There’s always something a little magical in the air at Christmastime, and this year, the world needs cheer and joy more than ever. I’ve selected the following titles because they either take place around Christmas or they were released in December.
Justified by Carolyn Arnold

“Outstanding plot, unique twists and turns, and the writing style is superb…I highly recommend for crime and mystery fans.”
–Goodreads Reviewer

One murdered entrepreneur, and everyone’s a suspect.

Detective Madison Knight should have ignored her phone when it rang on Christmas Eve. Now she is spending the holiday dealing with her least favorite thing: a bloody murder scene.

The victim, Claire Reeves, was a successful entrepreneur and had it all—sex appeal, intelligence, and money—but it seems that one of those things may have caught up with her. Now, Madison and her partner are digging through the victim’s personal life, but the more they dig, the more people they find who had motive to kill her. It’s certainly a case of too many suspects, too little time, but Madison is determined to find Claire’s killer and make sure justice is served.

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

“Everything you could want in a Christmassy novella and more!… This cozy mystery will bring a smile to your face and is perfect for a quick read to get you in that holiday spirit!”
–Wifetime of Happiness

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.

The Defenseless by Carolyn Arnold black Labrador with sad eyes protected by a person in a black hoodie

“Nonstop action right up until the heart pounding conclusion… You won’t want to put it down, and it’s guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings.”
–Katie Jennings, Bestselling author

How far would you go for those who can’t defend themselves?

FBI Agent Brandon Fisher never expected he’d empathize with a serial killer.

It’s almost Christmas and with the festive season in full swing, Denver, Colorado would be an idyllic destination—if not for Detective Mack McClellan’s conviction there’s a serial killer on the loose. Brandon and his team are called in when a man’s body is found next to a dumpster and the victim shares a commonality with a few men who were reported missing. With the discovery of another body, the connection between the two dead men is confirmed and reveals the killer’s shocking motive. It’s one the FBI hasn’t seen before, and it will have Brandon and his colleagues questioning who sits on the side of justice—them or the killer they’re hunting.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

On the Count of Three by Carolyn Arnold dark wooden room with blood stain on the floor

“Taut, tense, crackling with psychological suspense and bursting with authentic detail, On the Count of Three is a tremendous thriller. Fans of Criminal Minds will love it and be left hungry for more.”
–Andrew Child, author of The Sentinel

He had it planned out to perfection. She was weak and pathetic, past the point of fighting for her life. She must know she couldn’t win, and soon it would all be over…on the count of three.

FBI Special Agent Brandon Fisher and his team join forces with Miami PD Detective Kelly Marsh to find a missing woman Kelly believes was taken by a serial killer.

From their first meeting, Brandon sees the detective as competition, and this isn’t helped by the personal history she shares with his boss. Brandon sees the similarities between Detective Marsh’s missing person case and the two cold cases: all three victims served time for vehicular homicide while driving under the influence and disappeared three days after being released from prison—but is that enough to assume the woman has been abducted by a serial killer?

Brandon fears his boss may have let his personal connection to Marsh cloud his judgment. Surely there isn’t any other explanation for why they jumped into an investigation less than twenty-four hours after the missing persons report was filed. Then again, maybe Brandon is letting his own differences with the detective affect his perspective. If he can’t pull himself together, the missing woman may pay with her life—and one of the team may not make it out of Miami alive.

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

New Release in the Detective Madison Knight series!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Arnold is phenomenal at making us feel, see, and hear everything Madison is experiencing through her point of view… My emotional strings were pulled hard throughout this book and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see a deeper, softer side of Madison. I was determined to finish this book in one sitting because I had to know how the case was going to affect Madison. It’s a big shift in her life — one that could potentially make or break a person.”
~Lynchburg Mama

She’s dying, and she knows it. If only she can stay alive long enough to leave one last message. As the rain beats against the metal roof, she uses her blood-soaked fingertip to scrawl on the floorboards… The letters GB.

Detective Madison Knight has been house hunting, but a call from her real estate agent has nothing to do with finding the perfect property. She’s found a woman’s body, stabbed multiple times. Madison arrives on scene and is presented with an unknown Jane Doe and two letters written in blood. There’s no murder weapon, and it seems Doe was attacked somewhere else.

As Madison works to find justice for the victim, Madison’s own life is put at risk. What she comes to discover is some people will go to extreme lengths to protect their secrets—even as far as murder. But will learning that lesson come too late for her?

Buy this international bestselling book today and join the investigation! Uncover clues, follow leads, and catch a cop killer like thousands of readers have done before you.

BRAND-NEW CRIME SERIES!

The Little Grave by Carolyn Arnold, a dark stormy sky over a clearing in the woods with a stretch of barbed wire in the foreground with a red ribbon tied to it

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What some early reviewers are saying about The Little Grave:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Great first book in a new series and I’m now looking to get my hands on the rest… ‘Cause that was intense.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Exciting and thrilling and kept me reading late into the night.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Carolyn Arnold’s newest series opens with a heart-pounding mystery… Amanda is a character that evokes sympathy and respect. I can’t wait to read what happens next for her.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“A really great mystery with an unexpected ending.”

Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave…

It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case.

Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger.

But as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter…

A gripping, page-turning thriller full of mystery and suspense. Perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni.

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