STONE COLD CASE, second in the Molly Iverson Rock Shop mystery series, by Catherine Dilts shows that, when it comes to natures bounty, it isn’t always about precious stones or gold.

Rock shop owner Morgan Iverson’s discovery of human remains reopens a cold case and unhealed wounds in a Colorado mountain town, while her find of a rare gemstone sparks a dangerous treasure hunt.

The remains are those of Carlee Kruger, a prom queen who vanished fifteen years ago. Carlee’s mother asks Morgan to investigate. A Sasquatch look-alike may hold the key to both Carlee’s death and the gemstone, but he eludes the police, despite repeated sightings by an elderly cowboy and the rock shop’s donkeys. As she uncovers the past, Morgan becomes the target of someone determined to keep the truth buried.

In book two of the Rock Shop Mystery series, amateur sleuth Morgan Iverson digs into gemstone prospecting to solve a Stone Cold Case.

For readers who enjoy learning side knowledge as well as solving puzzles

This is my first experience with Morgan and her Rock Shop in Golden Springs, CO.  Ms. Dilts has created an appealing town and inhabitant’s readers can easily envision, colorful but realistic and well rounded. While Del appealed immediately, it took me a while to warm to Morgan.  Can’t put my finger on the exact reason but mid way she grew on me.  I confess at this point my favorite characters are Del, Adelaide, and Houdini. I was aware that goats and ducks could be excellent guard “dogs” but who knew donkeys fit the bill too?

STONE COLD CASE has a fifteen year old cold case disappearance mystery that centers on the geology of the area. Cold cases give readers something different. They aren’t solved in the same way and give a change of pace.

In addition to giving readers thought processes a good work out, there’s an entry level course on minerals, gems, etc…The way the two combine is quite interesting. Ms. Dilts knows her rocks and the area. For readers who enjoy learning side knowledge as well as solving puzzles, STONE COLD CASE should be highly appealing.

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt
Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!