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Dating Is Murder: A Novel (Wollie Shelley Mystery #2)

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Wollie Shelley is a greeting card artist struggling to keep afloat financially and to pursue—despite a series of recent disasters—the search for the love of her life. She reluctantly agrees to be a contestant on the reality television show Biological Clock. The show’s premise: six eligible singles date each other, and the audience votes on which couple would make the best ...more
Published March 29th 2005 by Random House Audio (first published 2005)
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Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wom-2017
Cute cozy. Wolfe is on the lookout for a missing nanny.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
A sequel to Dating Dead Men, this mystery is just as fun and quirky as the last one, although the plot was a little more screwball. I should have a bookshelf for humor, since my most favorite books usually have to have that element, and this one does. Wollie's love interest from the first book has broken their engagement and moved to Asia to try to get custody of his daughter and Wollie is missing him and his sweet daughter and bemoaning the fact that she isn't a mother--maybe brought on by bein ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I must have been the only person that did not like this book. I did not like the plot - and the only interesting portion of the book - which actually held my attention, occurred in the last 30 or so pages. I won't go into a long discussion about what the book is about - but I just felt like the plot was disjointed - as if the author was driving around in circles, getting nowhere in particular. I didn't understand the point of having the game show Biological Clock as the center theme. And for all ...more
Julie Hendricks
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a talented writer. The killer wasn't hard to spot, but the writing and characterizations are so well done that you really don't mind. This genre has a lot of writers who really should never have been allowed to publish - their lack of talent is cringe-inducing. It sounds like an insult to say Kozak is a little too good - this is a genre I enjoy reading, so I don't mean to denigrate it by saying she could write anything, not just a particular type, but I do think she would not need to stay ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This was ok, but it seemed to be slow in starting.
Kara Jorges
Wollie Shelley is a thirtysomething single woman living in the greater LA area. She does a variety of odd jobs from designing greeting cards and painting murals to being a contestant on a reality dating show. She’s working through the heartbreak of having her fiancé dump her and move to Asia with his daughter. This starts to take a backseat to intrigue when a friend of hers, Annika Glük, disappears.

Annika had been in LA working as an au pair for the Quinn family, plus working as a production ass
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies, mysteries
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Dating is Murder (Wollie Shelley, Bk 2) (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Author: Bernadette Dunne (Narrator), Harley Jane Kozak

Wollie Shelley, a greeting-card artist in Los Angeles, California, is featured. Wollie is struggling to keep afloat financially and to pursue—despite a series of recent disasters—the search for the love of her life. She reluctantly agrees to be a contestant on the reality television show Biological Clock. The show's premise: six eligible singles date each other, and the audience v
Blow Pop
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff, reviewed, 2015
Content warnings: drug mentions, alcohol use, alcohol mentions, mention of dismemberment, mention of death

So I have to say this one was a bit more interesting than the one before it. And more enjoyable.

I mean there was a bit of predictability but I come to expect that in fluff/mysteries. And Hollywood is described pretty well as far as location goes, geography, and how immune people who live in LA/Hollywood are to things being filmed. Though I really doubt things are filmed as much as the books
Aug 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephanie Plum fans
Recommended to Rebecca by: Mr. Al Ruby
Wollie is back and so are the shinanigens! Wollie, desparate for help in the health insurance dept, signs on to a botton-of-the-barrel reality show. It's bad enough that there is barely any budget and the director, creative front-runner and all around annoying pest is constantly yelling at everyone, but her best friend is there trowling on the make-up and dispensing unsolited advise on every turn.
To make things worse, her new friend and math tutor goes missing and no one seems interested. What'
Jill Bratcher
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, Los Angelinos, people who love to laugh
Shelves: harley
Sequel to "Dating Dead Men", this book is equally fun and funny. We catch up with Wollie Shelley shortly after her ex-fiance "Doc" (whom we met in the first book as her would-be-kidnapper, former high school teacher, ex-felon love interest) has broken up with her and left for Asia to pursue custody of his daughter, Ruby. Having participated in a "dating project" in the first book, greeting card artist Wollie now is cast as one of three female 'contestants' on a low-budget reality TV show called ...more
Nov 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wollstonecraft (kurz Wollie) ist nicht nur mit einem einprägsamen Namen gestraft, sondern auch mit Geldsorgen, Männerproblemen und dem Drang, Dingen auf den Grund zu gehen. Nachdem ihre Freundin, ein Au Pair Mädchen, auf mysteriöse Weise verschwindet, lässt sie nichts unversucht, dies aufzuklären, da sich scheinbar sonst niemand so wirklich für deren Verschwinden interessiert.
Mag es solche Ideen schon in zigfacher Ausführung von anderen Autoren geben, so ist diese besonders gut gelungen. Die Cha
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt about the same about this book as I did Kozak's first book, "Dating Dead Men." It all just seemed very slow. I seldom felt like I needed to keep reading, like I was sucked in, or like I couldn't stop at the end of this chapter and must read the next. To be honest, this series is the one I read at night that helps me fall asleep because I don't get so sucked in that I stay up reading.

The plot was fine - I felt like the reader learns more about the characters in this second book, which was
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wollie Shelly is trying to suppliment her income from designing greeting cards by participating in a reality series called Biological Clock. While working on the series she meets and becomes friends with Annika, an au pair from Germany. When Annika disappears, Wollie can not help but look for her. When she starts getting warnings to mind her own business, she still can not stop. Then when Annika's boyfriend also goes missing, Wollie becomes even more involved. She and her friends try to solve th ...more
I would highly recommend this in audio book format. This narrator is a total riot to listen too, and is totally keeping me interested.

This was pretty stereotypical of this genre. Chick trying to investigate something, dude trying to keep her safe but tells her just not enough so she gets herself into trouble. And of course, the lands right in the badguy's lap, is saved, and the dude and chick end up together. But that's ok, this was still entertaining, had some really funny lines, and kept me en
Danielle Stoll
"...the more foreign the person, the easier it is to project onto them our fantasies and prejudices, the most extreme example being extraterrestrials." -- The only really interesting statement made in an otherwise poorly written fiction novel.

I called the badguy the moment the character was introduced. This book took me a long time to finish because I kept picking it up and putting it down -- it just wasn't capturing my attention, and it did little to hold it. It might make an okay introductory
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-reads, mysteries
One of the best mysteries I read in 2007. Wollie Shelley, a greeting-card designer who supports her schizophrenic brother, is trying to make money and get health insurance by participating in a reality=tv show involving dating. She's also trying to finish college and so when her math tutor, a German au pair, disappears, she's highly motivated to find her. Hijinks, as well as murders, ensue. Set in LA, and you can tell the author (who was in the movie Parenthood and others) knows whereof she writ ...more
Apr 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephanie Plum fans
Shelves: borrowed, series, comical
So much better than "Dating Dead Men" by the same author. This was more like reading a Janet Evanovich novel, only not so kultzy. Wollie's math tutor is missing, and because she is feeling gulity for not giving her 10 minutes of her time the previous week, goes off looking for her, But as she does this life goes on, she must show up for her part in a reality dating show and finish painting her mural of frogs in a friend's kitchen. See the possibilities. Throw in a police detective and a mysterio ...more
Julie Marks
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chick Lit meets Reality TV in this second mystery featuring greeting card designer Wollie Shelley who is also moonlighting on a new television show "Biological Clock" where the viewers get to vote on which combination of the six contestants would make the best parents. Wollie gets sidetracked when she hears that Annika, an assistant for the TV show and her math tutor, is missing. Not being very well versed in criminal investigations, Wollie finds herself in some rather questionable circumstances ...more
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is completely ridiculous. The plot is crazy, the concept is weird and the main character is a paranoid, unemployed worrywart looking for love in all the wrong places. I felt bad for myself while I was reading this that I could not put it down. I actually craved reading it, just to get through it. One of those guilty pleasures I suppose. But don't get dragged in. It is completely superficial and addictive, like a bad reality tv show... actually, a bad reality tv show is a major part of ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2005
Wollie's appearance on a reality dating show gets her involved when a German au pair, and volunteer member of the crew, goes missing. The plot is a bit slow in the first half, but it picks up for the second. Wollie is a wonderful main character, and the rest of the cast is great as well.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Well, not bad - I enjoyed all the L.A. references (although it was mostly the Valley! LOL, sorry, inside L.A. joke). I've been kind of on the hunt for a more intelligent cozy mystery heroine and Wollie wasn't that since she made the cardinal mistake of being alone with her number one suspect. It was amusing at times though and I liked the way the author handled the men in the story from her uncle & brother to the policeman and FBI agent.
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciate the character, Wollie. She came to life for me. Actually, I think that Harley Kozak did a fantastic job with all of these characters. I thought Joey and Fredreeq were hilarious. I enjoyed Bing Wooster's antics. It's a light, funny comedy.... my only gripe= I wish there was so more oomph to the ending. I felt that there was a big buildup and then not as much as I expected in the end. Otherwise, it's a great book! A fun read.
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
The book was just okay... I enjoyed the first one, but the second book was just too different. It took out the main love interest from the first and was an entirely different story. The plot itself was fine, but I just couldn't get over how different it was from the first. Needless to say, I won't keep going in the series. Oh well!
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, mystery
Still short on cash, greeting card artist Wollie Shelley joins a reality TV show called Biological Clock where she inadvertently becomes involved in a drug smuggling ring.
Second in a series.

Laugh-out-loud funny situations and a cast of offbeat characters make this mystery zip right along. Highly recommend.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LIke alot of books I read, I'm glad I got over judging books to quickly as this turned into a fun read. Not quite Stephanie Plum but close enough so that Evanovich fans will love this character too. I started reading "chick books" as my friend calls them when A female friend gave me a few when I was injured. I can't thank her enough as books like this one have seriously broadened my horizons!
Carole Denise Dixon
Harley Jane Kozak's writing style is hard to get used to. I practically have to force myself to read her books. Don't get me wrong, the stories are great! I would recommend these books, but tell folks not to expect a quick read.
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wollie Shelley's at it again. This time the greeting card artist has gotten herself roped into a reality dating show and caught up in investigating the disappearance of her friend. Great twists, fun characters.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was difficult to get into, the pacing es very slow and the central story didn't grab me because I had no real sense of the character that went missing. Wollie's voice is good if a little ... self indulgent
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again the series is so well written it takes you away to the character's world. Everyone is interesting with the exception of the love interest which always seems to be a bit lacking
Mystery and side stories are good
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Harley Jane Kozak is an American actress and author. She was born Susan Jane Kozak in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Dorothy (Taraldsen), a university music teacher, and Joseph Aloysius Kozak, an attorney. She was raised in Nebraska and attended New York University.

Kozak has written four novels: Dating Dead Men (2004), Dating Is Murder : A Novel (2005), Dead Ex (2007), and A Date You
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Wollie Shelley Mystery (4 books)
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