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

Coffee is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)

Coffee is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon woman sitting in a chair in her home with a delivery truck on the road outside the window

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Sean and Sara’s first case as private investigators takes them to Virginia, where they find themselves going undercover at a coffee company with a robust plot to expose a killer who may be poisoning the beans.

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4-half-Stars-for-Books-Small Rating 4.4 stars*

Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: McKinley Mysteries, Book 9
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Private Investigator
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Year: 2015
Length: 174 pages

Print ISBNs: (5 x 8) 978-0-9878400-0-4, (4 x 6) 978-1-988064-92-5

Book Overview for Coffee is Murder

A cup a day won’t kill you, but a few might.

Their first case as private investigators have Sean, Sara, and Jimmy neck-deep in coffee beans trying to find a killer. With their client certain that her mother was poisoned through her coffee of the month club, it has them setting out to Williamsburg, Virginia. But instead of approaching matters from the traditional standpoint, Sean and Sara brew a robust plot and stir Jimmy into the blend, all to get close to their top suspect and grind out the truth.

Going undercover at Tasty Beans, the coffee company, the three of them work to expose the culprit before anyone else dies.

Testimonials & Reviews for Coffee is Murder

“Another good story in this fun series…”
Tea and a Book

“Great installment in this novella series!”
Storybook Reviews

“…an interesting mystery with a clever, satisfying conclusion…”
Ks Book Reviews

“A light, engaging, and enjoyable novella.
Nadaness is Motion

“The paint is barely dry on the walls and the company doesn’t even have a name yet, but they already have their first client. I love this private detective agency that is run by Sean and Sara McKinley, former police officers, now retired and turned detectives… It was fun to see them go undercover… There were lots of twists and turns in this fast-paced who-dun-it mystery… Coffee is Murder will have you guessing who the real killer is right up until the very end.”
–Shelf Full of Books

“This book was full of adventure and mystery that readers have come to find with this series! Can’t wait to see what is next for the McKinleys.”
Community Bookstop

“For being a novella, there was surprising depth to the story. I would liken this to a standard mystery novel, but with all the sub plots and extraneous stuff cut out. It was short, sweet and to the point.”
–Musings and Ramblings

“A very quick read, with a little more bumbling investigation than the P.I.’s plan on.”
Laura’s Interests

“Another engaging and fun read by popular author, Carolyn Arnold. I find her stories are exhilarating and pleasingly suspenseful… This is a very interesting and well-written story, which may, in fact, make you pause before drinking a new flavored coffee! I’m definitely hooked on the McKinley Mystery series.
–My Book Reviews

“Arnold crafts an engaging story that kept me reading until I finished it. The philanthropy of Sara and Sean, as well as their sense of justice despite possible danger to themselves are nice touches that make the story enjoyable. Add in a bit of humor in the form of their disguises and this is fun read. This is the 9th book in the McKinley mystery series. It can be read as a standalone.”
Christa Reads and Writes

“It’s short but very pleasant reading. The plot is simple and light but engaging, with enjoyable characters, some twists and a little romanticism… Ideal [for] beach reading and for those who love the cozy mystery.”

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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

Christmas is Murder

Valentine’s Day is Murder

Skiing is Murder

Halloween is Murder

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