Dying for a Date

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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 packed with zany characters, humorous situations, and laugh-out-loud narrative. Consider reading this book in one setting, because once you start, you will be reluctant to put it aside.”
—Midwest Book Review (5 STARS)

“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 (5 STARS)

“Dying for a Date combines the fun of a spunky and smart heroine with an exciting murder mystery. This is an excellent entry in the world of romantic mysteries.”
—San Francisco Book Reviews

“A delightful romantic mystery. The plot was entertaining and I was kept guessing the murderer’s identity right up until the reveal at the end. I look forward to reading more mysteries in the future from this talented new author.”
—Rebecca’s Reads (5 STARS)

“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

“Sharp intelligence and flippant wit, turmoil and anxiety, danger and deception…all blend into one smooth and tasty read. I hope this turns into a long running series.”
—Once Upon a Romance Reviews

“Cindy Sample has an irrepressible sense of humor which is reflected in her writing. Dying for a Date is funny, fast-paced, and a kick to read. Laurel McKay is a lovable, klutzy protagonist backed by a team of quirky, humorous characters who are going to be a continuing hit with her readers.”
—Mountain Democrat

“If the genre you love to read is romance or mystery, you’ve found a book that gives you both. Cindy Sample’s writing is straight forward, funny and thoughtful.”
—Around Here Magazine

“This is one of those books, the type you stay up late—way too late—to finish… Cindy Sample does it brilliantly.”
—J. F. Hilborne, mystery author.

“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.

“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


If I’d known my clothes would be covered in blood by the end of the evening, I probably wouldn’t have agonized over my wardrobe selection. But as I prepared for my first date since my divorce, my fashion choice seemed of monumental importance.

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