Author: Stacy Green
Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: Skeleton’s Key is the second book in Stacy Green’s Delta Crossing trilogy. I was very excited to read this book because it surrounds Cage. He was an interesting character in Tin God, and I loved finding out what happened to him after. This second book was equally as mysterious and exciting as Tin God.
Cage is a police officer and the caretaker of an old antebellum home called Ironwood. He’s a southern man and he’s set in his ways. When the bodies are found and he becomes a suspect, he works hard to prove his innocence. Dani is a Yankee who restores old buildings. Her love of history is amazing, and I loved how excited she would get over every little detail in the antebellum homes. Having been a “Yankee” who moved to a southern state I loved the interaction between Cage and Dani.
Nick was not mentioned much in this book, but I really liked the clear view of how Jaymee’s life is going. She played a great part in this book. There were shady characters in this book, but not on quite the same scale as Tin God. I easily despised one slimy character with all of his scheming.
There was a lot I loved about this book. The biggest player for me this time was the houses. The beauty of the houses was portrayed so wonderfully. I especially enjoyed the search for hidden rooms or passages. The ending completely surprised me. I knew to expect the unexpected, but I was thinking of a completely different person as the villain. I was completely shocked. Now I can’t wait to read the third book, and I’m not even going to try to figure it out as I read. I think you just have to let Stacy Green’s books take you for a ride and trust she will deliver a stellar ending.
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