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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...
©2009 Beth Amos (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By A. Moose on 08-23-15

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Kathy on 06-10-14

A Combo of NCIS, Bones and Physical Comedy!

The author has taken her experiences as a nurse and turned them into an excellent mystery series. The characters are believable and likeable, mostly because they are far from perfect. There were parts of this book that made me laugh out loud. Even though it is a tale of a cheating husband and the subsequent break up of a marriage, I did not find the story depressing. This book starts as Mattie is recovering from the paralyzing pain of infidelity and reinventing herself through a new career.

As my headline implies, this medically-based murder series includes crime scene investigatons - ala NCIS and CSI. There are graphic descriptions of autopsies, ala Bones. The lead character is a 6' tall nurse with a clever mind, a love of food (especially ice cream) and two left feet. I did not realize that physical comedy could be so well described! I cringed as I "saw" Mattie's clumsiness in action. What fun! Finally, if you can handle a little bit of blood and gore, I think you will find this series quite enjoyable.

The narrator was not consistent with her character voices, which was sometimes irritating. Still, her voice is pleasant and I am now listening to this book for the second time around.

I highly recommend this series.

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