Mattie Winston, RN, is wryly cynical, politically incorrect, and inherently nosy, traits that suit her well when she trades in her hospital scrubs and OR table for a plastic apron and autopsy table. As a Deputy Coroner, Mattie gets to poke her nose into everyone else’s business, but her first case — a murder — hits a little too close to home. The victim is Karen Owenby, Mattie’s former coworker and the woman who had an affair with Mattie’s soon-to-be-ex-husband, David.
As Mattie tries to determine if her husband is a killer, her judgment is clouded by her attraction to the darkly handsome homicide detective in charge of the case, though her romantic notions are dampened by the fact that her own name is at the top of the suspect list. Unable to pursue the case officially, Mattie launches her own investigation, aided by a cast of quirky characters who help her uncover a trail of sordid secrets, deadly betrayals, and missing underwear. Can she identify the real killer before she ends up as the next victim on the M.E.’s autopsy table?
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Halloween night in Sorenson, Wisconsin, usually resembles any other small town: trick-or-treaters, costume parties, and lots of cheerfully scary decorations. But Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston is finding this year a little different, because among all the fake carnage is a very realm, very dead body. When Mattie and her boss/best friend, Izzy, are called to the home of waitress and part-time model Shannon Tolliver, they find the ghoulish decorations just a bit too authentic. For among the fake blood and skeletons is the corpse of Shannon herself – and the evidence screams murder.
Since the whole town knows Shannon recently had a very public argument with her estranged husband, Erik, he’s suspect #1 for tall, dark, and blissfully blue-eyed homicide detective, Steve Hurley. But Mattie believes Erik truly loved his wife and is incapable of such a brutal act—even though he owns the exact same caliber handgun as the murder weapon. Determined to unearth the truth—and maybe spend a little quality time with Detective Hunky—Mattie puts her scalpel-sharp medical skills to work and digs a little deeper. What she uncovers is stranger than anyone could have imagined. It seems Shannon’s murder is just the tip of a very deadly iceberg. Now, in order to solve a case that’s getting more dangerous by the minute—and to save Erik from the slammer—Mattie will have to risk everything to catch a killer who, if cornered, is capable of doing anything. And this time it’s not just Mattie’s life that’s on the line…
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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 is 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 gorgeous 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 Mattie’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!
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A Christmas Day tragedy brings Izzy, Mattie, and Hurley together when they find themselves sifting through the burned wreckage that was once the home of local paraplegic, Jack Allen. Jack’s body is found amidst the mess and at first it appears his death was the result of a horrible accident.
But it doesn’t take long to figure out Jack was murdered, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash he kept at his house ever since his big win at a casino a few months ago–money that is now missing–leaves no shortage of suspects. Solving this one will be no easy task, as Mattie is up against one of the most clever murderers she’s ever met.
Adding to Mattie’s challenge is a second case that baffles everyone. Farmer, Donald Strommen, went missing several weeks ago when he went out on the lake in his boat the day after Thanksgiving. Now his body has surfaced, but the clues it reveals lead to more questions than answers. By the time Mattie figures this one out, she will make a move that puts the future of her entire career at risk.
Things in Mattie’s personal life are just as challenging as her cases. As she struggles to deal with yet another blind date from hell, her jealousy over a cute female firefighter who has an eye on Hurley, her conflicting emotions about her job, her ex, and her romantic future, her life takes some unexpected and troublesome turns. Will she finally make a life-altering decision and get “lucky” with Hurley? Find out all the shocking answers in this fourth installment of the Mattie Winston series.
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An acclaimed investigative journalist, Marlie Kaplan was headed for stardom until a story she was working on undercover went terribly wrong, leaving her blind. But with experimental surgery, she miraculously gets back partial vision—and something more. Now she can also see unexplainable things, things beyond the naked eye…
Eager to jump-start her career, Marlie lands an exclusive interview with a charming yet enigmatic politician. Then the unthinkable happens: A colleague is murdered and Marlie’s the only witness. What began as a promising new start suddenly dissolves into a terrifying web of deception and death, a nightmare from which there is only one escape—if Marlie can see it in time.
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SLIVER OF FATE
A freak accident. A tiny unnoticed fragment of metal is embedded in an infant’s brain. Eight years later, the bizarre is triggered, a phenomenon that goes undetected by medical personnel, but which may save America from a sinister conspiracy.
Widowed Jennifer Bolton is desperate to deny the strange voices that her young son Tanner has started hearing. But when their home is ransacked and their lives threatened by fearful, unseen forces, Jennifer decides to flee. What she is about to discover is that the fate of millions hangs on the strange, paranormal gifts of her innocent son. How he will use them is now left up to two people.
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A woman is missing. There is no evidence of foul play, but certain small, disturbing signs indicate the young mother didn’t leave of her own volition. The only answer to the mystery lies locked in the mind of her terrified, silent child.
When the police bring little Jace Johansen to psychiatrist Kerri Whitaker for assessment, she knows that her own troubled past should prevent her from taking on Jace as a patient. But the child’s anguish is a wordless plea for help that instantly moves her. Then she coaxes him to speak and his story seems a nightmare impossible to believe. But as the people around them start to die, Kerri realizes that if she doesn’t act soon, she and Jace will be the next to disappear…forever.
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