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Cindy Sample

Welcome to Cindy Sample’s world of murder, mortgage and madcap humor. Although my childhood dream was to be Nancy Drew, after graduating with a useless degree in history, I realized a weekly paycheck was an excellent concept. I put aside my literary longings and began a career culminating as President of a nationwide mortgage banking firm.

After one too many corporate mergers, I decided I’d rather plot murder than plod through paperwork. As a divorced soccer mom of two wonderful children, my experiences with on-line dating sites and dating agencies gave me more material than I can use in a lifetime, and fueled the concept for DYING FOR A DATE. Competing in ballroom dance provided insight into the glamorous and treacherous world of ballroom dance, as detailed in my new sequel, DYING FOR A DANCE, the 2011 NCPA Fiction Award Winner. DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI, a 2014 LEFTY Award Finalist for Best Humorous mystery, moves the action to the big island of Hawaii. I loved that daiquiri research. Next we return to the California Gold Country in DYING FOR A DUDE and DYING FOR A DONUT, a lip-smacking mystery. Just released is DYING FOR A DIAMOND which takes place on a Caribbean cruise. Best research ever!.

I am past president of the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime and have served on the boards of the Sacramento Opera and Sacramento YWCA. Visit my website at

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Dying for a Diamond

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Dying for a DONUT

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When Laurel McKay attends a Hawaiian wedding, her vacation soon becomes more deadly than the calorie count in her daiquiri. Her post-wedding holiday upends after a beautiful hula dancer is found dead on the rocks below the oceanfront restaurant owned...
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Dying for a Daiquiri
IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO––BUT ONLY ONE TO MURDER Discovering she has two left feet isn’t the biggest problem for Laurel McKay when she agrees to learn a foxtrot routine for her best friend’s Lake Tahoe wedding. Stumbling over ...
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Dying for a Dance
WOULD DATING BE THE DEATH OF HER? 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 ...
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Dying for a Date

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