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.
©2013 Beth Amos (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
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.
I LOVE THIS SERIES, I JUST WANT HER TO WRITE FASTER. I LOVED EVANOVICH TOO, BUT SHE SEEMED TO LOOSE INTEREST IN THE LATER BOOKS. HERE'S HOPING THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN HERE
While the story is really enjoyable the narrator sounds like she has a stuffy nose which can be distracting and she gives some of the characters very odd accents when they are speaking.
I loved the first few books, but maybe it's because I'm 50+, but i see Mattie making so many foolish decisions that I couldn't wait for the book to be over. Thinking that gambling is he best way to grow the settlement money you've received, losing over $30K and still wanting to go back and try some more--ridiculous! I guess it's all about advancing the plot/drama, but the fact that Mattie and Hurley can't just talk about their feelings is also ridiculous.
I was ready to drop the series, but just realized I'd already bought the next book, so let's hope she learns how to talk to Hurley, ignore the ex-husband and get her job back--or, duh, move to another city.
If it wasn't for bad luck, Mattie would have no luck at all. She and Hurley continue to figure out crimes and their relationship. However the crimes of Sorenson are no match to their relationship. This is a great read and I look forward to listening to the next book.
It's a decent cozy and I liked the characters. Descriptions of the ME's duties and evidence gathering are easily understood, not overly wordy and fit well into the story.The performance in all the books in this series don't seem to have been proofed after the recording. There are long pauses in the middle of sentences, syllables are cut off and sentences run together. I listened to all the books in the series so far and there hasn't been any improvement.
In the future I may try her again. I got used to her nasal voice and she does a very good job with varied voices but her inexperience shows. She doesn't always maintain the same voice for her characters which causes some confusion and her pronunciation of words both medical and non-medical is too irritating. These errors should have been caught and corrected before release.
The recording should have been proofed!
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Decent little story line. ￼Kind of an abrupt ending. I'll probably continue with the series.
It was pretty good, but the first two were better. Same issues with the narrator- stuffy nose, mispronouncing words...but it wasn't enough to keep me away from the series.
This series is wonderful. Entertaining with just the right amount of technical details, mystery and just a bit of humor. The main character is well filled out. I finish one book and immediately have to start the next one. I highly recommend each of these books. The narrator does seem to be unable to breathe through her nose but I get so involved with the story that the nasal tone of the reader doesn't bother me overmuch.
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