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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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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.

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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Happy quilter

I love these stories though as a nurse I found some of the pronunciation of medical terms was, I'll say different rather than wrong. Maybe it is the area or accent. But I still loved the book the humor was great. I also like that it is not rated R so to speak. Y kids give me a bad time as I will skip ahead in a book to see what's happening. Can' t do it when on tape so I end up not being able to turn it off. I look forward to the next books.

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3rd Great book from beginning great characters

the narrator brings you along visualizing and getting to know each and every character Exciting

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Enjoying these characters!

The Mattie Winston series is definitely entertaining. Each character is unique and easy to follow. I would recommend this book and this series!

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Excellent good mystery.

What did you love best about Frozen Stiff?

The plotting is excellent, the story moves along and has twists and turns. Despite the occasional stiff writing style -- in some places painfully so -- I found myself laughing out loud again and again. And the way the story is told makes you really want to know who did it. The premise of the protagonist as a medical examiner assistant turned investigative assistant works and is a twist on the "police procedural mystery." Very nice surprise -- a new author for me. My only complaint is the too simple writing style and too simple characters.

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

Yes, I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting, but I make myself listen to my audio books only in the car on my long commute. A good book really helps the time fly by. And this was a good book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The story continues

Another good installment. Much the same as the first two. I'm getting used to the narrator but a better one would help.

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Couldn't quite finish this one.

Instead of keeping me guessing as to whodunnit, my brain just gave up. The story lost my interest, lost its sense of humor, and put Mattie in places with choices not consistent with the character established in the previous books. Instead of gaining in intensity, the romance is gaining in frustration. I'm losing hope as a listener. Wonder how Mattie handles it? Narrator needs to know she's not pronouncing some words correctly. Can be a bit frustrating especially when speaking terms learned in simple anatomy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful