Dying for a Diamond

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Warm breezes, tropical seas, a handsome new husband? What more could a girl dream of?

When newlyweds Laurel McKay and Tom Hunter embark on their honeymoon cruise, they look forward to sunny days exploring the Caribbean islands and intimate evenings together. Their dream quickly goes “poof,” when Laurel’s family decides to tag along and their romantic duet turns into a party of eight.

The first night on the ship, Laurel witnesses someone “going overboard.” But no one is reported missing, and the chief of security gives Laurel’s sighting the same credibility as an alien landing.

After a series of diamond thefts, Laurel discovers that suspicious shipmates are as plentiful as calories on this cruise. When a murder occurs, and a family member becomes the top suspect, Laurel is determined to unmask the killer before her dream honeymoon becomes a nautical nightmare.


“Dying for a Diamond is pure joy! The sixth entry into the Laurel McKay Mysteries is filled with laughs, memorable characters, interesting plot twists, and murderous intent, all served with a touch of romance. You’ll be dying for more.”
—Heather Haven, IPPY Award-Winning Author

“The author does a wonderful job in setting up this fantastic and hilarious whodunit with some surprising twists and turns that enhanced the telling of this tale. The narrative was visually appealing and descriptive putting me on the cruise with this group. The mysteries kept me engaged in all that was happening and all the main characters played pivotal roles in the outcome of this excellent romp on the high sea. I had such a great time with Laurel and the gang, that I sense some new things moving forward with these beloved characters. Dying for a Diamond was by far, the best book in this delightfully entertaining series and I can’t wait for my next adventures with this crew.”
—Dru’s Book Musings

“The outstanding trait of this sixth in the Laurel McKay Mystery series is the genuine likability of all of its characters. Even more entertaining are the vicarious thrills readers will have as they are allowed to explore the exotic island locations. Author Sample avoids cliches and never swerves the plot in directions one would expect, resulting in a completely unpredictable but logical conclusion. The humor and natural dialogue will have readers swiftly turning pages to the end, where they will be left anticipating the new direction Laurel and Tom will be taking in the future.”
—Cynthia Chow, Kings River Life Magazine

“After five fun novels, Laurel, the spirited heroine of Cindy Sample’s “Dying for” series, finally ties the knot with Tom Hunter, her heartthrob detective. When the honeymooners embark on a cruise, missing people and stolen diamonds quickly snare Laurel and Tom in a frantic search for answers to clear a framed relative. Seeing nothing wrong in tagging along on Laurel’s honeymoon, her zany family and friends offer extra laughs as readers cruise through this polished whodunit that sparkles like a diamond.
—Linda Lovely, Author of the Marley Clark Mysteries

In this sixth Laurel McKay novel, Laurel is on a honeymoon cruise in only a way in which she can…not only are there many, many red herrings but the descriptions of the Ports of Call make anyone ready to jump on the next cruise line, dead body or not just to explore the islands and find their own adventures. Laurel, being her regular self stumbles over odd characters here, there and everywhere, but is there a murderer among them? And has Gran found a striking beau all her own or is he a jewel thief, ala Cary Grant? Well deserved ***** a must for any cozy mystery lover .”
—Patricia E. Canterbury, Author of The Geaha Incident


Many couples first meet over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Tom Hunter and I met over a dead body. As a homicide detective, investigating dead bodies fell under his job description. How I’ve managed to stumble into some of these situations remains a mystery to me.

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