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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.

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