“There’s action and romance… The story line is quick and light—perfect for beach reading! It was my first introduction to [Arnold’s] work, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Sean and Sara continue in the next phase of their life… It’s definitely a book for those who love the cozy mystery set. I’ll be reading more!”
–Stephanie Pitcher, Bestselling author
This wasn’t in the travel brochure
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, 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.
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.
For more information and a FREE book offer, visit her website: www.carolynarnold.net/free
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the first book so much that I had Hi hopes for this one. I didn't really like it. WAY to much of each other calling each other Darling, etc. Too cheesy and unrealistic. In this book they alos made the female lead look like a weak woman.
After reading The Day Job is Murder, I was hooked on the McKinleys. I couldn’t wait for the next installment and now that I’ve read my ARC copy of Vacation is Murder, I need more! Sean and Sara are enjoying a honeymoon that most would die for, but as the older couple they befriend drag them into a world of deceit, kidnapping and mayhem, they find that their old lives return with an unexpected benefit. They realize they miss the hunt and decide to dive headfirst into the mess and help. I won’t say more about the story, as I don’t want to give anything away, but I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed reading this mini-mystery and even finished it in one sitting. I anxiously await the next installment of The McKinley Mysteries. Excellent!
I enjoyed getting to know Sean and Sara in the first novella in this series, and couldn't wait to follow their story further in Vacation is Murder. This installment is set is gorgeous Cancun, Mexico, which gives the whole story an exotic feel that I really enjoyed. The couple is on their honeymoon, only to find themselves in the middle of a bizarre mystery of kidnapping, adultery, and murder. It seems that even though they left their jobs as detectives behind, murder has followed them. Even though it's a quick read, this story is packed with mystery and plenty of twists that'll keep you guessing till the very surprising conclusion.
Although the main characters of this novel are married, I do not recommend it to anyone who avoids reading stories that contain inappropriate content (kissing, how they feel when they do it, etc.). I had to mention that because I am one of them. Putting that aside, I enjoyed reading this novel. It may be a light read but the plot's mysteries and twists kept me on my toes. Instead of the usual sympathizing or empathizing with a character, I felt like another character in the book myself. I was also interpreting clues, solving mysteries, and... solving more mysteries. Basically, Vacation is Murder took me for a ride filled with adventure. On another note, I gave it 3 stars because of the inappropriate content that I mentioned earlier.