McKinley Mysteries: Short & Sweet Cozies

12 Books

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!"

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.”

There’s no time for a vote…

“I just have fallen in love with this series. It just keeps getting better and better and very entertaining. Suspense and a mystery/murder is what keeps me wanting more!” –Books, Dreams, Life

Sean and Sara McKinley’s popularity as a murder-solving duo has gained momentum since they retired from the Albany Police Department. As guests on a local television show, they meet reporter Reanne Mable, the sister-in-law of Albany’s Mayor Davenport. When an introduction is made, it turns out the mayor is looking for a favor from the McKinleys: his daughter has gone missing from her university campus, and he wants them to find her. Only thing is the police are already on the case, and the McKinleys don’t want to step on any toes. With that said, they also know the fate of the girl shouldn’t be up for debate and decide to undertake a covert operation.

But being in politics has brought Davenport his share of enemies, and as Sean and Sara come to realize, bringing Halie home safe may be more difficult than they’d imagined—and fraught with far more danger.

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 Politics is Murder:

★★★★★ “Full of suspense, and there's even some romance, plus a murder or two.”

★★★★★ “Another amazing Sean and Sara mystery.”

★★★★★ “These two keep my hope alive that people really do have soul mates.”

★★★★★ “This book is well-written and fun to read.”

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

★★★★★ “Another fun and exciting installment in the McKinley Mysteries series.”

★★★★★ “I am hooked on Sean and Sara.”

★★★★★ “Spellbinding!”

★★★★★ “Fast-paced and keeps me interested.”

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!”

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.”

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