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Dying for a Date Paperback – June 10, 2010
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"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
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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.
With this being more of a mystery series, I felt that there should have been a bit more "ah-ha" moments, but I did appreciate that the story did not make it easy to figure who did it. I just felt a little more frustrated at the constant push for the romantic happenings to NOT happen. Even at the end, there was not one hint to where the love interest was going and who it was leaning towards. In fact, the hero was mentioned so little, I had my doubts that there was even a hero to speak of. Basically, a painfully open ending that offers no guarantee of an ending anytime soon. I already have enough series books to keep track of and this one just is not filling the bill, so to speak.
While I stated that the writing is good, I just felt that this book was not the one to keep my attention going for long and I do happen to factor that into how I rate according to how I feel after finishing. I would suggest it to a friend that would love a quirky mystery with romantic angst on the side and no connection throughout. The language is clean, the humor is sharp, the writing is good, but just not something for me at this time. I might look into the next book of the series in the future, but not the near future.... sorry....
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?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Fun, fast-paced, terrific characters, excellent mystery. Great character twist near the end. I'll be buying all of the books in this series - soon!Published 23 hours ago by Nancy K. Haddock
I had a very hard time listening to this.Pilar Uribe,the narrator COULD have been good...but she narrated like she was reading off a grocery list.Very distracting. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Deedra
A great pool read! As someone in the same age range as the grandmother in this book I would definitely recommend this book for a great vacation read. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kathy Pappas
The relationship between the humorous main characters and mother in helping solve the murders was entertaining.Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
A Very good mystery . A book with humor as well as a good mystery keeps you reading right up to the end.Published 6 days ago by Jack Morley