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Posted October 31, 2013
The set up
Deputy sheriff Cage Foster is coming to terms with the fact that his long-time crush will never be more than a friend when Yankee Dani Evans arrives in Roselea, Mississippi. He's also the caretaker of Ironwood Plantation, the last of the antebellum homes in town that hasn't been restored. Dani is an expert restorer and the new owner of the home. She's looking to fulfill her dream of restoring one of these historical Southern treasures and he's hoping she'll appreciate the loving care he's tendered the last six months.
Skeletal remains are found in Ironwood's basement right before she arrives. It's obvious they've been there for decades but as the area is excavated, two very fresh bodies are discovered after she moves in. Now Cage is suddenly the center of focus while he and Dani are also grappling with their obvious attraction to each other. And, one of the investigators has it in for Cage and is determined to close the case with him as the perpetrator.
I love it when I love both characters in a romance! I felt SO bad for Cage in Tin God when his heart was broken. He's such a good guy and deserved to be with someone who would love and appreciate him. Dani is so very likeable and is excited about starting in a new direction after her mother's death. Their banter is funny and clever and I rooted for them from the start. They just worked!
What better venue for a mystery than a Civil War era antebellum home in the South, with dead bodies showing up in the basement, secret hideaways and passages, missing heirlooms and secrets that everyone seems to know. I kept changing my pick of suspects and was completely surprised at the end (the person crossed my mind briefly but was low on my list). It was a meaty story and I loved learning about the restoration process.
The bottom line
I've looked forward to this story since I finished the first in this series and it met my expectations. It's a good romance, a satisfying mystery and a very interesting story. This is such a good series and I'm really looking forward to the third and final installment. 4.5 stars
(I received an ARC from the author)
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Posted December 31, 2013
This was a great read and I enjoyed it immensely! With each new book authored by Stacy Green, it just gets better and better!This was a wonderful mystery romance read. Two individuals love an antebellum property called Ironwood. Cage couldn't afford to buy it, but he was hired to make it livable for the new owner, Dani Evans. Dani was able to trust Cage immediately but there were strange findings in her new home--a skeleton in the basement, critters in the basement and two dead and freshly buried bodies in the basement, just feet away from the skeleton. Dani wanted to restore Ironwood to its original glory, but first the mysteries of the basement needed to be solved. The characters were very well developed and there was an investigator this reader loved to hate. I also found myself wanting Dani and Cage to fall in love despite the circumstances surrounding them and cloaking them in suspicion. It was a very well plotted story and maybe I should have figured out who the murderer was, I didn't and that made it all the better read for me.
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Posted March 8, 2014
This is the second book in the Delta Crossroads trilogy. Since I enjoyed the first book, Tin God, I was looking forward to reading this one. I was not disappointed. It was an impressive follow-up and an intriguing story overall. I liked that the house, Ironwood, and its history was an integral part of the story and the mystery.
Once again, Ms. Green pulled me into the story right from the start. There were unpredictable twists and turns throughout with the perfect amount of romance mixed in. There were actually two mysteries in one. There is an element of surprise in the resulting solution of both.
The characters in this story are richly portrayed and wonderfully complex. Many of the characters were introduced in the first book. It was great getting to know Cage better in this book. Dani was a great character. She was strong and courageous. It was great to see the relationship between Cage and Dani develop as well as the relationship between Jayme and Dani.
I would recommend reading Tin God before Skeleton’s Key but they are both excellent, entertaining books. Ms. Green has great talent in writing an engaging mystery. Her writing flows nicely and is easy to read. I am looking forward to reading the last book in this series and also looking forward to what might come next.
Posted February 10, 2014
Stacy Green’s Skeleton’s Key may be second in a series, but it stands alone as a pleasing southern romantic mystery. The scenery’s evocatively described. Southern heat oppresses. Beautiful houses enthrall. Smooth writing offers a taste of skilled storytelling. And the characters have enjoyably different points of view, from Southern gentleman Cage to Yankee Dani. Luckily they have an equal desire to do right by the old house they’re restoring, and by its dead. Meanwhile an enjoyable romance, nicely low-key and genuine, ensues.
The dialog is convincing and easy to hear, with minimal swearing and pleasingly different cadences between characters. Beautiful touches of history and culture (and even forensics) weave naturally into the novel, and the author has a deft hand with backstory and timing. North-South contrasts are convincingly-drawn, with an underlying sense of real events adding verisimilitude. Characters are neither perfect, nor perfectly flawed. And this South is real; real people suffered in the past; and real goodness exists, both now and then, waiting to be found.
Meanwhile there’s a mystery to be solved, and the solution is nicely plausible as well as convincingly dangerous, making this a truly enjoyable romantic mystery suspense.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I really enjoyed it.
Posted December 18, 2013
Wow! This book has it all: murder, intrigue, romance and an ending I did not see coming. Green has weaved together an intensely interesting, complex and page-turning novel revolving around Ironwood – a grand plantation house which has recently been sold to “Yankee” Dani Evans. Before her arrival, the caretaker Cage Foster (I love this name) has been trying to prepare the house for her when he discovers the remains of a skeleton buried in the basement of the grand old house.
Less than two days later, the remains of two bodies are also found in the earth beneath the house. With Ironwood’s rumoured secret cache located somewhere within the walls of the house, the discovery of these two bodies fuels the rumours that perhaps they might have something to do with this secret stash.
It’s not all about murder though. There’s also a lot of romance entwined into the plot. The romance between Dani and Cage starts off with a touch of dislike which is mainly contributed to them both misunderstanding each other straight off the bat. Cage assumes that Dani is an arrogant Northerner who doesn’t understand the history of the South and who can just throw money at something to fix a problem; whereas Dani believes Cage is the ideal good old Southern boy she’s read about in novel throughout her life.
It doesn’t take them very long to figure out that they were both completely wrong about each other, reminding us that we should never judge someone with preconceived notions. Their relationship develops slowly – realistically – so when they finally get together, it left me smiling from ear to ear. They really are a perfect match for each other.
I have to admit that I absolutely did not see the ending coming, but Green did such an amazing job building the story by inserting hints that were not completely understood until the very end when the real killer was revealed.
I loved all the descriptions in Skeleton’s Key – everything from the characters physical descriptions to the grandness of the architecture of the plantation houses. I could automatically tell that Green has a real love and passion for Southern houses, and this translates beautifully through the book with the fluid grace of Green’s writing style.
Despite it being the second book in the "Delta Crossroads Trilogy" I had absolutely no problem following the storyline. In fact, it made me want to read Tin God - the first book in the trilogy. Luckily for me, I will be doing exactly that as soon as I'm done with my current book.
With great story-telling, vivid descriptions and believable characters, I would highly recommend Skeleton’s Key if you love history mingled with murder, intrigue and mystery.
Posted November 20, 2013
A keeps you guessing type of book!
The author sent me a copy of the book for my honest review. I have received no compensation for my review. This is the second book in the Delta Crossroads series. I loved this book even more than I did Tin God.. Full of twists and turns and will keep you guessing until the end of the book. I had a hard time putting the book down because I had to find out what would happen next. The book has mystery and a touch of romance. I can't wait to see what happens in the final book of the series...
Posted November 6, 2013
Great Book. I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. Ms. Green has written another great mystery romance. I love the Deputy Sheriff Cage Foster and Dani Evans and the fact that she is a Yankee in Mississippi. This book has a nice pace and a great storyline . Definitely a read for anyone who loves mystery and romance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2013
I love the way that Green plays with her writing style to create the perfect aura for a scene. The pace and flow of this story changes minutely to match the emotions and actions of the current scene. Green’s well crafted descriptions also paint the town for her audience while also allowing them the opportunity to use their imagination. This story is suspenseful as well as romantic. Green brings together a very well written, cohesive story that you won’t be able to put down.
This novel is completely set in the present day while remaining anchored by the history of the South. Green works a fully developed history of the area and of the plantation itself into the story. She presents it in a way that makes you feel like part of the town. The historical mystery behind this novel keeps you captivated throughout. It adds to the present day mystery while giving the story an additional element.
Characters that are recurring from the 1st novel in this series become more fully developed throughout. That said, Green ensures that she introduces each character as they first appear. Because of this, Skeleton’s Key can be read as a standalone, as well as reading it as the brilliant sequel to Tin God. New characters are also quite well developed. Each and every one has their own role and place in the story as a whole. None of these vividly realistic characters exist solely to be there. The large variety of character personalities that Green presents supplement and accent each other. They meld together in such a way that you really feel as if you get to know the whole town. The characters in this novel interact with each other very naturally, adding to this feeling.
Overall, this is a thought provoking and exciting novel. It was intensely satisfying on many levels.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted November 3, 2013
This is the 2nd book of Ms Green's Delta Crossroads series. I was a reviewer for Tin God and privileged to be asked to be an
advanced reader for Skeleton's Key.
The art of a great writer shows through in this book. The descriptions of the wonderful plantation houses make you believe you
are there and the love the author has of these wonderful old houses shows through in addition to the great mystery! Most of the time
I can pick out who the killer is by half way through the book, but as like all of Ms Green's books that I have read, I did not guess this
one till the end. Unless it’s the author's intention for you to know who the killer is beforehand, to me, not being able to figure it out
early is the sign of a great author. Ms Green keeps the suspense going throughout the book. I couldn't put it down!
Cage and Dani will keep you interested from the first pages when Cage finds a skeleton in the basement of the plantation house
owned by Dani where he is a caretaker, to the final pages. I learned more about the southern history behind those beautiful
plantation houses along with the history of actual skeleton keys! Do yourself a favor and don't miss this one. After you read it you will
want to go back and read Jaymee's story in Tin God. You will enjoy Ms Green's writing style so much that you will also enjoy reading
her other books! I cannot wait until her next book!! Good Job Stacy!
Posted October 29, 2013
I really loved the first book in this series, Tin God, so I knew I would love this one, too. I wasn't disappointed. This book is even better
than the first. I couldn't put it down, and I found myself reading it when I really needed to be doing something else. I would recommend
Skeleton's Key to any lover of mystery novels. I honestly didn't figure out who the "bad guy" was until he revealed himself at the end.
Stacy Green has a way of keeping you guessing all through her books, and it's not easy to stump me most of the time. The characters
are rich and well-developed, easy to empathize with. This book went beyond my expectations, and I count it among at least the top ten
of my favorite books of 2013. Maybe the top five.
I received an ARC copy from the author for review, and I was very happy to review this one!
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