Christmas Is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

Posted on December 8, 2017 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 18 Comments

Christmas Is Murder by Carolyn ArnoldTitle: Christmas is Murder
Author(s): Carolyn Arnold
Series: McKinley Mysteries #7
Also in this series: Halloween is Murder , Exercise is Murder (McKinley Mysteries: Short & Sweet Cozies)
Published by Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc on December 4, 2014
Pages: 126
Genre(s): Cozy Mystery
Source: Publisher
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Do you love Christmas and cozy mysteries?
“Christmas is Murder” is a touching--and comical--seasonal cozy. It will have you wanting to stoke the fire and top up that glass of eggnog.
Albany’s the perfect image of a winter wonderland, and Sean and Sara’s friend Jimmy is going to be Santa Claus for the upcoming Christmas parade. The trees and decorations have been selected and the gifts have been purchased. The season has truly cast its magical spell--until Sean and Sara’s neighbors die in a horrible house fire.
While the fire department ruled holiday-related hazards as the cause, Sara suspects there’s more to it. Her determination to find the truth has her and Sean toeing the line between what’s legal and what’s not.
As they sort out fact from fiction, the McKinleys make the final decision about whether or not they should open a private investigation firm.

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Christmas is Murder by Carolyn Arnold is the seventh book in the Mckinley Mysteries series. It was an entertaining and easy to read cozy mystery. This is the second book from the series I am reading and I have no regrets. I am looking forward to reading the remaining books.

Sean and Sara McKinley, fresh from their honeymoon in Europe, is looking forward to sharing their first Christmas as a married couple. Then their neighbours, whom they never had time to, know on a deeper level, died in a house fire on Christmas Eve. Fuelled by the guilt of not taking the time to know her neighbours she decides to investigate the circumstances behind their deaths. She is convinced they were murdered and with Sean by her side; she is determined to prove her theory at all cost. Was it an accident or did someone deliberately set the fire?

I found the mystery engaging.  I was keen to discover if Sara was correct in her suspicions. The lovely couple employed a variety of methods to help in solving the case. Some of these methods found them crossing the lines of legality. There were funny moments, which had me laughing aloud. I especially enjoyed the scene where they found themselves cornered by an angry Rottweiler.

I loved how the author incorporated the Christmas theme throughout the story. There was no doubt that this was a Christmas story.

 Christmas is Murder is a light, fun and fluffy read. If you are a reader who loves mysteries that are gritty and intense then this book not for you. However, if you are looking for something light and fun, then it is the perfect book.


About Carolyn Arnold

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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18 responses to “Christmas Is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

  1. This is the season for light and fluffy reads. 🙂


  2. Debbie Haupt

    Sounds like a great cozy Nadene I think I would like this series

  3. RO

    Seems like more and more people are reading these cozy goodies and falling in love with these cozy goodies! Hugs and Happy Friday! RO

  4. I’ve been trying to add more cozy series to my repertoire. Neat how they are a young married couple team of sleuths. I like that its a light and fun tone to them.

  5. I really love most covers of cozy mysteries and this one looks really good! It’s good to know that the story is as good as the cover too. I’m glad you enjoyed it Nadene 🙂