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Monday, January 14, 2013

Book Spotlight - Dying For A Dance and Dying For A Date by Cindy Sample

Author Cindy Sample's charming mysteries, "Dying For A Dance" and "Dying For A Date" are two fun and lively cozies that are sure to please any fan of the cozy mystery genre!  I really enjoyed both of these fast-paced, interesting stories. The characters are warm and personable and the action is intriguing with a healthy helping of humor added to make these novels just a lot of fun to read!

Here's a little more about the books:

It takes two to tango-but only one to murder.

Lead-footed single mom, Laurel McKay, agrees to learn a foxtrot routine for her best friend's wedding. After she trips her instructor, crashes into a pair of dancers and breaks the heel of her new shoes, she thinks her evening can't possibly get any worse. Then she stumbles over another dancer. A dead one. With her broken stiletto heel stuffed in his mouth.
The action moves from the California Gold Country to Lake Tahoe as Laurel searches for the killer amid the sequins and flying feathers of a ballroom competition. Can she samba her way into the heart of the handsome detective who has once again entered her life? Or will dancing and detecting prove to be a lethal combination?
One, two, three, four. Too many suspects on this dance floor.
Five, six, seven, eight. Find the murderer before it's too late.

When her dating service turns deadly, Laurel must race to find the killer before she becomes the next victim...

Not sure if she is looking for Mr. Right, or Mr. Every Other Saturday Night, recently divorced Laurel McKay reluctantly joins THE LOVE CLUB, a matchmaking agency advertised as the safe alternative to on-line dating.

After Bachelor one decides he wants her for dessert, Laurel dispatches him with her cell phone. The next day she discovers her drop dead gorgeous date has literally dropped dead. When Bachelor two disappears during dinner, Laurel's only alibi is a friendly bottle of Dom Perignon. The investigating detective has to decide if the sassy soccer mom is a killer, or the next target.

Her boss at Hangtown Bank threatens to fire her when he learns the latest victim was an important client. Fortunately he needs her expertise to investigate some questionable loans. Laurel and her mother, who insists her daughter is innocent because she is too disorganized to plan a murder, set out to save her reputation, her job, and her life.

Having been an avid reader from the age of four, Cindy Sample’s third grade career ambition was to become a detective just like Nancy Drew. At sixteen, she realized her inherent klutziness could be an impediment to becoming a private eye or super spy. Her new mission was to be a mystery writer.

With a degree in history and a family to support, Cindy put aside her literary longings for a weekly paycheck, landing a job as a receptionist with a real estate office. Her career path eventually led to the position of CEO of a nationwide company.

After one too many corporate mergers, Cindy found herself plotting murder instead of plodding through paperwork. Her first novel, Dying for a Date, released by L&L Dreamspell in June, 2010, combines bad dates, real estate, a few dead bodies, and plenty of giggles. Dying for a Date was voted # 1 in Romance in the 2010 P&E Readers Poll. The Sequel, Dying for a Dance was a finalist for the 2012 Lefty award for Best Humorous Mystery and the recipient of the 2012 Best Fiction Award by the Northern California Publishers and Authors Association.

Cindy is a former columnist for the Gold River Community Newspaper. She is a past president of the Sacramento Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She has also served on the boards of the California Mortgage Bankers Association, the Sacramento Opera, the YWCA, and on the National Kidney Foundation Annual Authors Luncheon committee.

Check out her website at www.cindysamplebooks.com

My thanks to the author for the review copies of these books. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Morgan Mandel said...

Sounds like two fun mysteries!

Morgan Mandel

RP Dahlke said...

Cindy gave a heads up on this review of her book over at All Mystery e-newsletter's yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/allmysteryenewsletter/?yguid=185161871 and here I am. I too love her books! Hilarious, and really good mysteries too.