Frozen Stiff

Frozen Stiff

Book - 2011
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An unknown, attractive woman is found in a desolate field in small town Sorenson, Wisconsin. Then detective Steven Hurley arrives, identifies the woman as a top investigative reporter from Chicago, and excuses himself from the case. Not only had he dated the dead woman, the knife in her chest is his! Mattie must deal with her jealously while using all her forensic skills to unravel this mystery and find a killer.
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, ©2011
ISBN: 9780758234568
Branch Call Number: RYAN
Characteristics: 323 p.


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Jun 06, 2015

I have read the previous two books in this series and really enjoyed the second one. The author has a talent for writing a good, well-developed mystery with a surprising but clearly explainable ending. There are some very humorous parts, and some very enjoyable characters.

The main character, Maddie, has worked in the OR and ER of a hospital and is the assistant Medical Examiner in this series, having left the OR so as not to work with her now ex-husband whom she caught cheating on her with a co-worker. The author is an ER RN and is quite knowledgeable of hospital procedure, and the details about that as well as the forensic information is fascinating. People less interested in that part of the book will not be turned off by it, however, as the details are not gory. For example, Maddie finds a hair as evidence and has a co-worker show her how forensic hair analysis is done.

With this book, however, I began to be less interested in the series. The book began to look like more of a parody of a cozy mystery or have soap-opera-ish characteristics, especially when related to Maddie's behavior. She has a very responsible job and is excellent at it, but she lets her emotions and vivid imagination guide her against rational behavior. She withholds important information from her boss, compromises evidence, puts herself in danger, and on the emotional level, lets her hormones control her behavior with poor consequences. Maddie's antics definitely detracted from the story.

Maddie works with the homicide detective Steve Hurley who usually is grounded and very responsible in his work. They work well together are physically attracted to each other. However, in this book, his behavior at the beginning really surprised me when he goes into hiding when he thinks he may be framed and does not contact anyone but Maddie, even though he has only known her for a short time.

One point where the book almost felt like a parody of a cozy mystery was when Maddie was going through a bedroom as part of her job and noticed underwear from Victoria's Secret and somehow it came up that Hurley knew the names of the models of Victoria's Secret.

I hope that the next book in the series will back off of this turn as the mysteries themselves are excellent and the characters for the most part, delightful.

LaughingOne Jun 14, 2013

I enjoy Mattie and this series, improbable though it often is. My big complaint about this book is the cover. It has almost nothing to do with the story. Yes, there is a dead woman found on the snow. But that's it for accuracy. I wish publishers would provide better information to their artists. When I read a description of the crime scene, I immediately had to look back at the cover - it was glaringly inaccurate.

mikeyppl Mar 20, 2012

This is a very enjoyable series. Looking forward to the next installment.

Oct 24, 2011

So many innuendos in the first chapter that I quit before I reached probable explicit descriptions.

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