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) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 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
Dollycas 8 days ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I now have another author in addition to Julie Mulhern that makes me laugh out loud so much my family thinks I am losing it. The first book in this series, Working Stiff, made me laugh a lot but this one had me laughing from start to finish. Former nurse now assistant medical examiner Mattie Winston is a hoot and a half. In this story Mattie gets called away from a blind date to a residence that has taken their Halloween decorations very seriously. Unfortunately one of the dead bodies in the yard is real, part-time model and waitress Shannon Tolliver has died surrounded by her fake tombstones and skeletons. Separated from her husband, he becomes the prime suspect. Maddie’s gut tells her he didn’t do it. She is going to use her new job to dig into the case on her own. Maddie is also called to the site of a car accident in this book. Her arrival is one of the hysterical moments I mentioned above. The story picks up almost where the last one leaves off. Maddie has left her husband, the doctor and has taken up residence in her boss/best friend’s guest house. She gets into an accident with her car and not wanting to ask her husband for help getting a new vehicle she ends up making a very interesting choice in her mode of transportation. There is still a growing romantic tension between Maddie and Detective Steve Hurley. Their dialogues are priceless. Maddie reminds me of Lucille Ball/Ricardo (I Love Lucy). You know how Lucy would just get herself in situations where she had the best intentions where everything went wrong and that were sidesplitting funny. Maddie is just like that. Along with all the humor there is a very well plotted mystery they brings in all kinds of secondary characters. They are all very fleshed out and unique and run the gambit of nice to crazy. The story twists and turns with odd connections that have to mean something. This was a tough one to solve and I was totally wrong. The secondary plot line almost overtakes the main one due to the characters involved and I loved the way that part of the story was wrapped up. Murder, mayhem, romance, a Wisconsin setting, and a huge dose of humor have got me addicted to this series. I have already placed my order for book #3, Frozen Stiff, and will be getting the rest of the series too. I loved this story but it does cross over some cozy norms by containing explicit language and some coarse and a little gross moments, but dead bodies being found and examined it not all wine and roses. So this book may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you are a fan of Lucille Ball and Stephanie Plum these books are right up your alley
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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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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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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