Friday, January 31, 2014

Skeleton's Key (Delta Crossroads #2) by Stacy Green

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.

I recently read Tin God, the first book in the Delta Crossroads series, and I loved it.  So, I was really excited to get the second in the series, Skeleton's Key.  One of the characters from Tin God, Cage Foster, is in the forefront this time and to be honest, I don't think he really likes it at first.  He's a grumpy man who I grew to love as time, and many pages, passed.

Dani, on the other hand, is a very kind person who I'd love to know in reality.  She believes in true romance and the lure of the legend draws her into Cage's life in the most unexpected way. She's the new owner of Ironwood (where Cage has been the caretaker) and when he finds a skull, and then two bodies, it isn't long before Dani is falling for Cage, even if he could be a murderer.

Green has a sharp knack for creating memorable scenes that you can just envision.  She brings the South to you, along with some surprising twists as the plot unfurls. Ashes and Bone is the next installment in this series, due out in a few weeks.  I can't wait to see how she's going to top Skeleton's Key! It reads as a standalone, but it's so good, I'd highly urge you to pick up Tin God first! If you enjoy edge of your seat suspense with a dash of romance, pick up Skeleton's Key! You won't be disappointed!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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