Frozen Stiff

Frozen Stiff

Book - 2011
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Death is never pretty, and deputy coroner Mattie Winston's latest case is no exception. But this victim certainly was strikingly beautiful--before someone stuck that knife into her chest. Mattie knows everyone in the charmingly small town of Sorenson, Wisconsin, so the deceased is definitely a stranger from out of town. If a woman this attractive had moved into town, the news would have surely hit the gossip mill in record time. So what was the victim doing here, laid out in this desolate field? Things only get murkier with the arrival at the scene of the usually stoic and dependable detective Steven Hurley; one look at the body and he turns as white as the newly fallen snow, and excuses himself from the case. It turns out the victim was a top investigative reporter from Chicago, and Hurley not only knew her, they dated a year and a half ago, until she broke it off. While Mattie grapples with her jealousy of a dead woman, Hurley swears her to secrecy and tells her that knife in his ex's chest is his! It's a case with more twists than Maddie's own crazy love life, and it'll take all of her forensic skills to unravel the increasingly bizarre clues and find the killer, before she herself becomes just another cold case!
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780758234568
0758234562
Branch Call Number: M RYAN
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 22 cm

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savtadina
Jun 06, 2015

I have read the previous two books in this series and really enjoyed the second one. The author has a talent for writing a good, well-developed mystery with a surprising but clearly explainable ending. There are some very humorous parts, and some very enjoyable characters.

The main character, Maddie, has worked in the OR and ER of a hospital and is the assistant Medical Examiner in this series, having left the OR so as not to work with her now ex-husband whom she caught cheating on her with a co-worker. The author is an ER RN and is quite knowledgeable of hospital procedure, and the details about that as well as the forensic information is fascinating. People less interested in that part of the book will not be turned off by it, however, as the details are not gory. For example, Maddie finds a hair as evidence and has a co-worker show her how forensic hair analysis is done.

With this book, however, I began to be less interested in the series. The book began to look like more of a parody of a cozy mystery or have soap-opera-ish characteristics, especially when related to Maddie's behavior. She has a very responsible job and is excellent at it, but she lets her emotions and vivid imagination guide her against rational behavior. She withholds important information from her boss, compromises evidence, puts herself in danger, and on the emotional level, lets her hormones control her behavior with poor consequences. Maddie's antics definitely detracted from the story.

Maddie works with the homicide detective Steve Hurley who usually is grounded and very responsible in his work. They work well together are physically attracted to each other. However, in this book, his behavior at the beginning really surprised me when he goes into hiding when he thinks he may be framed and does not contact anyone but Maddie, even though he has only known her for a short time.

One point where the book almost felt like a parody of a cozy mystery was when Maddie was going through a bedroom as part of her job and noticed underwear from Victoria's Secret and somehow it came up that Hurley knew the names of the models of Victoria's Secret.

I hope that the next book in the series will back off of this turn as the mysteries themselves are excellent and the characters for the most part, delightful.

LaughingOne Jun 14, 2013

I enjoy Mattie and this series, improbable though it often is. My big complaint about this book is the cover. It has almost nothing to do with the story. Yes, there is a dead woman found on the snow. But that's it for accuracy. I wish publishers would provide better information to their artists. When I read a description of the crime scene, I immediately had to look back at the cover - it was glaringly inaccurate.

mikeyppl Mar 20, 2012

This is a very enjoyable series. Looking forward to the next installment.

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22950009541673
Oct 24, 2011

So many innuendos in the first chapter that I quit before I reached probable explicit descriptions.

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