Stone Cold Case by Catherine Dilts is the second novel in the Rock Shop Mysteries. Morgan Iverson is still learning the ropes of running the Rock of Ages. After all the excitement from three months ago, she hopes that everything has settled down. However, during a hiking trip for her geology class she discovers a skeleton hidden in an old dugout. They are believed to be those of Carlee Kruger, who has vanished 15 years ago without a trace. As Morgan & Kurt (the local newspaper editor) investigate, they come across odd clues, fossilized ammonite & a suspect that could pass as Bigfoot. Plus, someone what the past to stay buried & will do anything to ensure it. Will Morgan be able to solve the mystery without becoming a victim herself?
This was my first time reading one of Mrs. Dilts’s books, and I really enjoyed it. Once I kgot going, I wasn’t able to put it down. The action starts from the very first chapter, and stays pretty constant through the whole book. All of the characters are very well written & developed. The plot is also very good, and tosses out a few curve balls. Also, you don’t need to read the first book to know what’s going on. Anything you need to know from it is referred back to with all the info you need, and it’s quick and to the point.
I think the best part of the story is Morgan finally coming to terms with her husband’s death & making the decision to start moving on with her life. It is a very emotional chapter for both her and her children as they finally share their grief, and getting the closure that they desperately needed. It is very well written and Mrs. Dilts is able to get the emotion across perfectly. I also like Morgan’s internal battle with herself over Kurt, who is very clearly interested with her.
Overall, this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves mystery books. I am eagerly looking forward to reading the next novel in the series, as well as picking up the first one, Stone Cold Dead. The book will release on September 16 in both eBook & print. It will be available on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, and Tattered Cover. You can keep up with Mrs. Dilts by visiting her website. Her blog there is definitely worth a read.
I received an ARC copy of the above mentioned book. All opinions are 100% my own.