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Dying for a Date: Laurel McKay Mysteries | [Cindy Sample]

Dying for a Date: Laurel McKay Mysteries

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.
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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.

©2010 Cindy Sample (P)2013 Cindy Sample

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    Adelaida Charleston, SC, United States 02-05-14
    Adelaida Charleston, SC, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The Perfect Book to listen to on a Roadtrip"
    If you could sum up Dying for a Date in three words, what would they be?

    This book is funny, smart, and entertaining. My experience with crime fiction is limited, so to find a book of this genre that is also funny was a surprise. While the coincidences of the criminal events are quite imaginative, they are grounded in real-world events that make them quite believable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of the story is Laurel. Another reviewer used the perfect word: zany. Her Lucille Ball style antics kept me laughing out loud while her initial naiveté about the events around her were endearing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is at the beginning where she runs onto the field to defend her son from the bully on the other team. So clueless! That could have been me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I raced through this book and would have loved to have the time to finishing it all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually listen to books on tape on car trips, because the voices start to sound the same and lull me into a dangerous sleepy mode. The narrator for this book, however, had a great lively voice, that kept things interesting, without overplaying it. Perfect for the title. I hope to hear more from her.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Seneca, SC, United States 01-05-14
    Linda Seneca, SC, United States 01-05-14
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    "Suspense + Laughs: Fun & Fast Paced"
    What made the experience of listening to Dying for a Date the most enjoyable?

    Author Cindy Sample makes the most of her knowledge of real estate shenanigans, cyber dating, the challenges of a single mom, and her delightful sense of humor, blending the ingredients into a believable plot with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. The mayhem begins when Sample's heroine, a hard-working, divorced mom, tries a singles dating service. While some of the characters are zany, we've met all of them (and some may be relatives). The mystery is satisfying, and the humor a hoot. Definitely five stars.


    What does Pilar Uribe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator's take on the heroine is pitch-perfect and adds to the enjoyment.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    irma uribe New York, New York, US 01-25-14
    irma uribe New York, New York, US 01-25-14
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    "fun"

    Cindy writes well, and makes a mystery credible, human and fun. I listened while driving around and it kept me alert and interested. The narrator did very well interpreting the different characters. I am waiting for the next Laurel Mckay mistery.

    Irma Esponda

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Royalston, MA, United States 03-06-14
    Susan Royalston, MA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun cozy mystery, no so wonderful reader"
    Would you listen to Dying for a Date again? Why?

    It was fun and well written, and there were enough suspects to make it interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dying for a Date?

    Mom operating heavy equipment


    Would you be willing to try another one of Pilar Uribe’s performances?

    No. Her performance in this book distracted from what was otherwise an enjoyable cozy. I almost gave up on the audiobook and read the print version, but I made it through to the end. Her voice is pleasant, but her cadence is terrible. She comes across like a seventh grader trying to read out loud in front of the class. Not the worst reader I've ever come across, but still pretty bad.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a promising writer, but she needs to find a new narrator. I notice Pilar Uribe also narrates the sequel, and I'll be reading it in print.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marian Aurora, CO, United States 03-27-14
    Marian Aurora, CO, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"

    The premise of the overall story was good and I was looking forward to reading it. However, the narrator's voice sounds like a teenager and the main character is 39. I can't believe the author had the romance get strong so early it was totally unbelievable since the detective assigned to the case against her for murdering 2 men was the romance angle. He should have been taken off the case for a conflict of interest. The kids and their attitudes were very believable. But one thing that really made me not want to continue reading it was that she was going to give up an interview for a new job so she could attend the funeral of the 2nd date guy and her mother, boss and best friend all went with her.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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