Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review: Shopping Is Murder by: Carolyn Arnold


Title: Shopping Is Murder
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Publishing: Hibbert Stiles Publishing Inc
Series: McKinley Mysteries #6
Pages: 159
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:

Black Friday should be all about shopping and discounts, but Sean and Sara get more than they bargained for. When they only have a few more items left to buy, screams fill the mall—and for good reason. A man has fallen to his death from the second level. 

But what exactly happened isn’t that straightforward, and normally, Sean and Sara would leave this matter to the police, but the widow was a childhood friend of Sara’s. While the police are leaning toward the belief the man intentionally took the leap, the widow is adamant her husband would never jump and asks Sara for her help. 

Despite the fact there is an unresolved past between the friends—in which Sara feels she let her down—Sara can’t turn her back on her now. Fueled by guilt and the need to find answers, Sara convinces Sean they should look into the man’s death. 

But the answers aren’t all coming quickly. Mall security has dropped the ball and there’s no seeming motive for murder. To find out the truth will take unconventional means, a little undercover work, and the help of their friend Jimmy. And if it all comes together, they just might have this case wrapped up in time for the holidays. Maybe even with a pretty little bow.

My Thoughts:

This book finds Sara and Sean shopping at the mall determined to buy gifts for their friends and loved ones.  As someone screaming brings Sean and Sara running out of the latest store they enter to find someone has fallen over the 2nd floor, as Sara approaches she recognizes a friend of her's from school.  There are no shortage of people in the mall during the incident.  Did Sara's old friend's husband commit suicide or was he helped to his death?

Of course Sara decides they must investigate especially after visiting her friend who begs for their help.  As they begin to investigate Sara thinks it might be connected to a yellow plain bag that the husband was holding.  Was he meeting someone?  Was it enough to kill for?

This book series is fun and really pulls you in and you want to keep going to solve the crime, if for Sara nothing other than repairing her relationship with her friend.  I really enjoy learning more and more about Sara and Sean as the series is continues.  This is a great series for anyone and everyone who loves a great cozy mystery with a crime fighting duo.

1 shout outs:

Carolyn Arnold said...

Thank you for hosting the McKinley Mysteries tour, and the review of SHOPPING IS MURDER.