A coroner becomes a sleuth when an innocent friend is accused of murder in this hardboiled mystery by the USA Today–bestselling author of Dead Even.
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 . . .
“Ryan shows growing skill at mixing humor with CSI-style crime.”—Publishers Weekly
“The forensic details will interest Patricia Cornwell readers . . .while the often slapstick humor and the blossoming romance between Mattie and Hurley will draw Evanovich fans.”—Booklist
When shocked trick-or-treaters discover the body of model Shannon Tolliver one Halloween night, Mattie Winston investigates in Ryan's sharp second mystery to feature the Sorenson City, Wis., deputy coroner (after 2009's Working Stiff). Homicide cop Steve Hurley suspects Erik, Shannon's estranged radiology tech hubby, killed her. Mattie believes him innocent, though the .38 used in the shooting appears to be Erik's. Shannon's boyfriend, playboy psychiatrist Luke Nelson, or one of Luke's infatuated female patients, may have had more motive. When Mattie totals her car after interviewing Luke, she winds up making a deal with elderly Bjorn Adamson, a taxi driver, to use his cab in exchange for periodically changing his urinary catheter leg bag. The pseudonymous Ryan, a real-life ER RN, sometimes gives the reader too much information, but she shows growing skill at mixing humor with CSI-style crime. \n
An entertaining read
Ms Ryan has continued where she left off with "Scared Stiff". She manages to develop memorable characters and blend humor and mystery with a delightful result. Her working knowledge of medicine keeps the story accurate as well as entertaining. I look forward to more Mattie mishaps, romance and mysteries solved.