Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows a thing or two about dead bodies. That's why she's on the case of Derrick Ames, a high school math teacher stabbed to death with a barbecue fork straight to the heart. Sure, she's turned up some motives and a few suspects, but nothing adds up. Especially when the evidence points to Ames's teenage son. Newly pregnant Mattie can't believe it, even as her own long-estranged father may be following her. But one thing's certain: she'd better start figuring things out fast, or a deadly perpetrator could be subtracting two more victims from the population of Sorenson, Wisconsin.
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"Not the best in the series...."
I'm not sure I like the author's choice of flash back for this character. This installment didn't keep me as riveted as previous books.
"Different Format, But Still Interested in Mattie"
I thought this book moved slower than the previous ones. I also didn't like the format all that much. The bulk of the book is told as Mattie tells her story to her shrink. The main problem I found with this approach was that instead of seeing the things happen, you are given a higher level spoiler, then told the story. And I mean big things are blown this way. We should see if Hurley is going to propose, not be told if he will. Things like that. Also the pregnant Mattie is more jealous and whiny than usual. Her shrink is paid to hear her repeatedly stress about whether her and Hurley "have what it takes" or not, but I wasn't. Not to imply I didn't enjoy the book, I continue to be interested in Mattie and Hurley and I did enjoy the book. But even the mysteries in this one take a back seat to Mattie's psych issues. We end at a good place for Mattie though and not without enough drama left that the series could continue.
"I love Maddy Winston"
This is a great series. I love Maddy and her imperfect life. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.
"I love this series!"
I really enjoy this series and will probably re-read it in the future. This book was interesting and entertaining but did have several spots that seemed to drag and I wanted the story to just get going. Other than that, this was a great book and the narrator was very good. I highly recommend this whole series to anyone who loves a good cozy mystery.
"Love the series. This one not so much."
I don't care for the structure of the story with flash backs as she talks to her therapist. There are also some logical failings, like thinking that a mathematician would know accounting that irritated me. While there were a few exciting scenes, and some very touching ones, I didn't like the tone of much of the book as Mattie whines about Hurley not saying he loves her.
many unexpected twists and turns. also told in a great style. a new approach from others in this series. waiting for more...
"Enjoyed very much"
Good cozy story. Like able characters. Good narration.
This was my first book of the author will read more! Good
"I love this series!"
This is one of my top 2 favorite series. It is so good to read about these characters again! Already I cannot wait for the next book. This author does a great job of building each character and their own special eccentricities.
I just enjoy this author's style of writing and I think the narrator does a great job. The fork metaphor was great, starting from the beginning and threaded through to the end with a little foreshadowing of what is coming next.
Maddie! She is just so natural and down to earth and unafraid of who she is.
All of the books in this series have been good. Just enough mystery to keep you thinking. But as we get more into the series, Mattie gets more whiny about her relationship with Hurley. And that is really getting on my nerves. She just needs to sit down, have a talk with him and tell him how she feels. Tired of her always whining about her insecurities but yet won't do anything about them.
And how many more books in this series?
"Stiff Penalty for Whom?"
Title made me wonder the whole book but I never figured out to what it was referring. With that aside, it was a good book. I don't care for books or movies or anything else told by the main character as a recount of what happened. I'm not sure why Annelise Ryan decided to tell it that way. This story had a sweet ending but leaves you wanting more. I look forward to the next and just hope it isn't written the same way.
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