Working Stiff : Mattie Winston

  • by Annelise Ryan
  • Narrated by Jorjeana Marie
  • Series: Mattie Winston
  • 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Mattie Winston catches her husband Dr. David Winston receiving some very special loving care from R.N. Karen Owenby, she quits her job and moves out. Mattie's best friend Izzy offers her a place to stay and suggests she'd be a natural as deputy coroner. Now, instead of taking patients' pulses, Mattie's weighing their hearts and livers. But Mattie's first homicide call turns out to be for none other than Nurse Karen, and even though she saw her ex in a heated argument with the newly deceased the night before, she refuses to believe David could be a killer. Keeping mum about what she saw, Mattie is also left speechless by the sight of hunky Detective Steve Hurley... From learning the ropes on her new job to sorting out her feelings about her ex and dealing with her growing attraction to Detective Hurley, Mattie's in deep water and in danger of sinking quickly, especially when she places herself dead center in the path of a desperate - yet determined - killer...


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Customer Reviews

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Just say No to this one and move on

I probably read this book at the worst possible time like it at all. The last few amateur detective books had female sleuths who all become involved with the hot local sheriff or detective on the case. It's become a boring and predictable part of female sleuths.

I thought Maddie might be different, seeing as she's just left her husband less than a month before and seemed to need to get herself together before looking for a man. But nope, one look at Detective Hurley and flirting begins over the dead body of her husband's mistress.

Before purchasing, I read numerous glowing reviews of a strong, female and that the story was so believable. Really? When Maddie is called to the first crime scene, she dresses hurriedly. Upon arriving, she discovers that a pair of panties have lodged down one leg of her pants. Instead of discretely taking care of the problem, she decides to shake the panties on the floor and kicks them into the crime scene where Hurley finds it and bags it as evidence.Then she plots to destroy the evidence and possibly let a co-worker, who is geeky so it's okay take the blame. At that point, I knew this series wasn't for me.
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- A. Moose "WDW Moose"

Maybe if I were 30 years younger....

So Annelise Ryan has a good sense of humor, and sets out to write a cozy mystery, and probably it was a good mystery, at that. I was rather enjoying it till I realized I had cringed once too often over the (seemingly needless to the plot) comments and descriptions she throws in for sexual shock value. I'm no prude, but I felt she must have worked hard to make sure every possible thing that might have prurient interest got worked into the story. To me it seemed like junior high school sort of interest range. I'm old, and way past needing to have underpants and sexual descriptions worked into a story line to hold my attention. I suspect people younger than myself might like this better. Sad, because I liked her writing ability, just not her decision to fill the story with every silly sexual comment she could think of. I enjoy cozy mysteries, and I'll just look elsewhere for them. I will say, if she hadn't felt she needed to pepper her story with every shocking thing she could think of, it would have been good. Doing that with a light touch would have made this a great read. She was just too heavy-handed with it all.
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- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios