2015 LEFTY Award Finalist Best Humorous Mystery and 2015 Next Generation Indie Award Finalist
When Laurel McKay agrees to perform with the Sassy Saloon Gals during Hangtown's annual Wagon Train parade, her greatest fear is a wardrobe malfunction. Before she can lace up her corset, a 150-year-old skeleton turns up on her grandmother's property. Did Laurel's great-great-grandfather murder his mining partner? Gran insists not and wants Laurel to prove it.
Then the body of a prominent citizen is discovered shortly after Laurel's ex-husband decked him. When her detective boyfriend throws her ex in jail for murder, Laurel, with the help of her zany friends and family, must find the real killer.
Juggling two kids, a new boss, a wilting romance, and two murder investigations would be enough to turn any woman into a chocolate addict. Extra pounds are the least of Laurel's worries as she and her Mustang-driving octogenarian grandmother try to unearth some long-buried secrets before the killer adds their names to Hangtown's bloody history.
"Cindy Sample's Dying for a Dude is fabulous from the get-go. It's a perfect blend of intrigue, mystery and romance--what else could a reader ask for? Don't miss the Laurel McKay books. Like me, you'll be 'dying' to read the next one."
-Brenda Novak, USA Today Bestselling Author
"A fast-paced read, DYING FOR A DUDE, the fourth book in national bestselling author Cindy Sample's LAUREL MCKAY series is a humorous, action-packed cozy mystery that will immediately draw you in and keep you guessing right up to the very satisfying ending. Laurel McKay is an endearing character that readers can easily relate to and the secondary characters add even more charm to the story as the clues build up." 5 Stars
-Dottie Jones, Romance Junkies
"Laurel McKay leads a full life, full of murder! Can Laurel solve two homicides, raise her two kids, keep her job, please her mother, care for her grandmother and find true love while avoiding her own demise? You'll have to indulge yourself in this scrumptious 5 star novel to find out. Calorie-free, but like Laurel's beloved chocolate, oh, so rich."
-Mary Beth Magee, National Reviewer, Examiner.com
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About the Author
Cindy is a former columnist for the Gold River Community Newspaper. She is a past president of the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime and has served on the boards of the Sacramento Opera and the YWCA. She has two wonderful adult children who live too far away. Visit Cindy on her website at www.cindysamplebooks.com www.facebook.com/cindysampleauthor www.twitter.com/cindysample1
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cindy Sample's Dying For series is to die for, and Dude is no exception. Like chocolates, you can never have enough. I love these books.
Cindy Sample’s latest Laurel McKay mystery is a very enjoyable cozy. The author provides just the right amount of humor. The gold country setting of California with its local history is an interesting, well-presented part of the story. In May, Laurel’s mother falls into an abandoned mineshaft on Gran’s property. After pulling her mother out, the rescuers discover a skeleton that Laurel refers to as “Mr. Bones.” It seems that a man named George Henry Clarkson disappeared in 1864 and a coin found near the remains was minted in that year. Furthermore, Laurel’s great grandfather appears to be a prime suspect. Laurel is determined to find George’s real killer and clear her ancestor’s name. But that isn’t the only suspicious local death. Laurel’s ex-husband, Hank, comes under suspicion for killing his boss, Darius Spencer. Laurel does her own investigating even though her boyfriend is Detective Tom Hunter, head of homicide for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s office. Laurel is also a bank officer who has to decorate the bank for Wagon Wheel week in Placerville. She notes that there are more suspects than decorations—apparently Darius was unpopular with many local residents. There are lots of witty original scenes in this book such as Laurel scaring away a mountain lion by belting out her rendition of “I Will Survive.” There is also a unique chase scene toward the end of the novel that is not to be missed. Colorful characters abound. Gran is reminiscent of Stephanie Plum’s grandmother and just as feisty. Of course, there are serious moments as well. When Laurel announces that she intends to find Spencer’s real killer, someone attacks her and knocks her unconscious. Altogether, this is an exciting, enjoyable, well-written mystery and a pleasure for readers.
(Sorry, couldn't resist. I really had fun reading this book. It kept me fully entertained on my commute, so much so that I was annoyed when it was my stop and I had to put it down. And if you've ever commuted on very crowded public transportation, you know that is saying something.) Cindy sample has become on of my "go to" authors, ones whose books I know I can rely on for a good, fun read (Janet Evanovich is another). Highly recommended!
I really enjoy the Laurel McKay mysteries! They are so funny and have a good plot. I have read all the ones in this series and have enjoyed each one. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!