Halloween is Murder By Carolyn Arnold

 

(McKinley Mysteries Book 11)

Halloween Is Murder
Halloween Is Murder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HALLOWEEN IS MURDER BY CAROLYN ARNOLD:

In Halloween Is Murder, Sean and Sara McKinley, wishing to support charities for children, have set up a Halloween house.  Getting a television interview by Chloe Parson, they did not expect Chloe to turn up dead the same day.  Owner’s of Pay It Forward Investigations, Sara has a “feeling” Chloe has been the victim of murder.  After heartfelt pleas to investigate, Sara persuades Sean to take the case;  they set off to find if murder‘s the cause. 

The police are still investigating the case;  which means Sean and Sara must be careful proceeding.  Through twists and turns, the McKinley’s, dare I say,  tiptoe through their investigation.  What will they find?  Was Chloe murdered?  If so, who did it, friend or foe?  My book review of Halloween Is Murder follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Once again author Carolyn Arnold created a fantastic murder mystery.  Filled with twists and turns, well-developed character, and an intriguing story-line, this book holds the reader‘s attention.  I love Sean and Sara.  Arnold filled Sean with love for Sara.  He’s willing to do almost anything to make her happy.  Sara’s a determined, strong woman;  yet, she has issues of insecurity.  With hunches, feelings, and intuition, she makes a great investigator and partner for Sean.  She uses her talents, and he uses methodical investigation and reason;  he wants evidence in his cases, she goes by her gut.  They compliment each other;  they each have a technique of crime solving. 

Arnold’s secondary characters add spice and variety to the storyline.  You will love the crotchety medical examiner, as well as, Jimmy, employed as a PI by Sean and Sara.  With a varied cast of characters, which one would want to murder Chloe?  Arnold’s characters are believable and realistic, as well as, varied in personality and characteristics.

Arnold held the mystery close; not revealing until necessary.  If Chloe was murdered, was it Jackson, the ex-boyfriend, or the station manager who was making Chloe pay her dues before becoming an anchor?  Was someone out there trying to even an old score?  Or did she die of natural causes? Sorry, you will have to read the book; no spoilers revealed today.

Carolyn Arnold’s plotting included mystery, intrigue, and pacing in line with the length of the book.  I found her writing flowed well;  as a result, this book‘s an easy fun read.  Each scene transitioned smoothly from scene to scene;  without interruption or confusion for the readerHalloween Is Murder, perfect for the ghostly season of Halloween, is a clean intriguing murder mystery book.  I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend. 

HALLOWEEN IS MURDER RECOMMENDATION:  STARS 4

FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:

Additionally, I received this book from Magic of Books and the author.  I chose to review the book with honest cozy mystery book reviews voluntarily.  Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion.  Consequently, all book reviews online and on my blog, are my opinions.  Also, no one influences my voluntary cozy mystery book reviews.

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