BOARDSTIFFCOVERLife takes some interesting twists and turns in my latest adventure, highlighted in BOARD STIFF. And I get a peek into my future as I wade through the dozens of suspects who live or visit residents in the Twilight Home when its CEO is found murdered in a bathroom. These old folks know how to make life interesting and make the most of what they have left of it.

Things with Hurley take a few twists and turns, too, and our relationship gets very interesting by the end of this tale. Sometimes I think I must have pissed the Fates off somewhere in my past.

From bossy manipulative lawyers to ex-wives and children who come onto the scene unexpectedly, it’s life on the fly for me, figuring things out as I go and fielding all the stray hits life bats at me.

One thing is for sure…life will never be the same when all is said and done.

New adventures in store, for sure. What path will life take me down next?? At least it’s never dull and there’s no danger of anyone being bored stiff!

Hopefully you readers will agree. Come along for the ride and let me know what you think.


Oh, My…

I suppose one has to be at the bottom at times in order to see the top and I think I’m there. But things take a very interesting turn in my next adventure, and my relationship with Hurley takes on a whole new spin. Speaking of spins…I haven’t played the Roulette wheel in a while….~Mattie

Will I Get Lucky?

Lucky Stiff Mech.inddWith Hurley, that is. Rumor has it that things get pretty heated between me and Hurley in LUCKY STIFF and it has nothing to do with the house fire/homicide we investigate together. Only a few more days before we find out… ~Mattie

A Dating Question

Since I’m pretty  rusty on this dating game stuff, can someone tell me on which date it becomes acceptable to share those embarrassing bodily function noises? I think women will answer very differently from men. ~Mattie

The Cat is Out of the Bag

No, not Rubbish. I wouldn’t put Rubbish in a bag. But one of my biggest and best kept secrets is now exposed: my real first name. Yep, it’s Matterhorn. Can you blame me for trying to keep it under wraps? ~Mattie

Oh no…

It looks like my real first name is going to be revealed in FROZEN STIFF and now everyone will know. I can’t say I’m happy about it, but if anyone can guess what it is between now and August 15th, they might win one of several pretty cool prizes. Check it out at and in the meantime, I’m going to go find a big rock to hide under when the book comes out on August 30th.

Frozen Stiff

Frozen Stiff HC (3)

Seems fitting to get this cover preview for my next adventure now, as spring is trying to arrive here in Wisconsin and yet we have snow predicted for tomorrow. Sigh. Winter’s grip is a tenacious one in these parts.

Love the fact that Rubbish and Hoover made it onto the cover. Not wild about the fact that they seem to be contaminating my crime scene, however.  That should make for some interesting hair analysis. I love those boots, too, though I’d probably never be able to find any that would fit me. I doubt they come in a size eleventy-billion.

Look for the book to come out around the end of August, when snow and cold will be nothing but a distant memory.  ~Mattie

Frozen Stiff

The title of this post is both an apt description of my current surroundings and the title of the next book in the Mattie Winston series.  It is single digit highs around here lately and the lows make your nostrils stick together if you breathe in hard enough. Too bad the book isn’t coming out now because it fits perfectly with the season. Instead it will be released in August and maybe it will offer a “cool” diversion for the end-of-summer heat. And speaking of diversions, stay tuned for news about a fun new contest coming up soon and an update on Mattie’s future. ~Annelise Ryan

Autumn mental meanderings

There is no shade of blue more gorgeous than bright October skies…unless you consider the color of Steve Hurley’s eyes. – Mattie

It’s Here!

Scared Stiff is now out and should be in a bookstore near you. Here’s your chance to find out the answers to these questions: Who killed Shannon Tolliver and left her body amidst a Halloween display? How will my first official date go? Will Hurley and I get past first base? Why do I hate shrinks? Who will inherit the Heinrich’s millions? And will Hurley find out the story behind the nipple incident?