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A Pauline Sokol Mystery
By Lori Avocato

Avon, May, 2006 ($6.99)
ISBN: 0-06-083700-4

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Imagine that your boss wants you to go undercover as an investigator on a cruise ship to Bermuda. All you have to do is work with the ship's other medical personnel and secretly uncover who is fraudulently over charging passengers for health care at sea. The rest of the time on board is yours to enjoy yourself. What more could you ask for?

Well, if you're Pauline, you don't want to go aboard in the first place because you're a landlubber and are terrified of going to sea! And although she is a former nurse, she wants to be taken seriously as an investigator but not always linked to a medical situation.

If you haven't already discovered this delightful series, you can start with DEEP SEA DEAD and read the earlier adventures later.

DEEP SEA DEAD is a quick, fun to read book.

I enjoyed the author's writing style. It's crisp and intelligent, with lots of twists and turns. I liked Pauline, she's funny and smart. I loved the secondary characters including her best friends, Goldie and Miles, her parents, and of course, Jagger! I liked the story. I even liked the touch of romance.

If you like quirky characters you will probably enjoy this series.

I can't imagine why someone hasn't made the series into a hit TV show by now.

I will certainly look forward to future adventures with this plucky sleuth.

This is the fourth book in the series. Other titles include: A DOSE OF MURDER, THE STIFF AND THE DEAD, and ONE DEAD UNDER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. (Please click on the underlined title to read reviews of those books.)

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