ONE DEAD UNDER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

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In her latest assignment, former nurse turned insurance investigator Pauline Sokol is working with hunky Jagger, her secret love interest with a hidden past. The job involves going undercover as a patient at a mental institution, but things don't go as planned. An unknown assailant drugs Pauline and she ends up confined against her will.

Fortunately, her new "doctor" turns out to be Jagger, also working undercover. After berating him for not disclosing the full details of her assignment, she agrees to help him discover who's responsible for perpetrating the insurance fraud at the hospital. But as the body count rises, Pauline must ensure that she doesn't end up on that list.

Reminiscent of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, Avocato's latest resonates with mystery and sexy romance. Though the setting is Connecticut rather than New Jersey, Avocato employs similar zany humor, especially when she introduces Pauline's wacky Polish family. The romantic tension between Pauline and Jagger is expertly combined with the mystery. (Oct., 368 pp., $6.99)
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Sheri Melnick