When Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston and her boss/best friend, Izzy, are called to the home of waitress and part-time model Shannon Tolliver, they find the ghoulish Halloween decorations a bit too authentic. Among the fake blood and skeletons is the corpse of Shannon herself. Since the whole town knows Shannon recently had a very public spat with her estranged husband, Erik, he's suspect number one. But Mattie happens to know Erik truly loved his wife, and is simply incapable of the brutal act - even if he owns the exact same caliber handgun as the murder weapon.… Determined to unearth the truth, Mattie puts her scalpel-sharp medical skills to work, and digs a little deeper. What she uncovers is stranger than anyone could have imagined.…
"An appealing series on multiple fronts." (Booklist)
"Shows skill at mixing humor with CSI-style crime." (Publishers Weekly)
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Good Series, Nix the Stupid Sexual References
The premise of the series is sound. Mattie is a character you want to root for and the predicaments in which she finds herself are quite funny. These are light, fun murder mysteries easy to follow but not necessarily predictable.
I'm not sure any other character besides Mattie is drawn out enough for the reader to have a favorite, other than her. Having said that, Mattie is a great character. She has flaws and insecurities every woman can relate to and yet the situations in which she lands are outrageous enough to make you laugh and think "phew...that would never happen to me."
Nasal, Questionable Accents
No.The book is perfectly suited for my long, daily commute, but unfortunately I cannot listen to the narrator for hours. She sounds like she has a cold. Her portrayal of the male characters are good, but her attempt at the Wisconsin accent is spotty. One example, the main character's sister seems to have the Wisconsin accent (sometimes), yet the main character does not.The stories, the murder mysteries are very entertaining and Mattie's POV with her nursing training provides a unique sleuthing technique. I love that she knows everyone in the small town based on her knowledge of their very private medical problems.
The main character, Mattie, is 37-38 years old. Enough with the stupid sexual references to male body parts and other such similar teenage-boy, frat house chat. I don't know of any female, let alone, a mature, smart, woman who speaks like that. A little bit is funny, the rest is eye-rolling and tiresome. In this book, the 87 year old Bjorn's continued references to his "Peter" were beyond nauseating.
I have found another good series