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Publisher's Summary

Los Angeles greeting-card artist Wollie Shelley is dating 40 men in 60 days as research for a radio talk show host's upcoming book. Wollie is meeting plenty of eligible bachelors but not falling in love, not until she stumbles over a dead body en route to Rio Pescado - a state-run mental hospital - and is taken hostage by a charismatic "doctor" who is on the run from the Mob.

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. As she meets up with an array of small-time crooks and swaggering mobsters only slightly more sinister than the men she's been dating, Wollie realizes that to find true love she'll first have to avoid getting killed!

©2004 Harley Jane Kozak (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

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Another Stephanie Plum

Good light-hearted "read" very similar to Janet Evanovich. While the writing didn't make me laugh out loud as does Evanovich it will make me smirk to myself. I have read several of the books by this author and enjoyed all. Plot is not too deep but has enough twists to keep you scratching your head. Super job done by the reader!!!

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Fun fluffy read

On the whole I enjoyed this book. The characters are funny and the plot interesting. Normally I would give a 5 star rating but I can't. As funny as the characters and the different situations were they were a bit over the top. Wolly's involvement in the murder was forced and unrealistic. Also, there were a couple of times when I skipped ahead because the story seemed to drag and include unnecessary information. Kozak's writing style is smooth and entertaining, with engaging descriptions and witty dialogue which kept me engaged in the story. You won't be disappointed.

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Not just another date!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dating Dead Men to be better than the print version?

Not sure, have not read the print verison....but the audio verison rocks!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dating Dead Men?

the plane ride, for sure

What does Deanna Hurst bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

different voices, I think

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, cry & laugh, laugh out loud!

6 people found this helpful

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OUT OF THE BOX FUN

I love wacky stories with loveable, quirky, and unique characters. This book is full of them.

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Not just another date!

Would you consider the audio edition of Dating Dead Men to be better than the print version?

Not sure, have not read the print verison....but the audio verison rocks!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dating Dead Men?

the plane ride, for sure

What does Deanna Hurst bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

different voices, I think

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, cry & laugh, laugh out loud!

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Mystery, quirky characters, and great fun!!

Wollie Shelley was working hard to have her franchise, "Wollie's Welcome Greetings", pass muster with the national offices, when she gets a strange phone call from her brother, PJ. PJ is happily living in the local mental hospital because of his schizophrenia, but an illness has caused him to be off his meds for a few days. He's calling Wollie, all upset about a dead body, but he's not making much sense in the telling, so Wollie drives out to the hospital to see what is going on. But there IS a dead body, as Wollie almost drives over it just before reaching the hospital entrance. When she gets into the hospital, she's waylaid by a man in scrubs, "Doc" is on the run from the Mafia, but he's definitely not a Doctor.

Thus begins this mystery that if fraught with strange occurrences and stranger characters. There's the temporarily mute daughter of Doc, with her pesky ferret, Margaret. There there are the men that Wollie must date to earn $5000---40 of them, to meet the requirements of the experiment by a talk show host for her book, How To Avoid Getting Dumped All The Time. Wollie should not be attracted to Doc, but she definitely is and gets sucked into his life and mystery.

This lighthearted book is full of danger and screwy situations, where fright and laughter can occur at just about the same time. Mixing the threat of murderers with her need to protect her brother, keeps Wollie in a mixing bowl of adventures, and she just might find the " right" man for her in the process. Am thrilled that a book club member chose this book to read--such fun with a great mystery too. Don't know which I liked better, the mystery or all the quirky characters, but I'll definitely be reading more from Kozak!

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I only lasted listening to this book through chapter 5, so this review may not be fair.
I couldn't listen any longer. The narrator wasn't the issue, it was the dismal writiing.

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Meh.

It was hard to get into at first. But after about chapter 5, it really picked up.

Overall I liked the story but I found the main character just a little too goody-goody. Solid 3 stars. Not the worst book I’ve listened to but not the best.

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Dating dead men

I have never read a book like this before but I loved it, it was different but very enjoyable. Funny and easy to follow I can’t wait to read Harley’s next book.

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Decent

I liked the story and the characters themselves. My only issue with this book is the narration. The narrator as a good voice, it just feels forced and falls flat for this particular book.