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Skeleton's Key by Stacy Green
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really good mystery about an old southern plantation house with secrets and murder. Some romance - which is nice but not very hot but still good. Great story and had me riveted for the last half of the book. ( )
  afarrington | Jun 27, 2015 |
I was really looking forward to this second installment, but it didn't really live up to the standards of Tin God in my opinion. Double thumbs up for the historical mystery and Cage/Dani romance, but no go for the murder mystery. The killer's motive just wasn't believable for me. I felt the killer wasn't warranted and that that particular part of the plot line just didn't make sense. Why was the killer so dang helpful? And why did the killer feel they needed to share any information at any time? It just didn't add up.

All in all, loved the history and still love Cage and Dani. Plus, I'm still looking forward to digging into the next one... ( )
  RCW | Apr 8, 2015 |
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. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Feb 10, 2014 |
Skeleton's Key is an edge of your seat murder mystery set in historic Mississippi.

When Dani uproots her life after losing her mother to move to a quaint southern town she hopes to be greeted by warm hospitality, sweat tea and exciting finds as she restores the beautiful old plantation home she just purchased. What happens however, throws her in the path of a murderer. When bones are found in the basement of the Ironwood plantation, Dani realizes that the legends of hidden rooms and treasures may not be just stories after all... and the south may not be as welcoming as she thought.

After serving as caretaker to Ironwood for the past year, Cage is blindsided when the historic foundation sells it to a brash Yankee. He's seen too many beautiful southern homes get destroyed and modernized by northerners who think the South is some romanticized scene from Gone with the Wind. How can they ever appreciate the true value in the history of Rosalea?

Skeleton's Key is gripping right from the start. The reader is transported to a beautiful plantation full of mysteries and secrets. It's impossible not to feel the excitement that Dani does when she walks through the old forgotten dust-covered plantation and pictures it as it would have been years earlier… full of life, rich mahogany, and secret passage ways that may conceal antiques of incredible worth. When bodies start turning up, and Cage is a prime suspect, Dani will have to decide if she should run back North or if she should trust him and risk her life by digging deeper into the plantations history.

The characters are expertly written with depth, realistic flaws and admirable strengths. One can't help but get attached to them and cheer for them throughout the book. Skeleton's Key is cleverly written to keep the reader guessing on who the culprit is to the very end. A perfect mix of history, murder, suspense, & romance, Skeleton's Key made this "Yankee" reader want to pack up my bags & explore the south!

Skeleton's Key is an outstanding novel and I can't wait for Green's next book! ( )
  Azacia | Dec 8, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0989137929, Paperback)

"Evocative, first-rate mystery that will keep you guessing to the end!" Stacey Joy Netzel, NY Times bestselling author of the Italy Intrigue Series. 

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:35 -0400)

"Caring for Ironwood is a dream come true for Cage Foster. The dream doesn't last long when a skeleton is found buried beneath the antebellum home. The unearthing of two additional fresh bodies quickly turns into a nightmare which could land him on Mississippi's death row. Newcomer Dani Evans, a pushy Yankee specialist in historical renovation, is the only person certain of his innocence. She's convinced the legend of Ironwood's treasure cache is the motive for the murders. Cage believes the killer is someone with an old grudge, and the evidence against Cage is mounting fast. Can Dani find the truth before Cage is arrested? Her search for answers uncovers a descent into madness that should have stayed buried" -- Amazon.com.… (more)

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