Review of Needled To Death


As a colleague of deputy coroner Mattie Winston, social worker Clothilde “Hildy” Schneider is no stranger to unsolved murders at Sorenson General Hospital. Except this time, it’s up to her to crack the case . . .

Motivated by her own difficult past, Hildy has an unparalleled commitment to supporting troubled clients through grief and addiction in Sorenson, Wisconsin. But when a distraught group therapy member reveals disturbing details about her late son’s potential murder, Hildy goes from dedicated mental health professional to in-over-her-head amateur sleuth . . .

Alongside her loyal therapy Golden Retriever, Hildy stumbles through incriminating clues–and an unlikely partnership with Detective Bob Richmond, the irresistibly headstrong cop who shares her passion for helping others. With signs of foul play surfacing all over town, can Hildy and Detective Richmond pinpoint the deadly traits of a sharp-witted killer before another seat gets filled at grief therapy?

Praise for Annelise Ryan and her Mattie Winston series

“The funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever!”
–Laura Levine, author of Killer Cruise

“The forensic details will interest Patricia Cornwell readers . . . while the often slapstick humor and the blossoming romance between Mattie and Hurley will draw Evanovich fans.”
–Booklist (Goodreads)


The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Hildy is hardworking, fair and sympathetic, Her own life has been rough and she wants others to get through their own troubled past like she did. So when a woman at Hildy’s grief therapy group insists that her son did not kill himself but instead was murdered, Hildy wants to help the woman prove it. But it will not be easy.

The mystery was solid and well thought out. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and it was not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. The fact that Hildy is a social worker should provide a lot of murderous possibilities.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


New Releases For The Week Of August 30, 2020–Part 4

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 30th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 5 days because there are so very very many of them for the week. Today is the fourth day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Cut to the Crone (A Spell's Angels Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Amanda M. Lee]Scout Randall needs answers on a past she can’t remember … and when an associate introduces her to an individual who claims to have known her family way back when, she believes those answers might finally be accessible. That falls by the wayside, though, when a tanned vampire lands in her backyard in the middle of the night … and he has a magical teenager in tow.
Sami Winters is all mouth and determination … and she’s looking for her parents. Scout wants to help, but handling a teenager like Sami isn’t as easy as it looks on the surface. By the time her wayward parents catch up with her – including a mother who is rumored to be the most powerful mage in the world – Scout finds herself knee-deep in a new adventure.
It seems female shifters in the area are going missing and rogue vampires from areas unknown are on the prowl. Sami Winters is a hybrid, part-wolf and part-mage, and she’s a coveted ally in what’s being described as a coming war. Scout has no choice but to join with the newcomers to figure out what’s going on.
Vampires and werewolves working together is unheard of, right? Maybe not. If the signs are right, it seems a new enemy is brewing, and Scout is going to need help taking down an entire army of paranormal foes.
At the end of the day, she just wants to know who she is and where she came from. The answers might be closer than she ever imagined.  (Amazon)

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Hot Bids and Cold Bodies (Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery Book 9) by [Susan Harper]Nothing can cool down a hot auction faster than a dead body.

A cozy mystery from International Bestselling Author Susan Harper

Hope and Felix are starting to take their relationship to the next level, but have to keep things professional at work. When tasked with running a huge charity auction, they must put their feelings aside and ensure the auction goes off without a hitch. Of course, a dead body is the last thing they want to see. Can they push their feelings aside and catch a killer?

Hot Bids and Cold Bodies is part of the Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, exotic locations, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery series.

Download Hot Bids and Cold Bocies and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

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Murder at Tregowyn Manor: A Golden Age Mystery (Catherine Tregowyn Mysteries Book 3) by [G.G.  Vandagriff]

From the Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, another 1930’s vintage Golden Age Mystery . . .

Winter of 1935 finds Oxford archaeologist, Sonny Nichols, under arrest for the theft of a priceless Roman relic from a dig in Cornwall. Catherine Tregowyn and her sleuthing partners Harry and Dot go to his aid. Almost immediately an anonymous telegram threatens Catherine’s life. Dot’s cousin has involved himself in something deadly.

Undeterred, they motor down to the dig in Cornwall which is on Catherine’s estranged father’s estate. Shortly after their arrival, someone viciously attacks Catherine, nearly killing her. The next morning, one of the archaeologists is missing, and more artifacts have been stolen. The attacker is clearly desperate. Is this only simple greed or are there other factors at work here?

When murder intervenes, Catherine, Harry, and Dot must dig deeper. Is the murderer the charismatic student who has forsaken his aristocratic birthright? Or the misanthropic and penniless professor who seeks to advance his career? Could it be the charming and glib young Irish peer who loves Greek dancing or the ruthless student who needs to reverse his family’s fortunes?

When the truth finally comes out it is on a scale none of them could possibly have imagined. . .

G.G. Vandagriff has written yet another Golden Age English mystery filled with familiar faces from her prior books and an entire collection of new Oxonians who are less . . . and more than they seem at first glance.  (Amazon)

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The Ninja's Blade (Lily Wong Book 2) by [Tori Eldridge]

Lily Wong—a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja—has more trouble than she was bargaining for when controlling grandparents arrive in Los Angeles from Hong Kong at the same time she goes undercover in the dangerous world of youth sex trafficking. As she hunts for a kidnapped prostitution victim, a missing high school girl, and a sociopathic trafficker, the surviving members of a murderous street gang hunt for her. Life would be easier if Lily knew who to trust. But when victims are villains, villains are victims, and even family is plotting against her, easy is not an option. All Lily can do is follow the trail wherever it leads: through a high school campus polarized by racial tension or the secret back rooms of a barber/tattoo/brothel or the soul-crushing stretch of Long Beach Boulevard known as The Blade. She relies on her ninja skills to deceive and infiltrate, rescue and kill—whatever is necessary to free the girls from their literal and figurative slavery. If only those same skills could keep Lily’s conniving grandparents from hijacking her future.  (Amazon)

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Better Witch than Never (A Wildes Witches Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 7) by [Mara Webb]Nora has never particularly liked being out in nature, and when she is invited on a work camping trip she declines. Her boyfriend Ryan loves camping, however. As Nora is pretty keen to impress him she decides to go along, inviting him as her plus one. He insists it will be fun.

He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Before the trip is even under way the duo find themselves on the receiving end of a perilous message, a warning from a mysterious stranger: Nora, watch your back.

The grizzly warning comes only seconds before a magic portal whisks them away into the woods for a weekend of s’mores, acoustic guitar, and cold blooded murder. With no cell signal and a spell keeping them locked in the woods until the weekend is over there’s no escape for Nora or her boyfriend.

No one can enter or leave.

This means that, when Nora discovers a dead man, nobody will be coming to help. Are they trapped on a mountain with the killer? What could have caused those mysterious injuries? Can Nora and Ryan figure it out in time before the killer turns on them?

On top of all that Nora discovers a chilling secret that sets off a murderous chain of events, steeped in revenge and conspiracy. Does she know too much? Who is shooting at her from the trees? Why does Quin, Nora’s talking cat familiar, have a beard?

Better Witch Than Never is the seventh book in the Wildes Witches Mystery series.  (Amazon)

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Toil and Trouble: A Stratford Upon Avondale Mystery (The Stratford Upon Avondale Mysteries Book 10) by [Monica Knightley]Two weeks in Tuscany. Beautiful vistas. Delicious foods and wines. And a murdered farmer.

Maggie O’Flynn and Gina Mattucci have barely arrived in glorious Tuscany when they happen upon the body of a local farmer. These two weeks were to be spent experiencing the glories of Italy. And supposedly helping Gina’s aunt to bring in her olive harvest. Getting wrapped up in a murder investigation was definitely not on the trip’s itinerary.

They soon discover that Aunt Marzia’s Tuscan village is populated with every kind of quirky character. Any of who could have murdered the farmer, Lorenzo. But who? The eccentric village mayor who is beloved by all, with the exception of Aunt Marzia? The jilted lover? The widow? The neighboring farmer whose stolen truffles were found in the dead man’s barn?

As Maggie and Gina attempt to mix olive harvesting with sleuthing and sightseeing they may make a misstep or two. Perhaps they find themselves on the wrong side of the local police. They may cross the wrong people. Maybe do a favor for the wrong person.

Certainly, it would be easier if they just stuck to harvesting olives. But that’s not going to happen!

With wonderfully quirky characters and plenty of sass and charm, the STRATFORD UPON AVONDALE MYSTERIES will delight lovers of cozy mysteries!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Grandma's Last Wish: A Caleb Conway Mystery by [Maxwell Miller]His grandma is dying.

But she wants something impossible…

Her last wish is a story.

Investigative Journalist Caleb Conway has found redemption in his work after ruining his previous career through alcoholism. The last thing he wants to do is jeopardize his job with a specious story tainted by the potential for bias.

And yet…

His grandma wants a story.

And she refuses to back down.

When Caleb finally agrees to fulfill her last wish, he discovers a dark web of deceit and depravity that threatens to snare him.

The only way out is to expose the hideous truth. Either he will bring justice to a corrupt murder of criminals or he will be buried with his grandma.

You’ll love Grandma’s Last Wish because everyone loves a good mystery.

Pre-order now.  (Amazon)

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The Thing That Happened At The Show House by [Anna Emm]Meet estate agent, Lucy Martelli. She was poisoned at the show house. Now she is stuck there…

When he gets called away from a braai one Sunday afternoon for a suspected murder at a nearby show house, Captain Gideon Burke expects a straightforward homicide. However, too many things just don’t add up, and he soon finds himself being drawn deeper and deeper into this strange case. As he interviews the various suspects and witnesses one by one, combing again and again through every inch of the crime scene, he can’t help but be aware of the victim’s lingering presence…

What does she want from him? What does he want from her? And, if the truth about their history ever comes out, will it put the case in jeopardy?

THE THING THAT HAPPENED AT THE SHOW HOUSE is a different kind of murder mystery by popular South African author, Anna Emm. Just like with the author’s other books, you won’t be able to put this one down!  (Amazon)

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Scrabbled Secrets (The Games We Play Book 4) by [Linda Pirtle]

“The great cast of characters add depth and intrigue to the plot. There’s love, humor, suspense, nail biting moments and more to be enjoyed in these well-crafted stories.” – Author Jan Romes

“Lillian’s quest for justice and truth sends her headlong into danger and treacherous politics. Everyone is a suspect and no one can be trusted.” – Author Stephanie Parker McKean

‘The author takes us on journeys of twists and turns that spring surprise endings.” – Author Patricia La Vigne

“the individuals are so well drawn, you’ll find characters you recognize from your own life!” – Author Gae-Lynn Woods

The Mob meets its match when it crosses a stubborn, defiant former school teacher who won’t be intimidated in Scrabbled Secrets, a tension- and suspense-filled cozy mystery with strong family and Christian values.

Linda Pirtle’s cozy mystery series The Games We Play features the “lady next door” and includes four novels: Book One, The Mah Jongg Murders (earned a five-star Readers Favorite Award); Book Two, Deadly Dominoes (Best Cozy Mystery Texas Authors 2018); Book Three, Tarot Terrors (Best Cozy Mystery Texas Authors 2019); and Book Four, Scrabbled Secrets. The Christian series reveals how people bent on evil can ruin a game.

Lillian Prestridge and Sammie Nightingale travel in a motorhome to Canada to rescue Sammie’s Aunt Sophia and bring her home. Lillian soon learns that a well-intentioned mission of mercy can become a dangerous escapade.

Whom can they trust? The semi-truck driver who gives advice about where to spend the night?
The lead councilman of a Canadian Indian Reserve whose agents are assign to drive them home via the Native-American Underground Railroad? Who else is familiar with the route?

Their journey presents one hazard after another – vandalism to Lillian’s new motorhome, kidnapping, gunshots, wrestling with an old enemy of Sophia, not to mention a blinding blizzard and icy highways.  (Amazon)

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Murder So Hot: A Merry March Mystery (Merry March Mysteries Book 5) by [Eileen Curley Hammond]



Heat and Heartache

Even the most loving families tiptoe around land mines. Throw perfect strangers and murder into the mix, and you have a recipe for one hot mess.

Patrick Twilliger’s excited to meet his birth mother and half-brother, but their surprise summer reunion in Phoenix quickly goes south when he becomes a murder suspect. Merry investigates and finds darkness hides in the sunniest of places.  (Amazon)

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The Scythe's Secrets (A Tessa Randolph Cozy Mystery: Book 2) by [Paula Lester, Christine Zane Thomas]

It’s all fun in the sun until other reapers start to die . . .

Tessa Randolph is a reaper, one of the few endowed with the abilities of the real grim reaper. And now, she’s been offered a spot to attend the annual reaper conference in Miami.

But things get off to a rocky start when another reaper dies on the plane. And none of the other reapers saw his soul depart for the hereafter.

Tessa takes it upon herself to figure out why.

But as the killer takes more reapers’ souls, there’s a target on Tessa’s back.

Can she leave the conference with her soul intact?

Download the Scythe’s Secrets, Book Two in the Tessa Randolph Cozy Mysteries series, now to find out  (Amazon)

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Foreclosed 10th Anniversary Edition: A Mitzy Neuhaus Cozy Christian Mystery (The Mitzy Neuhaus Mysteries Book 1) by [Traci Tyne Hilton]She wants to save her dream home.  But it’s built on a secret that might get her killed

Portland, Oregon 2008

Mitzy Neuhaus feels a little guilty about her success. One of the few real estate agents making money in a depressed market, she longs to build goodwill in her community. So when her dream house  is about to be foreclosed on, she leaps at the chance to save it… only to discover it’s been sacked and looted!

Furious that the historic home has been pillaged, Mitzy draws up plans for the greatest fixer-upper of her career. But with someone willing to kill to win the bidding war, she may find closing the sale is a bad deal for her survival.

Can Mitzy get the house without buying the farm?

If you like old houses, light mysteries, and clean reading, you’ll love Traci Tyne Hilton’s quirky adventure.

Buy Foreclosed to put a down payment on danger!

The Tenth Anniversary Edition of Foreclosed: A Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery includes a new devotion for writers by the author.  (Amazon)

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All the Devils Are Here: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Book 16) by [Louise Penny]The 16th novel by #1 bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light

On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life.

When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art.

It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades.

A gruesome discovery in Stephen’s Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized.

Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past. His own family.

For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide.  (Amazon)

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Chattering Chipmunks (Cozy Corgi Mysteries Book 18) by [Mildred Abbott]Scandal is rampant in Estes Park, and this time even the chipmunks are talking about it…

Summer is on its way, and so is Winifred Page’s birthday. While her corgi, Watson, naps in the sunshine and dreams of delicious pastry crumbs at the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery, Leo—Fred’s park ranger boyfriend—plans a surprise each night to extend the celebration.

During an evening picnic in the mountains, Fred and Leo glance up at the soft pink glow of the sky… just in time to witness a murder. As Fred and Watson slip into sleuth mode, along with their personal park ranger guide, the spiraling trails and twists and turns of the case prove daunting, as figuring out who they saw die is as complex as the motive.

To solve the mystery, they’ll have to leave the safety of the shops of Elkhorn Avenue and hike the peaks of the mountain…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for perfect orange cinnamon rolls.)  (Amazon)

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Gramma's Off Her Rocker: A cozy mystery prequel by [Lissa Knowles]In the dim and distant past
when the future wasn’t fast
Gramma used to sit and knit
Crochet, tat and babysit
Author unknown

Living the quiet life in remote up-state New York suits Jane Drew right down to the ground. Her role as a caretaker (she prefers Chatelaine) of The Hollow, an estate filled with secrets her family has been charged with keeping for generations, leaves her plenty of time to engage in all the things that grandmothers do.

When her husband is shot unexpectedly, Jane’s orderly world is turned upside down. Plans are afoot for the castle at the center of the estate, and a school for butlers is taking over one of the larger houses at the entrance of The Hollow. Is she losing her mind due to the strange goings on, or is this chaos her new normal?

This is the first of three cozy mystery prequels. If you enjoy clean, cozy mysteries with a touch of British humor, pull up your rocker and join Jane in her adventures.

No use trying to stop or block her,
now that Gramma’s Off Her Rocker.  (Amazon)

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No Bone About It: A Naomi & Winston Mystery (Naomi & Winston Mysteries Book 3) by [Maddie Sutton]

It’s a Bone-stravaganza at the Scott Vineyard!

A recent discovery of fossils right before a wine festival held at the local vineyard has everyone’s tail wagging. Digging up these bones is a big boon for business…until the owner is found murdered and it lands everyone in bad dog territory.

Nothing smells right about the investigation. Chief Reed is forced to cede jurisdiction to a sketchy sheriff who has Naomi’s hackles up at every turn, and when Naomi’s friend–the owner’s daughter–is dragged in for questioning during the wake, Naomi knows she has some digging of her own to do.

With the deceased owner’s will missing and the fate of the vineyard at stake, can Naomi get to the bottom of the murder or will her investigation end up buried along with the victim?

The third book in the cozy mystery series Naomi & Winston Mysteries, No Bone About It contains no adult situations or gore, only fun and high jinks as the heroine solves mysteries and chases around behind her perpetually confused and endearingly curious Chihuahua.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle