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