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COVERStiff 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…

anneliseAbout 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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My Review:

I was excited to read Stiff Penalty.  It takes place in a small town in Wisconsin. I really liked the character and how they interacted with each other.  Mattie seems to get into a lot of trouble but does she end up solving this mystery?  This is number 6 in a series but I have not read any of the others in the series and didn’t feel I needed to.  I really enjoyed Stiff Penalty.  Make sure you check out the other blogs on the tour ~ a couple are giving away the book.  You can find them HERE.


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

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