Scared Stiff

Scared Stiff

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An appealing series on multiple fronts." - Booklist

Shows skill at mixing humor with CSI-style crime." - Publishers Weekly

When Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston and her boss/best friend, Izzy, are called to the home of waitress and part-time model Shannon Tolliver, they find the ghoulish Halloween decorations a bit too authentic. Among the fake blood and skeletons is the corpse of Shannon herself. Since the whole town knows Shannon recently had a very public spat with her estranged husband, Erik, he's suspect #1. But Mattie happens to know Erik truly loved his wife, and is simply incapable of the brutal act-even if he owns the exact same caliber handgun as the murder weapon. . .

Determined to unearth the truth, Mattie puts her scalpel-sharp medical skills to work, and digs a little deeper. What she uncovers is stranger than anyone could have imagined. . .

Praise for Annelise Ryan and Working Stiff

"Has it all: suspense, laughter, a spicy dash of romance. . ." -Tess Gerritsen

"Sassy, sexy, and suspenseful. . .wry and original." -Carolyn Hart

"Make way for Mattie Winston, the funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever." -Laura Levine
Publisher: New York : Kensington, 2010
ISBN: 9780758234551
Branch Call Number: RYAN
Characteristics: 336 p


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enidlareg Mar 07, 2017

I am writing a review of this book as I sit in my livingroom. If you like present-tense stories, you will like this, but I hate them so I did not finish it.
Now I am finishing my review. Done.

Oct 25, 2016


Sep 29, 2015

I really enjoyed the storyline and characters and will read more from this series. I enjoy really clean books with little or no foul language or graphic sexual content, and have to say that in this respect, it came close to crossing a line.Less language and sexual innuendo would be good. The storyline is good enough on it's own.

Oct 21, 2014

This had quite a bit of coroner/medical detail that was on the gory side, but didn't advance the story. I got half way through the book, I was surviving it rather than enjoying it. For those who like biology, autopsy details, and medical humor, it would be a good read.

Sep 20, 2013

Offensive language, gay friend/boss, dating before divorced all in just chapter 1. I won't be reading further. I am returning it.

mikeyppl Mar 19, 2012

This is turning out to be a enjoyable series. Just checked out the third which is Frozen Stiff.

mikeyppl Mar 19, 2012

I'm really enjoying this seies.

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 05, 2012

This light cozy mystery is the second book of the Mattie Winston mystery series written by an ER nurse. Typically following the pattern of “cozies”, this crime fiction is set in an intimate small-town community where everyone knows everyone. The book has a cast of quirky characters, forensic details and a very likable lead character in the wry Mattie.
Mattie a nurse-turned-coroner is back on the dating scene (she caught her surgeon husband cheating in the first book of the series) but is relieved to be rescued from a boring date when she is called to check out the latest murder in town. Shannon, a waitress and part-time model is found dead on a front yard littered with fake bodies and blood, all part of a gory Halloween display gone bad. Shannon’s husband is the obvious suspect, but Mattie is determined to dig deeper to find the real killer.
Readers who enjoy Janet Evonovich’s sassy heroine Stephanie Plum will find a kindred soul in the wry and humourous Mattie Winston. An enjoyable no-pressure fun read. The next in the series is Working Stiff.

Sep 09, 2011

the Stephanie Plum of coroners!

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