Well Read and Dead (High Society Mystery Series)

Well Read and Dead (High Society Mystery Series)

by Catherine O'Connell
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Well Read and Dead (High Society Mystery Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RomanceReaderForever More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day because I could not put it down. I'd read the first one, WELL BRED AND DEAD, so I knew what to expect as far as the superb storytelling--both in the writing and the plotting, and the (I'll call her) outrageous main character go. And I wasn't disappointed. The main character, Pauline Cook, is hilarious because half the time she doesn't see where she's a snob and the other half of the time she does see it and can't imagine that anyone in her right mind could be otherwise under those circumstances. I laughed out loud so many times that my cats ran out of the room (I never said I had a dainty laugh!), especially during the short bedroom scene where Pauline thinks she's finally got the unattached, aging billionnaire right where she wants him. Pauline seems to always be on the brink of bankruptcy but there's almost no area in her life where she can bear to cut back -- not on the $2,000 dresses, the first class travel, the champagne, the designer everything. As she's buying $300 bottles of wine or paying thousands extra for upgrading her airline ticket, she laments her fate (is she never to have financial security?) And yet when it comes to what she owes others, she is the cheapest woman around...paying the doorman $10 for taking care of her cat for several days (that might have been in the first book) and arguing over having to pay a $5 tip instead of $4. I was afraid Pauline would be too shallow to have my sympathy, but Catherine O'Connell pulls it off brilliantly. She makes Pauline not only likable, but admirable as well. The only thing I have a problem with is the fact that this book just came out, so I'm going to have to wait a while for the next one. Dang!
Dimitri_Fl More than 1 year ago
Ms O'Connell's lastest work is a "Can't Put It Down" mystery novel. The heroine's (Pauline Cook) first person stream of conscientious leads the reader far and wide in solving the mystery. Ms O'Connell is a serious wordsmith, one not to be missed. Well Done indeed!!
joyjoyinhouston More than 1 year ago
I read Well Bred and Dead, the debut, and enjoyed it enough to read Well Read and Dead but this is a much better work. This book delves deeper into the characters, especially Pauline, so you learn why she is the way she is. Highly recommended.
harstan More than 1 year ago
While her penthouse is being renovated, socialite Pauline Cook is on Gianfranco¿s yacht cruising the Mediterranean. It was when the cruise for two ended she realized he was married. It is in Paris she learns that her stock portfolio mostly invested in Enron is worthless. She rushes home to Chicago to find contractor Tag McKay overseeing the renovation. She is attracted to him though he is not in her social class and besides she needs to marry a rich man right away that hopefully she can love while he keeps her in the lifestyle she is accustomed to.

Before she goes husband hunting, Pauline visits her closest friend Whitney Armstrong to pick up her cat Fleur. Whitney¿s husband Jack says his wife is missing and offers Pauline five million dollars to find her; he later raises the reward to ten million. With bills mounting and no income to pay them, though way out of her element Pauline begins a search that leads her to Thailand, from there to Cambodia where Jack¿s factory is located and back to Thailand where she begins getting answers. When she returns to the States, a woman she does not know tries to kill Pauline.

Pauline is a member of the hoi polloi jet setters in which olde money is everything and those without are not worthy of their attention except as servants. However, her inquiry takes her into worlds she never imagined; this changes her. Her husband hunting amidst the Fortune Five Hundred is amusing and ironic when she falls in love with a middle class blue collar working stiff. As Pauline matures from spoiled snobbish socialite to valuing all types of people, she makes Catherine O¿Connell¿s fine thriller WELL READ AND DEAD an engaging read.

Harriet Klausner