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
McKinley Mysteries 12 book covers
McKinley Mysteries 12 book covers

McKinley Cozy Mysteries

Romance. Humor. Murder.

Light-hearted romps in bite-size installments that are sweet and addictive and will satisfy your craving for murder mysteries without foul language, graphic violence, or sex. Husband-and-wife duo, Sean and Sara McKinley, inherited it all when a billionaire left everything to Sean. But these two aren’t unwitting sleuths; they’re former homicide detectives from the Albany Police Department in New York. They put their experience and newfound wealth to good use and have all the means necessary to bag a killer. Whether it’s undercover, off the books, or around the world, the McKinleys are on the case, and they’ll be romancing it up along the way.

t’s always recommended that you start a series from the beginning, but you could read the books on their own or out of order. Installments include: The 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, Coffee is Murder, Skiing is Murder, Halloween is Murder, Exercise is Murder.

Profanity: None
Graphic Violence: Non-existent to extremely mild. Some scenes include fistfights.

Food and drink pairing: Gourmet cuisine and a nightcap of fine cognac. In a more playful mood, you could substitute a fruity cocktail.

Genre of music or songs you might find on Sean and/or Sara’s playlist or that suit them: Crooner music (think The Rat Pack). Sean’s also a fan of the original Magnum, P.I. so there might be some music from the show in there.

These books are perfect for fans of:

Sue Grafton, Agatha Frost, and Gemma Halliday.

Hart to Hart, Castle, Rockford Files, and Magnum, P.I.

The Books in the McKinley Cozy Mysteries

Day Job is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon couple in an embrace

As detectives with the Albany Police Department, Sean and Sara solve murders, but it’s their personal life that’s about to take a twist. Book 1 in the series.

Vacation is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon woman in a white sun hat in front of an Aztec pyramid

Sean and Sara hit the beaches of Cancun, Mexico, for relaxation but murder and mayhem are close by. Book 2 in the series.

Money is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon woman in front of financial ticker tape and dollar symbols

The contents of a mysterious chest have Sean and Sara hitting the streets of New York City to solve a cold case. Book 3 in the series.

Politics is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon of a female college student with books in front of waving US flag

Sean and Sara are commissioned by the mayor of Albany, New York, to find his missing daughter who he suspects may be the victim of foul play. Book 4 in the series.

Family is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon maid in front of a Polaroid of a pregnant woman over an image of a nice house

Things get personal for Sara when a woman claiming to be her birth mother shows up and leaves behind a murderous mess. Book 5 in the series.

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

Sean and Sara get more than they bargained for when they hit the mall on Black Friday and end up with a murder to solve. Book 6 in the series.

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

Albany is a festive, winter wonderland, but this year Santa might be bringing Sean and Sara nothing but mistletoe and mischief. Book 7 in the series.

Valentine's Day is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon couple dining on a beach with a cruise ship passing in the background

Sean and Sara are seeing pirates in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, but will that get them any closer to finding their abducted friend? Book 8 in the series.

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

Sean and Sara go neck-deep in coffee beans to grind out a killer suspected of poisoning a coffee-of-the-month customer. Book 9 in the series.

Skiing is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon couple in an embrace in front of an aerial shot of a ski resort

Sean and Sara’s relaxing ski vacation goes up in a puff of powder when there’s a suspicious death on the mountain and they get involved. Book 10 in the series.

Skiing is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon couple in an embrace in front of an aerial shot of a ski resort

When a local television reporter ends up dead, Sean and Sara’s Halloween becomes even more chilling as they try to catch a killer. Book 11 in the series.

Exercise is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon woman jogging in a park

Sean and Sara McKinley discover that getting in shape isn’t always good for one’s health when a young woman meets her death while jogging through a park. Book 12 in the series.

McKinley Cozy Mysteries Box Sets (e-book only)

Skiing is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon couple in an embrace in front of an aerial shot of a ski resort

In this box set, enjoy the first three installments in the McKinley Mysteries novella series and get hooked from the beginning.

Skiing is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon couple in an embrace in front of an aerial shot of a ski resort

In this box set, enjoy novellas 4, 5, and 6 in the McKinley Mysteries series.

Skiing is Murder by Carolyn Arnold a cartoon couple in an embrace in front of an aerial shot of a ski resort

In this box set, enjoy novellas 7, 8, and 9 from the McKinley Mysteries series.

Praise for McKinley Cozy Mysteries

The McKinley Mysteries series is perfect if you like clean cut characters, a sweetheart romance, having the money to follow your dreams, and crime-solving abilities.

The Layaway Dragon

I love how compassionate and giving Sean and Sara are. The world could use more people like them.

2 Girls & A Book

on Halloween is Murder

I can’t wait to see what is next! I love this series so much. It’s got fun and adventure and tons of mystery to solve!

Community Bookstop

The McKinleys (Sean and Sara) are quite wealthy – which is unusual for cozy heroes and heroines, in my experience. But they’re also darned nice people and quite down to earth.

Back Porchervations

I loved the two main characters – Sean and Sara they were great! I loved their fun quirkiness.

Wall-to-Wall Books

on Shopping is Murder

The McKinley series, with likeable characters such as Sean and Sara, is one I’d love to see made into short TV movies.

Wifetime of Happiness

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