Politics is Murder (McKinley Mysteries #4) by Carolyn Arnold


The author sent me an advanced copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

For Sean and Sara, a local television interview turns into a high-profile investigation. The host’s niece has gone missing, but the girl isn’t just anyone, she’s the daughter of Albany’s mayor.

Not knowing whether she’s run away, been kidnapped—or worse—murdered, Sean and Sara set out to get the answers. It will have them using all the resources at their disposal.

4th in the McKinley Mysteries
Approximately 28,000 words


My Opinion

The fourth book of the McKinley Mysteries series catapults its protagonists, Sara and Sean McKinley, from a TV interview into a politically important investigation. Their host’s 19-year-old niece has gone missing; her father is Albany’s mayor. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Politics is Murder, Carolyn Arnold has created the fourth instalment of the McKinley Mysteries series. I did not read the previous instalments – I am going to read them, soon. It is not necessary to have read the previous instalments before; you get to know Sara and Sean quickly. You certainly want to read them, though. Politics is Murder is fun with a thrill, as well as an entertaining and fast read, making you want to read more.

This is a book to read again.


About the author

Carolyn Arnold’s love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said “tell me a story.” Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

TIES THAT BIND, the first in her Madison Knight Series, was published in 2011 and it became a Kindle Best Seller, reaching the top 100 in Police Procedurals in the US and in the UK. Her writing has been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and lives with her husband, and two beagles in a city near Toronto.


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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Politics is Murder?  Or – if you did not yet read Politics is Murder – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Politics is Murder was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



8 thoughts on “Politics is Murder (McKinley Mysteries #4) by Carolyn Arnold

  1. This is a book I’d like to read not only because the author has been compared to such great crime writers but also because of the plot and that it’s a Police Procedural novel. I was quite surprised that it was only 28,000 words. Is this a new trend?

    • Hi Carol,
      Thank you for the expressed interest in Politics is Murder. This is a novella series and is not a police procedural. This series is more a cozy, romantic mystery.

      If you love police prodedurals, please check out my Madison Knight, and Brandon Fisher series. These are full length novels and crime.

    • Carolyn Arnold’s work differs from series to series and/or project to project. The McKinley Mysteries series consists of shorter instalments, is what I consider a fast read. The Madison Knight series as well as the Brandon Fisher FBI series consist of longer instalments with more action. I haven’t read all of them, yet.

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