trigger and killed the Russian Mafia hit man when she had the chance. But there’s no time machine, no going back. Now’s she’s living in hell, suffering debilitating flashbacks, and not feeling fit to do her job.

But when the suspicious death of a sixty-eight-year-old woman becomes a murder case, it activates Madison’s sense of duty and compulsion to find justice. What she discovers, though, will shake her faith in humanity and remind her that trusting the wrong person can reap harsh consequences. Madison must reach deep inside to find the strength to keep going. If she doesn’t, the killer will walk free, and she’ll risk losing the two things she holds most dear: her badge and her boyfriend.

Deadly Impulse is a fast-paced crime novel with twists and turns you’ll never see coming. Perfect for fans of the police procedural genre and authors such as James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and JD Robb. Buy this international bestselling book today and join the investigation! Uncover clues, follow leads, and catch a killer like hundreds of thousands of readers have done before you. It doesn’t matter if this is the first book you’re reading in the Detective Madison Knight series or not; all the books stand alone!

What readers say about Deadly Impulse:

★★★★★ “A totally absorbing murder mystery.”
★★★★★ “Really enjoyed this book.”
★★★★★ “Good read with twist and turns.”
★★★★★ “Loved this book!”
★★★★★ “Fast read, great characters.”
★★★★★ “Maddeningly good read.”
★★★★★ “Be prepared for sleepless nights or non-productive days.”
★★★★★ “The pace is fast, with enough plot twists to make the book hard to put down.”
★★★★★ “Would recommend it to my friends!”
★★★★★ “Fantastically written with amazing attention to detail.”
★★★★★ “Will keep you guessing about the perpetrators to the very end!”
★★★★★ “I became a cheerleader for Madison and was right with her.”
★★★★★ “A hands-up winner for Carolyn Arnold. I loved it!”
★★★★★ “Lots of mystery and suspense all the way through.”
★★★★★ “Arnold does a fantastic job of writing mystery/thriller books that have you on the edge of your seat.”

Sometimes the past should stay there…

“A top-notch thriller.” –Brooke Blogs

Violated explores the cost of revenge and not letting go of the past. Wickedly clever, you won’t want to put this killer thriller down.

FBI Agent Brandon Fisher and his team jet off to California to try and prove the innocence of a fellow agent suspected of murder.

Agent Paige Dawson’s sole purpose for going to Valencia was to confront the man who raped her friend twenty-some years ago. When he turns up brutally murdered in a motel room, she’s the lead detective’s prime suspect. What Brandon and the rest of the team need to figure out is whether Paige was at the wrong place at the wrong time or whether she took revenge into her own hands. As the FBI team works to vindicate Paige, the lines start to blur, and doubts enter in, but Brandon fears entertaining them for too long. After all, the real killer could be out there, ready to strike again.

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 Violated:

★★★★★ “The tension builds and keeps accelerating.”
★★★★★ “Like my first roller coaster ride - wild and full of twists, turns and excitement!”
★★★★★ “Will keep you up at night wanting to finish this elegant masterpiece of crime fiction.”
★★★★★ “Excellent FBI thriller.”
★★★★★ “Arnold does a good job of character development and plot twists as bodies pile up.”
★★★★★ “There was lots of action, suspense and a little romance.”
★★★★★ “5 stars for this realistic, action-packed page-turner.”
★★★★★ “Full of intrigue and suspense.”
★★★★★ “Good read with twists and anyone who likes thriller would enjoy this book.”
★★★★★ “This was really good, from the unusual perp to the surprises at the end.”
★★★★★ “Wow! A great read!”
★★★★★ “This is a seat-gripper! Not a book that you'll be able to lay down easily.”
★★★★★ “Twists and turns are plentiful.”
★★★★★ “An incredible, captivating novel.”
★★★★★ “Great read! Kept my interest to the last chapter!”
★★★★★ “I was hooked in the first five minutes. Many enjoyable twists.”
★★★★★ “Fast-paced and entertaining.”

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