After I read an ARC for book # 4, I went back and download the first 3 books and read them at once. The characters had become my and I wanted know about the backstory. I seldom due this.

Book # 9

“The chiming ringtone of a phone awakens me from a deep sleep, and out of habit, I roll over and grab my cell in an effort to silence it as fast as I can. My bleary eyes try to focus on the screen, but sleep’s hold is too great; the whole thing is a blur. I blink hard, glance at the clock on my bedside table, and see that it’s just after three in the morning. The ringing stops, and for a moment, I think the caller must have hung up because I haven’t hit the answer icon yet. Then I hear a voice behind me say, “Hurley,” and realize it wasn’t my phone ringing. “


“The ninth book in the Mattie Winston series does not disappoint, they just keep getting better We left Mattie and Steve being married in the last book. The newly wedded pair is sent to a seedy, run-down motel to what appears to be a grisly murder-suicide. As the pair begins their investigation they realized the man believe to be the shooter is left-hand and the gun is near his right-hand. The explore the situation they learned the victims had large insurance policies which would benefit both spouses. The coroner office is still understaffed and Mattie has returned to working full time. Bones are located in the acreage delaying their house plans. The bones become a media sensation causing more difficulties. The pair needs answers to all the cases they have been working before there are more deaths of innocent people. I highly recommend this book and series.”

Book # 2

Despite the fact that I hang around dead bodies a lot these days, I find the scene before me very disturbing. The backdrop is ordinary enough: a well-maintained, ranch-style suburban home set on a generous plot of land near the edge of town. But any sense of normalcy ends with the front yard, which is littered with dead bodies.”

I am addicted to Mattie Winston series. There is a lot of humor, romance and mystery skillfully woven together. Making the books great for a sunny day at the beach or a stormy day curled up before a fireplace.
It is Halloween and Mattie is on a blind date. Her plans to make Steve jealous have gone awry as he hasn’t turned up yet. The date is interrupted by a call to a murder scene. She meets Steve there and manages to antagonize Steve again. She disagrees with Steve again about the killer and sets out find it first. Mattie adopts a puppy who she calls Hoover. How does Rubbish accept the new addition? Mattie needs to find answers before Steve and her are no more.

Book # 1
“I’m surprised by how much the inside of a dead body smells like the inside of a live one. I expected something a little more tainted, like the difference between freshly ground hamburger and that gray, one-day-away-from-the-Dumpster stuff you get in the discount section at the grocery store.”


In the first book of the Mattie Winston series Mattie finds her husband with another woman. She responds to the betrayal and hurt by quitting her job and life for awhile. She accepts the job of deputy corner and is dismayed when she recognized the victim is her husband’s lover. She meets a homicide detective Steve Hurley and sparks fly between them. Steve feels her husband is the killer and Mattie is sure he is not. Mattie is determined to prove him wrong. The characters are developed and descriptions are tip top. Mattie adopts a kitten she calls Rubbish. There are funny scenes. With all the twists and turns, I was surprised by the killer.

About bettylouise31 Member of NetGalley and Edelweiss Senior Citizen and been reading and sharing my thoughts on books most of my life. I read for my pleasure. I have been married for over 60 years. We have a Bengal Cat, Kato. Interests include reading, dogs, cats, gardening, knitting, crocheting. I have a strong interest in North American native plants. A word on my reviews. Books review are from my public library, brought, many from Netgalley, a few from Edelweiss, occasionally from an author or from friends. The opinions are my own. I represent no publisher, author or any other source​. My reviews can be found on Amazon, Tumblr, Goodreads, Google+, and Twitter. I have no Facebook account. Thanks for reading my blog.
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4 Responses to FIRST LINES FRIDAY – Annelise Ryan

  1. Happy Friday!😊

    My FLF comes from Claiming Her Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe

    If Lucy Maxwell had learned one thing, it was that when life appeared to be going smoothly, it was time to listen closely for the other boot to drop!

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!📚😎

  2. carhicks says:

    Thanks Betty. I just did the same thing. I have 4 more books on my TBR now.

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