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"The funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever." --Laura LevineSorenson, Wisconsin's deputy coroner Mattie Winston is back on the job. . .in a nursing home examining the body of Bernie Chase--the now former president of the Twilight Home's board of directors--who is covered in a powder used to turn liquids to solids. The home's residents are certain Bern"The funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever." --Laura LevineSorenson, Wisconsin's deputy coroner Mattie Winston is back on the job. . .in a nursing home examining the body of Bernie Chase--the now former president of the Twilight Home's board of directors--who is covered in a powder used to turn liquids to solids. The home's residents are certain Bernie was offing the patients who cost him too much. . .and the patient that found him can't remember a thing.Between her ongoing tug of war with Detective Hurley, fulfilling her new job requirement of seeing a shrink, and wrangling with the Twilight Home's board of directors, Mattie's got her scrubbed hands full. She'll need all of her outside-the-box forensic skills to crack a case that's turning out to be stranger--and more dangerous--than anything she's seen before!Praise for Annelise Ryan and her Mattie Winston series"A puzzler of a mystery. What a thrill ride!" --Jenn McKinlay"Has it all: suspense, laughter, a spicy dash of romance. . ." --Tess Gerritsen"Another winning mystery!" --Leann Sweeney...

Title : Board Stiff
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ISBN : 9780758272768
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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Board Stiff Reviews

  • Betty
    2018-10-03 14:04

    Mattie's Life Changes Again. In the 5th book of this series again grows and her life changes directions. The murder occurs in an Assisted Living Home. Rumors explode easily and one going around the the murder victim was killing off patients. Emily is staying the night at Mattie' s cottage and see a "Peeking Tom". The result Mattie and Steve rush to her aid. Steve tells Mattie his frustration with being a Father he never expected to be one. Mattie doesn't tell Steve she is carrying her child. Mattie needs to find answers to these questions while running the investigation at the nursing home. I highly recommend this series.

  • Lisa Morin
    2018-10-07 07:21

    Exciting StoryI enjoy this series quite a bit. The characters are strong and down to earth. I love Mattie, she is such a fun character and most readers will be able to relate to her.This story involves the death of a nursing home owner. It seems the residents are suspicious of him and are fast to feed the rumor mill. It's up to Mattie to ask the right questions and working with Hurley again is not as easy as she hoped.

  • Nancy Narma
    2018-10-07 11:24

    Mayhem, Murder, Romance & Reunions are Captured in Sorenson” Mattie Winston is in a muddle. Since she lost her job as Deputy Coroner two months ago, she has been re-hired and is seeing Psychiatrist Maggie Baldwin on the insistence of her friend, landlord and once-again boss, Izzy, who has been extremely worried about her. Mattie has been through quite a bit of emotional trauma, with the discovery of her now-ex-husband David’s philandering plus lots of financial problems to solve-and then there’s Hurley. That’s hunky Detective Steve Hurley to be exact—who makes Mattie’s heart sing and her mind turn to mush. Izzy has a non-fraternization rule and asks her to choose between her job and her romance. Mattie, before Izzy re-hired her, thought she was being hired as an ER Nurse, so she chose, you guessed it, R-O-M-A-N-C-E, with someone near but, oh so not dear, squashing the opportunity. If nothing else, Mattie is resilient—until Hurley’s supposed-to-be ex shows up with his teenage daughter! Mattie takes refuge at a nearby casino, drowning her sorrows in chips and faded memories. She avoids contact with Hurley, even as she’s commandeered at the grocery store parking lot by frantic local Mortician, Irene Keller, who is afraid her beloved, but quite befuddled due to dementia, Husband Bjorn has killed someone at the Twilight Nursing Home where he resides. When the lifeless body of CEO and Nursing Home owner, Bernard Chase is discovered in the men’s room, all fingers point in poor Bjorn’s direction, especially with the more than possible murder weapon in sight! Did Bjorn really murder this unpopular soul? If poor, muddled Bjorn didn’t do the deed, than who did? The evening charge nurse/Bernie’s Girlfriend, Regan Simmons? His cold-as-ice Wife, Vonda? The Author has woven a wildly tangled web which encompasses mayhem, chuckles and more than a few surprises. If you have not become acquainted with Mattie and the gang, I strongly suggest that you do—lots of intrigue and laughs are always the order of the day. I can’t wait for the next volume—I’m betting you will agree.Nancy Narma

  • Courtnie
    2018-09-25 14:11

    2.5 starsI have no hissy fits to throw after reading this, which is a relief.I wasn't a huge fan of the murder at the nursing facility, and I pegged the killer early on, but that was pure guessing on my part and it was still fun to see all the clues come together. The best news is that Mattie sees a psychiatrist and starts to journal. All the self-examination puts a huge halt on that gambling lunacy. We're still wrapped up in the Hurley/Mattie will-they/won't they/can't these two just figure it out already drama, but at least it didn't make me twitch this book. And the newest potential wedge that could come between them was...removed.So, we reached a more even keel story line in terms of character drama, which made it more enjoyable. In truth, it probably deserves another half star, but I'm still bitter about that last book.

  • Maureen DeLuca
    2018-09-19 11:27

    Book #5 - and it was a nice, fun , story! 4 stars for a cozy mystery- I suggest if you read this series to start from book #1- all the characters and story line are on going... If you enjoy a fun, cozy- with a roll of an eye a few times (hey- it's a cozy) pick up this series- Not all were as good as book 1 or this one- but a quick, fast , fun read-

  • Doris
    2018-10-08 13:18

    Hope Annalise Ryan is working on the next Mattie Winston book! A good cozy mystery and story. Several cliff hangers at the end. This series is fun to read, so need the next installment!

  • Gwen
    2018-09-28 12:19

    Mayhem Good but overly wordy at times with repetition and lack of professionalism and discretion of characters. Too predictable. Hurley seemed a little out of character in this one.

  • Melissa
    2018-10-03 08:28

    I continue to find this series entertaing. There's always something going on in Mattie's life besides the murder. There are always dialogue and events that make me laugh out loud. I won't be forgetting "furniture disease" anyme soon.

  • Malia
    2018-09-25 14:21

    Witty, and Funny, but it turns into a tense murder mystery in an elderly care facility.

  • Rachelle Snyder
    2018-10-20 08:13

    Love the different murder scenarios. Ryan keeps the characters growing and developing at the same time mixes up the crazy types of situations Mattie gets herself into.

  • Marie
    2018-10-08 09:11

    In Board Stiff, the body of Bernie Chase, CEO and owner of the Twilight Nursing Home, is discovered in the bathroom of the facility. Back at work as the deputy coroner, Mattie Winston soon discovers that the suspects are plentiful, including the elderly residents, who have their own reason for wanting Chase dead. Working with Hurley again isn't going to be easy for Mattie, but she must use her skills to uncover the clues and figure out who killed Chase. I really enjoyed this book. I love learning about Mattie's job as a deputy coroner. It's so fascinating. Ryan, the author, provides just enough detail to make it interesting, but not so much so that it's over my head, dry, dull or gory. I loved how the book picks up the story a few months after the last one ended. Luckily, Ryan summaries the events of the last book in a way that it immediately jogged my memory. Mattie Winston is an excellent main character. She's a funny, woman-of-size, who has a knack for solving puzzles. I just wish she'd have a little self control when it came to her love interest, Hurley. She keeps saying that she shouldn't be with him, yet that resolve doesn't last long when he's around. I wish that she'd make up her mind with regards to him and stick to it. She's too smart and self-confident to lose control so easily. I believe I had similar thoughts with regards to her gambling addiction in the last book.This is the fifth book in the series. While I did read and enjoy #4, Lucky Stiff, I haven't read the first three. Because Ryan does an excellent job of introducing characters and relating earlier events, I believe the book can be read as a standalone book. It's so good, though, that you'll want to read the others as well. So, if you can you might as well start at the beginning. Highly recommended. This is such a fun series, I'm definitely looking forward to the next one. At some point in the future, I hope to read the first three books in the series. Annelise Ryan is the pseudonym of Beth Amos. For more information about this book or to browse inside, please visit theKensington Books website.For more information about the author and her other books, please visit Beth Amos's (Annelise Ryan's) website.Thanks to those nice people from Kensington Books for this review copy. Board Stiff by Annelise Ryan, Kensington Books, ©2014. ISBN 9780758272768(Mass Market), 360p.This review is also available on my blog, Daisy's Book Journal.

  • Tonya
    2018-10-10 11:27

    Sorenson, Wisconsin's deputy coroner Mattie Winston is back on the job - in a nursing home examining the body of Bernie Chase, the now former president of the Twilight Home's board of directors, who is covered in a poweder used to turn liquids to solids. The home's residents are certain Bernie was offing the patients who cost him too much, and the patient that found him can't remember a thing. Between her ongoing tug of war with Detective Hurley, fulfilling her job a requirement of seeing a shrink, and wrangling with the Twilight Home's board of directors, Mattie's got her scrubbed hands full. She'll need all of her outside-the-box forensic skills to crack a case that's turning out to be stranger - and more dangerous - than anything she's seen before! --My thoughts. This was my first mystery in this series, and it stood alone but I am going to go back and read the others. This one was so much fun. So many characters but it doesn't take long to acclimate yourself and get to know all the fun ones and creepy ones. Whodunit? Mattie is on the case! Fun stuff! I love it and I love her love interest with Hurley. Different from what I read normally. Fantastic read. Full of life.I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Bella
    2018-10-02 12:29

    Mattie Winston is an ER nurse turned ME assistant with a humorous bad luck streak and knack for getting herself in a pickle. She teams up with her best friend Izzy and a cop named Hurley for another case, this time at the Twilight Nursing Home.As I read this series I'm finding that I do like mysteries as long as they're not too procedural and have other entertaining aspects. It's happy chance that I accidentally bought an ebook copy a few years back when I thought it was a freebie, I might not otherwise have read any of Mattie Winston's escapades!This series has humor, intrigue, and a touch of romance all rolled into it. Even though the author does a nice job of recapping so that each novel can theoretically be read alone, I definitely recommend starting with book 1 and reading in order. The buildup of Mattie's various relationships with her friends, family, and community as the books progress make it worthwhile to do so. Working Stiff and Scared Stiff, books 1 and 2 of the series, are still my favorites so far but overall I love the entire thing and can't wait for the next one.

  • Mike Gabor
    2018-10-11 11:18

    I'm not a big cozy mystery fan but I find thias series to be quite charming. The leas character is Mattie Winston a former ER nurse who now works for the local; medical examiner. In this book the body of the owner of the local nursing home is found in one of the facilities bathrooms. Not only was he murdered but there are numerous rumors going around that he was killing off some of his more sickly clients as there long term care was cutting into the profits.Mattie is working the case along with Steve Hurley a local policeman and also her on and off again love interest. There's plenty of suspects here to choose from, the mystery is pretty straight forward, the dialogue is good and amusing and the ending was well plotted out. There are also a number of secondary plots but even if you haven't read any of the previous books you shouldn't be too confused as the author does a good job in mapping everything out.

  • Katey
    2018-10-11 12:17

    I enjoyed this book. Mattie needs to see a therapist as a condition to getting her job back at the ME's office. Her therapist wants her to keep a diary of what she does every day and how she feels at the time. This entire book spans over one weekend, because the next morning, Mattie is going grocery shopping when she runs into a woman who says she must come to the retirement home right away. The owner has been murdered, and no one knows about it yet, except for Mattie, the woman who came to find her, and the guy who found the dead man. Now Mattie needs to find out who killed this guy. Since Hurley's wife and daughter showed up in the last book, Mattie hasn't seen or heard from him since then, and since the murder, they can't seem to stay away from each other. At the end of the book, Mattie finds out that she is pregnant by Hurley, and she needs to figure out how she is going to tell him.

  • Barb
    2018-09-22 10:07

    I love Ryan's Mattie Winston series! Since Mattie is a medical examiner, the "Cabot Cove Syndrome" is handily eliminated. And she's such a complex character, full of quirks and self doubts at times, yet direct and assertive when she needs to be. The plot of Board Stiff is fascinating. Everybody hated the director of the nursing home, so finding his murderer is going to be difficult. Plus, the relationship between Mattie and that hunky cop Hurley continues wending its way through an obstacle course. You won't believe the cliffhanger at the end of this one! Annelise Ryan writes in a direct, flowing style that allows for fast pacing without sacrificing brilliant description. This is a wonderful series, but, if you haven't read any of them yet, please read them in order; there's just so much happening on the relationship front!

  • Melody
    2018-09-30 15:16

    Mattie was previously seeing a detective that she worked with and this caused her to seek other employment as fraternisation is against the rules. Just when she thought her romance was on his former wife shows up with his teenage daughter that he knew nothing about. Mattie has spent the last 2 months drowning her sorrow at the loss of her detective and her job at the casino. But things look up when her job becomes available again, and the detective shouldn't be a problem with his wife and child so back to work she goes to investigate a murder at a nursing home with the detective. Unfortunately things heat up between them pretty quickly, even as the case seems to get colder and colder. A good read.

  • Nancy
    2018-09-27 13:59

    Sorenson, Wisconsin's deputy coroner Mattie Winston is back on the job - in a nursing home examining the body of Bernie Chase, the now former president of the Twilight Home's board of directors, who is covered in a poweder used to turn liquids to solids. The home's residents are certain Bernie was offing the patients who cost him too much, and the patient that found him can't remember a thing. Between her ongoing tug of war with Detective Hurley, fulfilling her job a requirement of seeing a shrink, and wrangling with the Twilight Home's board of directors, Mattie's got her scrubbed hands full. She'll need all of her outside-the-box forensic skills to crack a case that's turning out to be stranger - and more dangerous - than anything she's seen before! (less)

  • Linda Baker
    2018-09-21 13:23

    Board Stiff is another very funny outing for Mattie Winston, "big-boned" and trouble magnet blonde Deputy Coroner. This time Mattie and hot detective Hurley are investigating a murder in a nursing home. The owner, who residents think is killing off patients who are too expensive to care for, is found murdered in very odd circumstances. There are no shortage of suspects and the investigation turns up plenty of dirty secrets. The Mattie Winston series is one that I always look forward to and this one is no exception. What a cliff-hanger! I hope we see another Mattie Winston and Hurley soon. I also recommend that new readers start with the first in the series, Working Stiff. 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.

  • Melodie
    2018-09-24 11:23

    4.5 stars for sure! This series is a favorite of mine and this was a great story. Mattie has been in a real funk and has cut herself off from everyone. Things are looking up as she's going back to work for Izzy, but one of the stipulations is that she see a shrink. The shrink says she has to keep a diary and the diary entries actually added to the story for me. A murder at the local nursing home looks cut and dried at first look, but there's more going on, like maybe some of the patients whose care costs a bit more are being offed, too. Family matters for both Mattie & Hurley and a surprise at the end make for a great entry in a truly fun series! RECOMMEND!

  • Betsy
    2018-10-06 10:06

    It turned out to be a good book in the end, but it dragged for me because too much of the book was spent on interpersonal stuff going on in Mattie's life. I would have enjoyed it more if it had been mostly mystery and investigation, rather than all the Hurley, his daughter and Ex-wife issues, not to mention the things going on with Mattie's sister and her husband. The killer was a surprise for me and the show-down between Mattie and the killer was very suspenseful. I'm a little disappointed because I REALLY enjoyed Scared Stiff and was so looking forward to another book by this author. This one didn't quite meet my expectations.

  • Adrienne Testa
    2018-09-25 11:07

    Mattie Winston and Steve Hurley are a good team, solving crime in the town. But, the author ruins the mystery by filling it with medical information not needed for the story. It takes away from solving the crime and causes the reader to skim through the information. You can figure out the killer quickly, but it takes Mattie almost getting killed before she realizes the truth. And, Mattie not knowing she is preggers even when taking birth control makes the reader shake their head. How can Mattie rattle off drug medication, poison information and not know the first signs of being preggers.

  • Susan
    2018-10-09 13:22

    After the shock of learning that her boyfriend was still married, Mattie Winston is just coming out of a several month-long funk, reclaiming her job as coroner's assistant, and trying to resist her continuing attraction to Steve Hurley. When she's called to examine a dead body at a nursing home, she finds a lot of suspicious circumstances, but there's no identifiable cause of death. At least Mattie doesn't find herself on the front page of the local newspaper for a change. There's less of her fascinating family in this one.

  • Chande
    2018-10-14 08:29

    This is my first Mattie Winston Mystery and I can tell you it want be my last!! Mattie and all her friends are so funny. The president of twilight nursing home Bernard Chase is found dead in a restroom. It seems from the start you find out that no one liked him. All the patients at the nursing home thought he was killing off all the patients that got sick. His wife didn't like him either. With all these people hating him who could be the killer. You will just have to read to find out. You will laugh the whole time you read this book.

  • Caitlin Copp
    2018-09-26 15:26

    Mattie Winston is back on the job as a deputy coroner after spending 2 months gambling away her money in a casino. Mattie's latest case takes her to the murder of a nursing home CEO, where she is thrown back into working with her ex-beau, Hurley. Hurley and Mattie must work together to find the killer all while juggling Hurley's new teenage daughter, ex wife and Mattie's sister's problems. Another great one from Annelise Ryan.

  • Patrizia
    2018-09-22 11:25

    Devo dire che appena è apparso il personaggio che poi si è rivelato essere il colpevole, io ho subito pensato a lui, ma più per antipatia immediata che per gli indizi, che sono arrivati dopo.Il libro mi è piaciuto, anche per lo stile dell'autrice e le scenette un po' comiche che si trovano sparse nel testo, ma senza esagerare (e quindi senza arrivare ai livelli fantozziani raggiunti da un libro che letto un po' di tempo fa).

  • Joannjohnson
    2018-10-09 14:02

    My first Mattie Wilson crime fighter novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the fast read!!! Was turned on to Annalise Ryan by a friend telling me she was a local author and had gone to hear her read some excerpts from her latest novel and was very impressed the comedy mixed in with the murder mystery. So I was compelled to read the first copy of one of her books I could get my hands on. Now I will go back and read the others.

  • Mary
    2018-10-03 14:23

    Not my favorite book in the series. While I didn't figure out the mystery until it was revealed I had all the side story surprises figured out well in advance. I was also disappointed in several of the things Mattie did as I thought better of her from previous books. Finally, the humor was much more sparse than in previous books. All that said, I still enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next.

  • Nicola
    2018-09-26 15:18

    Cozy mystery series comfortably into its swing. It deals with the cliffhanger from the last book reasonably well (and the time lapse of two months aids with that). It's also nice to have a heroine with (a) flaws, (b) the ability to slowly acknowledge when problems need to be grappled with, and (c) friends that care. Mattie's likeable :) Her personal plot twists are easy to spot ahead of time in this novel and will easily carry over to the next.

  • DK Hoffman
    2018-09-27 12:21

    Mixed review on this. The author has a wonderful sense of humor and can turn a phrase in the most hilarious way. I totally loved that about the book. However the MC relationship with her boyfriend was so pathetically desperate and disgustingly immature that it creeped me out. I felt like they were about 13 years old emotionally and I do NOT want to read about the sexual exploits of 13 year olds. Yuk