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.

Enjoy the following the excerpt from Chapter 3 of Valentine’s Day is Murder (McKinley Mysteries):

Chapter 3

THE HEAT CLUNG TO SARA, making her skin clammy and her breath hitch, as she stepped off the plane.

The pilot, co-pilot, and stewardess were waiting at the base of the stairs. The two men stood straight, with their hands clasped behind their backs. Bethany held hers in front.

Sara smiled at Bethany. There was something familiar about her, but Sara couldn’t decide whether she had run into her in the past, or whether the girl just had one of those faces.

“I hope that you found the flight enjoyable,” Samuel Reynolds, the pilot, said.

Sean nodded. “If only this trip was for pleasure.”

The pilot’s eyes held a silent inquiry, but he didn’t need to know everything. In fact, they hadn’t disclosed their reason for the last-minute getaway, thinking this was a case of the fewer who knew, the better. The flight crew probably assumed it was to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Sara wished it had been a spur-of-the-moment fancy to fly to the island. She slipped her hand into Sean’s, and they headed toward the front of the airport with Anthony in tow, carrying their luggage.

When they reached the parking lot, Sean extended an envelope to the co-pilot. “This is for you.”

Anthony opened it and fanned the bills. “Sir?”

“You can thank me later. For now, I just want you to enjoy yourself. Book yourself a nice room somewhere, sip piña coladas, and swim in the sea. Can you handle that?”

“Hmm. Yes, uh-huh.”

Sara smiled at the man. While she and Sean hadn’t gotten to know their flight crew that well, people worked harder when they felt appreciated.

“Tell Samuel and Bethany that there is a packet for each of them on the glass table.”

“Yes, wow, thank—I don’t know what to say.”

Sean put his hand on Anthony’s shoulder. “There’s nothing you have to say. Simply have fun. We’ll contact you as soon as we’re ready to go. You have my number?”

Anthony nodded.

“All right. Welcome to Jamaica.” Sean smiled at him and squeezed Sara’s hand, but his face fell serious when his back was to his crew member. “Let’s just hope the Jamaican adage—no problem—applies to Jimmy’s situation.”

“Darling, I hope you’re right.”

“I know. I don’t even want to think about anything happening to Jimmy.”

Valentine’s Day is Murder (McKinley Mysteries) is available in e-book and paperback. Retailer links can be found on the book page here: http://carolynarnold.net/valentines-day-is-murder/.

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