» » The Stiff and the Dead: A Pauline Sokol Mystery

Download The Stiff and the Dead: A Pauline Sokol Mystery fb2

by Lori Avocato
Download The Stiff and the Dead: A Pauline Sokol Mystery fb2
Mystery
  • Author:
    Lori Avocato
  • ISBN:
    0060731664
  • ISBN13:
    978-0060731663
  • Genre:
  • Publisher:
    Avon Books (June 28, 2005)
  • Subcategory:
    Mystery
  • Language:
  • FB2 format
    1565 kb
  • ePUB format
    1522 kb
  • DJVU format
    1552 kb
  • Rating:
    4.4
  • Votes:
    552
  • Formats:
    lrf mbr docx lrf


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

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

This funny and charming second book in our promising new mass market mystery series features Pauline Sokol .

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!

Lori is the author of six novels featuring Pauline Sokol: A Dose of Murder; The Stiff and the Dead; One Dead Under . Pauline Sokol, a nurse gets burned out and decides to quit the nursing profession. She end up seeking a job with her roommate’s relative in the insurance industry.

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. Series: Pauline Sokol Mysteries. Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages. Publisher: Avon (September 28, 2004). Little did she know this would be an insurance investigator.

The second book "The Stiff & The Dead" does improve, but not overly so. The series still has a long way to go. . The series still has a long way to go before it can really be considered as a good competitor for other more established series out there. Right on the heels of her previous case Pauline is given another one to look i I was very dissapointed by the first book in the series, but I figured that I'd give the next book a chance. First books are always a little awkward for new authors, especially if they are writing a series. 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.

Book in the Pauline Sokol Mystery Series).

The Stiff and the Dead.

Pauline Sokol, medical insurance fraud investigator extraordinaire, gets to prove herself yet again. Lori avocato series: A Pauline Sokol Mystery. Other author's books: Deception. The Stiff and the Dead. Even though this case is way past your abilities, I don’t have a fucking choice. One Dead Under the Cuckoo's Nest. Holiday Op. Deep Sea Dead.

Year Published: 2004. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

In this book Pauline goes undercover as a nurse (again) to check out a nursing home that is filling presciptions illegally. This book is fun with Pauline lusting after the two male characters- Nick and Jagger. The patients that the prescriptions are for are dead. 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

The Pauline Sokol Mystery Series ; Volume number 2. amp; International Retailers.

The Pauline Sokol Mystery Series ; Volume number 2. A Pauline Sokol Mystery.

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!


Throw her heart
I don't buy many books, because I think very few are worth the money. Because I enjoyed "A Dose of Murder" so much, though, I made an exception for "The Stiff and the Dead." I was not disappointed.

Humor is again used to great effect and the mystery is reasonably entertaining, but what made me come back were the terrific characters. They're what I loved in the first book and what I look forward to in the next. Pauline remains a fun character almost anyone can identify with, and we learn more about Jagger as they work together. The Sokol family also appears again, as well as Pauline's good friends Goldie and Miles; her new boyfriend, Nick; and her dog, Spanky.

The writing is tighter than in "A Dose of Murder." For instance, the words "ack" and "yikes" don't appear nearly as often, and Pauline's detective skills have progressed believably.

Areas that could stand some improvement: Well, the editing needs work. I winced at mistakes such as affect/effect, missing commas, and the phrase "dose off" (instead of "doze off"). Plus, at one point Pauline wonders if a particular event actually did occur. I don't want to give away the plot, so I'll just say that if this thing did happen, she should know for sure one way or the other. Yet, in the book, she remains clueless.

But those complaints are minor. I very much enjoyed this book and am eagerly anticipating the next in the series. We don't have the option of giving a book 4 1/2 stars and this one was better than 4, so I'm rating it a 5. Give it a try.
Punind
Love Lori Avocato...good ole fashion, fun, interesting, comic writing.
Thundershaper
Loved it
mIni-Like
This item should have been listed as fair. It seems to be quite used but readable. It did come in a timely manner.
Nightscar
I was very dissapointed by the first book in the series, but I figured that I'd give the next book a chance. First books are always a little awkward for new authors, especially if they are writing a series. The second book "The Stiff & The Dead" does improve, but not overly so. The series still has a long way to go before it can really be considered as a good competitor for other more established series out there.

Right on the heels of her previous case Pauline is given another one to look into. This time the action surrounds a potential prescription fraud in the local seniors' center & Pauline is sent to investigate as both an undercover senior (in makeup of course) & a nurse at the doctor's office where the prescriptions are being written. Meanwhile Pauline is getting into more hot water as she tries to romance Nick while also trying to entice the mysterious Jagger.

This book featured a bit more action & the plot moved along faster than the previous entry in the series did, but there was still quite a lot of water treading in the book. It's enough to get me to read the next book (I'd gotten the first 4 books at the same time), but not enough to really persuade me that I need to pick up anything beyond those books. Like the previous book, a good chunk of the story is "Ooh! Jagger is so hawt! Nick is so hawt!" I have nothing against love interests in a story (you should see my romance collection), but... there's just no chemistry between Pauline & Jagger or Nick. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Until I read this book I couldn't quite put my finger on why the guy droolings irritated me. Now I know that the biggest flaw of the books so far is that so much time is spent focusing on love interests that have no chemistry together. Add onto this that the characters are all still pretty one-dimensional & you've got big problems.

Again, this isn't a terrible book but it's just not really grabbing me. I don't usually fault fluffy reads for being what they are, but this series tries to present itself as more than a fluffy beach read. If you are looking for depth, give this series a pass. If you want something brainless to read then this may be the series for you.

--------------
GOOD: Plot moves faster in this series, more focus is put on the actual investigating this go round.

BAD: Lack of chemistry between love interests, one dimensional characters still haven't been fleshed out, spends too much time treading water
Freaky Hook
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