Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows everyone in the charmingly small town of Sorenson, Wisconsin - except the latest body discovered in a desolate field. If a woman this attractive had moved into town, the news would have surely hit the gossip mill in record time. So who was the murdered femme fatale? Whose knife was left planted in her chest? The mystery deepens when detective Steven Hurley takes one look at the body and turns as white as the newly fallen snow...and excuses himself from the case.
It'll take all of Mattie's forensic skills to unravel the increasingly bizarre clues and find the killer...before she herself becomes just another cold case in a frigid Midwest winter!
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Better Mystery, Romance not as good
- Karen "Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty."
A Frustrating Mystery
I'll probably give the next book in the series a try and hope it improves. The first two were pretty good mysteries to keep me occupied in the car and distracted from how much I hate running while I work out, but this one got a bit too frustrating. Overall, the mystery was more intense and complex than the first two, which was good and I was wrong about the culprit almost until the minute it was revealed, which is always fun. Ryan was very nearly on the cusp of a great book.
But Mattie is decidedly inane in this book. Apparently, even when her life is in true danger, all she can think about is sex. In addition, although this book should be taking place 2012 or later (in the previous book, it was mentioned that Mattie's car is a 1992 and is 20 years old), Mattie and the other characters are massively technologically inept. Really - in 2012, Mattie only recently became acquainted with a cell phone? And apparently, no character has a web-enabled phone. Also - the monologuing!!! Learn how to deliver the details of the mystery without having the culprit provide a soliloquy on every single aspect of the crime at the end. It comes off as very Scooby Doo.
I suppose if I'm going to give the next Mattie Winston a try, I'll be giving Jorgeana Marie another shot, but please, for the love of performance, do some preparation and learn how to pronounce the words and how an actual, experienced nurse would reference certain medical jargon!
A more intense mystery than the first two books in the series, but the author wandered too much.
No one compares to Katherine Kellegrin.
- Caroline Breheny