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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060731664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060731663
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Fans of Evanovich are sure to enjoy this funny, fast-paced series.” (Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author)

“Clever, comical, and gutsy, Pauline Sokol is the perfect sleuth.” (Nancy J. Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day Mysteries)

“An outrageous romp of a novel; a laugh and a shiver -- a book I just couldn’t put down.” (Christopher Whitcomb, former FBI agent and New York Times bestselling author of Cold Zero, Black, and White)

“Sexy and sassy . . . a sure prescription for outrageous sleuthing.” (Carolyn Hart)

“A wonderful debut mystery . . . a solid who-done-it, chick lit style.” (Harriet Klausner)

“A hilarious roller coaster ride.” (Merline Lovelace, USA Today Bestselling Author)

“A fresh, new voice in mystery . . . great fun and a diverting escape.” (Laura Van Wormer)

“A wacky and outright hilarious new mystery series...great sparring dialogue, well-defined characters and comedy galore.” (Curled up with a Good Book Reviews)

About the Author

After serving in the Air Force as a registered nurse, Lori Avocato decided to give up nursing to write fiction. She lives in New England and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, PASIC, NINC, Romance Writers of America, the Author's Guild, and Sisters in Crime. She's raising two teenage sons (heaven help her!), and one darling dog, Spanky. Lori is the author of six novels featuring Pauline Sokol: A Dose of Murder; The Stiff and the Dead; One Dead Under the Cuckoo's Nest; Deep Sea Dead; Nip, Tuck, Dead; and Dead on Arrival.


More About the Author

After completing four years in the Air Force as a registered nurse, I began writing novels with medial/military themes. The winnner of several writing contests, I have completed fifteen novels and now write the humorous mystery series, The Pauline Sokol Mysteries.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 28, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After twelve years as a nurse, Pauline Sokol could not take it anymore so she quit. Her roommate Miles got her a job as a fraud claims investigator for Scarpello and Tonelli Insurance Company because his Uncle Fabio owns the firm.

With Miles' boyfriend glitzy transvestite and star investigator Goldie Perlman ill, newbie Pauline is assigned to look into prescription fraud at the Hope Valley Senior Citizens Center. Pauline goes undercover as a senior citizen working as a temporary at the center's pharmacy with Goldie preparing her for her role to observe prime suspect Sophie Banko. Pauline also struggles with the attention given her by two male peers. Nick is a clean cut hunk while Jagger is an exasperating handsome pain. With three advisors to assist her at uncovering the prescription scam at the clinic's pharmacy, Pauline wonders if Goldie can help her better understand her sudden seemingly alive love life that was dormant as a nurse.

The second Pauline Sokol insurance investigation case is an amusing tale that once again focuses in on a medical scam enabling the former nurse simply to go undercover though trying to pretend to be elderly is not that easy accomplished. Her love interest has expanded since mysterious and sexy Jagger introduced her to the job and seemed to want her under the cover with Nick apparently interested in her too. Lori Avocato provides a humorous investigative tale starring a likable flake and her eccentric cronies though at times the quirky behavior distracts from a fine who-done-it.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on June 28, 2005
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Ex-nurse Pauline Sokol gets her second case working for Scarpello and Tonelli Insurance Company. This time it is prescription fraud. Pauline's best suspect is Sophie Banko. To keep tabs on Sophie, Goldie helps disguise Pauline as an elderly lady. This way Pauline infiltrates the Hope Valley Senior Citizens Center to spy on Sophie. In addition to that, Pauline begins working (as a Temp) at the Hope Valley Clinic and its pharmacy.

The case is a bit above what Pauline is ready for, but since Goldie has tonsillitis, she has time to help Pauline with disguises and advice. Good thing too, because Pauline needs lots of advice to deal with her two romantic interests, Nick and Jagger. Nick is clean cut, handsome, and a co-worker. Jagger is mysterious, irritating, and dangerously attractive. And it will probably take both of them to help Pauline on this case.

**** The author, Lori Avocato, spends a bit more time on romance this time around. Readers get another taste of the mysterious Jagger, as well as, of the romantic Nick. But the author does not skimp on the investigation plot either. You will get to sink your teeth into another "whodunit" type mystery while being constantly amused with the colorful cast of characters that surround Pauline and her hectic life. Another delightful romp with Pauline and her unusual life style. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunnydale on July 25, 2005
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I don't buy many books, because I think very few are worth the money. Because I enjoyed "A Dose of Murder" so much, though, I made an exception for "The Stiff and the Dead." I was not disappointed.

Humor is again used to great effect and the mystery is reasonably entertaining, but what made me come back were the terrific characters. They're what I loved in the first book and what I look forward to in the next. Pauline remains a fun character almost anyone can identify with, and we learn more about Jagger as they work together. The Sokol family also appears again, as well as Pauline's good friends Goldie and Miles; her new boyfriend, Nick; and her dog, Spanky.

The writing is tighter than in "A Dose of Murder." For instance, the words "ack" and "yikes" don't appear nearly as often, and Pauline's detective skills have progressed believably.

Areas that could stand some improvement: Well, the editing needs work. I winced at mistakes such as affect/effect, missing commas, and the phrase "dose off" (instead of "doze off"). Plus, at one point Pauline wonders if a particular event actually did occur. I don't want to give away the plot, so I'll just say that if this thing did happen, she should know for sure one way or the other. Yet, in the book, she remains clueless.

But those complaints are minor. I very much enjoyed this book and am eagerly anticipating the next in the series. We don't have the option of giving a book 4 1/2 stars and this one was better than 4, so I'm rating it a 5. Give it a try.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Dowdle VINE VOICE on April 25, 2006
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Pauline Sokol left nursing and is now a medical insurance fraud investigator. So why is it every time she gets a case, she ends up back in nursing under cover.

This time she's investigating prescription fraud in a local seniors' center. She finds the easiest way to get information is to become a senior.

Her fellow investigator, Jagger, keeps making work interesting. Can she keep her mind on work with him around? Plus there's Nick. What's a girl to do?

Pauline uncovers an illegal Viagra ring at the seniors' center, but she can't put her finger on the person behind it. Will she be able to before there's another victim?

I really like this series. Pauline is so funny. She keeps me laughing. I like the tension with her, Nick, and Jagger a lot, too. Goldie is a hoot.

I read in bed at night and found myself trying not to laugh out loud to wake my husband. That's hard to do while reading this book! I highly recommend it!

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