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It's Christmas Day in the sleepy town of Sorenson, Wisconsin, but instead of unwrapping presents, deputy coroner Mattie Winston is at the burnt remains of a house, where a charred body has been found. The victim is none other than Jack Allen--a paraplegic who recently won a huge casino jackpot. Upon closer inspection, Mattie and detective Steve Hurley are convinced Jack was murdered to steal his winnings, giving the phrase Black Jack a whole new meaning. . .
But as Mattie investigates, even her cutting-edge forensic skills keep coming up short in a case with as many suspects as twists. After her odds-on-favorite turns up dead, Mattie and Hurley must race to find a killer before another victim cashes in his chips.
"A puzzler of a mystery. What a thrill ride!" --Jenn McKinlay
Praise for Annelise Ryan and her Mattie Winston series
"Has it all: suspense, laughter, a spicy dash of romance. . ." --Tess Gerritsen
"The funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever." --Laura Levine
"Mattie Winston is a likable, humorous heroine. . .lighthearted and fun." --Romantic Times
About the Author
Annelise Ryan is the pseudonym for the author of the Mattie Winston mysteries 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 ER. She can be reached at mattiewinston.com.