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Stiff Competition

Stiff Competition Author Annelise Ryan
ISBN-10 9781617734113
Release 2016-01-26
Pages 368
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Every fall, hunting season in Sorenson, Wisconsin, leads to some accidental injuries. Deputy coroner Mattie Winston just hopes the hunters don’t bring any more business to her office. But somebody seems to have declared open season on land developers. One real estate developer who’s recently come to town has been found dead in the woods with an arrow through his neck. Now it’s up to Mattie to get to the bottom of the killing. That might be easier if she wasn’t also hunting for Detective Hurley’s teenage daughter, Emily, who has suddenly disappeared. With a homicidal William Tell out on the loose, Mattie is desperate to find Emily before the killer notches another arrow…



Working Stiff

Working Stiff Author Annelise Ryan
ISBN-10 9780758261205
Release 2010-08-01
Pages 320
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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. . . Praise for Annelise Ryan and Working Stiff "Sassy, sexy, and suspenseful, Annelise Ryan knocks 'em dead in her wry and original Working Stiff." --Carolyn Hart, author of Dare to Die "Make way for Mattie Winston, the funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever." --Laura Levine, author of Killer Cruise "Ryan brings her professional expertise to her crisp debut." --Publishers Weekly



Board Stiff

Board Stiff Author Annelise Ryan
ISBN-10 9780758272768
Release 2014
Pages 360
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Sorenson, Wisconsin's deputy coroner Mattie Winston takes on the murder of Bernie Chase, the president of Twilight Nursing Home's board of directors, who was found with a mysterious substance on his body and had been suspected by some of offing the home's more expensive residents. Original.



Scared Stiff

Scared Stiff Author Annelise Ryan
ISBN-10 0758272499
Release 2011-08-01
Pages 336
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An appealing series on multiple fronts." -Booklist Shows skill at mixing humor with CSI-style crime." -Publishers Weekly 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 #1. 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. . . Praise for Annelise Ryan and Working Stiff "Has it all: suspense, laughter, a spicy dash of romance. . ." -Tess Gerritsen "Sassy, sexy, and suspenseful. . .wry and original." -Carolyn Hart "Make way for Mattie Winston, the funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever." -Laura Levine



Stiff Penalty

Stiff Penalty Author Annelise Ryan
ISBN-10 9781617734090
Release 2015-02-24
Pages 368
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Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows a thing or two about dead bodies. That's why she's on the case of Derrick Ames, a high school math teacher stabbed to death with a barbecue fork straight to the heart. Sure, she's turned up some motives and a few suspects, but nothing adds up. Especially when the evidence points to Ames's teenage son. Newly pregnant Mattie can't believe it, even as her own long-estranged father may be following her. But one thing's certain, she'd better start figuring things out fast, or a deadly perpetrator could be subtracting two more victims from the population of Sorenson, Wisconsin. . .



Dead Calm

Dead Calm Author Annelise Ryan
ISBN-10 9781496706706
Release 2018-02-27
Pages 352
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The honeymoon will have to wait for newlyweds Mattie Winston and Steve Hurley . . . As deputy medical examiner and homicide detective respectively, the couple are dispatched to a grisly crime scene at the Grizzly Motel, a seedy joint for illicit liaisons on the outskirts of Sorenson, Wisconsin. A man and woman are found dead next to each other in bed in what initially appears to be a grim but straightforward murder-suicide. An affair gone sour? But as the forensic evidence is gathered and autopsies are performed, Mattie and Hurley realize the scene has been staged. They have a double murder on their hands. The spurned spouses of both victims top the list of suspects, but as more is revealed, the case becomes increasingly complex. Dividing their time and resources between the double homicide and an ongoing investigation involving Mattie's father, as well as caring for their toddler, Matthew, and Hurley’s teenaged daughter, Emily, the two are stretched to their limits. After another victim turns up dead, there's no room for error as Mattie and Hurley stage a scene of their own to back the killer into a corner . . .



Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water Author Annelise Ryan
ISBN-10 9781496706676
Release 2017-02-28
Pages 352
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“Sassy, sexy, and suspenseful.” —Carolyn Hart As a single mom and deputy coroner of Sorenson, Wisconsin, Mattie Winston is used to her life being a juggling act. But now that she’s moved in with Detective Steve Hurley and his teenaged daughter, and has started planning their wedding, her home life is looking more like a three-ring circus. At least her workload at the Medical Examiner’s office is lightened by the new hire Hal Dawson. But before Hal can even cash his first paycheck, he’s murdered on a fishing trip with his girlfriend, who’s gone missing. To keep her life from going completely under, Mattie will have to dive deep for clues. But a killer is just as determined to keep the truth from ever surfacing . . . Praise for Annelise Ryan and her Mattie Winston series “The funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever.” —Laura Levine “Has it all: suspense, laughter, a spicy dash of romance...” —Tess Gerritsen “Another winning mystery!” —Leann Sweeney



Lucky Stiff

Lucky Stiff Author Annelise Ryan
ISBN-10 9780758286024
Release 2013-03-05
Pages 384
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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 Black Jack 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. "A puzzler of a mystery. What a thrill ride!" --Jenn McKinlay Praise for Annelise Ryan and her Mattie Winston series "Has it all: suspense, laughter, a spicy dash of romance. . ." --Tess Gerritsen "The funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever." --Laura Levine "Mattie Winston is a likable, humorous heroine. . .lighthearted and fun." --Romantic Times



Frozen Stiff

Frozen Stiff Author Annelise Ryan
ISBN-10 0758234570
Release 2012-07-31
Pages 389
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An unidentified woman's body turns up in a desolate field and one of Mattie's associates knows who it is.



Death of a Cupcake Queen

Death of a Cupcake Queen Author Lee Hollis
ISBN-10 9780758294548
Release 2015-05-26
Pages 320
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As the food and cocktails columnist for the Island Times, Hayley Powell attends a lot of events—but this one will be murder… On the eve of her high school reunion, Hayley dreads seeing the trio of mean girls who used to torment her: Sabrina Merryweather, Nykki Temple, and former prom queen Ivy Foster. These days Ivy wears a different crown as the cupcake queen—and flaunting her success is just the icing on the cake. But maybe the prom queen should have been voted Most Likely to Die. At the reunion, Ivy is found murdered, cupcakes scattered around her. Is a killer out to teach the mean girls a lesson? As Hayley tries to get the scoop, she’ll have to be careful…or someone may be writing this columnist’s obituary next. Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!



Flipped for Murder

Flipped for Murder Author Maddie Day
ISBN-10 9781617739255
Release 2015
Pages 304
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Includes recipes and an excerpt from Maddie Day's next book, Grilled for Murder.



The Longest Yard Sale

The Longest Yard Sale Author Sherry Harris
ISBN-10 9781617730191
Release 2015
Pages 288
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When her best friend, Carol, is literally framed for the murder of an Air Force officer during New England's largest garage sale, Sarah Winston, mad as heck that someone committed a crime during her sale, must rummage through the clues to find a good deal and catch the real killer.



Silence of the Lamps

Silence of the Lamps Author Karen Rose Smith
ISBN-10 9781617737732
Release 2016-04-26
Pages 352
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Business has never been better for home stager Caprice De Luca, but her personal life could stand a few renovations. Just when she thought things were getting serious with her boyfriend Grant, his pretty ex-wife swoops into town and nabs his attention. Uncle Dom is living with her parents and desperately needs a new job. And her sister Nikki's catering business is threatened when rival Drew Pierson starts eating away at her share of the market. Things could not possibly get more chaotic when Drew is found bludgeoned to death by one of his grandmother's antique Tiffany lamps--and Nikki is the number one suspect. Now, Caprice must act fast to illuminate the truth and clear her sister's name--before a cold-blooded killer puts her lights out next… Praise for Deadly Décor "The perfect combination of animals, a delightful cozy town and a suspenseful mystery." --Cozy Mystery Book Reviews.net



Yarned and Dangerous

Yarned and Dangerous Author Sadie Hartwell
ISBN-10 9781617737190
Release 2015-11-24
Pages 288
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Time has not been kind to sleepy Dorset Falls, Connecticut, where an erstwhile resident is hoping to bring a tattered yarn shop back to life—but with a murderer on the loose, the whole town is in knots . . . Josie Blair left Dorset Falls twelve years ago in hopes of making it big in New York City. But after earning an overpriced master’s degree and getting fired by a temperamental designer, she finds herself heading back to her hometown. Her great-uncle was injured in a car accident, and newly unemployed Josie is the only person available to take care of him. Uncle Eb’s wife didn’t survive the crash, so Josie is also tasked with selling the contents of her Aunt Cora’s yarn shop. But the needling ladies of the Charity Knitters Association pose a far bigger challenge than a shop full of scattered skeins . . . Miss Marple Knits is one of the few businesses still open in the dreary downtown. Josie can’t imagine how it stayed open for so long, yet something about the cozy, resilient little shop appeals to her. But when one of the town’s most persnickety knitters turns up dead in a pile of cashmere yarn, Josie realizes there’s something truly twisted lurking beneath the town’s decaying façade . . . INCLUDES ORIGINAL KNITTING PATTERNS! “A tale of murder and intrigue that will ensnare knitters and non-knitters alike. I couldn’t put it down.”—Barbara Ross



Tea Cups and Carnage

Tea Cups and Carnage Author Lynn Cahoon
ISBN-10 9781601836311
Release 2016-06-07
Pages 196
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The quaint coastal town of South Cove, California, is all abuzz about the opening of a new specialty shop, Tea Hee. But as Coffee, Books, and More owner Jill Gardner is about to find out, there's nothing cozy about murder . . . Shop owner Kathi Corbin says she came to South Cove to get away from her estranged family. But is she telling the truth? And did a sinister someone from her past follow her to South Cove? When a woman claiming to be Kathi's sister starts making waves and a dead body is found in a local motel, Jill must step in to clear Kathi's name--without getting herself in hot water. Includes an excerpt from A STORY TO KILL, Lynn Cahoon's BRAND NEW series Praise for The Tourist Trap Mysteries "Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover's dream come true." --Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries "Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder." --Fresh Fiction



Drape Expectations

Drape Expectations Author Karen Rose Smith
ISBN-10 9781617737701
Release 2015-07-28
Pages 352
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Includes recipes and an excerpt from an upcoming novel in the series entitled 'Silence of the lamps.'



Gilt by Association

Gilt by Association Author Karen Rose Smith
ISBN-10 9780758284884
Release 2015
Pages 310
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While home stager Caprice De Luca is preparing for an open house at a family friend's home, her client is found murdered on the property before the event, and Caprice turns her attention to searching for suspects.