A funny new mystery series involving a social worker with a few OCD issues

Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery)

By: Annelise Ryan

Rating: 5 of 5

Hildy Schneider is a social worker who was introduced in book 10 of the author’s Mattie Winston mystery series. While you can certain read this book as the beginning of a new series, I recommend reading book 10 to get an introduction into how Hildy became important in investigations.

Hildy gets involved in checking out a possible suspicious death when one of her group therapy members asks for the group to investigate. To stave off every member getting involved, she promises to look into it and to get her contact, Detective Bob Richmond, to do some research.

She has a bit of a crush on Detective Bob Richmond, so part of the promise is self-serving. She wants an opportunity to see him again. Bob responds with a challenge that almost knocks Hildy off her feet (literally.)

The character wasn’t all that funny in the prior book but she comes into her own in this one. The plot of the book is serious but the road to the end whodunnit is hysterical. I can hardly wait for the next book in this and the Winston series.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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