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Book Review & Giveaway: Halloween is Murder by Carolyn Arnold




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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About the McKinley Mysteries:

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. This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to HartCastleColomboMonkRockford FilesPsych, and Magnum PI.



My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. 

I have read several of Carolyn Arnold’s books including the first three books in this series. Even though I’ve missed several of the books in the series (I’m planning on catching up at some point), I knew that all of these books are stand alone so I didn’t have a problem reading number 11. I like the author’s writing style so I was looking forward to reading Halloween is Murder.

Sean and Sara McKinley are private investigators. They used to be detectives in New York but they were able to quit their jobs after Sean received a windfall and immediately proposed to Sara. After solving a couple of murders, they decided that opening a PI business would be a good idea. And all of the money they make goes to charity.

Another project for charity is a haunted house for Halloween. When the reporter who did a piece on the haunted house suddenly dies, Sara is sure that it’s murder but Sean isn’t so sure. After the reporter’s sister asks them to look into the death, Sean caves and agrees to investigate. What they find isn’t quite what I expected.

The McKinley Mysteries are cozy mysteries. Halloween is Murder is a quick and fun read. It includes mystery, a little romance, a little suspense, and even a couple of twists. I’m looking forward to reading more of Sean and Sara’s adventures.



 About the Author

Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. 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™.
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The History of Halloween


I found this interesting and wanted to share. I had no idea Halloween had been around so long! If you like all things Halloween, I found this website, ThingsThatGoBoo, that has everything you ever wanted to know about Halloween including monsters, poems, songs, books, and more.







Book Review: Elphie Goes Trick or Treating by Hagit R. Oron & Or Oron

31931221Title: Elphie Goes Trick or Treating

Author: Hagit R. Oron

Illustrator: Or Oron

Genre: Children

Publication Date: October 10, 2016




About the Book

Elphie is easily frightened. Phante is brave.
Elphie is calm and kind. Phante is hot tempered.
When they go trick or treating together, Elphie and Phante use their strengths to empower each other.
Read the book and teach your kids that the sweetness of friendship lasts more than that of a sugar-coated candy.

Available on Amazon.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author.

I read Elphie and Dad go on an Epic Adventure and Bravo and Elphie so when the author asked me if I wanted to read the latest Elphie book I was happy to do so.  Elphie Goes Trick or Treating is an adorable book for young children. It’s about Halloween, and Elphie is planning on dressing up as a tiger but his costume is so scary that he is afraid to go trick or treating in it. His mom takes off his costume and lets him go as himself.

Elphie goes trick or treating with his friend, Phante, who is dressed up as a pirate. Phante ends up being jealous because a lot of the neighbors give Elphie extra treats for his “costume.” Elphie is so nice that he splits the candy with Phante. With a hug from Phante, Elphie feels like he is brave enough now to be a tiger-elephant and he changes into his original costume.

Elphie Goes Trick or Treating is a cute book with colorful pictures that will keep the attention of young children. It also teaches the importance of friendship. It’s the perfect time for this book with Halloween just around the corner!


About the Authors

2016-10-14_17-14-03Hagit R & Or Oron are a mother and daughter who love to create, imagine, laugh and have fun together.
Hagit R is an electronics engineer. She writes computer code by day, but when she takes off her suit she lets her imagination run wild. Really, it takes her to such weird places, words aren’t able to describe.
Or is a graphic designer by day and an illustrator by night. Imagination is the biggest tool in her toolbox. Really, it’s as big as a continent.
Together they are an undefeatable team. Their mission is to bring joy and happiness to kids and parents all around the world.
How? One picture book at a time.





Book Review: I Killed the Man Who Wrote This Book by Theodore Ficklestein


The author of this book is having fun mocking Halloween. Little does he know that the audience are the monsters themselves.

My Review

I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

I’ve always thought that poets are a little different. This book is proof of that. I’m not saying that that is a bad thing. My son is a poet and he’s a bit different and he knows it. He doesn’t mind that he’s different and I love that he’s different.

I Killed the Man Who Wrote This Book starts with poetry by Theodore Ficklestein about (making fun of) Halloween. A lot of it is about candy and Halloween parties and making fun of the scary stuff. One of my favorite poems:

So You’re the Monster?

Is Frankenstein the monster’s name or not?
This has been a long debate of readers of the
famous novel.
There is always one clever bastard who points
out the Frankenstein is not the monster’s
But the Scientist’s name.
That is the same person who knows why the
author of the Wizard Of Oz chose Oz for the
place of the wizard.
I didn’t really help with this question at all.
Is Frankenstein the name of the monster or
Oh, who the hell knows!
All I know is that when I tell people about
Frankenstein, they think I am talking about the
monster, not the scientist.

The second part of the book is written by monsters who killed the author on Halloween because they didn’t appreciate his wit and humor.

This is the kind of poetry I like. It’s different and funny. I have a friend who says he doesn’t like poetry because you can’t understand it but you can definitely understand Theodore Ficklestein’s poetry, even if it is weird. I definitely recommend this book. I have two other poetry books written by this author and I am looking forward to reading them.

Available on Amazon.