Exercise is Murder (McKinley Mysteries, #12) by Carolyn Arnold #BookReview @Carolyn_Arnold

Cover: Exercise is Murder
(McKinley Mysteries, #12)
by Carolyn Arnold


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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Getting in shape isn’t an easy walk in the park…

Running junkie Katie Carpenter takes a tumble down a ravine and ends up facedown in the Hudson River. The police conclude her death was an accident, but those who were close to Katie aren’t buying that she just tripped and fell—including her pro-athlete boyfriend. But it’s Katie’s fitness trainer and friend who hires the McKinleys to investigate.

Anything but an easy case to solve, Sean and Sara will break a sweat trying to figure out who had the most to gain from the young woman’s death. Sadly for Sean most of the evidence seems stacked against Katie’s boyfriend—a man Sean idolizes. Can he put aside being starstruck long enough to view things objectively? If Katie’s killer is going to be caught, he and Sara will need to remain flexible and it might require bending the rules a bit.

Genre(s): > Cozy Mystery
> Private Investigator Mysteries (Books)
> Private Investigator Mysteries (Kindle Store)
Series: McKinley Mysteries, #12
Length: 202 pages
Release date: 2019-09-24



Sara wrote, Bitter she doesn’t pay attention to him? Ha feelings for her that weren’t returned? Jealous perhaps of Katie’s successes – or Levi?

Sara lifted her pen from the page, and tapped the end against her chin, focused on the word jealous. It was apparent from online that Mitch and David were drawn to Katie, and surely there’d be other men, too.

My Opinion

The twelfth book of the McKinley Mysteries series starts with – working out; Sara and Sean McKinley are keen on keeping in shape. Then Sara’s trainer asks them to investigate the death of a friend.

With “Exercise is Murder”, Carolyn Arnold has created the twelfth instalment of the McKinley Mysteries series. Like its predecessors, this is a very enjoyable read. Sara, Sean, and their team do their best to solve Katie’s death, previous categorised accidental by the police. Exercise is Murder” is entertaining with a thrill, a steady read with charming main characters, secondary characters of sufficient depth. I love how Sara craves for her coffee – no matter what the case throws at her and Sean.

This book is for you if you like cosy mysteries, series, charming, and quirky characters, and sleuths who will not give up.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:


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—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 and Sisters in Crime.


Connect with the Author:

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 Exercise is Murder?  Or – if you did not yet read Exercise is Murder – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂






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