Exercise is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

Running junkie Katie Carpenter takes a tumble down a ravine and ends up facedown in the Hudson River. The police conclude her death was an accident, but those who were close to Katie aren’t buying that she just tripped and fell—including her pro-athlete boyfriend. But it’s Katie’s fitness trainer and friend who hires the McKinleys to investigate.

Anything but an easy case to solve, Sean and Sara will break a sweat trying to figure out who had the most to gain from the young woman’s death. Sadly for Sean, most of the evidence seems stacked against Katie’s boyfriend—a man Sean idolizes. Can he put aside being starstruck long enough to view things objectively? If Katie’s killer is going to be caught, he and Sara will need to remain flexible and it might require bending the rules a bit.

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My Review

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

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. They decided to open a PI business because they are good at solving murders and all of the profit goes to charity. Even though they don’t need the money, they take their business seriously.

When Sara’s fitness instructor asks her to look into the accident of one of her clients, Sean is skeptical. It turns out, though, that it may not be an accident after all. And there are several people who have a motive for murdering her. It takes all of their investigative skills to narrow down who the killer is.

The McKinley Mysteries are cozy mysteries which is a little different from Carolyn Arnold’s other series. Exercise is Murder is a quick and fun read. It includes mystery, a little romance, a little suspense, and some twists. I’m looking forward to reading more of Sean and Sara’s adventures.

About the Author

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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