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

Shopping is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)

Shopping is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon woman in a mall

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Sean and Sara can’t even go shopping on Black Friday without getting pulled into a murder investigation. The deceased is the husband of an old friend of Sara’s, and there’s no way she can ignore the case. It will take some undercover work and the help of a friend—former sergeant Jimmy Voigt—but if all goes according to plan, Sean and Sara might just have the case wrapped up in time for the holidays.
$1.99 USD e-book
4-half-Stars-for-Books-Small Rating 4.5 stars*

Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: McKinley Mysteries, Book 6
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Private Investigator
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Year: 2014
Length: 159 pages

ASIN: B00N356BKM
Print ISBNs: (5 x 8) 978-1-988064-49-9, (4 x 6) 978-1-988064-72-7

Book Overview for Shopping is Murder

They find more than a bargain…

Black Friday should be all about shopping and discounts, but when Sean and Sara only have a few more items left to buy, screams fill the malland for good reason. A man has fallen to his death from the second level. 

But what exactly happened isn’t that straightforward, and normally, Sean and Sara would leave this matter to the police, but the widow was a childhood friend of Sara’s. While the police are leaning toward the belief the man intentionally took the leap, the widow is adamant her husband would never jump and asks Sara for her help. 

Despite the fact there is an unresolved past between the friendsin which Sara feels she let her downSara cant turn her back on her now. Fueled by guilt and the need to find answers, Sara convinces Sean they should look into the mans death. 

But the answers aren’t all coming quickly. Mall security has dropped the ball and there’s no seeming motive for murder. To find out the truth will take unconventional means, a little undercover work, and the help of their friend Jimmy. And if it all comes together, they just might have this case wrapped up in time for the holidays. Maybe even with a pretty little bow.

Testimonials & Reviews for Shopping is Murder

“The writing of these stories keeps on getting better and better. Very well written and a nice steady pace.”
Books, Dreams, Life


“Once again I enjoyed the interplay of personalities and the quickness of Sara’s deductive reasoning.”
Laura’s Interests


“I really enjoy learning more and more about Sara and Sean as the series is continues. This is a great series for anyone and everyone who loves a great cozy mystery with a crime fighting duo.”
Community Bookstop


“This was such a fun read! I loved that the crime took place in the mall on Black Friday.”
Brooke Blogs


“Got to tell you readers that this is the perfect mystery to sink into and get away from the stress of shopping and the other holiday season activities! There are enough clues to keep you interested, along with the details of routine procedures that help the story move forward, and still keep you in suspense and turning the pages until the surprising climax occurs… I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!”
–Glenda, GA Bixler Reviews


“A quick, fast-paced read with enjoyable characters, a dash of romance, plenty of mystery …”
–Book Reviewer


“Sean and Sara McKinley are able to find a mystery anywhere, even in the mall while Christmas shopping.”
–Book Reviewer

Author Readings

*Rating based on Amazon.com.

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