Stiff and the Dead: A Pauline Sokol Mystery

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This funny and charming second book in our promising new mass market mystery series features Pauline Sokol, a sassy 30–something ex–nurse turned medical insurance fraud investigator.

Pauline Sokol has just escaped serious bodily harm during her first investigation, when her second case file is literally thrown into her lap. And this one seems to be a doozie––with one suspect already dead! Pauline's sleuthing leads her to the Senior Citizen's Clinic, where she realizes that her ...

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Overview

This funny and charming second book in our promising new mass market mystery series features Pauline Sokol, a sassy 30–something ex–nurse turned medical insurance fraud investigator.

Pauline Sokol has just escaped serious bodily harm during her first investigation, when her second case file is literally thrown into her lap. And this one seems to be a doozie––with one suspect already dead! Pauline's sleuthing leads her to the Senior Citizen's Clinic, where she realizes that her deceased suspect was part of an illegal Viagra ring! Pauline is soon going undercover as a senior hot mama and chasing down leads at the local bingo parlor.

Between fending off some wrinkled "over–70" admirers, and helping the sexy investigator Jagger with his own case at the Senior Clinic, Pauline is again faced with a murderer on the loose! Adding to her panic is the reality that her attraction to Jagger is intensifying, despite the fact that the handsome and reliable Nick is courting her. With the help of her hilarious family and friends, Pauline must juggle an undercover nursing gig, two sexy leading men, a senior alter–ego, and a gaggle of geriatric suspects––all before she becomes the next victim!

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Editorial Reviews

Lisa Gardner
“Fans of Evanovich are sure to enjoy this funny, fast-paced series.”
Nancy J. Cohen
“Clever, comical, and gutsy, Pauline Sokol is the perfect sleuth.”
Christopher Whitcomb
“An outrageous romp of a novel; a laugh and a shiver — a book I just couldn’t put down.”
Carolyn Hart
“Sexy and sassy . . . a sure prescription for outrageous sleuthing.”
Harriet Klausner
“A wonderful debut mystery . . . a solid who-done-it, chick lit style.”
Merline Lovelace
“A hilarious roller coaster ride.”
Laura Van Wormer
“A fresh, new voice in mystery . . . great fun and a diverting escape.”
Curled up with a Good Book
"A wacky and outright hilarious new mystery series...great sparring dialogue, well-defined characters and comedy galore."
Curled up with a Good Book Reviews
“A wacky and outright hilarious new mystery series...great sparring dialogue, well-defined characters and comedy galore.”
Curled up with a Good Book Reviews
“A wacky and outright hilarious new mystery series...great sparring dialogue, well-defined characters and comedy galore.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060731663
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Pauline Sokol Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 819,743
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    Pauline's second case.

    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. ****

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An amusing investigtive tale

    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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