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Christmas is Murder

(McKinley Mysteries #7)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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 sel

Kindle Edition, 126 pages
Published December 4th 2014 by Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
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Linda Strong
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I have to admit .. I am not a big fan of cozy mysteries. And this is the first year I've made it a point to read a few Christmas stories.

Now let the beating with limp noodles begin! Carolyn Arnold is one author who has changed my mind about cozies! I absolutely loved this story!

Sean and Sara will be celebrating their first married Christmas together. Being adopted, for Sara, Christmas is all about family. And Sean will do whatever it takes to make Sara happy.

Both are former cops and they are ser
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
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
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once a cop always a cop. Sara and Sean sense something isn’t right in the fire at that neighbor’s house. A pleasant cozy mystery in the spirit of the season.
Paula Ratcliffe
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Christmas is Murder - a review by Rosemary Kenny

A McKinley Murder-Mystery short and sweet cozy mystery by the illustrious Carolyn Arnold, sees Sean and Sara McKinley enjoying a shopping trip, during which they meet their new next door neighbors by chance.

What they find on their return home, is both shocking and potentially criminal - so Sara believes.
What's the significance of the gold starburst Christmas bauble?

Carolyn Arnold really knows how to create a heart-warming cozy mystery, that has eno
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's a fast paced mystery with twists and a lovable Christmas atmosphere

It's Christmas, their first married Christmas. Sara and Sean are choosing their Christmas tree together with her adoptive parents. Sara is the happiest woman in the world: she has a man who loves her and loves him, two splendid adoptive parents who love her as if she were their real daughter, the home of her dreams and lots of money. But a bad fire ruins this wonderful Christmas atmosphere.

The plot kept me on edge from start
Ellen White
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cozy mystery, it is more than that, it has a good plot. A young couple Sean and Sara, and her parents. Picking out Christmas trees that evening they meet the neighbors close to their house. Later sirens are heard and finding these neighbors home had buried, Once again they are investigating, things didn’t seem right of what the chief was telling them.
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Dec 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Neighbors die in a fire. Did it have to do with the Christmas lights…or worse? Sara wanted answers.

This was kind of dull. You really don’t care what started the fire and the characters aren’t that interesting. This basically follows the same dull formula as previous stories. Different scenario, same dry plot.
Valancy Stirling
Sep 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 1-kindle-mania
Part of series collection McKinley Mysteries Box Set ...more
Chris Blackton
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Now that I have accepted the fact that this series is a fluff piece and is very light reading I can enjoy it for what it is. There is no drama nor suspense and thankfully no sexual content. It is a nice easy short read. Enjoyable!
Yvonne Meyer
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good Story.

Good mystery that keeps you interested to the end. It has love, murder and deep friendships. I will read more from this author.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
funny little christmas story ......
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Quick and fun read.

This is something to keep my mind off problems. Cute and upbeat and quick disposal of story line issue. I like them.
Feb 07, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
'Tis the Season

When there is a fire at Sean and Sara's neighbors' house resulting in death, Sara wonders if the fire was an accident or deliberate.
Bonnye Reed
Dec 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute and quick read. Great mystery books to read.
Rhea Folland
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great read!
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great mystery

Sean and Sara make a great couple. They are determined to find out what really bad to their neighbors. Carolyn Arnold writes to keep your attention throughout and with a sense of humor. Read the book to see how it unfolds. Happy reading! 😊
Nancy Silk
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"A Great Mystery Novella For The Holidays"

It's really Christmas time in Albany, New York, with snow flakes falling. Sara and Sean McKinley are looking forward to their first Christmas since they married. They and Jeannie and Leon, her adoptive parents, have just picked out their Christmas trees to decorate their homes. Before leaving the tree farm, they meet Maggie and Elbert Wilson who are neighbors to Sara and Sean they have yet to know. That is because Sara and Sean have been on an extensive
Stephanie Jane
Christmas Is Murder is the seventh in Arnold's McKinley Mysteries series. The solving of the mystery is a self-contained story so I could happily follow what was going on in this novella without having previously read any of the others. There are frequent hints to the backstory though and it wasn't until near the end that I understood why everyone seemed to let Sara and Sean McKinley get away with pretty immoral behaviour - they're on TV!

Our suitably seasonal tale gives Arnold the opportunity to
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So great - Carolyn Arnold quickly became a fav! Full review on blog.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Christmas is Murder is the seventh novella in the McKinley Mysteries series written by author Carolyn Arnold. It is a light, fun story.
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CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has nearly thirty published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcem ...more

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