Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery #1) by Annelise Ryan

Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery #1)

As a colleague of deputy coroner Mattie Winston, social worker Clothilde “Hildy” Schneider is no stranger to unsolved murders at Sorenson General Hospital. Except this time, it’s up to her to crack the case . . .   Motivated by her own difficult past, Hildy has an unparalleled commitment to supporting troubled clients through grief and addiction in Sorenson, Wisconsin. But when a distraught group therapy member reveals disturbing details ...

Details Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery #1)

TitleNeedled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery #1)
Release DateJul 30th, 2019
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Reviews Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery #1)

    Dollycas’s ThoughtsStill dealing with my own grief for a loved one I was a little nervous about reading this book but I really wanted to support the author from my home state. An author whose own books have brightened some of my dark days I decided to push ahead knowing that if it got to be too much I could always stop. I am so glad I started reading because a few uncomfortable moments at the beginning of the story were clearly outweighed by th...
  • Tari
    I love this whole idea for a storyline, and Hildy was such a fun and funny character. I got a kick out of how she just asserted herself around Bob the detective. She definitely went after whatever it was that she wanted. I really enjoyed the character of PJ, her 11-year-old neighbor who was very faithful about walking Hildy's dog Roscoe. She was more like 11 going on 17 or older, very intelligent but her middle school nature came out when she ask...
  • Betty
    I have long been a friend of Annelise Ryan and I was pleased to download this book and review it. The first book in a new A Helping Hands series. The protagonist is a social worker and in charge of Therapy Department of Sorenson Hospital. In her grief forum she learns the murder of the son of grief-stricken Mother. Hildy, a teams up with Bob Richmond, a Sorenson detective who work together to solve the murder. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.Disclos...
  • Sue Em
    Annalise Ryan's new Helping Hands series is a winner. As a longtime fan of Ryan's Mattie Winston series, I was excited to read the debut of the new series. To my pleased surprise, this new series focuses on a character introduced in her last book, Hildy Schneider, a hospital social worker. And we meet up again with police officer, Bob Richmond, who plays an important role in this new series. In Hildy's grief counseling group, a new member challen...
  • RO G'ma
    Needled to Death is the first book in Annelise Ryan’s A Helping Hands Mystery series. The storyline is well and flows at a steady pace. This is a little grittier than your typical cozy mystery, but it does contain all of the requisite cozy elements and doesn’t include graphic violence, gratuitous adult situations, or harsh adult language. Clothilde “Hildy” Schneider is a social worker at Sorenson General Hospital and oversees a bereavemen...
  • Cheryl
    Hildy is a former foster child, who now helps clients through grief and addiction. She has a grief group, when a new woman shows up saying her son died of an overdose but she knows he didn’t do drugs. Hildy decides to look into it. She finds some odd things and gets the police to reopen the case. The author makes Hildy seem like a real person with details about her life, that don’t get in the way of the mystery. Hildy also is trying for a new...
  • Annarella
    NOTE: This should have been a 4* star review but I just read a 1 star that made my blood boil and decided to raise the rating to 5.It's a new series and it's got a lot of potential but also some of the usual issues of a first instalment.I loved Hildy: she's damaged, quirky and fun at the same time. A very good an unusual character for a cozy mystery. I also love the rest of the cast of characters, I found them fleshed out and likeable.The plot is...
  • Moondance
    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for allowing me to read this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.I can still see the shadows of death on some of their faces, evident in the droop of their eyes, the taut, thin line of their lips, and the pale, pasty coloring of their skin from spending too much time indoors hiding away from society and life.This is the first book in The Helping Hands Mystery series which is a spin off of th...
  • Kirsti
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!First of all, I liked how this took a different approach to the wholesleuth/detective theme most cozies have going on. There is usually a distinct difference, but in this one the Police are using social workers to help solve crimes or offer a different perspective, and Hildy gets to see more of the background of police work. At the same time it retains a cozy feel without v...
  • Karen Hollins-Stallman
    "Needled to Death" by Annelise Ryan is the first in "A Helping Hands Mystery Series". This is a new to me author and I found it to be a good beginning to a new series. Annelise Ryan is the pseudonym for the author of the Mattie Winston Mysteries written as Allyson K. Abbott and this is a spin off featuring one of its characters social worker Clothilde “Hildy” Schneider. I enjoyed this book and the setting of Sorenson, Wisconsin. Protagonist H...
  • Nancy Baker
    Sharon, a newcomer in Hildy's bereavement support group, announces her son was murdered and did not commit suicide as the police believe. She begs for their help in proving it was a murder. Hildy then not only finds herself involved in looking into this death but it also brings back her desire to get more information on a decades old murder close to her heart. I really like the way this story was written. First the author pulls you into the myste...
  • Valerie
    I enjoyed this book for the most part. I don't think it really fits the category of cozy mystery though. It was mostly about Hildy the main character and her issues. She even goes to see her therapist to discuss them. The investigation is limited but the ending is fast and answers all the questions. #NeedledToDeath #NetGalley
  • Jennifer Robb
    I don't remember reading this author in the past, but I might have. While I can understand Sharon Cochran going to a grief support group after losing her son, I have no idea why she would think a grief support group could help her investigate the case and/or find something that the police didn't. (It turns out she's right, but . . .) For that reason, I struggled with the beginning of this novel--and at one point,I wondered if I'd give up on it.WA...
  • Christine
    Hospital social worker Hildy Schneider leads a bereavement support group. She is surprised when new member Sharon Cochran makes is clear she is there not only to seek comfort, but also to ask for help in finding her son’s murderer. Hildy has a couple of contacts in law enforcement and learns Toby’s death was determined to be a suicide, but there were a few things that didn’t add up. Hildy takes this information and runs with it and is convi...
  • Lisa Elizabeth
    This was an odd read. I was expecting a book of similar quality to the Mattie Winston books but I was very disappointed. It was choppy and awkward and had some very poorly written passages. I’ve enjoyed the Mattie Winston books for years so I was pretty let down.I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
  • Jill
    1 starDon’t bother reading this book. It is the first in a new series and is just a disjointed mess. I started reading this book not realizing it was the FIRST in the series, I thought it was at least book two or three because Annelise Ryan writes it in such a way that makes you think you have missed important backstory.There are just so many weird details such as the main character Hildy is apparently very short; however, she doesn’t ever sa...
  • Robin
    This book has a cozy look, but I wouldn’t say it’s a cozy. It’s kind of a half cozy, but if you shop by cover art, the cute dog isn’t going to quite give you the picture of what’s inside. I’m a fan of Ryan’s Mattie Winston series because of the complex characters and situations, and this book, the first in a “new” series, actually features a character introduced in the last Mattie Winston book, Hildy Schneider.Hildy is a hospita...
  • Kristina
    Needled to Death is the first book in A Helping Hands Mystery series which is a spin-off of A Mattie Winston Mystery series. Needled to Death can be read as a standalone though. Hildy Schneider is a social worker, pleasantly plump, single, and has some quirks. Hildy’s mother was murdered when she was seven years old. She then found herself in the foster care system where Hildy was a less than an ideal child. She moved from home to home until sh...
  • Barbara Sousa
    Needled to Death, the first book in an exciting new series by Annelise Ryan, is not your typical cozy mystery. While it does contain the requisite cozy elements – small town, amateur sleuth, and even a budding love triangle – it adds much needed realism and modernism to the genre. Both forensics and technology play prominent roles in this engaging novel.Social worker Hildy Schneider is a counselor for a bereavement support group. Grief is a s...
  • Missi Martin (Stockwell)
    Needled to Death by Annelise Ryan is the first book in her new Helping Hands Mystery series and in my opinion it is a HUGE hit !!Hildy Schneider, the main character, had a hard the age of seven her mom was murdered while she was asleep in the next room, the murder was never solved, Hildy doesn't know who her father is, her grandparents want nothing to do with her and she grew up in a lot of different foster homes. It is a miracle...
  • Linda Baker
    Needled to Death is a spin-off from Annelise Ryan's Mattie Winston series, featuring diminutive Hildy Schneider. Hildy is a hospital social worker, dedicated to her clients, and as a result of her painful upbringing in the foster system, has several psychological "tics" of her own. One of them is a mild case of kleptomania that kicks in when she is under stress. Hildy runs a grief therapy group at the Sorenson WI hospital where she works. When a ...
  • Jill
    1 starDon’t bother reading this book. It is the first in a new series and is just a disjointed mess. I started reading this book not realizing it was the FIRST in the series, I thought it was at least book two or three because Annelise Ryan writes it in such a way that makes you think you have missed important backstory.There are just so many weird details such as the main character Hildy is apparently very short; however, she doesn’t ever sa...
  • Marti
    Needled to Death by Annelise Ryan is the first book in a new series called A Helping Hand Mystery #1. The novel and those following are cozy mysteries about Clothilde “Hildy” Schneider. She is a social worker for a hospital and as part of her job she runs a grief group. A new member of the group shares story about her son and his suicide, but she does not beleive he committed suicide. Hildy finds herself interested enough to want to find the ...
  • Vicki
    Hildy Schneider is a social worker who was introduced in book 10 of the author’s Mattie Winston mystery series. While you can certainly 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...
  • Susan
    I have read all of Annalise Ryan's other series and this spin off featuring social worker Hildy and Bob Richmond, a cop.was a must read. I wasn't disappointed. Hildy works with grief counseling and, when a new member of the group is convinced that her son didn't commit suicide, Hildy joins forces with Bob to find out the truth. She gets a start at it when she contacts Mattie Winston and the Bob Richmond and the supporting cast of her neighbor, PJ...
  • Becky
    This is an interesting premise for a cozy mystery series. The main character, Hildy, is a single woman in her 30s. She has a beloved pet dog, who doubles as a therapy dog, and she's a social worker at a local hospital. Her own past as a foster kid after her mother's murder (which was never solved) makes her uniquely qualified to empathize with people who have lost loved ones.Hildy runs a grief support group at the hospital, and a new member asks ...
  • Barbara Hackel
    Sorenson, Wisconsin, the location of the Mattie Winston series, is also Hildy Schneider's home. In fact we have met Hildy through her professional connection to one of Mattie's cases. Hildy is a social worker at the Sorenson hospital and has good observation skills as well as excellent problem solving skills, both needed for her job. When a client comes to grief counselling and tells Hildy that she believes her son was murdered, Hildy becomes int...