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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Dawn Frazier
    Loved it!
    2019-09-13 to DeathA Helping Hands Mystery #1By Annelise RyanISBN#9781496719430Author’s Website: to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis: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...
  • 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...
  • Tamara
    I was really disappointed by this book, I wanted to read a mystery, instead, I got the run of the protagonist social life, her experience in the foster system, and her dog being walked by her teenage neighbor PJ. I am so glad this was a library book.
  • 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...
  • Chaitra
    I struggled with this book. It read too long, longer than it needed to have been. This is a cozy mystery, and yes, it does have a death that our main character randomly gets involved in and kind of takes over. She has all the good ideas, two guys wanting to date her (what is it with this stupid trope? I hate this, and this book deals with it worse than others*), and at the end of it, a new job that she wasn’t even looking for but thinks she’s...
  • Stacey
    When a woman comes to social worker Hildy’s grief support group claiming her son’s suicide was really a murder, Hildy, having lost her own mother to an unsolved murder, is determined to get to the bottom of the truth. She gives the police enough evidence to re-open the case, then tags along with Detective Bob Richmond and helps piece together the pieces of the puzzle.This was the first book I’ve ready by this author, and I really enjoyed it...
  • Daniele
    2.5 starsNeedled to Death is the first book in the spin-off of Ryan's Mattie Winston series, which I have not read. Luckily, the book stands fine on its own.Social worker Hildy is a flawed main character with a heavy backstory and numerous quirks. I do not find her immediately endearing. Her character is well developed, though, as is Detective Bob Richmond. Beware: there is a love triangle brewing. Yuck!The mystery is well executed and engaging, ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kathy
    Hildy Schneider, a licensed Social Worker, runs over a grief support group at the hospital where she works. During one of her meetings, grieving mother Sharon Cochran, whose son has recently died of what law enforcement has decided is an accidental overdose, expresses her concerns that her son’s death was not an accidental overdose and that law enforcement has wrongly determined the case is closed. Sharon is convinced her son did not “shoot h...
  • 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...
  • Lghiggins
    Welcome to the first book in The Helping Hands Mystery Series by Annelise Ryan. This series and its premier tale, Needled to Death, share some characters with Ryan’s Mattie Winston Mystery Series. As is true in the real world, people in a fairly closed community, like those who deal with crime and its victims, such as evidence technicians, detectives, and those in the Medical Examiner’s office, frequently have intersecting spheres. Experience...
  • 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...