I’m really looking forward to reading Stacy Green’s new installment in her Delta Crossroads mysteries, Skeleton’s Key. Not only is Stacy a great author who can write a thrilling mystery, but this book has another, more personal appeal for me.
You see I’m a Northerner who’s moved to the South, and I discovered when I did so that I needed to let go of quite a few stereotypes of Southerners. And I’m sure my exuberant personality and grinning face challenged some of their ‘cold, unfriendly Northerners’ stereotypes as well.
The two main characters in Skeleton’s Key, one a Southerner and one a Yankee, are apparently also challenged by said stereotypes as they butt heads on a regular basis. This theme in the story, along with Stacy’s brilliant ability to keep one on the edge of one’s seat, should make for a great read.
And this has got me thinking that I should do some research and write a more extensive blog post about today’s Northerners and Southerners, how they’re different and how they’re the same. Hmm. *scratches chin* …stay tuned for that, folks!
In the meantime, here’s Stacy to tell you a bit more about this book and share a snippet of a very exciting scene!
Welcome to the release of SKELETON’S KEY, the second book in the Delta Crossroads Series. Set in fictional Roselea, Mississippi, the book follows Cage Foster, a popular character from TIN GOD (Delta Crossroads #1) and Yankee newcomer Dani Evans as they investigate a grisly double homicide.
But this isn’t your standard double murder. Cage is the caretaker of Ironwood Plantation, a historic antebellum in desperate need of tender love and care. Dani is the restoration expert from Indiana who purchased the house and plans to restore it along with her own life. Cage and Dani are the north and south, immediately at odds and yet intensely drawn to one another, and their relationship is the backbone of the book.
Back to the murder. See, the bodies are found buried in Ironwood’s cellar. The crime scene is somewhere inside the house–you’ll have to read to find out the location–and Cage is the prime suspect.
One of my favorite scenes in the book is Dani’s first night, when she discovers the bodies. I love writing suspense, because it’s so challenging. I want the reader to be on the edge of their seat, hooked into the story so that even though they may be afraid to find out what’s on the next page, they are compelled to read on.
I’m excited to share that scene with you today. SKELETON’S KEY is available in print and all digital formats.
Somewhere on the edge of deep sleep, a spatter of noise pulled Dani back to consciousness. She groaned and closed her eyes again. Likely the house settling.
She rolled over and started to drift off again when the noise came again, louder. She sat up and looked around, listening.
The house is locked. You have lights on.
You’re a woman staying alone in a house with no landline. Someone could be creeping.
You have your cell phone. Cage is two hundred feet away.
A hollow thumping drifted from somewhere near the kitchen. Gooseflesh erupted over Dani’s arms, and then she laughed. She’d encountered her fair share of squatting animals in her career, including a particularly vicious raccoon that had left her with a scar and a rabies scare.
“Critters hanging out in the basement of an old house,” she spoke into the quiet. “Biggest cause of haunted houses.”
As if in answer, a low grumbling filled her ears. Then, a sharp hiss and what sounded like an angry growl.
Damn. Whatever was living in the basement made a lot of noise when it scavenged for food.
“The bones.” Her bare feet smacked the wood floor as she jumped up. She slipped into her sandals and then rummaged through the black bag containing her work essentials. Naturally, her big flashlight was on the bottom.
The light cast a bright glow through the parlor just as another angry yowl came from the basement. Fear nipped at Dani. What would she have to fight off down there?
She glanced out the window, half-hoping to see the lights in the carriage house still on, but it was dark. She hated to wake Cage. And she didn’t want him thinking she was just another spoiled city woman who couldn’t handle a simple animal issue.
That settled it.
She padded into the kitchen, flicking on lights as she went. Cage kept cleaning supplies in the bare nook where a table should be, and Dani grabbed the dusty broom. A little heavy and harder to manage with the light, but she’d figure it out.
She tucked the flashlight under her left arm and then reached for the door, the shop broom gripped tightly in her right hand. Sweat beaded across her scalp making it itch. Another menacing growl from the basement, long and drawn out as though the animal knew she was ready to attack. Ignoring the urge to drop everything and run for Cage, she listened hard.
It sounded like the creature was probably along the side of the basement, deeper below the house, and not on the steps waiting to ambush.
Deep breath, broom ready, bladder weak, she yanked open the door.
Kass here again: Isn’t that a great scene?
Skeleton’s Key is now available on AMAZON, NOOK, and in paperback.
About the author
Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy Green earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University. After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family. She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.
To check out more about Stacy and her books, visit her at her website, on her
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Nancy LevineOctober 29, 2013 at 1:18 am
Loved the flrst book, so l know l wlll love thls.
Kassandra LambOctober 29, 2013 at 11:15 am
I loved Tin God as well, Nancy. All the more reason I’m itching to start reading this one.
Nancy LevineOctober 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm
l love the characters won’t leave you alone and you have to tell thelr story or the book that keeps you up at nlght because you have to see what happens so you don’t stop readlng untll you reach the end.
K.B. OwenOctober 29, 2013 at 7:41 am
Stacy, your new book sounds thrilling! Can’t wait for the debut. Loved this scene. Good luck with the launch!
Stacy GreenOctober 29, 2013 at 9:18 am
Thanks so much, ladies. This book was a blast to write, especially Dani’s experience as a Yankee transplant. Like myself, she has some really romantic views of the south, and it was fun to shock her.
Kassandra LambOctober 29, 2013 at 11:19 am
I’m really looking forward to meeting Dani. It sounds like you’ve created a great character in her, and I’m going to enjoy hanging out with Cage again. I liked him in Tin God.
JennetteOctober 29, 2013 at 9:47 am
Oh! I’m from the north! And moved to the south. Ha! I would love to hear about the differences because I am so oblivious about it.
And I really need to dive into a mystery novel soon, I’ve been a bit busy. Skeleton Keys sounds cool. Will have to start with book one though. 🙂
Kassandra LambOctober 29, 2013 at 11:16 am
You won’t be disappointed Jennette. Tin God was great.
Guess I better get crackin’ on that research and do that blog post then.
Stacy GreenOctober 29, 2013 at 11:37 am
Well, the whole idea of Dani came from my critique partner, Catie Rhodes (another misterio author) who is from Texas. She knows how I feel about the South, and she told me she thought I’d be really surprised at how different it was from my imagination. So that sparked the idea of Dani, who is very much like me in a lot of ways.
Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the books when you have a chance to read!
shannon espositoOctober 29, 2013 at 10:09 am
I moved from the north to the south when I was twelve, so didn’t notice the difference. Though, I do get uncomfortable when waitresses call me “sugar” or “hon”. 🙂 I had the pleasure of reading this book and it is a fabulous read! Really made me want to go explore some old, haunted antebellum homes, too.
Kassandra LambOctober 29, 2013 at 11:22 am
I grew up in Maryland, in the Baltimore area. That section of the state tends to consider themselves Northerners, but we’re a little bit on the cusp.
Waitresses calling you ‘hon’ is an icon of Balmore, Merland (how the locals say it), but I still can’t get used to sweet tea. lol
Stacy GreenOctober 29, 2013 at 11:38 am
LOL on the sugar and hon. I worked with a southerner who did that all the time. She was very much a mother figure. Thank you so much for your sweet words. So happy you enjoyed it!
Heather COctober 29, 2013 at 10:44 am
I just finished Skeleton’s Key and it IS amazing!! The whole book is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller, and the sparks between the two lead characters adds a sizzling sweet tension to the story. This is a novel that you will remember long past the last pages! One of those haunting mesmerizing tales that becomes a part of you after you read it. Definitely a must-read for anyone who hasn’t snatched this one off the shelves already!
Kassandra LambOctober 29, 2013 at 11:26 am
Wow, Heather! I was planning on trying to get my chores done early today so I could curl up with Skeleton’s Key later this afternoon. Now I may just skip the chores completely.
Nancy LevineOctober 31, 2013 at 5:26 pm
Chores? What are those? LOL!
Stacy GreenOctober 29, 2013 at 11:38 am
Hey lady! You are awesome, you know? Thanks for stopping by here and for all of your help. Skeleton’s Key was a blast to write, so it’s awesome to hear how much you guys loved it.