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

Scared Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery

When Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston and her boss/best friend, Izzy, are called to the home of waitress and part-time model Shannon Tolliver, they find the ghoulish Halloween decorations a bit too authentic. Among the fake blood and skeletons is the corpse of Shannon herself. Since the whole town knows Shannon recently had a very public spat with her estranged husband, Erik, he's suspect number one. But Mattie happens to know Erik truly loved his wife, and is simply incapable of the brutal act - even if he owns the exact same caliber handgun as the murder weapon.…
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Publisher's Summary

When Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston and her boss/best friend, Izzy, are called to the home of waitress and part-time model Shannon Tolliver, they find the ghoulish Halloween decorations a bit too authentic. Among the fake blood and skeletons is the corpse of Shannon herself. Since the whole town knows Shannon recently had a very public spat with her estranged husband, Erik, he's suspect number one. But Mattie happens to know Erik truly loved his wife, and is simply incapable of the brutal act - even if he owns the exact same caliber handgun as the murder weapon.… Determined to unearth the truth, Mattie puts her scalpel-sharp medical skills to work, and digs a little deeper. What she uncovers is stranger than anyone could have imagined.…

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What the Critics Say

"An appealing series on multiple fronts." (Booklist)

"Shows skill at mixing humor with CSI-style crime." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Melanie 05-10-14
    Melanie 05-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Series, Nix the Stupid Sexual References"
    What made the experience of listening to Scared Stiff the most enjoyable?

    The premise of the series is sound. Mattie is a character you want to root for and the predicaments in which she finds herself are quite funny. These are light, fun murder mysteries easy to follow but not necessarily predictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not sure any other character besides Mattie is drawn out enough for the reader to have a favorite, other than her. Having said that, Mattie is a great character. She has flaws and insecurities every woman can relate to and yet the situations in which she lands are outrageous enough to make you laugh and think "phew...that would never happen to me."


    What three words best describe Jorjeana Marie’s performance?

    Nasal, Questionable Accents


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.The book is perfectly suited for my long, daily commute, but unfortunately I cannot listen to the narrator for hours. She sounds like she has a cold. Her portrayal of the male characters are good, but her attempt at the Wisconsin accent is spotty. One example, the main character's sister seems to have the Wisconsin accent (sometimes), yet the main character does not.The stories, the murder mysteries are very entertaining and Mattie's POV with her nursing training provides a unique sleuthing technique. I love that she knows everyone in the small town based on her knowledge of their very private medical problems.


    Any additional comments?

    The main character, Mattie, is 37-38 years old. Enough with the stupid sexual references to male body parts and other such similar teenage-boy, frat house chat. I don't know of any female, let alone, a mature, smart, woman who speaks like that. A little bit is funny, the rest is eye-rolling and tiresome. In this book, the 87 year old Bjorn's continued references to his "Peter" were beyond nauseating.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-03-14
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I have found another good series"

    This was an entertaining and enjoyable book. Mattie is an intelligent, realistic character who I would like to now in real life. The supporting cast are also people who are realistic and likeable. There were many instances when I either laughed out loud or hid my face in embarrassment. The scenes with Bjorn are funny and sad. They show another dimension of Mattie that only makes you like her more. I think this will be a great series and I look forward to the next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 04-10-15
    Catherine 04-10-15
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    "Funny series with frustrated lust"

    I really get a kick out of this hysterical series. For me it balances just enough mayhem to keep the mystery going without being dark or violent. I also enjoy the romance, although it I kind of cheesy and I suspect guys might not go for that aspect.
    I wish the narrator checked a pronunciation dictionary as she slips up on several words. She also switches voices at the wrong time on several occasions which makes it a bit confusing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rose United States 08-09-14
    Rose United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Second one no better"

    I gave the second book the chance to get more into the mystery side of thing, it was a mistake. Again the main character was the focus not solving the crime. I had thought that after the first book it would have been focused on solving the murder, but the author seems to be more interested in charters not the mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Streetsboro, OH, United States 06-24-14
    Tina Streetsboro, OH, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2013

    I have always loved to read but I never realized how enjoyable listening to a good story could be! I am addicted!

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    "Better than book 1!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Scared Stiff to be better than the print version?

    When you have a good narrator, listening to the audio version of a book is much better than reading the print version and this narrator is great. She really brings Mattie alive. I couldn't stop laughing during this book. Love the Anywhere, Nowhere and Somewhere bar description compared to Abbott and Costello


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I also loved the scene when she drove her hearse to a scene and picked up the tail from a funeral home. It was somewhat predictable, but irresistible.


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

    It made me laugh!! I didn't want to stop reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Love Hurley!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Wilkie 05-13-14
    Doug Wilkie 05-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Well written , humorous and imaginative ."
    Where does Scared Stiff rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would rank amongst the top ten. Would gladly listen / read another.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mattie Winston


    Which character – as performed by Jorjeana Marie – was your favorite?

    Mattie


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

    A number of laughs through out.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon ALPHARETTA, GA, USA 04-27-14
    Sharon ALPHARETTA, GA, USA 04-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I don't like her"
    What about Jorjeana Marie’s performance did you like?

    she is good


    Any additional comments?

    This woman is a clutz falling over a root gazing at a guy she likes while on the job and having just fallen down a hill is moronic. Falling into a body where she is supposed to be containing a scene is termination.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 04-21-14
    Nancy 04-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Nice cozy. Really poor reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Find a narrator who understands the use of the pronunciation guide in a dictionary. In a medical drama, one expects unusual terms. One does not expect that the narrator is too lazy to look up the terms. It was not only medical terms, however, and was very distracting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Short books with reasonable interest level. Low intensity read, but certainly enjoyable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Audio editor could review reading. Mispronunciations are very annoying.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 05-16-15
    Farrell 05-16-15
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    "Not bad"

    Although I wish it had a better narrator the story itself was fun. Maybe better than the first. Guess I'll have to get the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CAgirlinNH 05-14-15
    CAgirlinNH 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Mattie Winston!!"

    I'm hooked on this series! Can't get enough of it and it is rare for me to listen to an entire book series since I get bored with it pretty quickly.
    I am looking forward to listening to all of them!
    I'm a big fan of Darynda Jones and the Grave' series. 'Stiff' series is a terrific one in the same vein.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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