Stiff and the Dead: A Pauline Sokol Mystery

Stiff and the Dead: A Pauline Sokol Mystery

by Lori Avocato

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ISBN-13: 9780060731663
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: Pauline Sokol Mystery Series Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 655,117
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.88(d)

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.

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“A fresh, new voice in mystery . . . great fun and a diverting escape.”

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“Fans of Evanovich are sure to enjoy this funny, fast-paced series.”

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“An outrageous romp of a novel; a laugh and a shiver — a book I just couldn’t put down.”

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“A hilarious roller coaster ride.”

Harriet Klausner

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

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“Clever, comical, and gutsy, Pauline Sokol is the perfect sleuth.”

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“Sexy and sassy . . . a sure prescription for outrageous sleuthing.”

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Stiff and the Dead: A Pauline Sokol Mystery 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
silverdaisy1975 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This is the second book in the Pauline Sokol series. This series is about an ex-nurse who gets burnt out and becomes an insurance fraud investigator. In this book Pauline goes undercover as a nurse (again) to check out a nursing home that is filling presciptions illegally. The patients that the prescriptions are for are dead.This book is fun with Pauline lusting after the two male characters-- Nick and Jagger. The problem with the series is that its backbone is a compete rip-off of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.If you can get past the Plum parallels (and the characters are seriously the exact same) it is a good book. It moves fast and it will have you laughing out loud. I had a hard time looking past the parallels but I did buy the next book in the series.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
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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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. ****