Tuesday, October 3, 2017


                                                 Halloween is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery

11th in the Series

Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc (October 3, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-1988353616

Beware of all that goes bump in the night…

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 through their PI firm.

But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up.

As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.

When Sara McKinley gets it into her head that something is not right and she wants to investigate, 
people have a difficult time telling her NO. In this Halloween adventure, involving the sudden death of a young TV reporter who is about to move on to a better opportunity, Sean McKinley has a tougher time than usual reigning Sara in. They both want justice to be served, even after retiring from the official police force.

I like the collection of characters Carolyn Arnold has brought together for the McKinley's not-for-profit P.I. firm. The admirable rivalry between youngin tech genius Adam and seasoned former police sargeant Jimmy shows how it is possible to respect each other while still trying to outshine the "competition." It seems everyone is always trying to impress Sara, who adds as much to the team efforts as any one of the guys.

A backdrop to the murder investigation is the McKinley's desire to promote a Haunted House for charity. This is how they first meet the victim, reporter Chloe Parsons and her cameraman, Jackson. It also allows us to be charmed by young Mia and gives the P.I's plausible excuses to walk into the different tv stations and ask questions. They are skating a thin line this time because the official investigation is not yet closed. Can they solve the murder before they tick off the wrong person?

So far this is my favorite of the Murder series by Carolyn Arnold.

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling 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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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing HALLOWEEN IS MURDER. If you haven’t already, can you post your review to your favorite retailers. Again, thank you for your support.


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