Lucky Stiff : Mattie Winston

  • by Annelise Ryan
  • Narrated by Jorjeana Marie
  • Series: Mattie Winston
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's Christmas Day in the sleepy town of Sorenson, Wisconsin, but instead of unwrapping presents, deputy coroner Mattie Winston is at the burnt remains of a house where a charred body has been found. The victim is none other than Jack Allen - a paraplegic who recently won a huge casino jackpot. Upon closer inspection, Mattie and detective Steve Hurley are convinced Jack was murdered to steal his winnings, giving the phrase blackjack a whole new meaning.... But as Mattie investigates, even her cutting-edge forensic skills keep coming up short in a case with as many suspects as twists. After her odds-on-favorite turns up dead, Mattie and Hurley must race to find a killer before another victim cashes in his chips.


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Customer Reviews

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Mattie, Mattie, What are you doing?

A lot of reviewers were very annoyed by this book and the sheer number of stupid things Mattie manages to do in it. I agree it is frustrating behavior for someone we have been regarding as a smart woman. Also, I agree with others who say the amount of disasters in the book is really over the top. It reads more like an action movie that a mystery. But I certainly did enjoy parts very much. The Mattie and Hurley build up is a lot of fun, and there is a scene with a drunken Mattie that was priceless, despite the fact that the narrator is really bad at drunk voices. And if the book hasn't driven you mad by the end there is the up and down of the cliffhanger ending that had me starting the next book within five minutes of this one. But since this is a mystery I should say something about the mystery part. There are two deaths being investigated in the book, and I have to say I am not sure what the author was thinking with the secondary death. It was a downer and didn't showcase anything good about Mattie and Hurley (who I notice both seem to like to play bad cop and feel ok bullying anyone involved in any capacity with a suspicious death). The main mystery was better. Book definitely kept my interest throughout.
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- Karen K

Maddie Goes Back to Middle School

I enjoyed the previous books in this series because Maddie (mid 30s) was engaging, smart and very humorous. However, in Lucky Stiff spunky Maddie reverted to acting like an immature, dim-witted adolescent, and not in a cute way.

When Maddie was told that she and police officer Hurley can't have a personal relationship while they are working together, she assumed that SHE must choose between the job she loved and the man she wanted to love. Really? Maddie didn't ask Hurley to quit his job, just assumed that her career was less important than a man's job.

While the author can write humor and mystery, she seems to have bizarre and antiquated ideas about romantic relationships. Maddie was uncomfortable with her "overweight" body size, insecure about her ability to attract & hold a man's interest and unable to communicate her honest feelings. Middle school all over again...
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- Rusty "Great Books Don't Promote Violence"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-21-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios