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Dying for a Date by Cindy Sample


Cover art: Dying for a Date Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Dying for a Date
Author: Cindy Sample
Publisher: L&L Dreamspell
ISBN-13: 978-1-60318-248-5
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Sacramento CA area
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Cindy's Website/Blog: www.cindysamplebooks.com

Sheís been divorced from her cheating ex for about two years now, so it should be needless to say she hasnít dated in a couple of decades. Laurel McKay, mother and bank underwriter, is content, sort of, with her life just as it is.

Her friend Liz talked her into joining Love Club, a dating service. She pointed out that itís time Laurel reentered the dating world. Maybe sheís right. But on the other hand, perhaps dating wouldnít be so stressful or traumatic if her first date in years wasnít killed mere hours, minutes, after their date ended.

Some date! Laurel would prefer chocolate, carbs, anything other than the surprise attack of lust she encountered with him. She had to do him bodily harm in order to get away unscathed. Of course, that, and her fingerprints being all over his car make her suspect numero uno. Too bad she hadnít previously met Detective "Hunk" (Hunter) under better circumstances, maybe the investigation would go in a different direction. Meaning away from her.

Not a chance. How could it when her second date with another Love Club member is killed during their date? Why oh why had she let Liz talk her into getting back on the Love Club dating horse?

Okay. Whatís the connection, if any, between these two men? Other than her, of course.

More people are becoming aware of her "involvement" with the dead dates. She can kiss a promotion good-bye because of itówell, thatís not the only reason. Naturally, if the police are going to try and dig up anything they can on her, well, itís up to Laurel to find the killer and bring him or her to justice. She recruits her friends, and her mother (that decision was at times questionable), to help her investigate. What they find is nothing but puzzle pieces, but if they could find all of the pieces it could prove Laurelís innocence. Wishful thinking, but then maybe Detective "Hunk" would quit yelling at her, stop blowing hot and cold, and cease making her heart do flips and flops.

A bit, no, make that a lot of danger, might make her retract that wish.

HmmÖwhere do I start? Iíll be honest with you, my fellow readers (which I always am from my point of view), and tell you I was completely yet most pleasantly surprised by Dying for a Date. Iím more than a little embarrassed to say I wasnít expecting the caliber of writing I experienced while reading this romantic mysteryÖ

Sharp intelligence and flippant wit, turmoil and anxiety, danger and deception, a would-be personal hero and an exasperating mother and ex all blend into one smooth and tasty read. (That last bit was an ode to Laurelís penchant for chocolate and carbs) The characters were just that, characters! Stan, Liz and her mother Barbara were quite the assistant detectives. Oh, boy! Tall, Bald, and Homely made me want to snarl and growl. Detective "Hunk" gave Laurel a run for her money, and she gave it right back.

Loved it! said this reader in a sing-song-y voice. I hope this turns into a long-running series!

Happy reading,

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