You betcha! Wisconsin RN, Mattie Winston, is wryly cynical, politically incorrect, and inherently nosy, traits that suit her well when she trades in her hospital scrubs and OR table for a plastic apron and autopsy table. As a Deputy Coroner, she still gets to use her slicing and dicing skills, but now instead of saving people's lives, she is dedicated to finding out how and why they died. It's a whole new world for Mattie, one that includes a hunky homicide detective, a new hairdresser whose office just happens to be in the basement of a funeral home, and a supporting cast of quirky characters who keep things entertaining. When murder and mayhem come to town, Mattie's anatomical knowledge and no-nonsense approach help her sort out these crimes despite her knack for stumbling into trouble. Sorting out her love life, however, proves a bit more challenging. Come along for this laugh-a-minute ride and see if you can figure out whodunit before Mattie does.


A slight title change and some phenomenally beautiful covers mark the continuation of Mattie's adventures! Dead Ringer, the 11th book in the series, comes out February 25, 2020.  And stay tuned for the second book in the new Helping Hands mystery series starring Sorenson social worker, Hildy Schneider. NIGHT SHIFT will come out in August of 2020.



"In Mattie, whose exhausting and often hilarious life includes her detective fiancé, teenage stepdaughter, sick friend, upcoming wedding, and energetic two-year-old, Ryan has created an appealing and oh-so-human protagonist. Anyone who has ever raised a child, had a relationship, or juggled a job and a complicated personal life will relate." ~ Publishers Weekly on DEAD IN THE WATER

"WORKING STIFF has it all: suspense, laughter, a spicy dash of romance - and a heroine who's guaranteed to walk off with your heart. Mattie Winston is an unforgettable character who has me begging for a sequel. Annelise Ryan, are you listening?" ~ Tess Gerritsen, NYT bestselling author of THE KEEPSAKE

"The pseudonymous Ryan, herself an R.N., smoothly blends humor, distinctive characters, and authentic forensic detail." ~ Publishers Weekly on FROZEN STIFF

"The pseudonymous Ryan, a real-life ER RN, ... shows growing skill at mixing humor with CSI-style crime." ~ Publishers Weekly on SCARED STIFF

"Ryan, the pseudonym of a Wisconsin emergency nurse, brings her professional expertise to her crisp debut." ~ Publishers Weekly on WORKING STIFF

"Ryan has a good eye for forensic and medical detail, and Mattie gets past her Big Girl complex to be the woman of the hour in her third outing." ~ Library Journal on FROZEN STIFF

"This has the makings of an appealing series on multiple fronts..." ~ Booklist on SCARED STIFF

"... a debut that is both funny and intricately plotted." ~ Clues Unlimited on WORKING STIFF

"Ryan mixes science and great storytelling in this cozy series featuring ER nurse turned coroner Mattie Winston. The forensic details ring true and add substance to this fast-paced and funny mystery. Good plotting and relationship drama keep the mystery rolling, while Mattie’s humorous take on life provides many comedic moments." ~Romantic Times on FROZEN STIFF

"Mattie Winston is a likable, humorous heroine with whom readers will readily identify." ~ Romantic times on SCARED STIFF

"Mattie Winston's life in small-town Sorenson, Wis., is anything but dull after she takes the job as deputy coroner. Mattie is klutzy and endearing, and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. " ~ Romantic Times on WORKING STIFF

"Sassy, sexy, and suspenseful, Annelise Ryan knocks 'em dead in her wry and original WORKING STIFF." ~ Carolyn Hart, author of DARE TO DIE

"Move over Stephanie Plum. Make way for Mattie Winston, the funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever. I loved every minute I spent with her in this sharp and sassy debut mystery." ~ Laura Levine, author of KILLER CRUISE