Dying For A DonutMy name is Laurel McKay, and I am an addict. A donut addict. Or, as I prefer to say, a donut aficionado. There is nothing I like better than biting into a melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon apple donut. Or a vanilla frosted apple donut. Or a. . .well, you get the idea.

Luckily, I live near Apple Hill, located in the Gold Country of Northern California, and home to over fifty apple farms. Even better yet, my seventeen-year-old daughter, Jenna, just got a seasonal weekend job in the bakery of Apple Tree Farm, which is owned by Axel Thorson.

Their donuts truly are to die for.

Jenna confided that Axel’s teenage son had been hitting on her. After dropping her off at work the next morning, I decided to have a chat with Axel about the situation. When I finally located him in his warehouse, it was obvious we wouldn’t be having that conversation today. Or any day. Not after someone frosted Axel from head to toe with a blanket of powdered sugar.

Who wanted to sweeten him up?

Despite my gruesome discovery, there was no reason for me to become involved in this homicide investigation. For a change. I had enough on my plate besides donuts. The bank where I work in the marketing department was debating whether to eliminate my position and outsource the work to an overeager marketing company.

Which meant I could be tweeting about my own unemployment within days.

Then the police arrest the heartthrob grandson of Nina Perez, the Apple Tree bakery manager. My daughter, a budding criminologist, decides to help him, which lands her in jail. My octogenarian grandmother, a good friend of Nina’s, is now threatening to open her own detective agency and chase down the culprit herself.

What’s a soccer mom with a sweet tooth to do but go undercover?

One would think that detecting among donuts would be a piece of cake, but this could be my most dangerous investigation yet.


You can read more about Laurel in Dying For A Donut, the fifth book in the “Laurel McKay” mystery series, published by Cindy Sample. The first books in the series is Dying for a Date.

About Dying For A Donut

To Laurel McKay, there’s nothing better than spending an autumn afternoon in the Apple Hill area, munching on caramel apples and cinnamon donuts. It’s a good thing daughter Jenna’s landed a seasonal job at Apple Tree Farm and Bakery. Then Laurel stumbles over the bakery owner’s corpse coated in powdered sugar. Axel Thorson was a well-respected member of the community. Who might benefit from his death? When the police arrest the heartthrob grandson of the bakery manager, Jenna decides to help him by solving the case herself, a move that lands her in jail. With Laurel’s detective honey in another state, and her octogenarian grandmother threatening to chase down the culprit, what’s a soccer mom with a sweet tooth to do but go undercover. Detecting among donuts should be a piece of cake, but not if Laurel discovers first-hand that sugar can kill you. Dessert Recipes Included

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About the author
Cindy Sample is a former corporate CEO who decided plotting murder was more entertaining than plodding through paperwork. Her national bestselling humorous mystery series, described as Erma Bombeck meets Agatha Christie, features single soccer mom, Laurel McKay. The series, set in El Dorado country, includes Dying for a Date, Dying for a Dance, Dying for a Daiquiri, Dying for a Dude and Dying for a Donut. Cindy is a three-time nominee for the LEFTY Award for Best Humorous Mystery. Cindy describes her new release, Dying for a Donut, which is set in Apple Hill, as a lip-smacking mystery. It was definitely the most fun (and most deadly) to research!

Check out Cindy at www.cindysamplebooks.com, on Facebook and at @cindysample1.

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