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Posted December 16, 2012
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I love traditional mysteries. I love them even more when they’re funny and Dying for a Dance is a very funny mystery. Laurel reminds me of a boss I used to have who was also a very good friend. Marilyn, like Laurel, was an attractive woman who usually had her act together and had a good man in her life (still does). She was one of those women it would be easy to hate because she seemed to have it all, you know the type? And then she would pull off a ridiculously silly and inept move, frequently involving her feet. One time, we were walking across an icy parking lot and she was suddenly not there—she had literally slid under a car. Another time, we were at a business dinner and she excused herself for a few minutes. On the way back across a tile floor, her feet went up in the air (she was wearing these shoes called Candies that were notorious accidents waiting to happen) and, the next thing we knew, she was flat on her back with her skirt over her face. All in view of our clients, of course.
So when I read Cindy Sample‘s stories about Laurel, I have a clear picture of her in my mind and I’m laughing before I even start. Fortunately, the author does not let me down. In this case, I can relate to this essentially clumsy woman having to stumble her way around a dance floor or face the wrath of Bridezilla and Laurel is clearly relieved, in a way, when she gets involved in a murder investigation. What better excuse could she have to avoid the dance floor?
Going along with Laurel as she annoys her detective boyfriend and a bunch of potential murder suspects, copes with her mother’s boyfriend who once suspected Laurel of murder, fends off amorous Russians and learns more than she wants to know about competitive dancing is pure fun and I really hope the third book is coming soon.
Posted March 21, 2012
Cindy Sample has such a talent for humor and mystery--her books are a delight to read. I don't know how you can make something so gruesome outrageously funny, but she managed to do so with aplomb again.
Laurel McKay, a single mom with a flair for fumbling, trips over her own feet while learning to foxtrot, breaking the heel off an expensive pair of dancing shoes. She finishes the lesson in work shoes, leaving her broken shoe in pieces in the cloakroom. When she finishes the lesson and leaves the studio, horror of horrors, she trips over the still-warm body of the studio's lead dancer. With the broken heel stuffed into his mouth.
Things quickly go from bad to worse. Again, as in Dying for a Date, she's under suspicion. Again, she's on the receiving end of glares from Detective Tom, who sets her heart to pitty-patting every time their paths cross. And they always seem to cross over a dead body. What's up with this girl?
Despite the fact that she solved the mystery for the police department in Dying for a Date, they try desperately to keep her from doing her own sleuthing. To no avail. There's only one huge problem with sleuthing--the sleuthees take offense and try to off the sleuther. Run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore (or computer) and get this book to find out the delightful end to this dance.
Posted January 18, 2012
Such a fun read that takes place in my hometown. Will be reading more from this author. Reminds me of Janet Evanovich series of Stepanie Plum. Good characters, light mystery and humor makes it a quick read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2011
Single mom Laurel McKay reluctantly agrees to take dancing lessons for a routine for her best friend¿s upcoming wedding in Lake Tahoe. Klutzy Laurel trips during a practice dance, breaking the heel of her shoe. Later that night, that same heel is found sticking out of the mouth of one of the male instructors, dead in the parking lot with a pool of blood under his head. Laurel thinks things can¿t get much worse but they do when Detective Tom Hunter shows up to investigate. Hunter pegged Laurel as a suspect in a prior murder and now it looks like the same thing is happening all over again. To add insult to injury, Laurel¿s still reeling over the fact that Hunter dumped her without an explanation after a two-week dating spree. To make matters worse, Laurel¿s mother is now engaged to Hunter¿s retired partner, a man who also pegged Laurel as a murderer. When the wife of Laurel¿s boss becomes the primary suspect, he asks Laurel to help clear his wife¿s name. Laurel¿s only too happy to do so and off she goes on another amateur sleuthing rampage, dancing all the way, with a whole plethora of suspects to investigate.
This follow-up to Dying for a Date featuring Laurel McKay is another hilarious romp filled with twists and turns and a vexing mystery. Sample introduces her readers to the fiercely competitive world of competition dancing and does not disappoint with the sizzling chemistry between Laurel and Detective Hunter. Sample¿s one-liners are amusing and her development of Laurel McKay as a caring, self-deprecating, everyday woman is well-done. This reviewer looks forward to the next in this series.
Posted November 26, 2011
Laurel McKay--single mom, mortgage underwriter and occasional murder suspect--returns to the mystery page in ¿Dying for a Dance,¿ a new release by author Cindy Sample. This time she¿s taking ballroom dance lessons in preparation for an old friend¿s wedding. Being Laurel, she simply must find a dead body and put herself into the middle of a murder investigation!
Joining Laurel in her adventures are her family and friends, her coworkers at Hangtown Bank and a studio full of intriguing dance instructors. Oh, and let¿s not forget Tom Hunter, the handsome detective who nearly charged her with murder in her last outing. Laurel is checking out murder suspects all over El Dorado County, California as she tries to assist the police with their investigation.
Author Sample has struck gold again with this romantic mystery. Her use of the areas in and around Placerville (Old Hangtown), all the way up the hill to South Lake Tahoe will carry the reader into the a winter wonderland of Foothills mystery. Even more than in ¿Dying for a Date,¿ her first novel, Sample has woven a sassy yet frightening tale. Her plot details are carefully placed and bring the reader along for the adventure without spoiling the mystery. The action moves faster than a quickstep and with all the spice of a red-hot rumba.
A lot of the fun comes from being privy to Laurel¿s thoughts as she faces her own Bridezilla of a friend and tries to learn to foxtrot. She must deal with the budding romance between her mother and the newly-retired detective who nearly put Laurel away in ¿Date,¿ Tom Hunter¿s former partner. Then there¿s the nasty little detail that her silver dancing shoe was the murder weapon. Poor Laurel! Nothing seems to come easily for her, not even serving as her best friend¿s matron of honor. When her boss¿s wife comes under suspicion, she must step up the pace of her detecting to save them all.
¿Dying for a Dance¿ is available in both soft-cover and e-book formats. If you like intriguing mysteries, light romance, saucy characters and authentic locales, you¿ll enjoy the well-written ¿Dying for a Dance.¿
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Posted October 14, 2011
I thought Dying For A Date was a hoot so I've been keeping an eye out for the sequel. I got it last night and stayed up way too late giggling and flipping pages. The characters I liked so much are back and the romance heats up nicely. It's fun to have Laurel trying out ballroom dancing, as you can imagine how good she is at it (she isn't, hurrah for the normal person). I like books where I can learn a little something without getting an info dump and the author did it just right. It's well plotted and kept me guessing who the killer was until the end. Can't wait for the next one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2011
While Laurel McKay, the harried, single-mom heroine of DYING FOR A DANCE, may have two left feet when it comes to dancing, her creator, author Cindy Sample, makes all the right moves in this laugh-riddled mystery. A follow-up to Sample's debut mystery, this new tale offers the same ingredients that won DYING FOR A DATE so many fans- the return of a loveable, smart heroine, who can laugh at her own follies, a dreamboat detective we'd all like to meet, a zany cast of secondary characters, and a first-rate mystery. Plus the settings and costumes plunge us into the glittering and fiercely competitive world of ballroom dancing-a fun and fascinating introduction. A definite, five-star review for this energetic dance for mystery readers. Guesses about whodunnit will have you flipping pages faster than a twirling twosome. You won't want this music to stop.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2014
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