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

Lucky Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery

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....
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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.

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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 03-17-15
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 03-17-15 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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    "Mattie, Mattie, What are you doing?"

    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.

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    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 06-22-14
    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 06-22-14 Member Since 2014

    CD DIVA

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    "DAM THOSE CLIFF HANGERS"

    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

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    megan 04-21-15
    megan 04-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, not great narrator"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna M. Davis 05-19-14
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    "Pesonally, disappointing"

    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.

    Fingers crossed.

    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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    "humorous and fun"

    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.

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    Farrell 06-11-15
    Farrell 06-11-15
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    "Not bad"

    Decent little story line. Kind of an abrupt ending. I'll probably continue with the series.

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    Kari Homan 06-05-15
    Kari Homan 06-05-15 Member Since 2009
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    "addicted!!!"

    love love love love these books, can't wait to read the next one!!! so excited!!!

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    Paige Matthews somewhere, USA 05-14-15
    Paige Matthews somewhere, USA 05-14-15 Member Since 2015

    bookworm

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    "Good story, but not as good as the first two."

    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.

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    Amanda Bono, AR, USA 04-25-15
    Amanda Bono, AR, USA 04-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I love this 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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    Doug Wilkie 06-04-14
    Doug Wilkie 06-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Well told story, leaves you wanting the next book"
    Would you listen to Lucky Stiff again? Why?

    Yes most definitely. Love these books, well written, good humours


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucky Stiff?

    Hard to tell, will have to listen again, the continuing saga of Mattie and Hurley.


    What about Jorjeana Marie’s performance did you like?

    Well done as usual.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh.


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