Tuesday, May 15, 2012

“Dating Dead Men” by Harley Jane Kozak

In my audio book journey this was another “interesting cover, might be good” library shelf pick. 

Jane greeting card store manager is hoping to become a proud franchise owner.  She’s even gone so far as to a social study by a famous talk show host to help supplement the purchase of her storefront.  In involves dating 40 guys who must first be screened and then compared to a qualification list set forth by herself and friends.  And if that wasn’t enough her schizophrenic brother is leaving voicemail messages about corpses.  Her concern for her brother throws her into a fight to stay alive, complete all her dates in time, and impress the secret shoppers that will be the deciding factor on whether or not she’ll be offered a “Wilkommen” store, and finally be out from under the corporations tedious scrutiny. 

I would not say it was a slow start but I didn’t actually start to really enjoy this book until about half way through.  Many of the characters make you laugh and sometimes pull a heart string or two.  It makes you want to cheer them on.  It’s a plot filled with twists and turns and the unexpected.  It’s part romance, mystery, and humor all rolled into one.

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