Laurel McKay could serve as the poster girl for a normal suburban soccer mom. She's working her way through being a single mother, dealing with an over-achieving mother and trying to excel in her job. Oh, and one more thing. She's a magnet for murder, even on vacation in Hawaii!
She’s faced challenges in the past. In “Dying for a Date,” she found her gentleman companions being killed off as quickly as she got a date with them. Her dancing shoe was used as a murder weapon in “Dying for a Dance.” Now, she’s trying to enjoy a trip to the islands and she’s in the middle of murder once again.
“Dying for a Daiquiri” takes the feisty soccer mom out of her traditional haunts and turns her loose on a whole new police department. This time her brother and her sister-in-law are the prime suspects in the murder of a local dancer. Laurel has to find the real killer before she loses her family members to a Hawaiian jail. As she tries to enjoy what should have been a pleasure trip, she finds the dark underside of Paradise.
As in previous stories, Laurel doesn’t shy away from trying to solve the case. She works her way into crime scenes and finds additional evidence that the police have missed. Her determination to save her brother and sister-in-law takes her up and down the islands, on boats and zip lines, over coffee plantations and into the heart of Hawaiian traditions.
Author Cindy Sample puts the locale, the relationships and Laurel’s determination to good use with an intriguing mystery that entertains and informs at the same time. Her deft plotting carries the reader along for a thrilling ride through the delights of Hawaii. She’s taken her heroine out of Gold Country and out of her comfort zone. Readers will gain a new appreciation of the spunky lady in this romantic mystery.
Cindy Sample has created a heroine that women can identify with and admire as she keeps going with wit and determination, even in the face of a potential homicide arrest in her own family. Sample's stories combine humor, romance and mystery. That recipe yields a great book. Kick back with a tall, cool drink and enjoy!
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