Saturday, August 20, 2016

New Release: DYING FOR DATA (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Mystery Series) by Cassidy Salem

I am pleased to announce the release of a new cozy mystery – DYING FOR DATA by Cassidy Salem. DYING FOR DATA is the second book in the Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth mystery series, which features the misadventures of a young college graduate in Washington D.C.  The first in the series THINK MURDER is on sale for 99 cents through August 21!


Bad karma, a rival suitor, and a deadly attack are enough to put a damper on any date.

Just when Adina’s social life is looking up, her night out is interrupted by the scream of police sirens. Afraid her bartender boyfriend might be accused of murder, Adina’s neighbor enlists her assistance, and in the process exposes her to the seamier side of illegal immigration and crime in the city. Hard as she tries to limit her involvement, the more Adina learns, the more she needs to know – until a case of mistaken identity lands her in hot water. Will she uncover the truth before it’s too late?

DYING FOR DATA is the second book in the Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth mystery series, however it can be read as a standalone. The first book, THINK MURDER, was released in 2015.

Dying for Data is available from Amazon in both print and Kindle formats:

An excerpt from DYING FOR DATA: 

“My head throbbed the next morning and did a nifty spinning trick when I first stepped out of bed. I sat down and took a few deep breaths before heading into the bathroom. The image that greeted me in the mirror was scarier than usual — bloodshot eyes embellished by remnants of the mascara I had neglected to remove the night before.

My face was covered in soap when my phone rang. It was only 8:55. No one who knows me would ever call that early on a weekend unless it was important. A quick splash and wipe move later, and I grabbed my phone.”


Adina's neighbor, a Russian immigrant, is the hostess at the restaurant where Adina and her date are dining. Dinner is interrupted when someone is killed behind the building. Her neighbor's interesting past is somewhat suspicious and she's afraid for her boyfriend. Adina is likable, loyal to her friend, and open-minded. She works with the nice detective, Jonathan, and tries to help figure out how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.  

DYING FOR DATA has it all - relationships and romance, the cultural and global side of Washington, DC, the seedier sides of a big city, and a hint at policy and politics from the think tank where Adina works. The story is well-written, with a steady pace and characters that have depth and dimension. There is tension and humor with the occasional twists and surprises to keep your interest. If you like cozy mystery and amateur sleuths, you'll like this one.  This is the second in the series but easily read on its own. 

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

About the Author

Cassidy Salem has always been an avid reader. She is especially fond of mysteries (both cozy and traditional). Over the years, her favorite mystery authors have included Agatha Christie, Kathy Reichs, Mary Higgins Clark, and John Grisham. Cassidy also enjoys reading historical fiction focused on American and world history, as well as the classics.

Cassidy has never met a dog she didn't like - a fact that influenced her decision to have the protagonist in her mystery series volunteer at a dog rescue center. When she's not reading, Cassidy enjoys singing in an a cappella ensemble. Most of all, Cassidy enjoys spending time with family and friends, and travels with her husband and son whenever possible. Her travels have taken her to destinations throughout the United States and Europe.

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Other Works by this Author

Think Murder (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Book 1)

Adina Donati came to Washington D.C. to find excitement, not a dead body.

When a friend is murdered, Adina is drawn into the middle of the police investigation. Tensions rise as the suspect list expands to include Adina, her friends, and colleagues at the prestigious think tank where she works. But every cloud has a silver lining. Between the nice detective, the hot new volunteer at the dog rescue center, and the newly available preppy ex-boyfriend, Adina’s dating dry spell appears near its end. That is, if she doesn’t become the next victim.