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

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

“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 – I was immediately excited. Although the direct storyline is in relation to the “suspicious” house fire of Sean and Sara’s neighbors, it never did take away from the Christmassy aspect. The descriptive words and sentences used throughout for people, places and things was so pleasant and allowed for an easy visual follow along. Both main characters, Sean and Sara are very likable – as were Sara’s parents. I especially liked her dad! 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. I definitely think 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!”
Chelsea White, Wifetime of Happiness

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

*Rating based on Amazon.com.

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