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Dead of Winter

(Mattie Winston Mysteries #10)

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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Winters in Sorenson, Wisconsin, can be unforgiving. But it's murder that keeps Mattie and her family from settling into their new home . . .

A new home, a new marriage, a new family. It's a lot to sort out. But before medicolegal death investigator Mattie can smooth out the unexpected chaos of her new life, duty calls. At the local ER, a battered and bruised teenage girl
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Shalini
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review is based about my mindset as a reviewer. If the author has a scene with the main character crapping in her pants in the CAR and staining the leather seat, with her boss in the passenger seat going - what's that smell - a scene which is not valid to the story line or the plot or the development of the character, then I am done. I. AM. SO. DONE!! I can't go beyond such a scene ever.

This is book 11 in the series involving the main character Mattie Winston. I didn't have a problem in fol
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Betty
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, mystery, e-books, dogs, cats
This is the 10th booking this outstanding and fast-moving series. It can be read as a standalone but reading the series in order will enable you to understand the backstory. It is the dead of winter in Sorenson, Wisconsin and snow storms are impeding movement. Mattie Winston and her homicide detective husband Steve Hurley are dealing with a human trafficking ring.
Mattie and Hurley along with their two children have moved into their new house. Mattie is called to the ER as a young girl was brough
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Patty
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dead of Winter by Annelise Ryan is the 10th book in the Mattie Winston series, and another terrific addition. Mattie is an investigator for medical coroner in Wisconsin and Detective Steve Hurley is Mattie's husband. They live with their son, Matthew, a toddler, and Steve's teenage daughter, Emily, in their brand new home. Mattie and Steve are working two murders in this book. One is a teenage girl who was badly beaten and dropped off at the hospital. The other was was a fall in a theater. I lov ...more
Sue Em
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Always an excellent series, the stories focused around Mattie Winston have sharpened over the years and with this one evolved slightly in tone more towards traditional mystery and less cozy. Mattie and her homicide detective husband get involved in human trafficking after the death of a young woman. Fast paced and riveting, yet full of understanding of the human need for connection. Sorenson, Wisconsin, and Maggie's circle is populated with interesting and engaging characters. This is one you do ...more
Ionia
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought, initially, that this was going to be my kind of book. Procedural, medical, mysterious. I eagerly read the first half of the book, and then got to a scene where I honestly believed I must have accidentally switched books. I will not ruin this book for you by going into a lengthy description, and I will say that the beginning of the scene was quite comical, but in my opinion, it went too far and took away from the story.

Keep in mind, that I have not read the previous books in this seri
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Jypsy
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dead of Winter is the tenth book in a series. I have not read the series or anything by the author prior to this one. It's a gripping mystery. Mattie examines a teenage girl who just died. She realizes that the girl was a victim of human trafficking, and other girls are in danger. It's a race to save them. The story moves at a good pace and unfolds with twists and turns enough to keep you reading until the end. It's well written and executed. Mattie is believable, intelligent and engaging. The c ...more
Sue Em
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Always an excellent series, the stories focused around Mattie Winston have sharpened over the years and with this one evolved slightly in tone more towards traditional mystery and less cozy. Mattie and her homicide detective husband get involved in human trafficking after the death of a young woman. Fast paced and riveting, yet full of understanding of the human need for connection. Sorenson, Wisconsin, and Maggie's circle is populated with interesting and engaging characters. This is one you do ...more
Linda Baker
An early morning call brings Death Investigator Mattie Winston her most challenging case yet in this ten book series. A battered, nameless teenage girl has been left at the local hospital and has succumbed to her injuries. The man who left her disappeared, giving no information other than she supposedly was involved in a traffic accident. Upon examining the body, Mattie discovers many old injuries and evidence of IV drug use. The possibility of human trafficking is clear, not the norm in small S ...more
Krystal
Although this is the tenth book in the series, this is the first in this series (and by this author) that I have read. The only thing I feel I am missing story wise is why Mattie is still using her ex-husband's last name instead of taking her new husband's. That is a little weird to me considering her ex has obviously moved on.

As for the story - I wanted to like it. And really, it was fairly complex and well written so it had that going for it. But the amount of times I had to read about someon
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Lghiggins
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As snowstorm after snowstorm blows through the U.S., I am reading about similar circumstances in Wisconsin where Mattie Winston, a medico-legal death investigator and former OR and ER nurse, is involved in several cases. The primary focus of Dead of Winter by Annelise Ryan is the brutal death of a teenage girl whose little sister is also missing. In addition, Mattie has to investigate the death of the director of a local theater group which includes Dom who is her friend, the partner of her boss ...more
Christine
Medico-legal death investigator Mattie Winston is called into the local hospital's ER when an eighteen-year-old girl dies under suspicious circumstances. The girl was admitted into the ER under the name Jane Smith and appears to be a victim of human trafficking. Her dying words ask for help for her younger sister, so Mattie feels compelled to try to save this young girl even if it put her own life in danger.

"Dead of Winter" is the tenth in this series, but only the second I've read. It reads pre
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Vicki
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a series that I have been reading out of order. So far, before this book, I have read #7 and then #1. After reading this book, I’ll be reading the rest of the books. However, I highly suggest reading the books in order as the author gives spoilers in this book for early books in the series. I solved the issue by skipping the paragraphs that dealt with earlier whodunnits.

The dialog and characters are funny as are a lot of the happenings. What is not funny and is dealt with seriously is th
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Megan W. (pnwbookworm)
It was really great to slip back into Mattie’s life and follow along with this mystery. One of the things I enjoy about this series is that it straddles the line between a cozy mystery and a thriller really well. There are thrilling parts but its also not overly scary. The mystery is this one was about a sex trafficking ring, which was an intense story line but I felt like it was handled really well. The writing as usual was great. There were some pretty hilarious moments sprinkled throughout t ...more
Kathleen Gray
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mattie and her husband Steve Hurley have a lot on their plates with their new marriage, son, and Emily, Steve's teenage daughter. Oh, and their jobs. Mattie is a medico-legal investigator (huh?) which put this into the sort of procedural sort of mystery sort of cozy territory (as she does a lot of independent investigating.). There's a topical note to the murder- human trafficking. It's well written and a good read with the notable exception of a discordant note involving Mattie's food poisoning ...more
Lisa Morin
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mattie Winston is one of my favorite characters and her role in this book was amazing.
When Mattie attends to a death in the ER, she has no idea of the haunting mystery she will become involved in.
The story grabbed my attention from the very beginning and kept me engaged until the very end.
Fans of this series will absolutely love this addition.
I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
Barbara Tobey
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. Dead of Winter had several heart-wrenching moments. While this may not be my favorite, it is a great addition to the series. It may certainly be read as a stand alone, but greater enjoyment will be had by reading the previous ones. With all the talk of snow and cold, this is one I would appreciate reading in the summer. I do like to read out of season books. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Lisa Elizabeth
This was a really good book, but also a pretty heartbreaking one. The subject matter of the Mattie Winston series has gotten darker over time and I believe it’s firmly outside of its former cozy genre. I always enjoy catching up with these characters.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
Sue
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timely, wonderful

As always a terrific read! Mattie is a relatable woman with great instincts. The other characters are wonderful, the storyline with believable twists and turns.
Can’t wait for the next in the series, have enjoyed them all, Laughed out loud a time or two while reading every one of them!
Tammy Kenney
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read all the books in this series and this one was my favorite so far. Love the characters in these books. The storyline is different that a lot of mysteries I read with Mattie working for the ME's office and her husband working for the police. Can't wait for the next one. I see there's also a new series coming out that's a spinoff. Looking forward to checking it out.
Mary
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this installment of the Mattie Winston mysteries!
Rosemary
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really love this series. Laughed out loud in places that covers some very serious crimes. Excellent.
Mary Steinbrink
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in this series! I love the relationships and humor in this series. The mystery kept me guessing until the very end.
Catherine
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Annelise Ryan writes and I love this series.
T Olsen
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely 5 stars. An incredible number of things happening in one book, with action-mystery and romance. Excellent plot, story, and characters. A must read!
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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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