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Dead Ringer

by Annelise Ryan

Dead RingerMattie Winston is overcome with personal problems as well as a case with far reaching consequences.  She spends her days off on a murder investigation that might prove the innocence of a man in jail for life as a convicted serial killer. In a strange twist of affairs, Mattie finds herself at odds with her husband Hurley, a homicide detective. She is fulfilling a gift to him but has misgivings about the promised present and her abilities as a mother. Hurley is jealous and suspicious. How did the loving couple get so out of sorts with each other?

In Dead Ringer by Annelise Ryan, Mattie takes the investigation of the serial murders to nearby Eau Claire, ruffling the professional feathers of the coroner and the district attorney there. Both are up for re-election, and neither is happy with the new forensic pathology program being developed in their county. Meanwhile, the morgue in Sorenson holds a druggie killed in the same manner and following the same profile as those killed years ago. It is up to Mattie to determine if there is a copycat killer on the loose or if the wrong man is behind bars.

I would like to extend my thanks to Netgalley and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: #11 in the Mattie Winston Mystery Series, but works as a standalone.

Publication:   February 25, 2020—Kensington Books

Memorable Lines:

My son is a constant ball of energy and inquisitiveness, a cross between two of his favorite cartoon characters: the Tasmanian Devil and Curious George.

My mother wasn’t one for praise or approval. The woman is better at finding faults than a seismologist.

“Do tell,” Brenda says, feigning high interest. She not only bats her eyelashes, she manages to look alluring doing it. I’m impressed, because whenever I try to do it, I look like I’ve got a bad nervous twitch.


  1. carhicks says:

    Great review Linda. I am so glad to see that this series continues to be enjoyable. I really need to catch up with it. I like when we get to see some of the protagonists private life, so this sounds interesting.

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  2. It sounded a little dark until I read the quotes from the book, I loved those, hilarious! Thanks Linda!

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    • lghiggins says:

      She is a very good writer. I too have a low tolerance for graphic violence and darkness. Everyone has a different scale for that. When I discovered the series, I was initially hesitant to read it because it focuses somewhat on Medical Examiner and Coroner investigations that help solve crimes, but I found I really liked the series. Perhaps some of the success can be attributed to the author’s writing style, her insertion of humor, and the likability of the characters.


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