Scared Stiff

Scared Stiff

Book - 2010
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Halloween night in Sorenson, Wisconsin, usually resembles any other small town: trick-or-treaters, costume parties, and lots of cheerfully scary decorations. But Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston is finding this year a little different, because among all the fake carnage is a very real, very dead body. . ..

When Mattie and her boss/best friend, Izzy, are called to the home of waitress and part-time model Shannon Tolliver, they find the ghoulish decorations just a bit too authentic. For among the fake blood and skeletons is the corpse of Shannon herself--and the evidence screams murder.

Since the whole town knows Shannon recently had a very public argument with her estranged husband, Erik, he's suspect #1 for homicide detective Steve Hurley. Tall, dark, and blissfully blue-eyed detective Steve Hurley, that is. . .But Mattie happens to know Erik truly loved his wife, and is simply incapable of the brutal act--even though he owns the exact same caliber handgun as the murder weapon. . .

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

It seems Shannon's murder is just the tip of a very fatal iceberg. Now, in order to solve a case that's getting more dangerous by the minute--and to save Erik from the slammer--Mattie will have to risk everything to catch a killer who's capable of doing anything once he's cornered. And this time, it's not just Mattie's life that's on the line. . .

Praise for Working Stiff

"Sassy, sexy, and suspenseful, Annelise Ryan knocks 'em dead in her wry and original Working Stiff." --Carolyn Hart, author of Dare to Die

"Move over, Stephanie Plum. Make way for Mattie Winston, the funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever. I loved every minute I spent with her in this sharp and sassy debut mystery." Laura Levine, author of Killer Cruise

"Mattie Winston, RN, wasn't looking for excitement when she became a morgue assistant--quite the contrary--but she got plenty and so will reader who won't be able to put this book down." Leslie Meier, author of Mother's Day Murder

"Working Stiff has it all: suspense, laughter, a spicy dash of romance--and a heroine who's guaranteed to walk off with your heart. Mattie Winston is an unforgettable character." Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake

"Ryan brings her professional expertise to her crisp debut." -- Publishers Weekly

Publisher: New York : Kensington, 2010.
ISBN: 9780758234544
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 22 cm.


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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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