Dying For A Date

Dying For A Date

by Cindy Sample

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940148603290
Publisher: Cindy Sample Books
Publication date: 09/20/2013
Series: Laurel McKay Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 3,353
File size: 285 KB

About the Author

Cindy Sample is a former mortgage banking CEO of a nationwide company who decided plotting murder was more entertaining than plodding through paperwork. She retired to follow her childhood dream of being a mystery author. Her experiences with on-line dating sites fueled the concept for DYING FOR A DATE, a romantic mystery set in the California gold country. DYING FOR A DANCE, a 2012 LEFTY AWARD finalist for best humorous mystery and winner of the 2012 Northern California Publishers & Authors award for fiction, is based on her experiences in the glamorous world of competitive ballroom dancing. Who knew dancing could be so deadly? DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI (October, 2013) which moves the action to the Big Island of Hawaii was definitely the most fun to research!

Cindy is a former columnist for the Gold River Community Newspaper. She is a past president of the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime and has served on the boards of the Sacramento Opera, and the YWCA. She has two wonderful adult children who live too far away.

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Dying for a Date 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
christytilleryfrench More than 1 year ago
Laurel McKay, a recently divorced soccer mom who works as a mortgage loan underwriter, signs up for a six-month membership with a dating service called The Love Club. Her first date ends abruptly after she breaks her date's nose when he gets too frisky. Laurel's ready to give it up but can't justify losing her money, so decides to try once more. But before that occurs, she finds herself the number one suspect when her first date's body is found in his car with his head bashed in. If that isn't bad enough, Laurel's definitely feeling something for the hot detective investigating the case but can't tell if the heated looks he's sending her are reciprocal or skeptical. When her second date dies during their dinner together, the police have a large target painted on Laurel's back, which sends her into panic mode. Before they come for her with handcuffs, Laurel, along with her mother and a couple of friends, decide to do some amateur sleuthing, leading them down a hazardous road filled with danger. Dying for a Date is packed with zany characters, humorous situations, and laugh-out-loud narrative. Laurel McKay is amusing, her antics entertaining, and her interactions with her family and friends bring smiles as well as nods of recognition. There are several standout characters but this reviewer's favorite is Laurel's mother. The relationship Laurel has with her mom, who is a bit jaded and critical, is not only realistic but hilarious. The sizzling chemistry between Laurel and Detective Hunter adds a nice touch to this comedic mystery. Consider reading this book in one setting, because once you start, you will be reluctant to put it aside.
mystery_reader96 More than 1 year ago
There are those days when all I want to do is slink home from work and curl up on the couch with a good book until I feel better. One of my friends recommended this book to me, so I had it on hand after a particularly sucky day. I found myself laughing and having a good time, flipping page after page. I liked the characters, was glad she was on the interesting dates instead of me, and I learned things about the mortgage industry. I like books that give me a little insight into other people's worlds. Highly recommended!
Anonymous 24 days ago
Very good. Lml
Anonymous 26 days ago
Very+well+written.++A+great+storyline+with+humor+stuck+in+here+and+there.++I+didn%27t+figure+it+out+until+the+author+told+me.+
ctfrench on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Laurel McKay, a recently divorced soccer mom who works as a mortgage loan underwriter, signs up for a six-month membership with a dating service called The Love Club. Her first date ends abruptly after she breaks her date¿s nose when he gets too frisky. Laurel¿s ready to give it up but can¿t justify losing her money, so decides to try once more. But before that occurs, she finds herself the number one suspect when her first date¿s body is found in his car with his head bashed in. If that isn¿t bad enough, Laurel¿s definitely feeling something for the hot detective investigating the case but can¿t tell if the heated looks he¿s sending her are reciprocal or skeptical. When her second date dies during their dinner together, the police have a large target painted on Laurel¿s back, which sends her into panic mode. Before they come for her with handcuffs, Laurel, along with her mother and a couple of friends, decide to do some amateur sleuthing, leading them down a hazardous road filled with danger. Dying for a Date is packed with zany characters, humorous situations, and laugh-out-loud narrative. Laurel McKay is amusing, her antics entertaining, and her interactions with her family and friends bring smiles as well as nods of recognition. There are several standout characters but this reviewer¿s favorite is Laurel¿s mother. The relationship Laurel has with her mom, who is a bit jaded and critical, is not only realistic but hilarious. The sizzling chemistry between Laurel and Detective Hunter adds a nice touch to this comedic mystery. Consider reading this book in one setting, because once you start, you will be reluctant to put it aside.
JFHilborne on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I stayed up until almost 1am to finish this book. I loved it from the very first line. As a mystery writer myself, I struggle to put humor and homicide together. In this book, Cindy does it brilliantly. The story is excellent, the characters are so endearing, and it's also set in the real estate world, my arena. I laughed all the way through, humorous lines on almost every page. I thought I figured out the killer, delighted to discover I was wrong. Brilliant read. I highly recommend.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Easy reading, likeable characters,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner from Cindy Sample. Read it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me stuck in my reading from start to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read with comical characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this mystery. It pulled me right in. I had no clue as to who dunnit, making progress in guesses as the plot moved forward. I was surprised at the denouement. The romance added a nice touch that lightened the read. I loved the main character's relationship with her mother. I can't wait to read another Laura McKay mystery!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it
Dizneyfreek More than 1 year ago
Good mystery with a twist. Most characters are good & believable. I hated "Barbara" but that might be because she's too close to people I know that are really obnoxious!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book , just hit my funny bone .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. I loved the characters, enjoyed the mystery and laughed a lot!
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ABrantley More than 1 year ago
OMG, you are going to LOVE Laurel McKay! I was sucked in from page one and couldn't put the book down. I loved the character and all her crazy thoughts. This is a case where the character makes the story. Not that the story isn't good. Who could resist a cozy mystery in which the men Laurel starts to date wind up dead? Throw in a sexy detective and you've got the perfect reason to turn off those CSI reruns and curl up with a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An engaging & cozy mystery. Also a fun read! My new fav. author. Just bought the next 2 books in the series. (517 pgs.)
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Shawn_Hansen More than 1 year ago
It's been along time since a book made me laugh out loud, and I was treated to a handful of those moments while reading Cindy Sample's *Dying for a Date*. I would have been satisfied with this book had it merely kept its initial promise: read me and you'll laugh; however, the good news about *Dying for a Date* doesn't stop with the well-placed puns, humorous asides, and downright funny moments. There's a genuine mystery going on, and before you know it, you've connected with Laurel McKay and want her to uncover the truth about who's systematically knocking off her prospects and making her look guilty in the process. The structure of the book doesn't disappoint either: the characters remain true to themselves, the pace is consistent, and the plot remains solid. Pleasantly absent is the mid-book lull, and that makes *Dying for a Date* a rare gem in the land of mystery. One final note: I am not a mother, nor am I divorced, yet I had no trouble connecting with Laurel McKay because while those things are a large part of who she is, they don't define her completely. If you love a fast-paced, well-crafted mystery, and you enjoy an honest laugh, *Dying for a Date* is for you.
MaryBethWrites More than 1 year ago
A certain delight comes with reading a book set in a familiar area, so long as the author remains true to the flavor of the locale. If you know the geography, you can easily visualize the movements of the characters against a richer background than a strange locale. This is certainly the case with "Dying for a Date" by Cindy Samples. Sample has woven a comedic romantic-mystery set in historic gold country of El Dorado County, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her book is a smart, sassy recounting of a divorced woman who gets involved in murder investigations through her presence on a dating-service date with each of the victims at the time of the murders. She must convince an uncooperative detective and his handsome partner of her innocence, even as the evidence builds against her. This first person romp moves briskly through the county with stops at many real sites. The fictional ones are neatly merged into the story with enough description to let the reader place them approximately, but not enough detail to cause a "that's not what's there!" believability clash. Sample's dialogue is funny where it should be and taut where it must be, with a dash of sexuality for seasoning. "Dying" tells a sexy tale without sliding into being a trashy one. The heroine, Laurel McKay, joins a dating service several years after her divorce. She admits uncertainty as to her goal in the process. Her mother, a high-powered, top-producing real estate agent, tries to set her up on date, even as she disparages the value of the dating service. The resultant "Love Club" dates end up dead and Laurel seems to fit both cases as the ideal perpetrator. When the police seem focused on her to the exclusion of all others, she decides to investigate on her own to prove her innocence. She's also worried about the safety of her two children. With the help of friends and coworkers, she sets out to find the real killer without getting herself or any of her family or "investigative team" killed. The reader will find several potential suspects along the way. I enjoyed the fact that Sample didn't throw in a lot of false clues to have to explain away. Her plot is complex but elegantly logical throughout, and every clue makes sense. Sample walks us through both humorous and sad situations with equal skill and brings us to a satisfying conclusion. "Dying for a Date" offers an easy read. It will please mystery lovers, romance enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys a likable, believable heroine in a great story populated with well-drawn characters. I'll be looking for future offerings from Cindy Sample.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
What's a woman going to do when her dates, one a boring octopus and the other an interesting doctor, both end up dead? She'd probably prefer to crawl under a rock, but she's a mom and moms can't do that. I had a fun time with this well written romantic suspense, especially since it wasn't all about over the top bad guys and macho mega-men doing Martial Arts and knowing super secret handshakes. This book is about a handsome cop doing his job and trying to do it by the book as much as he can. It's a story about a mother who tries the dating scene and gets more than she bargained for. However, after divorcing an idiot who browbeat her confidence as a woman into the ground, and raising two delightful, smart and cheeky kids, she's not about to roll over and hide after a well earned panic session. Oh no, the heroine is much more well evolved than that. Her name is Laurel. She is juggling her family, a job and her well meaning but very proper mother. She has a great best friend who tries to help her and a few other fabulous friends who end up showing how wonderful they are when they stick by her. Ms. Sample has peppered this story with adorable and fascinating secondary characters that help Laurel to shine, grow and get into mischief. Laurel isn't one to sit on the sidelines and let someone else save her bacon - she's bound and determined to figure out who's framing her. Imagine my surprise who it turns out to be and why. I also was intrigued with how the author had Laurel putting the pieces together. Who knew a boring, average and detailed job could be so dangerous? Who knew that almost getting into a tiff at a soccer game could be the turning point in her life for both good and ill? Ms. Sample has written a book with an intricate plot woven throughout akin to a diabolical maze. Laurel plodded along relentlessly despite so many telling her to back off. She refused to give up and was determined to solve the puzzle and she kept me interested every amazing step of the way. Detective Hunk a/k/a Detective Hunter was a man I enjoyed reading about. I liked his slow fall into love, his caring for his child and his gradual realization that Laurel is a woman to respect as well as lust after. Ms. Sample again created a character that I liked, was curious about and could understand the heroine's attraction to him. I got a kick out of the fact that Laurel was able to find out some information that the hero never would have thought to get or pursue but ended up being very pertinent. I also got the giggles on how he reacted. Oftentimes I got the impression he wanted to hug her and throttle her all at the same time. The emotional connection between them is tangible. This is a romantic suspense so the stakes are high. I never could figure out who the bad guy was until the author wanted me to. I, as well as the police, were led on a merry chase with clues and revelations mounting until it got to the big climax. Here too were amazing reveals about Laurel's mom and her own father. It was at times simultaneously harrowing, exciting, tender and uplifting. There is so much going on in the book that time literally flew by as I turned the pages. The pace remained brisk, the plot tight and the descriptions well written. Dying for a Date is a book that should appeal to all romantic suspense readers. It will warm the heart and sheets. Originally posted at the Long and Short of It ROmance Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago