Dying for a Decoration

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Release Date: November 15, 2023
Pages: 255


When a six-foot-tall elf arrives at Laurel McKay Hunter’s detective agency, it can only mean trouble. Then her eccentric grandmother refers her to an old flame who wants Laurel to track down the rustlers who have stolen his herd. Of reindeer!

On top of everything, her best friend ropes her into filling in for an injured member of the Elf cast. Amid all this chaos, Laurel discovers her grandmother is dating a man decades younger. Is there something fishy going on beneath the mistletoe?

Elves, reindeer, and an unexpected romance make celebrating this holiday season more of a challenge than Laurel could ever have imagined.

DYING FOR A DECORATION is a heartwarming holiday mystery that will keep readers ho-ho-hoing until the last page.



"Author Cindy Sample has tied a bow on a light-hearted Christmas present for readers—DYING FOR A DECORATION, the 9th book in her Laurel McKay Humorous Mystery series. This time the beloved heroine is out to solve multiple puzzling crimes from the Christmas-cheer-stealing culprit who rustles a herd of reindeer to the villain who’s graduated from roasting chestnuts to torching homes. Laurel comes through in tinsel-sparkle style accompanied by a charming cast of zany family members and friends. Gift yourself laughter this holiday and read DYING FOR A DECORATION!"

Linda Lovely, author of A Killer App, An HOA Mystery  


"A six-foot-tall elf, an eccentric grandmother, and a reindeer rustler are only part of Laurel McKay Hunter’s holiday problems. When an elderly client is attacked and left for dead, Laurel discovers that everyone and everything is suspect. Even the mistletoe smells fishy. But can she find the culprit before she ho-ho-hos herself right out of the sleuthing business? DYING FOR A DECORATION is a funny, heartwarming holiday mystery that will keep readers turning the page until the hilarious ending."

Heather Haven, Award-winning Author of the Alvarez Family Mysteries


'Racking your brain for the perfect gift? Just in time for the holidays is DYING FOR A DECORATION, the 9th and newest book by Cindy Sample. If you've read any of the "Dying" books, you know you're in for wacky characters, wild chases and a corkscrew of plot twists with lots of humor and steamy stuff thrown in for good measure. DYING FOR A DECORATION is warm-heartted fun, suspenseful, a nod to the positives in small town living, and hugely entertaining. Just the book to read while you cozy up in an armchair and wait for Santa."

Wendy Schultz, The Mountain Democrat


“This ninth in the series includes all the hilarious banter and engaging characters we have come to expect from this reliable author. This is definitely a stocking stuffer for mystery fans and those looking for a very clever and very funny holiday read.”

Cynthia Chow, Kings River Life Magazine


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