Annelise Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular Mattie Winston mystery series and a pseudonym for Beth Amos, who also writes the Mack's Bar Mystery series under the pseudonym Allyson K. Abbott. Beth is a real life emergency room RN living in Wisconsin. She believes laughter is the best medicine, and with the Mattie Winston series she is hoping to "medicate" the masses.
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ABOUT WORKING STIFF: Stephanie Plum with a CSI twist--Annelise Ryan's new cozy mystery series introduces wisecracking nurse-turned-coroner Mattie Winston and the eccentric inhabitants of her small Wisconsin town.
"Ryan, the pseudonym of a Wisconsin emergency nurse, brings her professional expertise to her crisp debut." ~Publishers Weekly
"Mattie Winston's life in small-town Sorenson, Wis., is anything but dull after she takes the job as deputy coroner. Mattie is klutzy and endearing, and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments." ~ Romantic Times
"A recently-divorced OR nurse accepts the job as assistant to the coroner and her first case involves the murder of her ex-husband's lover, and when her ex becomes the chief suspect, she joins forces with a hunky police detective to find the killer in a debut that is both funny and intricately-plotted." ~ Clues Unlimited
"Annelise Ryan turns in a spiffy series debut with Working Stiff introducing nurse turned coroner's assis¬tant Mattie Winston. Her first crime scene is quite a challenge, however, as the prime suspect is her husband, Dr. Wonderful, and the victim is his mistress. Mattie is a wise-cracking guide to the ins-and-outs of autopsy and crime-solving while managing some pithy commentary on the current state of medical practice courtesy of the author's background as a nurse." ~ Mystery Lovers Bookshop Fall Coffee and Crime Newsletter
ABOUT SCARED STIFF:
"When shocked trick-or-treaters discover the body of model Shannon Tolliver one Halloween night, Mattie Winston investigates in Ryan's sharp second mystery to feature the Sorenson City, Wis., deputy coroner (after 2009's Working Stiff." Publishers Weekly
"Mattie Winston is a likable, humorous heroine with whom readers will readily identify." Romantic Times
"This has the makings of an appealing series on multiple fronts: the forensic details will interest Patricia Cornwell readers, though the tone here is lighter, while the often slapstick humor and the blossoming romance between Mattie and Hurley will draw Evanovich fans who don't object to the cozier mood." Sue O'Brien, Booklist
Dead Calm by Annelise Ryan is the ninth book in the “Mattie Winston” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, coming February 27, 2018.
The honeymoon will have to wait for newlyweds Mattie Winston and Steve Hurley . . .
As deputy medical examiner and homicide detective respectively, the couple are dispatched to a grisly crime scene at the Grizzly Motel, a seedy joint for illicit liaisons on the outskirts of Sorenson, Wisconsin. A man and woman are found dead next to each other in bed in what initially appears to be a grim but straightforward murder-suicide. An affair gone sour?
But as the forensic evidence is gathered and autopsies are performed, Mattie and Hurley realize the scene has been staged. They have a double murder on their hands. The spurned spouses of both victims top the list of suspects, but as more is revealed, the case becomes increasingly complex. Dividing their time and resources between the double homicide and an ongoing investigation involving Mattie’s father, as well as caring for their toddler, Matthew, and Hurley’s teenaged daughter, Emily, the two are stretched to their limits.
After another victim turns up dead, there’s no room for error as Mattie and Hurley stage a scene of their own to back the killer into a corner . . .
I love this series. Mattie and Hurley’s most recent case takes on a disturbing find. . .it was staged and now the investigation takes on a new meaning.
This well-written drama had me immersed in all that was happening as I could not put this book down, quickly becoming a page-turner. The author did a great job in telling this multi-plot story where besides this murder case, they are also looking into a previous case that has far-reaching implications involving some of the prominent citizens of Sorenson as well as someone close to Mattie. The circle of life takes another turn when bones are found on their new property putting a halt to their home building. The cool thing about this story is how Mattie and Hurley handle all this and their family life while maintaining some form of sanity.
I like that the mystery was intriguingly suspenseful keeping me glued to the pages as everything is sorted out as the small field of suspects takes a dramatic turn with a few surprising twists as the duo gets closer to the murderer’s identity. In regards to the other case, I loved the “I Spy/Mission Impossible” feel as Cletus’ role is expanded in a task that is explain at the conclusion. Everyone’s role had pivotal implications that led to how well this story was being told and enhanced my reading pleasure.
Boasting a wonderful cast of characters, engaging dialogue and a small-town feel, this was one of the best book in this endearing series and I can’t wait to read the next adventures in the lives of Mattie and Hurley.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.