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Dating Dead Men
Title : Dating Dead Men
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ISBN : 9780385510189
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336

Los Angeles greeting-card artist Wollie Shelley is dating forty men in sixty days as research for a radio talk show host’s upcoming book, How to Avoid Getting Dumped All the Time. 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 momentarily taken hostagLos Angeles greeting-card artist Wollie Shelley is dating forty men in sixty days as research for a radio talk show host’s upcoming book, How to Avoid Getting Dumped All the Time. 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 momentarily 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 t


Dating Dead Men Reviews

  • Shauna

    Many years ago, I used to browse the library stacks to find things to read. Once in a while I'd get lucky and come across something that I really liked. This book was one I found in that way. I remember really enjoying it--finding it terribly quirky and funny--part mystery--part romance. Lately, I've found the desire to revisit some of my past favorites to see if they still hold up to my memories. This one did. I enjoyed it just as much this time around. Call it chick-lit if you will, but I thin [...]

  • Lisa Kay

    ★★★★✩ I like to make greeting cards. In fact, my BFfL (best friend for life) insists on dragging me out of the house (and away from my books!) every now and then to a card-making class. I love a good mystery, too. Throw in a little romance and I’m ecstatic. Combining these three elements, the bases of this series, piqued my interest when I saw book #4 was on audio at my public library (everyone knows I’m addicted audiobooks).Since Debbie, one of my GRs friends, has a fit every time [...]

  • Amy

    It's funny - I love to read this author's blog, but this book was so all-over-the-place. I did like the main character, Wollie, but thought it was nuts how far she would go for a man she didn't know (who could be a murderer). The storyline was uneven and disjointed.

  • Jennifer A.M.

    It was ok. The middle dragged, but the ending wasn't too bad. I might pick up the next in the series, but then again, I might not.

  • Lisa

    This was the first book I'd ever picked up by Harley Jane Kozak and I will definitely not be picking up any more! The main character in Dating Dead Men, Wollie, is completely unrelatable. Her actions and thoughts do not even remotely resemble what a rational person would do or think. Here's a rundown of what she does in the first few chapters of the book(view spoiler)[She drives, at midnight, to the psychiatric hospital where her paranoid schizophrenic brother is kept so that she can literally t [...]

  • M. Garzon

    I have to say I'm quite surprised at some of the poor reviews this book has gotten. It may not be a great work of literature but then, it clearly does not pretend to be. It's a lighthearted, clever, madcap mystery with an odd romance thrown in. Add an interesting family and two quirky friends and you've got a winning, albeit unusual, cocktail.The characters were all well-developed and the plot, though a bit convoluted at times, was well thought out. I loved Wollie's character and the author's br [...]

  • Mark

    I first knew Harley Jane Kozak for her work as an actress (she played Rick Moranis’ wife in the movie "Parenthood," among many other roles); "Dating Dead Men" is her first book in the series featuring L.A. greeting card artist Wollie Shelley who is participating in a research project, dating 40 men in 60 days. Her plans hit a speed bump when she finds a body at the local state mental hospital where her schizophrenic brother P.B. is a patient. When Wollie gets taken hostage soon after by a char [...]

  • Meg

    Picked this up in the audiobooks section of the library because I needed something for my commute. Figured it would be light chick lit.While the protagonist was likable, this is a story that tried to do too much and took too long. First she's going on 30 blind dates, then she meets a dark/handsome/dangerous stranger, then she tries to help him get out of trouble, then she has to save her brother from murder charges?! All while harboring a fugitive ferret?I figured I would ride it out for the com [...]

  • Elizabeth

    The book could not keep my attention for more than a few moments at a time. The pace was frenetic, the characters inconsistent and what I understood of the plot was improbable. Miss Golly Wolley wants to own her own business on the one hand but does insane things like breaking into a hospital past midnight to leave her brother aluminum foil for no particularly good reason. Basically she is the kind of woman who walks down a dark alley in the middle of the night and then wonders how she could be [...]

  • Susan

    I couldn't identify with the wacky characters. Their behavior was hard to believe. This was less humorous or entertaining than the first Stephanie Plum. The story is mostly visual; could be a TV movie for a teenage audience. I won't read any more in this series or anything else written by Harley Jane Kozak.

  • Mahoghani 23

    Funny, whimsical and a surprisingly good read. Don't place too much emphasis on the storyline being a bit unbelievable; what rational, untrained, everyday citizen misled, trick and manipulate stone killers?

  • Kate McDougall Sackler

    A campy entertaining caper about the mob, owning a small business and trying to find Mr. Right. Story is choppy at times and not all loose ends are tied up. Fun, but fluff.

  • Marfita

    I counted 60 characters, all requiring their own names. Well, except the Vons bag lady. The main characters' names are a bit contrived (mostly the Shelleys), but this was a good read. I will definitely continue with the series.There is a certain amount of amusement with the rush to date 50 men, but mostly this is a Cozy Thriller - if there is such a thing. Wollie is pursued by the mob, assassins, all in the week where her greeting card shop is being evaluated by secret shoppers to see if it's up [...]

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)

    This was trying I think for a chick lit feel, with a blend of mystery, humor, and romance told first person in a breezy voice. Wollie Shelley is the proprietor of a card shop and is part of the "Dating Project" requiring her to date 40 men in 60 days. Her life is complicated by her brother, who resides in a mental hospital. Given that the start to this novel reads like whacky, whimsical chick lit--which I wouldn't mind so much, if it had not veered into cheesy, off the rails romance aisle. In th [...]

  • Laura

    I couldn't get through it. The main characters annoyed me by the third chapter. Well, annoyed is not the right word - repulsed is the right word. I like the author's acting projects, but felt like she was trying too hard to be quirky. The lack of logic displayed by the main characters was worse than a Woody Woodpecker episode and not even close to as entertaining. I might try her later books, but gave this one back to the library after multiple attempts to read. I wanted to like it. I really did [...]

  • Janet

    Idiotic. Don’t waste your time on this one. Too many aggravating things about it to go into detail, but here are my top five: Wollie’s name, her adamant refusal to go to the police, her willingness to forgive Doc, the misleading title (I was expecting vampires or something) and the sheer boneheaded stupidity of the characters.

  • Sherry Sharpnack

    I read this b/c the author and actress, Harley Jean Kozak, is from Lincoln, NE, where I live. I am sorry I wasted my time. The plot was hard to follow; the cliches straight out of film noir, which I've never liked. I gave it two stars n/c there was some good tension that kept me reading toward the climax, and I didn't figure out the identity of the baddest guy until I was told.

  • Kaija

    I wasn't a big fan of this book. The main character decides that someone who is kidnapping her is actually a good person and follows him throughout the book, convinced she loves him. On top of that, the ending wasn't really that great.

  • Janet

    I totally agree with Amy and Jennifer. I am dumping this book after wasting time getting halfway through with it There are too many good books out there to waste time on this overly complicated, superlight (didn't think these two words could be part of the same description)mish mash of a story.

  • Jennifer

    OK story, OK characters - the best friend MADE the book! Laugh-out-loud dialogue for best friend - wish all the characters were like her!

  • Pat Roberts

    The story line for this is far weaker than the author's first book, but entertaining nonetheless.

  • Maureen

    I enjoyed the light tone and pace of this book, but I found the ending messy.

  • Linda

    The title of the book, Dating Dead Men, doesn't seem to fit the plot. This book by Harley Jane Kozak, is actually about a card store owner, Wollie Shelley, who is getting paid to date forty different men as research for an upcoming book. Her life gets complicated when she discovers a dead body while on her way to visit her brother in the Rio Pescado mental institution! She is temporarily taken hostage, threatened by bad guys, and talked into taking care of a ferret. While all this is happening, [...]

  • Lynda

    Gripping. Couldn’t put it down. Wow. Are there more - yes! Loved it.

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  • Jane

    couldn't get through it--mc tstl.

  • Hazel Hanford

    This book was all over the place, and soooo BORING. I almost didn't finish it. Half the time it seemed like an advertisement for her shop, Welcome! I found her writing annoyingly trying to be cute (he grabbed us in the "engagement/wedding" aisle) and I didn't like the main mob story. I didn't like Wolly (even her name is stupid), her brother, or her friends, I thought they were all idiots, and yet she somehow solved the crime and got the guy. All because she's a hot blond. It's just dumb. The on [...]

  • Our_orders

    This was a fun light hearted read but the main character is so dumb she's an embarrassment to dumb blondes.

  • Sally Boyington

    This book fits squarely into today’s popular trend of “spunky, fashion-challenged modern woman runs across a dead body and gets pulled into a complicated, dangerous situation where she finds romance.”Kozak fleshes out the heroine by making her a hopeful greeting card shop owner with unique family dynamics including a mother who lives in an ashram, an uncle who hosts poetry readings, and an institutionalized brother she helped raise, along with a Jewish Holocaust survivor whose posthumous v [...]

  • Blow Pop

    Content warnings: violence, mentions of stigmatization of mentally ill people, mentions of animal abuseThis was definitely not what I was expecting of this book. I was expecting it to be a little more humourous with the title. But it wasn't.I enjoyed the bit of murder-mystery with the story. I didn't enjoy the bitching about wanting to be a willkommen store (which since her store is named welcome, adding that on for anyone who speaks German will basically make her store name 'Welcome Welcome' an [...]