One Dead Under the Cuckoo's Nest: A Pauline Sokol Mystery
Lori Avocato
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One Dead Under the Cuckoo's Nest: A Pauline Sokol Mystery
Lori Avocato
352 pages
October 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Burnt out on nursing, bumbling medical insurance fraud investigator Pauline Sokol gets handed her third case and recruited willy-nilly into helping sexy and savvy investigator Jagger in his next case. In the throes of her crush and awed by his experience, little does Pauline realize that this time Jaggerís case will lead her straight into a mental institution - as a patient.

Forcibly committed, at first Pauline canít wait to leave. But her protests as to her sanity are ignored by the nuns running the institution. Jagger, in his disguise as a doctor, can only help her so far, but poor Pauline is left to bear on her own the brunt of her eccentric co-patients and the not-so-kind over-medicating nuns.

Before long, a dead body is found, and Pauline barely escapes numerous attacks on her life. In way over her head, still this brave former-nurse courageously decides to stick it to the dangerous end. And to aid her in this zany quest are her gay roommates, her caring family, some spunky patients and, of course, the hunky Jagger.

Lori Avocato adds yet another wonderful exploit in the entertaining and ongoing mystery series featuring Pauline Sokol. This third book in whatís become an addictive new series has Pauline literally committed to the loony bin. Naturally thereís comedy galore, but in typical Avocato fashion, itís tinged with deadly suspense. And if this irresistible combo werenít enough, the romantic and sexual tension between Jagger and Pauline, which has so far been one-sided on Paulineís part, has contagiously spread to Jagger, and the result is breathless and provocative stolen moments amid intense danger. Paulineís caring family, friends and colleagues contribute to the general caring and craziness of the situation.

Insurance fraud has always been the focal point of this series, and this time Avocato gives readers a glimpse into the practices of a not-so-ethical mental institution, not all of whose patients deserve to be there due to various factors. Overall a sterling addition to this series, this book whets the readerís appetite for more of Paulineís screwball adventures in both mystery and romance.

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