Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter

by Annelise Ryan

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A new home, a new marriage, a new family. It’s a lot to sort out. But before medicolegal death investigator Mattie can smooth out the unexpected chaos of her new life, duty calls. At the local ER, a battered and bruised teenage girl has been brought in by a mysterious man who claimed she’d fallen out of a car. The staff is suspicious, but while they attend to the teenager, the unidentified man slips out. Then the girl dies—but not before informing social worker Hildy Schneider that the man had her little sister as well.
Mattie’s exam reveals forensic evidence of long-term IV drug use and physical abuse, findings consistent with Hildy’s suspicion that the girl was a victim of human trafficking. They are able to confirm her identity as a teen who went missing six months ago, along with her sister—facts that are deeply unsettling to Mattie who now shares a home with her husband’s teen daughter.
Working closely with Hildy and Sorenson homicide detectives, including her husband Steve Hurley, Mattie must delve into a dark underworld to stop the ruthless trafficking of human lives—before it's too late for another young girl . . .
“The indomitable heroine overcomes a crazy quilt of stories and threads to tackle the problems of everyday practical living along with the high-profile crimes she's trying to solve.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496706737
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: Mattie Winston Series , #10
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 27,360
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling 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

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Dead of Winter 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dead of Winter was superb,,,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Mattie and Hurley, their family and friends. I do wish Matthew got some disciplin. Wish some of these reviewers learned where their space bar was, very annoying.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Dead of Winter with eagerness and relish, as always with her books! I loved the theme about fathers, as well as enjoying the realistic mid-west setting, unique speech and phrasing of the area, Mattie's background in nursing & medical expertise, and the humor and excellent dialogue. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the Mattie Winston series. The mysteries are well developed with enjoyable characters. Each for the books in the series can each be read as a standalone books . I personally believe the series would be most enjoyed if one could start with the first installment. This particular book had some laugh out loud moments and I recommend the series to people who love a good mystery and yet at the same time want to have some feel good moments.
PNWBookworm More than 1 year ago
It was really great to slip back into Mattie’s life and follow along with this mystery. One of the things I enjoy about this series is that it straddles the line between a cozy mystery and a thriller really well. There are thrilling parts but its also not overly scary. The mystery is this one was about a sex trafficking ring, which was an intense story line but I felt like it was handled really well. The writing as usual was great. There were some pretty hilarious moments sprinkled throughout to keep it light and I loved the added bits about Mattie’s son and step daughter. The only thing about the book that I didn’t love was the secondary murder case. It just felt unnecessary to me and took a little bit away from the main storyline. All in all though it is another great edition to the series and I am already looking forward to the next one!
lghiggins More than 1 year ago
As snowstorm after snowstorm blows through the U.S., I am reading about similar circumstances in Wisconsin where Mattie Winston, a medico-legal death investigator and former OR and ER nurse, is involved in several cases. The primary focus of Dead of Winter by Annelise Ryan is the brutal death of a teenage girl whose little sister is also missing. In addition, Mattie has to investigate the death of the director of a local theater group which includes Dom who is her friend, the partner of her boss, and also the caregiver for her son. The investigation of all three crimes moves along at a pace that is frustrating to those involved, especially locating the missing child who is obviously in danger. Interwoven with the professional issues is Mattie’s personal life with her husband, his teenage daughter, and their two-year old son. The little one is a challenge if left alone even briefly. Mattie juggles motherhood with a part-time job that holds full-time intensity. I originally thought, when I read my first book (#8) in this series that the descriptions at the morgue would be too graphic for me. Because the setting is one of compassion from the coroner, the EMT’s, and the law enforcement officers, that was not the case. I appreciate the author’s ability to show how those who are tasked with solving crimes and helping victims are able to work their cases, maintain their personal relationships, and perform daily necessary tasks. Balancing all of those roles must be very difficult. Clues don’t always pan out. Sometimes even strong people get sick. Kids can misbehave at the most inopportune of times. Lovers quarrel. But the author shows how those we depend on show up and do their best regardless of the chaos in their own lives. I would like to extend my thanks to and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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cherlym More than 1 year ago
When I requested this book I had no idea it was number 10 in a series. As I started reading I knew there had to be previous books. I was able to read this as a stand alone with the thought that previous books would have enhanced the whole experience for me. Like ice cream on top of a warm apple pie. You enjoy the apple pie completely but ice cream just tops it. I love mystery's that I cannot figure out. This actually had two going. The primary and the secondary. I am in love with Hurley and I just met him :) Mattie seems to see all the different pcs and is able to connect the dots. I am wondering if she will be making a 3 rd career change. I was a little off put by her thoughts of her self, but I understood them and was thrilled we weren't going down a self sabotage road. If I had read the previous I would know how strong she was. Beyond the mystery's in itself this book is so real like, the struggles, the relationships, the day to day and it delivers, and I am with Hurley she has a big heart, bigger than her size 12 shoe.
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iiiireader More than 1 year ago
This is a series that I have been reading out of order. So far, before this book, I have read #7 and then #1. After reading this book, I’ll be reading the rest of the books. However, I highly suggest reading the books in order as the author gives spoilers in this book for early books in the series. I solved the issue by skipping the paragraphs that dealt with earlier whodunnits. The dialog and characters are funny as are a lot of the happenings. What is not funny and is dealt with seriously is the subject of human trafficking and the grief of those who are victims of it. As I have with the other books in this series, I laughed quite a lot. The author has my kind of humor but can express it so much better than I can. Mattie Winston is our sleuth and she works in the Medical Examiners office. Her husband is a detective and her children are a hoot. I’ll be looking forward to reading the prior books in this series and to seeing new ones in the future. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.