Dying For A Date

Dying For A Date

by Cindy Sample

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Dying for a Date by 2012 LEFTY Finalist for Best Humorous Mystery

"Cindy Sample knows how to weave a story that satisfies and excites. Time literally flew by as I turned the pages...simultaneously harrowing, exciting, tender, and uplifting, a true who-done-it combined with a romance that will warm the heart and sheets."
-Long and Short Reviews

WOULD DATING BE THE DEATH OF HER?

Unsure if she is looking for Mr. Right, or Mr. Every Other Saturday Night, divorced mother of two, Laurel McKay reluctantly joins THE LOVE CLUB, a popular local dating service. Dressed to kill, she meets bachelor number one at a trendy restaurant. But the date is a bust, literally, when the guy decides Laurel is dessert, and she breaks his nose with her cell phone. It gets even worse when the man is found murdered the next morning, and Laurel has his blood on her clothes.

Despite her now being a person of interest to the police, Laurel bravely ventures out on date number two. When that unlucky bachelor disappears during dinner, Laurel's only alibi is a bottle of Dom Perignon. The sexy investigating detective thinks she's innocent and is worried she may be the next target. That's more than enough motivation for Laurel to find a murderer determined to kill her social life--before dating becomes a dead end she can't escape.


"Dying for a Date is such a wonderful fun read I couldn't put it down. Cindy Sample has created a cast of unforgettable and entertaining characters. Great humor, sexual tension, and an intriguing plot, all the components for a delightful romantic mystery."
-Penny Warner, award-winning author of the Nancy Drew Handbook, Presley Parker party planning series and the Connor Westphal mysteries

"Dying for a Date is one of those books, the type you stay up late - way too late - to finish. Combining murder mystery and humor is a difficult task and "Cindy Sample does it brilliantly."
-Jenny Hilborne, author of the Mac Jackson Mystery Thriller series

"Funny dialogue, relatable heroine, fast-paced plot. If real dating were this entertaining, we'd all be doing more of it. Dying for a Date will keep you glued to the pages and laughing out loud."
-Liz Jasper, Eppie award-winning author of Underdead and Underdead in Denial.

"With tongue-in-cheek and a tush in tight skirts, Laurel McKay traverses the demands of motherhood and the perils of on-line dating in Cindy Sample's chic mystery, Dying for a Date. Re-entering the singles scene after divorce isn't easy as Laurel discovers when her "blind date" tries to practice Braille on her body. Her first bad date becomes his last when he's found dead the next day. Curl up with a pint of ice cream, fluffy slippers and a book that will make you glad you're having a night in."
-Sunny Frazier, Author of the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries

"Dying for a Date combines the fun of a spunky and smart heroine with an exciting murder mystery. This is an excellent entry to the world of romantic mysteries."
-San Francisco Book Review

"Funny, smart with a fast paced plot that keeps you guessing. Dying for a Date will keep you laughing, intrigued, and happy that Cindy Sample isn't writing your life story."
-Fiction Addict

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: 1,924
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. 30 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
One of the best stories I have read in a long time. The mystery, and hint of romance to come, kept me fully engaged. Not to mention the sprinkling of laughs and finally the cover design, which first caught my attention. Looking forward to reading all in this series!!!
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 4 months ago
Loved+this+book+from+start+to+finish%21
Anonymous 7 months ago
Loved the mystery mixed with romcom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. Lml
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 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.
JFHilborne on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.