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Publisher's Summary

With the right motive, anyone can be a killer.
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 that 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.
©2013 Stacy Green (P)2014 Stacy Green
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Critic Reviews

"Evocative, first-rate mystery that will keep you guessing to the end!" (Stacey Joy Netzel, New York Times best-selling author of the Italy Intrigue Series)
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By Jennifer on 03-20-15

Fun story

The book was a quick listen, grabbed my attention from the start. The characters were lovable and interesting. Once again in this series, there was a theme of redemption. If you like a little mystery mixed with romance its a good book for you. If you prefer more gore and medical procedure then I would not recommend this one. Overall an enjoyable listen.

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By heather on 09-30-14

An exciting edge of your seat murder mystery!

What made the experience of listening to Skeleton's Key the most enjoyable?

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!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Dani! She's passionate, clever, loyal, and stubborn with a sweetness that is irresistible. I admire her respect for the south and her good intentions and laughed out loud at some of her "northern" ways.

What does Johanna Fairview bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She adds depth and emotion when narrating that adds to the story. A great story teller helps the reader to experience the story in more detail.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That's hard to say without giving anything away in the novel! I will say the mystery is incredibly well done. Stacy Green excels at keeping the reader guessing and preventing any of her novels from being predictable. It leaves you on the edge of your seat, unable to stop listening because you just need to know what happens next.

Any additional comments?

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.

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