Scared Stiff (Mattie Winston Series #2)

Scared Stiff (Mattie Winston Series #2)

by Annelise Ryan
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Scared Stiff (Mattie Winston Series #2) by Annelise Ryan

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758234551
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Series: Mattie Winston Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 326,729
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

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Scared Stiff (Mattie Winston Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
HartmyPebbles More than 1 year ago
I loved the first one and this book (2nd in series) was even better! A couple of times I had to set the book down because I was laughing so hard! I have my mom reading it now and she is enjoying it just as much (I'm 41, she's 73). It can get pretty descriptive with the forensic side of things and while I don't necessarily get into that (it's the reason I don't watch Bones) the book is good enough that I just ignore the gross out aspect. Well written, not obvious outcome, and funny - everything I look for in a book!
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
When a doctor is accused of murdering his wife, Mattie's insists that he is not the killer and when hunky Detective Hurley gives her the go ahead to investigate, that's when the fun begins. The dialogue and the escapades that Mattie gets into leave you wanting more. It is so much fun watching Mattie get the clues even when she has endures several malfunction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. 289 pages.
arizonasullivan More than 1 year ago
I don't write many reviews but when I find an author I love, well I just have to! This is better than Janet Evanovich! Great characters and plot! I will definitely be reading the rest of the series!!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The residents of Sorenson, Wisconsin know each other as the town is very tiny. When Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston discovered her husband Erik cheating on her, she left him and moved into a house owned by her boss and closest friend Izzy. She meets Detective Steve Hurley when Mattie's husband was under suspicions for murdering his girlfriend (see Scared Stiff) and to this day still has a crush on the cop. They meet again when Izzy and Mattie are called to Shannon Tolliver's home. She is lying face down on her outside sidewalk; shot to death. A witness states that the victim and Erik had a public fight; afterward she tossed him out of their home insisting she wanted a separation. Other circumstantial evidence surfaces and finally enough proof is gathered to make an arrest. Mattie rejects the notion Erik killed his wife in a crime of passion because she finds a letter he wrote to his Shannon just after they split up saying how much he loved her. She pleads her case with Steve before beginning her own investigation, which places her in danger from a deranged killer. The Mattie Winston mysteries are funny, romantic and complex; blending together into an enticing read. The small town setting makes for a fine background for the "Trick or Treat" homicide as kids walk the streets not expecting to see a real corpse. Scared Stiff is a delightful tale starring a psychopathic villain vs. a dedicated deputy coroner using a taxi to get around (don't ask what her cost is). Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 10 months ago
This reads like a cheap imitation of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books. There are so many parrallels it should be considered stealing. It just doesn't work well because there is a big difference between a laughably bumbling bond enforcement agent and a totally inept deputy coroner. Hope it gets bettee. Ryan needs something more original. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the Mattie Winston series it's cotton candy for the brain but this one was poorly edited. More than once the word kiss was *buss* and the font would change in the middle of a sentence with no reason for it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As fellow tall, big and smart girl, it's great to identify with the story's character for once! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this mystery a much as the first one and still want to read another.
Delitela More than 1 year ago
Funny & entertaining. A well written story of mystery & chaos. I love the characters. I would recommend this book to any one who likes a good story & light reading material.
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend! Don't miss this one or any of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all the characters human and pet! If you liked Evanovich the you will love the Mattie Winston series. I've read all the series now and am impatiently waiting for the next book to come out.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our second foray into Mattie's world is a hilarious continuation of her novel way of doing her job as the Deputy County Coroner. The investigation of death with a twist.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read series! This was a new author for me but once I started reading I couldn't stop. I completed the last book yesterday. Can't wait until January for the next one. A good mystery but not very complex. However, the characters are great ! Their interactions keep you coming back. The humor Mattie Winston brings to the story is engaging.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives you suspense, romance, and laugh out loud pleasure. Great book to curl up and read on a rainy day. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annelise Ryan has the ability to make me say oh nasty and laugh at the same time. I love Mattie Winston, she is a girl after my own heart. I could not put this book down! The death scenes are gruesome, but Mattie is a deputy coroner. Luckily, I have a strong stomach and just laughed when Mattie was klutzy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smiles. Lol
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oldrip More than 1 year ago
Buy it You'll Like it! I truly enjoyed this book so much that I had to read the next one. the characters are real and the story line is riviting. some of the book needs to be edited for typo's and punctuation. I had to go back a couple times to try to figure out who was speaking.Well worth the cost and worth buying the next one also. I am going to buy the next one also.