07 April 2006

Book Banter -- Dating Dead Men

Title: Dating Dead Men
Author: Harley Jane Kozak
Length: 323 pages
Genre: mystery/chick lit
Plot Basics: Greeting card shop owner and artist Wollie Shelly runs over a dead body one night and sets off a chain of events that seriously interferes with the dating "research" she's doing.
Banter Points: Funny stuff, including some laugh-out-loud moments in scenes involving a dry cleaner's and later, a date in a two-seater Stearman airplane. Wollie's concern over her greeting card shop's future is a sub-plot (or plot-plot) that carries nicely throughout the whole book and doesn't take a back burner just because there's a murder mystery to solve.
Bummer Points: Wollie's best friends seem a little contrived. They do hilarious things, but it felt at times like Kozak was trying to squash them into the eccentric friend mold and they didn't quite fit.
Word Nerd recommendation: It's hard to not love a book when one of the best characters is a ferret named Margaret. Word Nerd's hoping Margaret comes back in the sequel, "Dating is Murder."

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