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"Packed with zany characters, humorous situations, and laughout-loud narrative. Once you start, you will be reluctant to put it aside."--Midwest Book Review

"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

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 lifelong dream of being a mystery author. Her experiences with on-line dating sites fueled the concept for DYING FOR A DATE, a humorous 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 2011 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) moves the action to the Big Island of Hawaii. Never has research been so much fun! 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. Visit Cindy on her website at cindysamplebooks.com facebook.com/cindysampleauthor    twitter.com/cindysample1 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: L & L Dreamspell (June 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603182489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603182485
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,800,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christy Tillery French VINE VOICE on September 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
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.
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It's so great to find a fun book like this. Maybe it's because I'm a Woman of a Certain Age. Or maybe it's because I grew up in Northern California and the book's locations were familiar. Or maybe it's because I'm always looking for a certain kind of lively first-person suspense-and-smiles read a'la Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich. Or maybe it's because Cindy Sample is a gifted writer with a promising series ahead of her... For all of these reasons-- and more-- I had a great time reading "Dying for a Date", the breezy, entertaining story of a witty and convincing divorced soccer mom, Laurel McKay, trying her hand at dating via the Love Club dating service... and winding up as a murder suspect.

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.
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Okay, I liked the book, the writing was decent, but it was not something I felt connected to. It could quite possibly be the fact that this book lacked the balance that it stated it had.... a mystery AND a romance story in one. It definitely had a strong focus on the mystery and very little romance. It is quite possible that I was looking for more romance and a little less in depth mystery as to why I rated this as an okay read.

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....
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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?

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