Scared Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries #2)
"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 o...more
1. I hate it when the main characters are clumsy almost at a level to slapstick comedy. Every time Mattie stumbled, poured something on herself or accidentally lost her clothing, I was ready to stop reading the book.
2. I do not know ab ...more
Detective Hurley is in major "Hots" for Mattie, but they seem to have differing opinions of "who done it".
The body found amongst the haunted House stiffs is that of "model" Shannon, soon to be divorced from Erik (now the prime suspect), former co-worker of Mattie, who works at the local hospital.
To add to the fracas: two more bodies are discovered off the main highway, ver ...more
Mattie and her nemesis Allison who works for the newspaper both still have the ...more
Postive: The cast of characters are entertaining and there are many laugh out loud and cringe worthy moments. I have to say though that Mattie's clumsiness does concern me on how she survived as an effective RN! The budding relationship with Detective Steve Hurley does have its moments as well.
Negative: I started to read this as soon as I finished the first book and I feel that there were just too ma ...more
After reading Working Stiff I immediately ordered Scared Stiff and I was quickly pulled into Mattie Winston's world. I laughed throughout the book at the situations that Mattie fell into. Than Mattie drove by the funeral home in her new ride and I laughed until I cried. I recommend getting the books in order. I have to admit it has been a long time since I have laugh so hard reading a book.
I don't like to give "spoilers", other than what is already revealed on the book cover itself, so I will try and give my experience reading it.
It took me just 2 days to read this book, because the characters are the kind of people we have all met, and the plot moves along nicely. A lot of humour which may seem odd for a murder mystery, but it is actually well placed, and entirely appropraite. I found myself unable to ...more
Mattie again finds herself investigating a murder in which a friend stands accused. She believes him innocent and sets out to find the real culprit.
Along the way she has more encounters with hunky homicide detective, Stev ...more
Scared Stiff is the second book in the Mattie Winston series. Mattie is an ex-nurse / Deputy Coroner. On Halloween, the dead body of part time model, Shannon, is discovered by some trick or treaters. Working with her boss and the good looking cop, Hurley, Mattie works to discover who killed Shannon (Hurley and Mattie have a bet as to whether or not Shannon's separated ...more
I also like the way there are multiple plot lines, but they intermix so it's not just one story you're reading at a time.
The only thing I didn't like is the way the main murder mystery ended like a Scooby Doo show, with the "if it wasn't for your meddlin ...more
There was perhaps a little too much slapstick for me in that the main character (and narrator) is clumsy in the extreme - falling, slipping, tumbling - quite often into the crime scene or almost on to the deceased! A little of this is fun, but eventually this, ...more
I stopped reading it on page 8.
Dear author: When you make your main character a shallow, stuck-up bitch who spends crime scene minutes lusting after "hot" cops, nobody will want to read the hateful thoughts in her head. I myself had enough when she mentioned that any chance there was of her reciprocating a detective's affections was lost when she assisted on his hemorrhoid surgery. To quote: "...th ...more
Annelise Ryan is a pseudonym for author Beth Amos. There are several reasons why it was decided to use a pseudonym, not the lea ...more