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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
Ryan mixes science and great storytelling in this cozy series featuring ER nurse turned coroner Mattie Winston. The forensic details ring true and add substance to this fast-paced and funny mystery. Good plotting and relationship drama keep the mystery rolling, while Mattie’s humorous take on life provides many comedic moments.
Mattie is stunned to find the body of an unfamiliar, strikingly beautiful woman in a snowy Wisconsin cornfield with a knife buried in her chest. Even more confusing is Detective Steve Hurley’s reaction to the dead woman. Mattie soon learns the woman is an investigative reporter from Chicago who used to date Steve. Furthermore, the knife in her chest belongs to him! Things get stranger when Hurley’s neighbor is murdered. Mattie realizes someone is out to frame Hurley and she must work fast to uncover the evidence to prove his innocence. (KENSINGTON, Sep., 336 pp., $22.00)
Reviewed By: Sandra Martin
Published: September 2011