[Review] Halloween is Murder by Carolyn Arnold (McKinley Mysteries 11)


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 through their PI firm.

But this case is not without its challenges. The police are actively investigating it, as well, and it’s not even clear that the woman was murdered. It will take a little cloak-and-dagger, dress-up, and finesse for the McKinleys to get to the bottom of it, but they aren’t the kind to give up.

As they troll for leads and work through the skeletons in the reporter’s closet, they unearth a few suspects, but they’ll need to carve out the whole truth if they’re going to find her killer. If they do so fast enough, there might even be time for a little trick-or-treating.

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Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.

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CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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This is book 11 in the McKinley Mysteries, and I have only read the short novella intro to this series The Day Job is Murder, so it is clear that a lot has happened since that book! That said it can be read as a stand alone.

Sean & Sarah are now Private Investigators and married, and they are all dressed up in Halloween costumes ready to take part in a news segment to help promote their Haunted House, which is seeing all proceeds going to charity and having no set admission charge. The reporter and cameraman from Your Source arrive to record the segment and it’s clear that the reporter Chloe would rather get this over and done with as soon as possible.

Once it all over they all carry on about their day until it’s time for the segment to air on TV, with Sean, Sarah a few other gathered around the TV to watch they get a shock to discover that their piece won’t be aired due to a death in the Your Source family – Chloe!

The McKinley’s are not only disappointed but shocked to say the least, considering they were all together several hours ago. How can a young, seemingly healthy woman just suddenly die a few hours later?

That is what they end up investigating at the request of Chloe’s twin sister who believes that her sister was murdered and did not die of natural causes like the police are thinking. I had no idea who it could have been right up to the end, with such a narrow suspect pool I still didn’t guess who it could have been, but there was a moment of clarity where I thought ah ha! I have it, and was right. Carolyn did a great job as keeping you guessing as to who it was though.

A great cozy mystery set around Halloween, I look forward to more from the McKinley’s.

I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.



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I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

One thought on “[Review] Halloween is Murder by Carolyn Arnold (McKinley Mysteries 11)

  • October 6, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you for reading and reviewing HALLOWEEN IS MURDER. If you haven’t already, can you post your review to your favorite retailers. Again, thank you for your support.

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