Nip, Tuck, Dead
A Pauline Sokol Mystery by Lori Avocato
Review: Pauline Sokol travels to the playground of the rich and famous, Newport, to investigate some irregular insurance claims submitted by an exclusive clinic in Nip, Tuck, Dead, the 5th mystery in this series by Lori Avocato.
Returning to her former profession as a nurse, Pauline accompanies her roommate and best friend Goldie Perlman to the clinic; Goldie has decided he's going to splurge and treat himself to a "nose job". Once there, Pauline discovers a web of fraud and deceit that only she, in her own inimitable way, can unravel.
The mysteries in this series are light, entertaining, and not meant to be taken too seriously despite one or more dead bodies popping up every so often. A generally implausible storyline is taken for granted. And that's the great appeal of these books: they're escapist, fun reading. But in Nip, Tuck, Dead, the plot is exceptionally shallow and oddly a bit disturbing. If the doctors at the clinic are suspected of submitting fraudulent insurance claims (a felony), why would Pauline allow Goldie to risk surgery there before ascertaining the truth?
Furthermore, it's more than a little suspicious that Goldie's elective, cosmetic procedure is suddenly a medically necessary one (and presumably covered by insurance) when he's diagnosed with a deviated septum. The irony of the situation seems lost on Pauline who now appears to be a party to the crime she's there to investigate.
The best part of the books in this series is the amusing way Avocato depicts Pauline's relationship with her family, her friends, her man-of-the-moment, and, of course, the mysterious Jagger. Nip, Tuck, Dead does not disappoint in this regard.
Those who have enjoyed the previous adventures of Pauline will no doubt be pleased with this one. But Nip, Tuck, Dead is not a good introduction for readers new to the series.
Acknowledgment: Book Trends provided a copy of Nip, Tuck, Dead for this review.
Review Copyright © 2006 — Hidden Staircase Mystery Books — All Rights Reserved
Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
Deep Sea Dead
Avon Books (Mass Market Paperback), April 2006
ISBN-13: 9780060837006; ISBN-10: 0060837004
Dead on Arrival
Avon Books (Mass Market Paperback), July 2007
ISBN-13: 9780060837082; ISBN-10: 006083708X
Location(s) referenced in Nip, Tuck, Dead: Newport, Rhode Island
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Nip, Tuck, Dead by Lori Avocato — A Pauline Sokol Mystery
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date: November 2006
List Price: $6.99