Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Why I Chose to Write in the Mystery Genre

Strong characters, suspense, intrigue, murder, the pursuit of justice… I love all these aspects of the mystery genre. There’s something about the way mysteries are built upon a logical progression of thought—the interviewing of witnesses and suspects, following leads, waiting on forensic results.

Many writers will tell you that they plot their books—some in great detail—but that’s not how I work. In fact, if I try to even do a pared-down version of plotting, my creativity freezes. Instead, I sit down to write with the concept of a story. I’m aware of the killer’s motivation and the murder method they use, but even with that knowledge, I don’t always know who the killer is or how I’m going to unravel things. I work it out along with my characters, following one scene to the next to uncover the truth.

I also must say that I have a huge amount of respect for those who serve in law enforcement. They put their lives on the line every shift and do so, not just because it’s a job, but because they have a love for people and for helping their community. To be able to write in this genre, it enables me to pay my respects to them. My admiration for them is why I do my utmost to ensure the procedures in my books are accurate by researching and reaching out to contacts that I have who serve or who have served in law enforcement.

There’s also a fasciation that comes into play when it comes to forensics and the science of solving murder. New technology is coming out all the time and this allows me to keep on learning and to think of creative ways of working this into my stories.

I also love to read mysteries and watch crime dramas on TV so it only makes sense that I’d love to write in this genre as well.

by Carolyn Arnold

Published by: Hibbert and Stiles Publishing Inc.
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-988064-61-1
ISBN (print):  978-0-9878400-0-4

Approximately 174 pages


A cup a day won’t kill you, but a few might.

Their first case as private investigators have Sean, Sara, and Jimmy neck-deep in coffee beans trying to find a killer. With their client certain that her mother was poisoned through her coffee of the month club, it has them setting out to Williamsburg, Virginia. But instead of approaching matters from the traditional standpoint, Sean and Sara brew a robust plot and stir Jimmy into the blend, all to get close to their top suspect and grind out the truth.

Going undercover at Tasty Beans, the coffee company, the three of them work to expose the culprit before anyone else dies.

McKinley Mysteries
Carolyn Arnold

Published by: Hibbert and Stiles Publishing Inc.

Number of books in series as of May 2016: 10

Sleuth around with murder-solving duo Sean and Sara McKinley as they do whatever it takes to unravel a mystery while romancing it up along the way.

Series Overview:

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: The Day Job is Murder, Vacation is Murder, Money is Murder, Politics is Murder, Family is Murder, Shopping is Murder, Christmas is Murder, Valentine’s Day is Murder, Coffee is Murder, Skiing is Murder.

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About the Author:

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling 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.

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Carolyn Arnold said...

Thank you for having me by as a guest.