Last year I have read the sixth book in this serie and could not wait to read a new adventure of Mattie
Mattie Winston is a new mother. She's almost getting used to her new and hectic life as a single mother who ends her maternity leave and must return to work. She is a deputy coroner in a small town in Wisconsin and works often with her great love and father of her son, the detective Steve Hurley. Her first day of work is very demanding, she must examine together with her boss (and close friend) Izzy, a man killed with an arrow. He was an unscrupulous property developer and may be many the possible motives. Mattie helps Steve in the investigation. They also try to run their difficult relationship. They are very much in love and they want to live together but Hurley's daughter Emily can't stand nor Mattie nor his little brother. When Emily disappears Mattie helps in searches to find her as soon as possible and not further complicate their lives.
The characters are well defined and well developed. I like the protagonist of this story, she is a very realistic character and many new mothers can easily identify with her. She loves her detective and doesn't know how to run their relationship. Hurley is very sad. He would want to live with the woman he loves and their child and be a real family but must also worry about the daughter who has recently discovered to have. Emily has just lost her mother and found herself to live together to a father who she was believed dead. It is not easy for a teenager to accept this situation, especially if she is a really rebellious.
Although it is the seventh book in the series but really does work well as a standalone, during the narration the author provides all the information necessary to understand the various situations and relationships between the characters.
This is an enjoyable story, well written in an easy-to-read style, with an engaging plot and two compelling mystery.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a riveting story.
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