Dating dead men book review
Rejoice: Newcomer Wollie is funny, brave, smart, and altogether the fetchingest crime fiction heroine since the early Stephanie Plum.
Los Angeles greeting-card artist Wollie Shelley is dating forty men in sixty days as research for a radio talk show host's upcoming book, How to Avoid Getting Dumped All the Time. Lately, I find myself looking over my shoulder when I'm driving to see if there's a Hummer behind me. Valerie Wolzien, author of A Fashionable Murder Lots of action, quirky characters, an engaging new sleuth who designs greeting cards, and a ferret named Margaret -- what more could any reader want? Kris Neri, author of Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Award-nominated Tracy Eaton Mysteries Dating Dead Men, Harley Jane Kozak's hilarious debut novel, proves that the search for love can be as funny as it is deadly, as it ricochets from one madcap misadventure after another with the speed of a bullet and the uproarious fun of a three-ring circus. books Book Browse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class.
She's the manager of a struggling greeting card store in a seedy part of Los Angeles.
Wollie dreams of someday having enough time and money to design her own greeting cards full-time. She is desperately trying to keep her store afloat, helping to care for her schizophrenic brother, and has agreed to participate in a dating experiment --- dating forty men in sixty days --- to help a radio shrink do research for a book on dating.
Bundt died and I can take the day off and go to the beach." "He's not dead. I was doing the final Dustbusting, and look, look--" I waved at the carpet. "Yeah, I know, I'm pushing the envelope here." Fredreeq straightened up and moved to the cash register counter. "You're black, which I always think makes the high heels-no stockings look--" "Less slutlike? Bundt walked through the door of Wollie's Welcome! Greetings racks, beginning with Birthdays, Juvenile. Greetings Corporation, devoting his life to inspecting all Welcome!
Zebra- print stockings stretched from the hem of a very short, very tight skirt to a pair of velvet stiletto heels. "Maybe," I said, and turned to scratch at the cigarette burn with my fingernail. I jumped to my feet, planting a red high-top right on the cigarette burn. He saw me and smiled, and for a minute I thought it was going to be all right, but then he saw Fredreeq. She was sitting on the counter, a bunched-up chunk of stocking hanging from one foot as she struggled to get a stiletto heel off the other. Bundt stared for a moment and then--and here's what I admired about him--he turned and began inspecting the Welcome! way to handle every situation in life, this man, either from instinct or training, knew exactly what it was. Bundt was the field representative for the Welcome!
Excerpted from Dating Dead Men by Harley Jane Kozak Copyright© 2004 by Harley Jane Kozak.
I motioned to Fredreeq to hurry up with her changing routine.
Wollie fears that her beloved brother, a paranoid schizophrenic living at Rio Pescado, is involved in the murder, so rather than go to the authorities, she decides to solve the crime on her own. Dear God." "Girl, get a grip," Fredreeq called out, barging through the front door of my shop, Wollie's Welcome! "I can hear those ' Dear Gods' all the way out to the parking lot. Mary Daheim, author of Silver Scream A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery Harley Jane Kozak not only capture's the reader's attention with a good action-filled story, but also the reader's laughs with Wollie's dating project, schizophrenic brother and crazy friends. The two stories --- about the mystery and about the serial dating --- are not sufficiently integrated, and the relationships among the various mobsters can be as difficult to unravel as a plate of spaghetti.There are some really poignant moments here, though, particularly regarding Wollie's brother and Doc's mute daughter.Who is this guy, and how is he involved with the murder? These are just some of the burning questions answered in the course of DATING DEAD MEN's wacky, fast-paced plot.Fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series will find much to enjoy in this mystery, the first in a series.