“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
They’re ready to hit the slopes when things go downhill…
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. And the deceased is not just anyone; it’s Adrian Blackwell, a two-time Olympic skiing gold medalist.
Rumor has it Adrian died in a skiing accident, but he was too skilled for Sara to accept that as fact. But she doesn’t want to disappoint Sean by ruining his ski trip, even though she’s convinced Adrian was murdered and she’s itching to find the killer.
Sean has never been able to say no to Sara, but this time he plans to. However, all it takes is a call from their PI firm back in Albany to change his mind. A job’s come in to investigate Adrian’s death, and his agent is the one footing the bill, leaving Sean with more questions than answers.
Yet one major problem remains: their New York State PI licenses hold no legal authority in Colorado. They still can’t help but look into Adrian’s death on the sly, though. This case will definitely involve some underhanded tactics, all while trying to dodge the local police over the course of the investigation.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great characters and cozy read.
Normally, I would not have gone for a book where the lives/work of PI's who just happen to be extremely wealthy is chronicled while on 'vacation' in an exclusive ski resort town. (I just have trouble how some people think that rich people are 'better' by virtue of their wealth, but that's a discussion for another day.) But the McKinley's, the afore-mentioned billionaires, take cases based on at least a portion of their fee being donated to charity. And I have to give them props for that. Adrian Blackwell, an Olympic gold-medalist skiier is found dead on the mountain. Some people (including Sara) believe something is suspicious because a skiier of Adrian's caliber would not just have an 'accident' on the slopes. I do like the relationship between Sean and Sara. Granted, they don't have the money troubles that other married couples do, but they don't agree on everything. Sean wants to be on vacation; Sara would rather investigate Adrian's suspicious murder. Sean wants to go skiing; Sara would rather go to the spa and go shopping. I confess I have to side with Sean on that one, especially if you live far away from the resort. I had my first skiing lesson when I was twelve (we had just moved to Utah). I remember racing down the mountain to get that 'one more' run in. When I got back to the car (or the room), I could have used a spa visit or two, though! There were a lot of people using disguises in this book, mostly to find out information that would enhance the investigation (Sean & Sara) or further whatever ends they happen to have for whatever reason. And no, I cannot be more specific than that. And don't we all wear 'costumes' at one time or another. Having acted on the stage many years ago, I can especially relate to that aspect. Although I've never done it to hide/alter my 'true identity' to keep myself safe. And I probably won't do that ever. There are a number of 'out of the ordinary' aspects to this cozy mystery - and that's a good thing, as it helps keep the genre 'fresh'. Somebody ought to write a series of cozies, one installment written in each state or province. Kudos to Ms. Arnold for being from Canada and so well writing a book that is set in Colorado. So, would I read other books in this series or by this author? Absotively, posolutely! (Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my objective review.)
If you are looking to wile away a wintry Sunday afternoon with an entertaining cozy mystery that features a lovable couple and a snowy ski resort in Vail, Colorado, then Skiing is Murder by author Carolyn Arnold is the book for you! Billionaire private investigators Sara and Sean McKinley are on a much deserved ski vacation in Vail, Colorado, but relaxation takes a back seat when Adrian Blackwell, an Olympic gold medal skier, is found dead on the mountain. Sara doesn't believe that the Adrian's death was an accident, so when Adrian's agent requests that Sara and Sean investigate the suspicious death of his client, they are determined to solve the murder case, even if their PI licenses hold no legal authority in Colorado! Skiing is Murder is a delightful cozy murder mystery story that easily transports the reader to the picturesque ski slopes of Vail, Colorado, as they follow private investigators Sara and Sean McKinley's investigation into a suspicious case of murder while on vacation. Author Carolyn Arnold weaves a thoroughly entertaining and fast paced tale that whisks the reader into the heart of a murder investigation that will keep them easily engaged and turning the pages. Sara and Sean are a lovable couple, their witty banter as they investigate the murder case provide a lot of laugh out loud moments throughout the story. With a quirky cast of characters, a rich description of the setting, and a storyline that has just the right mixture of romance and mystery, and enough intriguing plot twists that engages the reader to solve the murder the case with Sara and Sean, Skiing is Murder is a well written and enjoyable cozy mystery that will leave the reader with a satisfied smile on their face! Skiing is Murder is the tenth book in the McKinley Mysteries Series, but can be a stand alone read. I have not read any of the previous books in the series, but after reading this book, I am hooked on Sara and Sean's private investigative adventures, so I just might have to go back and catch up! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.