Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book Review: Stone Cold Dead by Catherine Dilts

Stopping by the quaint little town of Golden Springs, Colorado and driving to the local rock shop to meet up with Morgan. She has just taken over the shop for her brother, Kendall, and his wife who have left to the jungle as missionaries for two weeks. She is also caretaker of their two donkeys. Someone left the gate open and the donkeys take off up the hill. In an attempt to corral them, with the help of employees, she finds a body. As soon as information gets out that she was witness to the murder, she finds herself a victim of threats and break ins at the shop.

Title: Stone Cold Dead
Author: Catherine Dilts
Publish Date: January 8, 2014
Publisher: Five Star
Source: ARC from author

Quick Summary: I really enjoyed this book. I wondered if I would enjoy a rock shop theme at all and it proved to be a keeper! After finishing the book, I really felt like it was a great Christmas read, even though it took place in January. There was snow, but nothing else about Christmas. I just loved the feeling after closing the book.

By the end of the book, my favorite characters were the donkeys, Houdini and Adelaide. While they are not a large part of the book in the beginning, just wait until you see what they do in the end. Bernie was also a great friend and I loved her and Morgan’s willingness to join a runners group.

Location and Setting:
The town of Golden Springs was definitely very quaint. I loved all the descriptions; how the town was described, the buildings and shop owners, and the trails into the mountains. I was definitely intrigued by the magpies. They kept showing up in the book and as my knowledge was, this was a trash bird and very loud. Definitely had their purpose in the book.

With the dead body, to the accusations made, and the threats made to Morgan, the reason the killer did what they did was very interesting at the end. I wasn’t sure who the suspect was until the end.

Nothing definitely. Some dating happened, but nothing fruitful. There was a lot of relationships that were built that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Other readers thoughts:
Carstairs Considers

 Author Bio:
To Catherine Dilts, rock shops are like geodes – both contain amazing treasures hidden inside their plain-as-dirt exteriors. Catherine caught mountain fever after a childhood vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park. Determined to give up her flat–lander ways, she moved from Oklahoma to Colorado. Her husband, a Colorado native, proposed to her as they hiked Barr Trail on Pikes Peak. Catherine works as an environmental scientist, and plays at heirloom vegetable gardening, camping, and fishing. She has published short fiction in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. In her spare time, she attempts to lure wild donkeys to her property in the mountains.  

Photo by Kari L. Vollaire, Artsy Phartsy Design - 


  1. I am intrigued and probably mostly to see what role the donkeys play! Great Review!

  2. I prefer different covers on my cozy mysteries but this one sounds fun.