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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan

Stiff Penalty (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Kensington (February 24, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617734083

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…

What I Thought:

I found this book a little slow at first, but it soon picked up.  The author gives plenty of background, so this series doesn't need to be read in order to be understood.  There were some laugh-out-loud moments and Mattie sure gets herself into some trouble.  Some of the trouble is in solving the murder and some is personal trouble.  A great book with a great protagonist. 

I received a complementary copy of this book for my honest review.

About This Author
Annelise Ryan is the pseudonym for the author of three suspense novels and another mystery series. She has written more than 200 published articles, worked as a book reviewer for Barnes & Noble®, and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She currently works as a registered nurse in an E.R. Visit her at
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