he critically acclaimed and multiple award winning debut novel from Harley Jane Kozak, is a fast-paced, flawless blend of romance, comedy, and suspense.Dating Dead Men introduces a writer who is bound to take her place alongside Janet Evanovich and Gillian Roberts—and a heroine as feisty, funny, and unforgettable as Bridget Jones.Wollie is dating 40 men in 60 days as part of a research project for a bestselling radio personality; the ,000 fee could help her struggling store, "Wollie's Welcome!
Juggling dates, avoiding the bad guys on Doc's trail, trying to keep her store up to snuff and figuring out what to feed the ferret Doc left in her care have Wollie hopping at a pace reminiscent of the best 1930s screwball film comedies. And her brother has called to tell her that there's been a murder at his mental hospital.
Kozak has struck gold first time out with a wacky, high-octane plot and characters to match." "All greeting card artist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wants to do is get the status of her franchise card shop upgraded, go out on dates, and take care of her institutionalized paranoid schizophrenic brother, P. To top it all off, Wollie has finally met the man of her dreams, but he's on the run from gangsters and the law, and may or may not be involved in a killing.
There's never a dull moment in this rollicking caper, an exuberant, fun-filled roller-coaster ride worthy of Stephanie Plum.
Kozak, a talented actress who's appeared in such films as Parenthood and When Harry Met Sally, will inevitably be compared favorably to Janet Evanovich—Kozak's humor, voice, and pacing is quite similar. Suffice it to say that Wollie's date-rich research gets sidetracked when, en route to a mental hospital to visit her schizophrenic brother, she almost rams her VW into an inert object—a dead body with a bullet in its head.
Her already full plate gets loaded up further when her paranoid schizophrenic brother, P.
B., who resides at a mental hospital called Rio Pescado, phones to tell her he's witnessed a murder.
The last thing Wollie wants is to call the police, so she dashes off to Rio Pescado. At the hospital she picks up a charismatic stranger, "Doc," who's on the run, and Wollie can't help getting herself mixed up in his troubles as well...
(PW) Read an excerpt "Even Stephanie Plum's antics will seem sedate after readers make the acquaintance of Los Angeles's own Wollie Shelley, greeting card designer and small business owner. Her social life is dictated by a research project for a radio celebrity psychotherapist who's paying Wollie to date 40 men in 60 days.
This incredible debut novel is the first in a series of dating mysteries, and libraries of all sizes will want it for their collections." "Enterprising Wollstonecraft Shelley has to date 40 men in 60 days and somehow stay alive in this thoroughly engaging screwball debut mystery. Wollie, the manager of a modest greeting-card business, is about to become the hostage of a darkly handsome man with a gun who turns out to be her type.
The Dating Experiment is meant to be serious research in the interest of social science. She's not only embarrassed but amazed because "it had been so long since I'd been attracted to anyone.
I was no longer sure I had a type." Additional corpses, furious car chases, an adorable pet ferret named Margaret owned by a sad-eyed little girl named Ruby, a Mac Guffin stashed in a synagogue, assorted homicidal Mafiosi (two of them surprisingly Nordic), and love's labor lost and found often impede—but never quite foil—some fancy detective work by Wollie. Newcomer Wollie is funny, brave, smart, and altogether the fetchingest crime fiction heroine since the early Stephanie Plum." "Poor Wollie Shelley. is, and sure enough, she stumbles across a dead body.