From Publishers Weekly
When shocked trick-or-treaters discover the body of model Shannon Tolliver one Halloween night, Mattie Winston investigates in Ryan's sharp second mystery to feature the Sorenson City, Wis., deputy coroner (after 2009's Working Stiff). Homicide cop Steve Hurley suspects Erik, Shannon's estranged radiology tech hubby, killed her. Mattie believes him innocent, though the .38 used in the shooting appears to be Erik's. Shannon's boyfriend, playboy psychiatrist Luke Nelson, or one of Luke's infatuated female patients, may have had more motive. When Mattie totals her car after interviewing Luke, she winds up making a deal with elderly Bjorn Adamson, a taxi driver, to use his cab in exchange for periodically changing his urinary catheter leg bag. The pseudonymous Ryan, a real-life ER RN, sometimes gives the reader too much information, but she shows growing skill at mixing humor with CSI-style crime.
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In this second in the series, Mattie Winston, deputy coroner of Sorenson City, Wisconsin, is called away from a Halloween party when waitress and model Shannon Tolliver is found murdered at her home. Detective Hurley is convinced that Shannon’s estranged husband, Erik, is the culprit, but Mattie doesn’t believe he is capable of the crime. She is so convinced of Erik’s innocence, in fact, that she launches her own investigation (with Hurley’s blessing). In addition, as part of an inheritance squabble, Mattie and her boss, Izzy, must determine the times of death of a couple who died in a car accident that went undiscovered for weeks. In her personal life, Mattie is broke and and planning to divorce her philandering husband. This has the makings of an appealing series on multiple fronts: the forensic details will interest Patricia Cornwell readers, though the tone here is lighter, while the often slapstick humor and the blossoming romance between Mattie and Hurley will draw Evanovich fans who don’t object to the cozier mood. --Sue OBrien