by Stacy Green
Series: Delta Crossroads #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Just when Jaymee Ballard’s life seems to be on track, a massive derecho attacks the Delta Crossroads sowing destruction in its path. Her boyfriend, investigative journalist Nick Samuels, comes up missing, and she fears the worst. Nick’s abandoned car contains evidence of his involvement uncovering a controversial case mired in political power and greed. While her friend and local detective, Cage Foster, heads up the inquiry into Nick’s kidnapping, Jaymee finds it impossible to sit back and do nothing. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Dani Evans, Jaymee discovers a trail leading to the dangerous and secretive Dixie Mafia. Facing a fraudulent Confederate artifact scheme, dark local history, and a powerful enemy lurking in the shadows, the two friends find themselves holding the key to not only Nick’s disappearance, but a shameful town secret someone will kill to protect.
Ashes and Bone is the third book in the Delta Crossroads trilogy by Stacy Green. These romantic suspense stories all take place in the quaint southern town of Roselea, Mississippi. I have come to care for the characters in this town and quickly settled in to the story. Mini review: A great tie in to the overall story arc, with intense action and interesting suspects.
We first met Jaymee Ballard and Nick Samuels in Tin God, book one of the series. Their romance has been slow building and one I enjoyed. Nick is an investigative reporter and a case he has been working on ends up getting him into serious trouble. After a storm Nick’s car is found abandoned, and there is evidence of foul play. As Jaymee, her best friend Dani Evans, and Cage Foster a local detective begin to piece together clues regarding his disappearance they open a dangerous can of worms. They find themselves in the cross hairs of the Dixie Mafia and a confederate artifact scheme. The tale that unfolds is action packed and kept me on edge.
Green continues to flesh out the characters in this small-town and gives us a list of suspects that kept me guessing. Her characters are colorful, and I enjoyed them from their southern charm to their secrets. Jaymee and Dani together spell trouble as they decide to investigate on their own. Green gives us a few chapters from Nick’s perspective which only intensified the search for him. Old suspects and characters are woven into the tale, and I loved how she pieced together aspects from each book.
Ashes of Bone was an intense mystery with threads that led us from corrupt politics to ties to the Dixie Mafia. Green writes engaging mysteries and weaves in past southern history and artifacts which I found fascinating. Jaymee and Dani are in the thick of things, and, despite getting into trouble, they are quite the crime stoppers. I enjoy the banter between these two. The romance which has been building throughout the trilogy and is very low key, with moments of reflection and tenderness but I fear those reading this as a standalone won’t connect. For that reason, I strongly recommend reading these books in order. Some of the action scenes were over the top, but Green did create a base for them with subtle hints and foreshadowing. There were a few minor discrepancies that threw me out of the book that did not pertain to the mystery. For example, Nick remarks on the scent of Jaymee’s hair when he pulls her close. Romantic right? But each time the scent was different and yes it struck me right away. Green did a wonderful job of threading the stories to the overall ARC of the story. She tied up loose ends and answered those niggling questions I had. Ashes and Bone was a satisfying conclusion to this series, and I will miss visiting Roselea.
Fans of romantic suspense and mystery nestled in southern charm and history will enjoy Ashes and Bone and the entire Delta Crossroads trilogy. I look forward to Stacy Green’s next endeavor.