If you’re looking for some great reads to get you in the mood for Halloween or if you just like a good murder mystery, you’ll love these titles.


Halloween is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon woman dressed as a witch in purple with a haunted house in the background

“You can never go wrong with a McKinley cozy mystery. Carolyn Arnold is an author whom, no matter what the plot, really makes you feel comfort and ease with her light (but detailed and delightful) writing style. These are the little mysteries that are enjoyed over again and a perfect addition to your cozy mystery collection.”
–Wifetime of Happiness

Beware of all that goes bump in the night…

Sean and Sara McKinley are excited about the haunted house they’ve set up as a Halloween charity fund-raiser, but things take a ghoulish turn when the reporter covering their story is found dead. With the media keeping mum about how she died, Sara’s curiosity is piqued, and she convinces Sean to take on the investigation.

With the police actively investigating and with no clear indication that the woman was murdered, the McKinleys will need to take a cloak-and-dagger approach if they’re going to carve out the truth. As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects. If they’re able to narrow them down fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.

Found Innocent by Carolyn Arnold

“A gripping thriller with non-stop action throughout. If you love crime dramas, mysteries, and a tough, female cop, this series is not to be missed.”
The Reading Café

She wanted to leave her past behind, but it may have followed her…

A young woman’s remains are found in a shallow grave, and as Detective Madison Knight and her partner follow the clues, they find a connection between her murder and a death ruled as a suicide. It puts Madison in a difficult situation—she suspects the first victim was killed as well. In order to unearth the truth, she may need to cross the line most cops wouldn’t dare and report a fellow officer for mishandling a case.

Doing so only becomes more complicated when that officer turns out to be Madison’s ex-fiancé, and he has more on his mind than a mark on his record. He wants Madison back. But all she wants is justice for the victims. And if that means jeopardizing departmental relationships and churning up the attention of an old flame, so be it—because if she doesn’t, the guilty may be found innocent.

Just Cause by Carolyn Arnold

“Another exciting police-procedural adventure that will leave you turning the pages.”
Stacy Eaton, USA Today bestselling author

One cold case could be what kills her…

Eight years ago, a young defense attorney was murdered, shot down in his driveway. Detective Madison Knight’s suspicions immediately led her to the Russian Mafia, but with no concrete way of proving their involvement, she had to let the case go. Now that new evidence has surfaced, she’s ready to flip things on their head and get justice once and for all—even if that means making herself an enemy of the mob.

But it’s not just them she has to worry about. As her investigation continues, the body count stacks up, and she uncovers that someone within the upper echelons of the Stiles PD just might be in bed with the Mafia. Assuming she can stay alive long enough, will she have to the courage to expose the corruption and finally close her cold case?

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

“This is the perfect mystery to sink into… Keeps you in suspense and turning the pages until the surprising climax.”
–Bixler Reviews

Sean and Sara McKinley find more than a bargain this Black Friday…

The busiest shopping day of the year should be all about the discounts, but Sean and Sara’s trip to the mall brings them a murder to solve. Though the police think the man purposely took a flying leap from the second level to the concourse, the widow is adamant her husband would never have done that. But it’s Sara’s past connection with the widow that has the McKinleys looking into the matter.

The answers aren’t coming quickly—not with mall security dropping the ball and no seeming motive for murder. If the McKinleys are going to find out the truth, it will take unconventional means, a little undercover work, and the help of their friend Sergeant Jimmy Voigt. If they’re lucky, they just might get this case wrapped up in time for the holidays. Maybe even with a pretty little bow.

Deadly Impulse by Carolyn Arnold

“Not only will this book have your detective skills on alert, but it will have you rooting for Maddy.”
Bookaholic and More Blog

It’s all in the state of mind…

Detective Madison Knight wishes she’d just pulled the trigger and killed the Russian Mafia hit man when she had the chance. But there’s no time machine, no going back. Now’s she’s living in hell, suffering debilitating flashbacks, and not feeling fit to do her job.

But when the suspicious death of a sixty-eight-year-old woman becomes a murder case, it activates Madison’s sense of duty and compulsion to find justice. What she discovers, though, will shake her faith in humanity and remind her that trusting the wrong person can reap harsh consequences. Madison must reach deep inside to find the strength to keep going. If she doesn’t, the killer will walk free, and she’ll risk losing the two things she holds most dear: her badge and her boyfriend.


What We Bury by Carolyn Arnold, woman overlooking suburban neighborhood at sunrise

Official Release Date
October 28, 2020

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