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Frozen Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery | [Annelise Ryan]

Frozen Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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!

©2011 Beth Amos (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 02-06-15
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 02-06-15 Member Since 2014

    Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.

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    "Better Mystery, Romance not as good"

    I have been enjoying this series because I enjoy the characters particularly Mattie and Hurley, and Mattie makes me chuckle. In the first two books, the mysteries were perhaps not that well developed. In this book we move on to a much more complicated mystery which plays a bigger role in the book. I considered that a plus and I even listened up to 5 hours in one day to have it resolved. Also, I did not solve this one. That said though, I found the lack of romantic progress disappointing. In fact the developing romance has gone backwards instead of forward in this book. But I will definitely go on to the next one to see if it gets back on track! It's the same narrator as previous books and I really like her as Mattie but she does sometimes mispronounce words.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 07-24-14
    Diane 07-24-14
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    "Good story, Narrator needs help!"
    Where does Frozen Stiff rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator needs to blow her nose! It drives me crazy.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gladys A. Dueweke michigan 04-02-14
    Gladys A. Dueweke michigan 04-02-14 Listener Since 2010

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    "good stories."
    What made the experience of listening to Frozen Stiff the most enjoyable?

    third in an enjoyable series. interesting, clever stories without obvious denouement.


    What didn’t you like about Jorjeana Marie’s performance?

    first she mispronounced numerous words. tomb for tome, heapa for hep-a, h. i. p. a. a. for "hipa". long editing pauses poorly placed. i liked the stories but could have just as easily been turned off at book 1.


    Any additional comments?

    smart marketing. the first couple chapters of the next book in the series at the end of the current one piqued my interest and i picked up all 4.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 04-11-15
    Catherine 04-11-15
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    "Not my favorite of series"

    Like the series. Didn't really like the part of the book set in Illinois. Also wish narrator would learn to pronounce carotid. And several other words. Drives me nuts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 04-06-15
    David 04-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun read!"

    The writing and story line make for a fun read. Nothing too heavy, but an intriguing enough mystery to keep the reader interested. Entertaining characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Rockwall, TX USA 12-28-14
    Victoria Rockwall, TX USA 12-28-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Loads of Laughs!"
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    This is one of those great audio books that makes you laugh until you cry! It was a great mystery, a little romance & an awesome heroine! My husband & I listen to these stories while on the road...it's something we both enjoy. I definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Wilkie 06-04-14
    Doug Wilkie 06-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Always enjoyable"
    Would you listen to Frozen Stiff again? Why?

    Yes, kept me listening, intriguing. Enjoy all of her books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Whole book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, just a good, enjoyable listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-08-14
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great read"

    I enjoyed this book like I enjoyed the previous ones in this series. Mattie is realistic and likeable. Her romance/work relationship is realistic and tantalizing. I can't wait to read the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Breheny 08-22-15
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    "A Frustrating Mystery"
    Would you try another book from Annelise Ryan and/or Jorjeana Marie?

    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!


    If you’ve listened to books by Annelise Ryan before, how does this one compare?

    A more intense mystery than the first two books in the series, but the author wandered too much.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jorjeana Marie?

    No one compares to Katherine Kellegrin.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Readsforfun Texas, USA 08-01-15
    Readsforfun Texas, USA 08-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun and entertaining."

    This is a fun series. I like the main character and the way the stories move along.

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