Sean and Sara hugging and drinking champagne, contained inside a magnifying glass. A silhouette of Albany, New York skyline with a blue sky with fluffy clouds for a background
Sean and Sara hugging and drinking champagne, contained inside a magnifying glass. A silhouette of Albany, New York skyline with a blue sky with fluffy clouds for a background

Christmas is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)

Christmas is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon couple in front of a Christmas tree

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Christmas is a magical time of year, but a shadow is cast over Sean and Sara’s holiday when their neighbors die in a house fire. Not able to quiet her suspicions over the cause of the blaze, Sara convinces Sean to look into the matter with her. What results is a case that will have them toeing a fine line to stay on the right side of the law and deciding if they’re going to open a private investigation firm.

$1.99 USD e-book

5-Stars-for-Books-Small Rating 4.9 stars*

Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: McKinley Mysteries, Book 7
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Private Investigator
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Year: 2014
Length: 132 pages

ASIN: B00O71PLAC
Print ISBNs: (5 x 8) 978-1-988064-51-2, (4 x 6) 978-1-988064-78-9

Book Overview for Christmas is Murder

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.

Testimonials & Reviews for Christmas is Murder

“A very cute cozy Christmas story that I really enjoyed reading.”
Books, Dreams, Life


“This book is fabulous and definitely great for Christmas cozy lovers.”
Community Bookstop


“I keep saying that certain books are my favorite in the series, and it’s true…these books keep getting better and better.”
Brooke Blogs


“Everything you could want in a Christmassy novella and more! The opening sentence sets the scene for comfort (and joy!) by entering in a wintery wonderland of falling snow and heading out to pick up a Christmas tree… Sean and Sara are very likable… This story kept my interest throughout with the little twists. I loved the humor with the blinking nose and hoofs, the chase at the parade and the little jokes between Sean and Sara… This cozy mystery will bring a smile to your face and is perfect for a quick read to get you in that holiday spirit! I have not read any of the McKinley Series novellas before, but plan to do so! I’d like to know the back-story of Sara’s adoption, their police work etc. Carolyn Arnold will be an author for my list for sure!!”
–Wifetime of Happiness


“Carolyn Arnold is one author who has changed my mind about cozies!  I absolutely loved this story!… Even though a serious subject, this was a fun romp… 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.”
–Linda Strong Book Reviews


“A heartwarming tale…warm and fuzzy…a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.”
Katie Jennings, Bestselling Author


 “A great mystery novella for the holidays… A relaxed, fun read with an easy writing style to maximize your reading enjoyment. Sit by the fire, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, a cat or dog nestled beside you, and read this good mystery. You can’t go wrong!”
–My Book Reviews


“Loved it!… Arnold is consistent in all her writing. It is fast moving and enjoyable. The plot twists and turns as they unravel the mystery. Enjoy.”
Marianne Spitzer, Bestselling Author

*Rating based on Amazon.com.

Other Books in the McKinley Mysteries

Day Job is Murder

Vacation is Murder

Money is Murder

Politics is Murder

Family is Murder

Shopping is Murder

Valentine’s Day is Murder

Coffee is Murder

Skiing is Murder

Halloween is Murder

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