Dead on Arrival
A Pauline Sokol Mystery by Lori Avocato
Review: Insurance investigator Pauline Sokol again dons her nurse's uniform to look into some billing irregularities in her sixth case, Dead on Arrival by Lori Avocato.
The Scarpello and Tonelli Insurance Agency, for which Pauline works as an investigator, suspects that a local ambulance service, TLC Air and Land, has been falsely billing for services never rendered. Working undercover as a nurse for the company, she quickly finds evidence to confirm her agency's suspicions. But things get complicated when Payne Sterling, who owns TLC with his twin sister Pansy, is murdered, and the killer is all too willing to make Pauline his next victim.
The primary appeal of this series is accompanying Pauline as she gets herself into and out of trouble during her investigation, following her evolving relationship with the mysterious Jagger, and seeing how she deals with the ruggedly handsome men with whom she finds herself working. Plots have never been that important, and that is particularly evident in this case. With Pauline discovering the incriminating billing records and the murder of Payne taking place very early in the book, one would think that her mission was accomplished, job well done, time for the police to step in to solve the murder.
That wouldn't make for much of a story, however, so Pauline continues to pry into the affairs of TLC. But there's an underlying sense that everyone is simply biding their time until the killer is conveniently identified and their motive revealed.
Fans of the series will likely enjoy the familiarity of Dead on Arrival. New readers may not be as enthusiastic.
Acknowledgment: Book Trends provided a copy of Dead on Arrival for this review.
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Avon Books (Mass Market Paperback), November 2006
ISBN-13: 9780060837044; ISBN-10: 0060837047
Location(s) referenced in Dead on Arrival: New Jersey
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Dead on Arrival by Lori Avocato — A Pauline Sokol Mystery
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date: July 2007
List Price: $6.99