Shopping is Murder (McKinley Mysteries #6) by Carolyn Arnold


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


My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Amazon)

Shopping takes its toll…

Sean and Sara have had just about enough shopping when screams fill the mall. A man has fallen—or was he pushed—to his death from the second level.

His widow is a childhood friend of Sara’s and she’s adamant her husband would never jump. With mall security dropping the ball and no seeming motive for murder, Sean and Sara are about to give up when one clue gets them that much closer. It may just be enough to wrap up everything in time for the holidays.


6th in the McKinley Mysteries
Approximately 33,000 words

Release date:  2014-10-30



Horrific screams reached into the store, drowning out the holiday merriment spreading over the speakers.

Sara raced out of the store, knowing from her days as a cop they could only mean one thing – someone was dead.


My Opinion

The sixth book of the McKinley Mysteries series starts with a Xmas shopping spree – its protagonists, Sara and Sean McKinley are in a mall when they hear screaming. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Amazon plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Shopping is Murder, Carolyn Arnold has created the sixth instalment of the McKinley Mysteries series. Like its predecessors, this is a very enjoyable read. Sara and Sean did not really want to ‘take over’ a new case, especially if a former friend of Sara’s is involved. Suddenly they find themselves in the middle of their next mystery, aided by their friend Jim. Shopping is Murder is entertaining with a thrill, a fast read, most probably making you yearn for reading the next instalment.

This book is part of a series 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 Shopping is Murder?  Or – if you did not yet read Shopping is Murder – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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