Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book Review: Valentine's Day is Murder by Carolyn Arnold

Valentine's Day is Murder (McKinley Mysteries series Book 8)
by Carolyn Arnold
Publisher: Carolyn Arnold
Published: Jan. 15, 2015

Amazon Synopsis:

Strap in for an adventure that will take you to the beautiful island of Jamaica and have you wanting a piƱa colada.

Jimmy finally takes a vacation--and a chance on love--only to be abducted. His female companion originally thinks he had cold feet about their relationship, but Sean and Sara know there’s more to it. Jimmy isn’t the type to just up and disappear, let alone leave a lady stranded.

Setting out on their private jet, Sean and Sara reach the tropical paradise of Ocho Rios, Jamaica with sightseeing as the last thing on their minds.

With a gold coin being their initial tie to Jimmy’s kidnapper, Sean and Sara even speculate about the involvement of pirates. Yet as the hours pass, and there’s no word from Jimmy’s captors, Sean and Sara will need to figure out the real motive before it’s too late.

With help from their friend, Adam, back in Albany, the pieces come together and not a moment too soon.

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My Thoughts:

This cozy mystery is Book 8 of the McKinley Mystery Series. It is a stand-alone novel within the series. Valentine’s Day is Murder begins when Jimmy Voigt suddenly disappears in the middle of dinner with Meredith, a woman with whom he had travelled to Jamaica for a holiday. Jimmy is a friend of Sean and Sarah McKinley, ex-cops turned private investigators. When the local authorities can't find anything, Meredith calls the McKinleys for help. The McKinleys immediately fly down to Jamaica to investigate Jimmy's disappearance.

This was a fun romantic cozy mystery set in the beautiful resort area of Jamaica. There was lots of action and danger as the McKinleys searched for Jimmy's abductors. Plenty of twists and turns in the plot led to the surprise ending.

I liked that the romance portion of the novel was clean.I empathized with Jimmy as he struggled and debated with himself about whether or not to involve himself in a relationship with another woman after his divorce with his wife Clara.

This is the first book in this particular series that I have read and I enjoyed the characters of Sean and Sara McKinley. They are quite a funny and loving couple. I would enjoy reading more of these books in the series to get to know them better as I found them quite intriguing.

I would recommend this book for cozy mystery readers. I gave Valentine’s Day is Murder four stars out of five.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Carolyn Arnold is an award-winning and International bestselling author, a blogger, and is published in IUeMag, a distinguished online magazine dedicated to inspiring people. She is also the proud founder of the Shining Soul site that is geared to healing, motivation, and self-empowerment.

Since she published in 2011, her books have been sold and downloaded over half a million times. Titles in her Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, and McKinley Mystery series have all hit bestselling lists. Her work ranges from cozy mysteries to hard-boiled detective and FBI procedurals.

Born in a small town, Carolyn enjoys returning to her roots and spending time in the country reflecting on life and letting her imagination run wild. She currently lives in a city near Toronto with her husband and two beagles, Max and Chelsea.

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1 comment :

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review Valentine's Day is Murder. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.