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Dead Ringer

(Mattie Winston Mysteries #11)

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A new murder victim with an old M.O. puts Mattie Winston on the trail of a killer who gives a grim new meaning to flower power . . .

Spring is beginning to brighten Sorenson, Wisconsin, for Mattie and Steve Hurley and their family. While their son Matthew may be in his terrible twos and Steve's daughter Emily a moody teenager, the kids bring light to their lives when their
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Published February 25th 2020 by Kensington
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Natalia  R
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mattie Winston is a deputy coroner for the medical examiner's office in small-town Sorenson, Wisconsin. She has a two-year-old son with her husband Detective Steve Hurley and a teenaged stepdaughter. In this installment, a Jane Doe has been stabbed multiple times and flower petals from yellow carnations are stuffed into the stab wounds. Mattie immediately recognizes the M.O. as belonging to a convicted serial killer who's currently serving a life sentence. As Mattie digs deeper into the case, it ...more
Sue Em
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fresh corpse bearing an unusual pattern of stab wounds with flower petals leads Mattie Winston to question whether there is a copycat killer or someone wrongly committed for the original crimes. Along the way in this tightly plotted mystery, we meet up again Maggie's family, co-workers and friends all of whom are distinctive and worthy of repeat visits. I love this series so much that I jumped the ARC to the top of my already overflowing TBR. Eleven books in and the mystery is just as strong ...more
Stanley McShane
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Mattie Winston is a medicolegal investigator (assistant coroner) in small town Sorenson, Wisconsin and along with her husband, Detective Steve Hurley, often work together on cases. They have Matthew, a toddler and Steve's teenage daughter Emily. They've recently bought a new home and are trying to meld their chaotic schedules when there is a new homicide found by the side of the road.

The female victim has a MO that Mattie remembers from a conversation at a convention and when the details look to
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Hanlie
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mattie Winston is a medicolegal death investigator who is called out to assist when a woman is found dead along a country road. Together with her husband homicides detective Steve Hurley they have to figure out who the woman is and what happened to her. There are five stab wounds in the woman's torso and they make an intriguing discovery. In the wound over her heart they find flower petals from yellow carnations. What is the meaning of this and why does it sounds similar to another case where a ...more
Christa
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoopla, ebook-arc
I really enjoyed being back in Mattie Winston's world. This is one of my favorite cozy series. I thought the mystery storyline in this one was very good. It sure kept me guessing, and had me intrigued all the way through.

In this installment, Mattie notices similarities between a murder victim brought into their lab and multiple murders from a couple of years ago in a nearby city. A man was convicted of the previous murders, but now Mattie and Steve believe that man may have been innocent. In
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Sue Em
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A fresh corpse bearing an unusual pattern of stab wounds with flower petals leads Mattie Winston to question whether there is a copycat killer or someone wrongly committed for the original crimes. Along the way in this tightly plotted mystery, we meet up again Maggie's family, co-workers and friends all of whom are distinctive and worthy of repeat visits. I love this series so much that I jumped the ARC to the top of my already overflowing TBR. Eleven books in and the mystery is just as strong ...more
Patty
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead Ringer by Annelise Ryan is the 11th book in the Mattie Winston series, and another terrific addition. Mattie is an investigator for medical coroner in Wisconsin and her husband Detective Steve Hurley is a homicide detective and they work cases together. They live with their son, Matthew, a toddler, and Steve's teenage daughter, Emily, in their brand new home. In this addition, Mattie and Steve are trying to find out if their latest murder is a copy cat killing, or if they have the wrong man ...more
Vicki
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a series that I started mid-way through and had no problems picking it up. I did go back and read a couple of the first books as well. Having said all of that, I believe that this book is more transitional and it would be helpful to read some of the earlier books first. You can read it stand-alone but some of the nuances of the relationships might be better understood with a background of the storyline.

Mattie is medicolegal death investigator (medical examiner) who assists the forensic
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Susan
This is a cozy with an edge. Mattie balances her home life with a two year old and a teenager and her police detective husband. Her job as a deputy coroner is the dark side of her life. In their latest case they have to catch a killer thought to have already been put in prison. When a Jane Doe is found stabbed to death, one aspect of her death rocks the previous case. A clue of yellow carnation petals, never made public, sends them back to the beginning. If this new killing wasn't committed by a ...more
Alice Teets
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Mattie is back at it, trying to solve murders in her role as a medicolegal investigator while being a wife and mother. This time, a local bad girl is discovered dead, and details from her murder are very similar to a serial killers previous kills. The only problem is that someone has already been arrested and convicted for those crimes.

Mattie is having a crisis of self, feeling under appreciated at
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Lisa Davison
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of the Mattie Winston series, it is always exciting to embark on a new book, and this one didn't disappoint. The murder of a local woman who was a drug addict bears a strange similarity to a series of murders in another town. The problem is that the supposed murder is in prison and could not be responsible for the latest victim. This launches Mattie and Hurley into an investigation with twists and turns as they both seek the perpetrator of the latest murder and also prove that the man ...more
Kathleen Gray
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mattie, a medical examiner, gets a surprise when a Jane Doe is on her table- the woman was stabbed in an unusual pattern and the petals of yellow carnations stuffed in her wounds. Creepily, this resembles the method of a serial killer who is already in prison but it's likely he wasn't the real killer. Mattie and her husband Steve, a detective, find themselves deep in a mystery that they very much need to solve. Sorenson, Wisconsin is usually a pretty placid place (well, except for the murders) . ...more
Pam Guynn
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mattie and Steve Hurley with their son Matthew and Steve's daughter Emily a teenager, Steve is a homicide detective and Mattie is a medicolegal death investigator, aka medical examiner.

The latest corpse, a Jane Doe, was an addict, but drugs didn't kill her, at least not directly. She's been stabbed in a pattern that is familiar to Mattie. When she discovers flower petals from yellow carnations stuffed in the stab wounds, she recognizes the pattern belonging to a convicted serial killer who's
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Barbara Hackel
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Mattie Winston series is one of the best written, interesting, and humorous series I have had the pleasure of reading! Top notch in every respect from plot to characters to unexpected happenings! It is, of course, best read in written order. However, if it's been awhile since you have read the preceding book, the author is careful to remind readers of key things from past books. Medical terms and necessary language is artfully explained without the stilted feeling of forced lecture used by ...more
Maria-Anne
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to find out this was the eleventh book in the Mattie Winston series.
This book read well as a stand-alone. That I checked out Kindle books to see what was published earlier shows that I greatly enjoyed the story .
In the mix we have a couple who are both a bit of work alcoholics. A two year old with a vivid imagination in dress code and a teenager. Already a demanding situation for any parent, include a new pregnancy and Mattie starts to question her own abilities as a mother. On
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Melissa Castor
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book!! So intriguing that I didn't want to put it down!! Mattie and Izzy are conducting an autopsy of a young woman when Mattie realizes something about the stabbing pattern of the victim. It matches that of a convicted serial killer who was accused of killing 4 women who were all around the same age and hair color. The stabbing pattern was an upside down triangle with flower petals in the wound over the heart. Now Mattie and Hurley have to figure out if they have a copycat killer or ...more
Agnes Muscoreil
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I came to this series somewhere in the middle I guess! Mattie (medical examiner) and Steve (homicide detective) are enjoying springtime in Wisconsin, and looking forward to having a new baby to add to their family of Matthew, 2, and Emily 14. They get to work together often on various murder cases, but this newest one has them worried. A clue came up in the autopsy that Mattie remembered from a man named Todd, another medical examiner, who was talking about a strange case he had. This clue ...more
Lisa Morin
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mattie Winston is a delightful character, who will make you laugh and feel good about yourself.
Investigating mysterious deaths comes natural to Mattie, so when she discovers the possibility that the wrong person may be charged with murder, she follows her gut and refuses to back down.
On top of this, Mattie reveals surprising news as she struggles with personal demons, which makes things tense between her and police detective hubby Hurley.
Fans of this series will be excited to read this latest
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Melissa Long
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the Mattie series! Love how realistic the relationship between Mattie and Hurley is, and the hesitancy and worry about expanding their family is so refreshing; having another child isn't all roses and love. Of course, the mystery and trouble Mattie gets into is top notch and Ryan always writes a great read!
Highly recommend this book as a stand alone, but it's much better if you read the the previous books in the series.
Jill
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars

Annelise Ryan forces the story instead of allowing the story to evolve. I really dislike books written in this style. The premise is good, the writing is not. I cannot recommend this one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own.
Tammy Kenney
I have read all the books in this series and the ending always tend to surprise me. This one was no different. Half way through the book I had decided I already knew how it was going to end only to find out I was totally wrong. I enjoyed the story. Probably the only thing that disappointed me was Mattie and some of the things she did.
Jennifer
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This a good book about a serial killer very strong storyline it kept my attention throughout. The detectives were very well written characters that are working to figure out the murders and find the killer before he can strike again.Really engaged with them would read more from this author great twist at the end.!
Annarella
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent cozy mystery, engrossing and entertaining.
It's an excellent story that made me smile and kept me interested, the cast of characters is fleshed out and likable, the mystery solid.
It's the first story I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Barbara Tobey
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A clever, page-turning cozy mystery. The surprising laughs along the journey are a delight. Lots of family drama along with the murder. A great addition to a terrific series. I look forward to reading the next one. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
T Olsen
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story, very well written and with great characters, but there's more personal stuff than mystery solving. Luckily, there is also a lot of funny situations, so it's very good entertainment.
Alice c reedy
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this,series

The relationships between the characters are so well written that you feel what they do. The mystery stories are always different and keep you on the edge of your seat. Can't wait for next one.

Alisha
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
First book I've read in this series. Will check out the other ones
Mary Steinbrink
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book in this series. I like how Mattie and Hurley seem like people you might really know and I love Mattie's humor!
Angela Barney
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I think this is my favorite one yet. The ending was different than the one I had been thinking of. I loved it!
Nancy
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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
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