Book Review: Shopping is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

Black Friday should be all about shopping and discounts, but when Sean and Sara only have a few more items left to buy, screams fill the mall—and for good reason. A man has fallen to his death from the second level. 

But what exactly happened isn’t that straightforward, and normally, Sean and Sara would leave this matter to the police, but the widow was a childhood friend of Sara’s. While the police are leaning toward the belief the man intentionally took the leap, the widow is adamant her husband would never jump and asks Sara for her help. 

Despite the fact there is an unresolved past between the friends—in which Sara feels she let her down—Sara can’t turn her back on her now. Fueled by guilt and the need to find answers, Sara convinces Sean they should look into the man’s death. 

But the answers aren’t all coming quickly. Mall security has dropped the ball and there’s no seeming motive for murder. To find out the truth will take unconventional means, a little undercover work, and the help of their friend Jimmy. And if it all comes together, they just might have this case wrapped up in time for the holidays. Maybe even with a pretty little bow.

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My Review

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

Sean and Sara McKinley used to be detectives in New York but they were able to quit their jobs after Sean received a windfall. Now it seems that murder mysteries fall into their laps and, of course, they can’t help themselves but to try to solve them.

Even though Sean and Sara could have someone do their Christmas shopping for them, they want the gifts to be personal, so they go to the mall on Black Friday. Suddenly, someone goes over the railing and the distressed widow turns out to be an old friend of Sara’s. Even though Sean thinks they shouldn’t get involved, once they talk to the widow, they decide to look into it. It takes some problem solving and a little help from their friends, but they find themselves on the right path but with a twist at the end.

The McKinley Mysteries are cozy mysteries which is a little different from Carolyn Arnold’s other series. Shopping is Murder is a quick and fun read that does stand alone. I like Sean and Sara’s relationship and their friends who help them out on cases. I’m looking forward to reading more of these.

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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Book Review: Money is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

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There’s no such thing as ‘no strings attached’… MONEY IS MURDER

“If you want a story with a touch of romance, humor, and more twists and turns than you can count, you’ll love this book…”
–Book Reviewer

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Book Overview

It’s in the fine print…

Old Man Quinn left Sean more than his billions–he left him a murder to solve.

Inside the chest given to him from the executor of Quinn’s Will, Sean finds a key and implicit instruction that the contents are for his eyes only. After Sean discovers where the key fits, he finds another letter–Quinn wants a closed case reopened, and Sean is shocked to learn who the victim was.

As Sean and his wife, Sara, uncover clues, it leads them from the back rooms of Quinn’s corporation to the streets of New York City, but they will stop at nothing to get to the truth. 

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From the Author

Ever since Sean struck it rich both in his financial arena and in love, life has been one adventure after another. But every one of these adventures revolve around solving murder with his beautiful wife Sara. In fact, murder investigations tend to find them wherever they go. Guess you could say they are unlucky in this way, but from the viewpoint of those who have lost a loved one, they are lucky to have Sean and Sara around.

In Money is Murder, the McKinleys are left with a death to investigate from Quinn, the man who willed Sean his fortune. The deceased was Quinn’s daughter and he never bought into the conclusion that she’d killed herself. Driven by gratitude for all the man had done for him and a drive for the truth, Sean and Sara set out to New York City for answers.

But Sean and Sara must sort through the lies and the rumors to find out what really happened. The investigation will take them from the back rooms of a corporation Sean inherited to the streets of the Big Apple.

My inspiration for this novella came from playing around with the thought of what if Quinn left Sean just one more thing: a secret to uncover and solve. And I wanted to make it personal for Quinn, something that he’d only entrust to Sean.

Carolyn Arnold

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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. I read the first two books in this series, The Day Job is Murder and Vacation is Murder,  through this book tour and requested the third to review because they’re quick and fun reads.

Sean and Sara McKinley are home from their honeymoon. 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. Sean has a key that he received from Quinn, the man who left him everything, and he and Sara find where the key fits. What they find is a message that gives them their next mystery to solve. And it’s a murder mystery, just what they’re best at.

The McKinley Mysteries are cozy mysteries, perfect to bring along on vacation. Money 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 as well as other Carolyn Arnold series. So far, I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read of hers and I really like her writing style.

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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.

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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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