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THE STIFF AND THE DEAD:


A Pauline Sokol Mystery
By Lori Avocato

Avon, 2005
Paperback ($6.99)
ISBN: 0-06-073166-4

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Pauline Sokol was once a nurse but is now a medical insurance fraud investigator who is currently working undercover at a local senior's center. She's trying to uncover why a dead patient is still getting prescriptions filled.

Since I spent over a decade working in hospitals in the nursing field, and nearly two years as an undercover investigator in various nursing/convalescent homes, I may be a bit biased towards the protagonist in this series, but I couldn't resist reading THE STIFF AND THE DEAD. I highly recommend the book and the series to anyone who enjoys a bit of humor with their mysteries, and anyone who can appreciate a spunky heroine.

This is the second of three books in this delightful series. I've got to track down the first book, A DOSE OF MURDER, because I enjoyed reading the other two so much. It's not often an author can pull off a light-hearted romp with murder, without the story being a bit too sweet. However, Ms. Avocato is quite a capable author and she really makes the characters come alive. There is plenty of danger and laughter to satisfy the reader and a special quirkiness that will endear Pauline to many new fans.

Hollywood take note. This would make a fun TV mystery/comedy series, or a movie.

The three titles (so far) in this series are: A DOSE OF MURDER, THE STIFF AND THE DEAD, and ONE DEAD UNDER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. If you would like to read a review of ONE DEAD UNDER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, please click here. The next title in the series is DEEP SEA DEAD and is scheduled for publication in May, 2006.

You may visit the author's website at www.loriavocato.com.

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