Book Title: MONEY IS MURDER
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: McKinley Mysteries, Book 3
Published by: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-988064-56-7
ISBN (paperback 4 x 6): 978-1-988353-27-2
ISBN (paperback 5 x 8): 978-1-988064-43-7
ASIN: B00KAVZTRI 154 pages
It's in the fine print…
Old Man Quinn left Sean more than his billions–he left him a murder to solve.
Inside the chest given to him from the executor of Quinn’s Will, Sean finds a key and implicit instruction that the contents are for his eyes only. After Sean discovers where the key fits, he finds another letter–Quinn wants a closed case reopened, and Sean is shocked to learn who the victim was.
As Sean and his wife, Sara, uncover clues, it leads them from the back rooms of Quinn’s corporation to the streets of New York City, but they will stop at nothing to get to the truth.
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What to expect from the McKinley Mysteries:
Romance. Humor. Murder. Are you looking for a murder mystery without all the graphic violence and foul language? Something that you can enjoy in an afternoon and walk away feeling good about afterward? How about a dash of humor and romance? If so, meet former detectives Sean and Sara McKinley. When a billionaire leaves them all his money, they no longer have to work, but they find themselves sticking to what they’re good at—solving murders. Undercover, off the books, and around the world, they’ll get to the bottom of things…and romance it up along the way.
This is the perfect book series for fans of Hart to Hart, Castle, Colombo, Monk, Rockford Files, Psych, and Magnum PI.
Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning.
Excerpt from chapter 3 of Money is Murder (McKinley Mysteries)
NEXT STEP, BY THE CLOCK
ONLY A FEW FEET AWAY, and jarred from his thoughts, Sean jumped when the chimes sounded.
“Darling, what a beautiful clock.” Sara rushed past him to the mantle and lifted it up.
It was an antique, dating back decades, of that he was certain. It would have even been a classic for Quinn—and that said a lot.
It was made of pine, by the looks of it, with intricate wood scrollwork framing the front face. The hands were brass, and the golden numerals, Roman.
“I’m assuming this is the one that just rang.” She inspected the clock, running her fingertips along its edges.
“Yeah, and it nearly scared me to dea—” He moved in closer.
“Darling, what is it?”
“Could it be? Let me see that.”
She handed it over, her brow knitting.
“There’s a door in the back. Makes sense this would be where the inner workings are, but look at this.” Sean flipped the clock over and there was a keyhole.
“Oh, try the key.”
Sean took it from his pocket and slipped it in. It fit perfectly. He paused to look up at his wife. Her excitement mirrored his.
He went to the coffee table and placed the clock down. Sara dropped to the floor and he settled in beside her.
With a small twist, a panel opened.
Sara let out a gasp and Sean laughed.
“What? This is exciting.”
He had to give her that.
He took the panel and put it beside the clock. He expected it to reveal the inner workings, which it did, but it also provided something else—a folded piece of paper. He opened it up and read it out loud.
“Dear Sean, Up until this point we have been through a lot together, haven’t we? I knew you would find this. I sincerely hope that you were able to enjoy spending some of the money I left you. I also hope that you were able to find true love and someone to share it with. I need you to do me a favor.”
“This is amazing, darling. He knew you would find this. He left it for you. I wonder at what point in his life? Back when you first met, or more recently.”
“There’s still more to the letter.” Irritation laced his speech, but her speaking had yanked him out of his spiritual reunion with Quinn.
“When I met you, you were a street cop, but I followed your career and know that you turned out to be a murder detective. This is where you can help me, friend. My daughter, Cindy, was murdered. Now, the papers will tell you that she committed suicide, but not my girl. Please, do whatever you must, but find justice for her.”
When he finished reading it, Sean passed the letter to Sara.
“Did you even know he had a daughter?” she asked, her words hushed, teasing the edge of being audible. She must have picked up on his emotion.
“No, I’m embarrassed to say, it turns out I didn’t really know the man that well at all.”
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.
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