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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
Mattie Winston's life in small-town Sorenson, Wis., is anything but dull after she takes the job as deputy coroner. Mattie is klutzy and endearing, and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. The mystery is light, and although readers may question Mattie's unlimited access to crime scenes and information, her foibles are still fun and entertaining.
When nurse Mattie Winston finds her surgeon husband, David, in a compromising position with fellow nurse Karen Owenby, she turns in her nursing badge and accepts a job as deputy coroner, working alongside her good friend Izzy. The night after Mattie unwittingly catches her ex in a heated argument with Owenby, the nurse is found dead. Things don't look good for David.
Yet Mattie doesn't believe he's a killer. The closer she gets to uncovering the truth, the higher the body count rises, and Mattie keeps getting caught with the corpses. Furthermore, a new hunky police detective has his eye on Mattie. Is he a romantic interest? Or is she simply a suspect? (KENSINGTON, Sep., 320 pp., $22.00)
Reviewed By: Sandra Martin
Published: September 2009