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Scared Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  759 ratings  ·  118 reviews

"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

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Kensington
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Scared Stiff is even better than the first book in the Mattie Winston series. What a refreshing change not to feel let down by a series sequel! Now that her past with her ex is mainly out of the way, Mattie really settles into her new job as deputy coroner, although her contacts and experiences as an ER nurse still play a large part in her murder investigations. It’s really quite fun watching her strike up new friendships while relationships with old friends develop further, but none of them can ...more
This was the first book in the series I read. Though there are some references to events from the previous book, this is a standalone novel, so knowledge of the first book is not really necessary. Overall I liked this book, however I have two main issues with it:

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
I finished the first book in this series 2 days ago and immediately downloaded the rest of the seiries (it was on sale- yay!) overall, I liked this better than the first. There was a little more focus on Mattie and Hurly and I liked the dynamic of the bet over the case. There were about 3 different cases that were in this book, so I think that added to the feel of more action going on. Two things irritated me in the story - the first is that some of Mattie's behaviors with Hurley seem kind of ju ...more
Mattie: soon to be divorced from a surgeon caught in "flagrante dilecto" with a co-worker nurse, is now working with the M.E.

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
Ellie Oberth
This is one of my favorite series. I love Deputy Coroner, Mattie Winston. Ryan spins a tale in a most amusing fashion. She has a wonderful way with words.

I highly recommend this series. You'll want to read them all!
This was an excellent mystery, a little more intense than the cozy mysteries I typically read. I was shocked when the murderer was revealed. This one really keeps you guessing and it was hard to put down. The only thing I didn't really care for was the sometimes corny humor, just too much of it throughout. Although a couple of parts were actually laugh-out-lout funny, it was over-done. Also, there is quite a bit of sexual innuendo and the heroine was annoyingly, constantly 'hot to trot' about th ...more
This was a fairly good book. It kept my interest but the author could have cut back on a little of the romantic aspect. Mattie Winston is the Assistant Medical Examiner in Sorenson, Wisconsin. On Halloween, she is called to a murder scene and finds the body of Shannon Tolliver among the decorations in her yard. Shannon has been shot numerous times. The police hone in on her estranged husband, Erik, but Mattie has known him since grade school and doesn't believe he could murder anyone. She sets o ...more
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It's Halloween and Mattie's on a date with William-not-Bill whom her boss, the local coroner fixed her up with. The guy has a serious case of OCD and Mattie wants to make Hurley jealous by being seen with another man. While out at a Halloween party, a body is found among the yard decorations of the holiday but this one I'm sure, reeks since it's real. The woman's name is Shannon; Mattie, deputy coroner recognizes her.

Mattie and her nemesis Allison who works for the newspaper both still have the
**1/2 - This is the first mystery I've read by this author; though it is the second in this series. The actual mystery is pretty good but I found it difficult to relate to the characters. The author, who is a nurse, puts in a lot of scenes and/or characters unrelated to the main story line and whose purpose seemed to be an excuse to discuss body fluids in detail or the putrid state of severely decomposed bodies. The prat falls by the main character, Mattie, were also overdone. Specifically, Matt ...more
Goodreads Description- 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 ...more
Mattie Winston returns in the second book with another mystery that she is challenged to solve.

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
Adrienne Testa
Mattie is at it once again, uncovering the truth about the murder of the local waitress. Only this time her actions lead to the death of another woman and the stabbing of the local homicide detective. Yet, Mattie shows her gentle side when her blind date is more suited to her mother, she hooks them up and adopts another abandoned furry creature she finds behind the dumpster. Mattie and David finally realize its over, when Mattie finally admits her feelings for Steve.
Paulette Sharp
Until I cried

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.
Sarah "Kat"
This is my new favorite series! It has enough edge that it is a notch up from a typical cozy. The writing is funny, lol funny on a number of occasions. The characters are enjoyable and the love interest isn't too cliche. I will read all in this series and toss aside those that I always am giving another chance. This series isn't cutesy - it has gore and crude ish bits and bobs that make it a great, original series.
I must first state that I received this book as a goodreads first read giveaway.
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
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Second installment in the Mattie Winston Deputy Coroner series. Thankfully, I wasn't having lunch at the local restaurant when I came to the explosive laughter sections of this book. At home the dog doesn't care much but other patrons at the restaurant might have looked askance.
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
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I am not sure what I expected but I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the book.

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
Grandma B
I love this series. It is fun and very sassy. There are "laugh out loud" moments. If you want heavy, serious, dull.... this would not be for you. If you love mysteries that are light, funny, and have a cast of interesting characters, read this series. Thank you Ms. Ryan... I hope to see this series continue!
Jennifer Short
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and enjoyed the book as much as the first one. Mattie is a great character, the writing has me laughing frequently, and I found myself staying up waaaaay too late a couple of nights to keep reading.

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
The second book in a series in which newly appointed deputy coroner deals with murder in a small town. I think that there is a lot of potential in this as a series - it has likeable characters and lots of humour, with an interesting plot.

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,
I loved this book. It was my introduction to the Cozy Mystery genre. You can't go wrong mixing mystery and humor and more than a fair share of mishaps along the way. I eagerly await additional Mattie Winston Mysteries.
I still enjoy the small-town Wisconsin setting and most of the characters, but I find some of the situations teetering too close to the "farce" line. Why is the heroine such a klutz? It's hard to imagine someone like that as an ER and OR nurse -- would anyone want to work with her? I don't think so. And, for heaven's sake, she has no control over her hormones? To the point of it interfering with her work? And her boss is amazingly easy-going with her lack of work ethic and constant errands and " ...more
It had elements I adore - a female ME (well, assistant ME), Halloween setting, small town mystery.

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: "
Good read

Good characters, humorous at the right times, romance, well written, colorful mysteries. I will start reading the next one now. I love to discover a series I enjoy!
This book is a blatant rip-off of the Stephanie Plum series. Mattie = Stephanie, Hurley = Joe, Bjorn = Grandma Mazur + Lula, Aaron = Ranger and Mattie's cheating ex = Stephanie's cheating ex.
This is the second book in this series, and it was just as good as the first, unlike the majority of film sequels. I like holiday mysteries, and this murder takes place on Halloween. Mattie is trying to get closer to Detective Hurley while trying to solve the case. I admit, I did skip ahead to the end, so I knew who the killer was before finishing the book. However, I was surprised by the fact that the killer just suddenly appeared, before Mattie could make any connections to who the killer was. ...more
Patricia Profeta
I've listened to the entire Mattie Winston series in the audiobook mode. I enjoyed Annelise Ryan's mystery, but the narrator's nasal condition (cold or allergies) was distracting to me.
I'm completely addicted to this series, smart, sassy, funny, with a sexy dash of romance, this book has it all. Mattie Winston is one of my top favorite heroines.
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Annelise Ryan is the author of the Mattie Winston mystery series. Ryan is a real life emergency room RN working and living in Wisconsin. She has always believed laughter really is the best medicine, and with the Mattie Winston series she is hoping to "medicate" the masses.

Annelise Ryan is a pseudonym for author Beth Amos. There are several reasons why it was decided to use a pseudonym, not the lea
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Other Books in the Series

Mattie Winston Mysteries (6 books)
  • Working Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #1)
  • Frozen Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #3)
  • Lucky Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #4)
  • Board Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #5)
  • Stiff Penalty (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #6)
Working Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #1) Frozen Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #3) Lucky Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #4) Board Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #5) Stiff Penalty (Mattie Winston Mysteries, #6)

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“The “conference room” is actually the library since it’s the only space other than the morgue fridge big enough to hold this many people, and Hurley and I already have dibs on that other room. As we enter the library, a cacophony of noise greets us. Everyone is talking to everyone else and most of the voices are a mere gnat’s ass away from shouting. Hurley’s little pup tent is safe, assuming it’s still up, because our entry into the room goes unnoticed by everyone other than Izzy.” 0 likes
“Lest I have any doubts about William-not-Bill’s level of excitement, it is eliminated when I see that he has beaten us to the bar and is already seated when we arrive. It’s a little scary when you consider that the bar is across town from William’s house but only a block from our office. I fear I may have bitten off more than I can chew and pray that Hurley really does show up so my efforts aren’t for naught.” 0 likes
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