I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Skeleton's Key by Stacy Green
Series: Delta Crossroads #2
Published by Twisted Minds Press on October 28, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Cage Foster can’t catch a break. The discovery of a dusty skeleton in the antebellum home he’s caring for is bad enough. But the unearthing of two fresh bodies, buried during his tenure at Ironwood Plantation, may land Cage on Mississippi’s death row. Even worse, the one person certain of his innocence is a pushy Yankee newcomer, a woman who talks too fast and still believes in the romance of the Old South.
A specialist in historical renovation, Dani Evans intends to restore Ironwood to its former glory while she rebuilds her life after the death of her mother. Death, hidden treasure, and falling in love with a murder suspect were not part of the plan. The lure of the infamous Ironwood treasure cache convinces Dani the skeleton is the key to unraveling the legend, and that the treasure itself is the motive for the murders.
Cage is certain an old grudge is setting him up for murder, but the evidence against him is mounting and time is running out. Dani believes she can find the truth before Cage is arrested, but her search for answers will uncover a descent into madness that should have stayed buried.
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.
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