Christmas is Murder

Christmas is Murder

by Carolyn Arnold


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“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

Mistletoe and mischief…

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.

As they sort out fact from fiction, the McKinleys make the final decision about whether or not they should open a private investigation firm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988064789
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 10/19/2016
Series: McKinley Mysteries , #7
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Christmas is Murder (McKinley Mysteries, #7) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Courtney_Whittamore More than 1 year ago
No matter who you are, something dramatic always seems to happen during the holidays. Whether is be family drama or some sort of catastrophe, it seems like the universe waits until that exact moment when you have deemed it The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, to wreak havoc. In her new release Christmas is Murder the Mckinley Series Book Sever, Carolyn Arnold plays on that exact theme by placing her characters right in the middle of such a time as this.  The Mckinleys are always finding themselves around crime. At this point in the game, it appears as if crime has started to follow them, but that is just plain superstition.  However when Sean and Sarah’s seemingly perfect Christmas season is interrupted by an untimely and sudden death, they cannot help but follow their instincts, which beg of them to investigate whether or not there was foul play at hand. Throughout the novella, Arnold takes the Mckinley’s through a myriad of scenarios, with just enough twists and turns that leave us totally unsuspecting of what really happened until we arrive at the finale of her work.  Arnold does a wonderful job of not only shaping a mystery that is unpredictable which is refreshing on its own, but making sure that the book as a whole is not weighted down with too much seriousness. Murder carries a lot of weight, so she infused her character’s humanity and personalities with the ability to see the humor in things and to laugh about their circumstances and the sometimes very sticky situations they find themselves in. It would have been very easy for her to weigh down her characters with more brooding and an all work no play nature, but the simply idea that she allows her characters to play and work at the same time was a lovely juxtaposition that you don’t see very often in crime series these days. They are all either a farce, playing on the incredulous nature of crime drama, or only serious and stay only in the darkness of the genre. I very much enjoyed that she brought a light human nature to this plot, for it made it and the entire process of reading it so much more enjoyable, because you know you are reading something special and unique. It is rare to find an author who can infuse light in the dark, and Arnold does just that.  The plot was very interesting and I never felt like the text was dragging. The book did not get off to a slow start with too much back story, but instead jumped right into the meat of the case, and the pace was set high and maintained from that point on. Barring a few editorial typos, this book was a joy to read (I did receive an advanced copy that was subject to editorial changes, so these mistakes may have been corrected, however I can only comment on the material I have seen). I give it 4 out of 5 morals, and congratulate Arnold on yet another book well done, and for making a Mckinley series fan of a reader who is seldom swayed so easily to invest in a long standing series. I highly recommend this to be put on your holiday Must Read list.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is so poorly written. It is sophmoric, shallow, and without any character development.
MarianneSpitzer More than 1 year ago
I did receive a copy early since I am a member of Ms. Arnold's book club. I did not receive a free copy in exchange for any promise of a review. That being said, I was looking forward to the newest edition of the McKinley mystery series and I was not disappointed. If you have never read any of Sean and Sara McKinley's mystery adventures, I would recommend beginning with the first book, but if you pick this up as a first time read in the series you won't be disappointed. Ms. Arnold is consistent in all her writing. It is fast moving and enjoyable. The plot twists and turns as they unravel the mystery. Enjoy.
American-Daughter1 More than 1 year ago
The McKinleys are back and this time, it's Christmas! I loved how warm and fuzzy I felt while reading this story and it's been a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. It's clear Arnold loves the holiday and the sentimentality of giving and being with loved ones that the season brings. Though, what would a McKinley mystery be without the suspense and danger? Sean and Sara's mission this time is a heartwrenching one...the death of their neighbors that they are certain was no accident. They go to great lengths and take immense risks to get to the truth, even risking their lives for it. In the end, though, the McKinleys' bravery and dedication to justice shines through. I especially loved the ending. Talk about emotional! It was exactly the kind of wish fulfillment I desired from the story. Bravo!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
I have to admit .. I am not a big fan of cozy mysteries. And this is the first year I've made it a point to read a few Christmas stories. Now let the beating with limp noodles begin! Carolyn Arnold is one author who has changed my mind about cozies! I absolutely loved this story! Sean and Sara will be celebrating their first married Christmas together. Being adopted, for Sara, Christmas is all about family. And Sean will do whatever it takes to make Sara happy. Both are former cops and they are seriously thinking about starting a Private Investigation firm. Although very wealthy, they both like keeping their hands in the pie. When their neighbors die in a house fire on Christmas Eve, and after talking to the firefighters and arson investigator, Sean and Sara decide to look into things on their own. Accident or Murder? Even though a serious subject, this was a fun romp through their investigation. I love how they relate to each other and to the families. With chapters named "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" and "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" you'll happily sing or hum your way through this short story. I wish to thank Carolyn Arnold for offering this digital copy as a Christmas Gift to her readers. The opinion expressed here is unbiased and entirely my own. My review was not solicited by the author or any other entity.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So if you are a fan i d delay reading it unless your consider santa getting stuck over a roaring fire cozy this irony not the plot anti holiday murders in general