lunedì 16 marzo 2015

Review: Stiff Penalty by Annalise Ryan

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Kensington (February 24, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617734083

Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows a thing or two about dead bodies. That’s why she’s on the case of Derrick Ames, a high school math teacher stabbed to death with a barbecue fork straight to the heart. Sure, she’s turned up some motives and a few suspects, but nothing adds up. Especially when the evidence points to Ames’s teenage son. Newly pregnant Mattie can’t believe it, even as her own long-estranged father may be following her. But one thing’s certain, she’d better start figuring things out fast, or a deadly perpetrator could be subtracting two more victims from the population of Sorenson, Wisconsin…

My Review:

It's the sixth book in the series "Mattie Winston Mystery" but it is the first that I read. I hope to fill as soon as my gap and to read the others.

Mattie after working as a nurse at the local hospital now helps the coroner with murder cases. The quiet town of Wisconsin where she lives is shocked by the murder of a well-loved teacher. Who will be killed him? His ex-wife? His son?
Mattie has several problems to solve: find a murderess, understand who is the stalker that haunts her and tell everyone of her pregnancy. Especially telling her "boyfriend", she is terrified at the thought of having to inform him: he has recently discovered to be the father of a 14 year old girl and he was shocked.
The characters are very realistic and well characterized, Mattie is really funny, ironic and also very brave.
The story is well written, with lots of humor and laughter, the plot is intriguing and well-developed.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. 

About This Author
Annelise Ryan is the pseudonym for the author of three suspense novels and another mystery series. She has written more than 200 published articles, worked as a book reviewer for Barnes & Noble®, and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She currently works as a registered nurse in an E.R. Visit her at
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