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.
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.
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.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
I am not sure why I see complaints about the narrator. I liked her quite a bit. I felt like she was Mattie and that Mattie was a very likable character. For a good chunk of the mystery I did not know who did it though I did guess before the end. I also found myself laughing at times at Mattie's antics. Basically I found this to be a fun, light mystery. I did think the sexual references were a bit much. They weren't offensive or anything just Mattie spends a lot more time thinking about the hunky detectives private parts than you might think the state of her life calls for. And of course when she is in the middle of doing her laundry and has to run out without a bra on, it doesn't take a genius to know what's going to happen. Still, it was a light fun mystery, and there's even a cat (always a plus to me). I will definitely get the next in the series.
This book was a bit slow but I perservered and was rewarded. I liked the characters right away and that kept me going. There were some funny instances and I did not solve the murder before the end of the book. It was worth it. I plan to listen to the next book.
I love action and suspense embedded in a good fantasy or mystery. Sprinkles of romance okay, but no erotica please.
Mattie is definitely a fun heroine! The book is great mind candy for a sweet escape. I was entertained throughout and loved every minute! The narrator read it perfectly, with the right level of wit, sarcasm and mortification in her voice. I'm looking forward to the next book!
Some humor, some wit, some mystery, no sex, just innuendo.. A little long in parts. Sufficiently good to want to listen to the next one in the series.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
So Annelise Ryan has a good sense of humor, and sets out to write a cozy mystery, and probably it was a good mystery, at that. I was rather enjoying it till I realized I had cringed once too often over the (seemingly needless to the plot) comments and descriptions she throws in for sexual shock value. I'm no prude, but I felt she must have worked hard to make sure every possible thing that might have prurient interest got worked into the story. To me it seemed like junior high school sort of interest range. I'm old, and way past needing to have underpants and sexual descriptions worked into a story line to hold my attention. I suspect people younger than myself might like this better. Sad, because I liked her writing ability, just not her decision to fill the story with every silly sexual comment she could think of. I enjoy cozy mysteries, and I'll just look elsewhere for them. I will say, if she hadn't felt she needed to pepper her story with every shocking thing she could think of, it would have been good. Doing that with a light touch would have made this a great read. She was just too heavy-handed with it all.
I get a kick out of these mysteries with both a great sense of humor and interesting descriptions of what the coroner does. And a frustrated romance that keeps getting cock blocked.
If you're narrating a story where the main character, no, several characters are in medicine PLEASE learn the correct pronunciation for medical terms. Not only is it distracting but a disservice to the listening public.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is a new author and narrator for me. Ryan tells the story of Mattie Winston who has caught her husband David Winston, M.D., having an affair with Karen Owenby, R.N.
Mattie moves out, quits her job, files for divorce and moves in with her gay friend Izzy, who is the Chief Medical Examiner. Izzy suggest Mattie apply for a job as a deputy coroner investigator. Mattie does and is hired and the first homicide call turns out to be the murder of Karen Owenby. Detective Steven Harley is assigned to the case. Mattie sets out to learn how to be a deputy coroner investigator by trial and error and some book learning and instructions, a sort of on the job training.
The author writes in a humorous way considering the subject matter. The book is light and easy to read. This book makes a great get a-way from it all read. Jorjeana Marie narrated the story.
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