Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan is the sixth book in the Mattie Winston series. It is about a year since Mattie met Detective Steve Hurley (hard to believe it has only been a year). Mattie is once again working with Izzy as Deputy Coroner. Steve has been out of town with Emily. While Mattie and Steve have been talking, Mattie has yet to tell Steve that she is pregnant.
The book starts with Mattie visiting her therapist, Dr. Maggie Naggy. Mattie is telling her doctor the events that have happened over the last several months. Mattie latest case is investigating the death of high school math and German teacher, Derrick Ames. He was stabbed with a knife and a barbeque fork sticking out of his chest. Who wanted to kill Mr. Ames? There are plenty of suspects – ex-wife, oldest son with hair trigger temper, current girlfriend. Mattie and Bob Richmond (detective filling in for Steve) will have to sort through the clues and witnesses to find the killer.
Mattie also is experiencing some odd phone calls. Someone keeps calling her and then hanging up. Then Mattie is shot at and runs over the shooter with her hearse! Steve returns to town in time to hear the call about the shooting, turns up, and discovers his girlfriend is pregnant! Steve calls in reinforcements to protect Mattie and his unborn child while they try to find out who is trying to murder Mattie. Mattie and Steve handle being expectant parents while dealing with Emily (teenage girls and their hormones). Mattie will also have to deal with getting some new clothes to go with her expanding waistline (you know how she dislikes shopping).
Stiff Penalty does have a lot of hilarious moments, but reading it reminds me of therapy (a very long therapy session). I did not find Stiff Penalty as good as the other books in the Mattie Winston series. I give Stiff Penalty 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Stiff Penalty will be out on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
The other books in the Mattie Winston series are (prices are Amazon.com):
Scared Stiff (currently $2.99)
Frozen Stiff (currently $1.99)
Lucky Stiff (currently $3.99. Available on Kindle Unlimited)
Board Stiff (currently $3.99. Available on Kindle Unlimited)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
There are just too many books to read and not enough time to read them! I hope you had a great day and thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my review. Have a great evening and Happy Reading!