Bowled Over Americano offers a great whodunnit with a pinch of comedy, a dash of romance, and small-town stunts, there's enough to keep you entertained long into the night.


The Description

Sara and Sean Cozy Mystery Series: Book 1
Publication Date: April 11, 2023

Sara Cain isn’t your typical thirty-two-year-old woman. Murder detective by day, writer and… sleuth by night? Just as long as there’s enough coffee to keep her going…

When her first novel gives her trouble, Sara goes for a walk to clear her writer’s block and ends up stumbling right into a real-life murder mystery. Magnum, an adventurous beagle, comes running off leash toward her in the local park, and she returns him home only to find his master dead on the entry floor.

Cliff Cunningham was a championship bowler with a mean streak and a temper, and police are pegging his Golden Pin bowling trophy as the murder weapon. While any number of people could have clocked a strike by knocking him on the noggin, the prime suspect is a friend of Sara’s mother—and she expects Sara to prove the woman’s innocence. A tall order, as the case isn’t officially hers and belongs to a rival detective.

But a promise is a promise, and Sara soon finds herself sleuthing undercover—and off the clock—in a world of polyester shirts and rental shoes. It’s not all bad, though, as she’s taking her friend and partner Sean McKinley along for the ride. They are better together than they’ve ever been split, and they’re not amateurs at finding killers.
Despite being up against small-town hijinks and colorful characters who threaten to roll their efforts into the gutter, they are having fun. That is, until they get close to the killer and a dangerous twist puts their lives at risk.

A completely addictive caper full of twists that offers up a serving of murder, a dollop of romance, and a dash of humor. This perfect blend of robust and sweet is bound to hit the spot with readers who are fans of Verity Bright, Tonya Kappes, and Agatha Frost.

The Review

Bowled Over Americano is such a great name for a cozy mystery. It made me laugh, and the book made me laugh, too.

Bowled Over Americano is the first book in the Sara and Sean Cozy Mystery Series by author Carolyn Arnold. It is a solid start to another fantastic series by this prolific writer.

With witty and lively banter and sizzling chemistry between the two leads, I truly enjoyed their interactions. Sara is a powerful female character who knows her mind and isn’t afraid to voice her opinions, and Sean is also strong, if a little alpha, but not a jerk. 

I was fully engaged and amused by the small-town antics and the morsels of humor written throughout the pages.

But this is a mystery, and the twists and turns keep this reader guessing who the killer is and pondering if our heroes will survive this caper.

Bowled Over Americano offers a great whodunnit with a pinch of comedy, a dash of romance, and small-town stunts, there’s enough to keep you entertained long into the night. Buy Links

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About The Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has many published books. Her genre diversity offers readers police procedurals, hard-boiled and cozy mysteries, thrillers, and action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting 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 near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.


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Lori Van Buren
Lori Van Buren
I’ve reviewed before for the now closed Romancing the Book. I love reading whether it’s an ebook or a good old-fashioned book book. The smell of a book is such a nice smell. I work with handicapped adults in my real life and I live in New York State.


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Bowled Over Americano offers a great whodunnit with a pinch of comedy, a dash of romance, and small-town stunts, there's enough to keep you entertained long into the night.4-STAR REVIEW: BOWLED OVER AMERICANO by Carolyn Arnold