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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Stiff Competition by Annelise Ryan

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Stiff Competition
by Annelise Ryan

Stiff Competition
(A Mattie Winston Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Kensington (January 26, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617734106

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...

What I Thought

When I started this book, I thought, oh no, I will never finish this book.  And it did start out kind of slow.  But the writing in this book is really good, so it flowed really well.  I thought there could have been some details left out, such as, the  details on autopsies.  But this book picked up towards the middle and I literally could not put it down.  There was so much going on besides just a mystery.  There are relationship dynamics in this book that Annelise did a really good job writing about. I really enjoyed reading this story and I look forward to more.  The mystery was really good too, and it kept me guessing.  There were a lot of suspects to choose from and when Mattie figured out the mystery, it was a total surprise. 

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


About The 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 ER. She can be reached at
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  1. Sounds like a great mystery, and the cover is adorable.

  2. sounds like a fun mystery! Just seeing the dog and cat on the cover invites one to open it up. Thank you for being part of the tour! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  3. Hunting Season is a time when experience is necessary for everyone's safety. Thanks for the introduction to the plot of this book.

  4. I always fear going outside during our Minnesota hunting seasons---but because of the rifles---I never thought about the archery season being dangerous.