Dating Dead Men by Harley Jane Kozak

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Wollie for short (thankfully), is a greeting card designer and owner of “Wollie’s Welcome! Greetings” working to buy the franchise to her store. In order to come up with the extra funds she needs, she decides to work for a radio psychotherapist writing a book titled “How to Avoid Getting Dumped All the Time”. As part of the ‘Dating Project’, Wollie agrees to go on 40 blind dates in 60 days for $5,000. If that weren’t enough, Wollie stumbles across a dead body, is taken hostage by a handsome “doctor” and now has the mob chasing her. As if Wollie doesn’t have enough on her plate trying to live up to being named after Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, she’s now mixed up in murder.

Dating is hard enough without people trying to kill you, don’t you think?

Harley Jane Kozak does a fantastic job in her debut novel. She’s created fun characters giving Stephanie Plum a serious run for her money.

Wollie is a sympathetic character being thrown into unusual circumstances and doing the best she can. You can’t help but want the best for her! The quirky supporting characters bring a sense of light-heartedness in this comedic romp. Her girlfriends, Joey and Fredreeq are colorful and play well off Wollie’s slightly more conventional nature. The accounts of some of her blind dates will leave you laughing out loud and the touching moments of her heartfelt love and responsibility towards for her schizophrenic brother will melt your heart.

The mystery is well thought out and will keep you turning pages as all the pieces fit together in this madcap adventure that never quits! In the end will Wollie find Mr. Right, or keep DATING DEAD MEN?

Reviewed By: Terri


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