Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Dying for a Date Paperback – June 10, 2010
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"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" tried 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
"The title says it all. Dying for a Date by Cindy Sample is a humorous amateur sleuth whodunit set in historic Placerville, California with plenty of historical facts to keep locals happy and just as many red herrings. Laurel's first dates keep dying and she, an innocent mother of two, is the prime suspect. The local hunk detective investigating her motives isn't sure whether to arrest her or kiss her which makes for some fun interplay between them. Laurel's mother and friends add to the interesting mix of high jinks…Have fun with this read!"
—L. E. Crawford, Eppie Award Winning Author of the Murry/Kidman suspense series
"Dying for a Dateis 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 services and the Connor Westphal mysteries
About the Author
More About the Author
DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI, a 2014 Silver Falchion Award finalist for best traditional mystery, moves the action to the Big Island of Hawaii. DYING FOR A DUDE, a 2015 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist in both humor and mystery was released in 2014. Get ready to hang on to your saddle because the West just got wilder!
Cindy's latest release, DYING FOR A DONUT, takes place in the Apple Hill area in the California Gold Country. Talk about killer research!
Cindy 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.
Visit Cindy on her website at www.cindysamplebooks.com
Top Customer Reviews
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.
In lesser hands, stories like this can sometimes be a little thin where the plot itself is concerned, but Cindy Sample really knows her stuff, adroitly constructing a clever storyline involving financing and real estate, and always keeping things moving. No character is wasted, either-- from Lauren's no-nonsense realtor mother; to her various helpful friends and co-workers; to the rugged police detective who keeps popping up, motives unclear.
The story starts out quite good, and gets better and better; I could see Sample find her voice and humor with each turn of the page. She never let me down.
To anyone who enjoys a suspenseful, humorous, romantic mystery: Ignore that load of laundry (it's not going anywhere), grab Dying for a Date, and head for your nearest comfy chair.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the book. It was an easy read with characters you could relate to. Looking forward to reading the next book in the "Dying" series.Published 21 days ago by Darlene
Classic plot; single mother of 2 gets pulled into a murder plot. However, the bumbling around, trying to solve the murders, after being told she's the prime suspect in both, is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ebkelly
Laurel, single mother of two, joins a dating service, but the first two men she dates both end up dead. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cathy Miller
This was funny, entertaining and light reading. There are others in the series and I may read more by this author.Published 3 months ago by Nell T. Yarbrough
I gave this book a rating of 3 stars because, I'll have to admit that it is well written. For me, it was silly rather than funny, yet it was a fun read just to pass the time.Published 5 months ago by Kay Abell
This is a fun book to read. I could completely relate to a lot of the characters in this amateur sleuth-soccer mom type mystery. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Holly from Roseville
I like the style of writing. It is easy reading and I like the story line. Looking forward to the next book in the series.Published 6 months ago by Carolyn Larson
Dying for A Date, the first book in the Dying For A... series, introduces a fun and funny protagonist in one Laurel McKay. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Heather Haven