Monday, December 23, 2013

Tin God by Stacy Green (Delta Crossroads #1)

Hot and steamy. No, not the book, the small fictitious town Roselea in Mississippi !

"Jaymee was fire and ice, stubborn strength wrapped in southern demureness. She had a quick wit and sharp tongue. Her life had made her edges hard, but inside she was gentle, caring, loyal."

Jaymee Ballard fell pregnant at the age of seventeen and was sent to a home for teen mothers where she is forced to give her child up for adoption. 

The shame and humiliation on her conservative, religious family's name promised to be too overwhelming. They shunned her when she needed them the most. "Embattled mother , father, bastard, and brother, all poised in various states of defense and attack." 

She was forced to leave the family home and fend for herself in a trailer park. " She glared at the miserable place she called home as her shoes began to fill with gritty dirt. Ravenna Court was about as beautiful as a rattlesnake bite. "

But after seven years, she discovered that the adoption was illegal. She shared her discovery with her friends and wanted to seek their help in getting her baby back. Big mistake. There were forces behind the secret adoption who did not agree with her meddling in their affairs. People she loved would die, and people she loathed would ensure that she remained the loser that she was made to believe she was. 

"You think Sarah would be happy here with you? Living in this piece of shit trailer that could be demolished by the next storm? Wearing hand-me-downs from Goodwill and being left alone while her Mom slings slop at the diner?”

However, Jaymee had friends who cared and soon would be able to address more than her guilt and fears. They enabled her to stand up and finally confront everything that made her what she was, but the entire truth behind the dark events would hurt more than she ever bargained for. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this psychological murder mystery with a slight touch of romance. For the entertainment value alone I rate it five stars. It is compelling, fast moving, descriptive, and excellently plotted. I wasn't that impressed with the protagonist, initially, but enjoyed the intrigue and suspense in the plot enough to stick her faints and foibles out. In the end she was a convincing heroine. The title of the book is very well chosen. "Tin God" is more than just a entertaining whodunit. There are many social issues addressed, such as lucrative illegal adoption and the dark side of religion. For instance, what can happen if a preacher is treated as a God by his congregation and the effect it can have on innocent lives. The book also has a free-standing ending, which confirms the five star rating. I enjoyed the author's eloquent writing style. A delightful experiences on all levels. No senseless dumb of words to fill more pages. It is a straightforward down to business, to the point, read.

It is the first book in the Delta Crossroads mystery series and I am looking forward to the second one, "Skeleton Key" 

TIN GOD was runner-up for 2013 Mystery Thriller at The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Book Awards.

Delta Crossroads #1 : Tin God
Delta Crossroads #2 : Skeleton's Key
Delta Crossroads #3: Ashes and Bone - to be released in February 2014



An Amazon Top 100 Book - Summer 2013

Just as suspenseful as any Grisham novel!
-Reader Jessica Brown

Trapped by poverty and without many allies, Jaymee Ballard is determined to reunite with the daughter she believes was stolen from her. But when the one person willing to help Jaymee ends up murdered in one of the historic mansions in Roselea, Mississippi, she realizes the secret of her past has come back to haunt her. 

Now any hope Jaymee has of making things right rests in a man she barely knows and is afraid to trust, a man with his own demons to fight. Up against years of deception, they rush to identify the killer before the evidence-and Jaymee's daughter-are lost.

TIN GOD is an action packed romantic suspense/psychological thriller featuring a strong woman determined to find a demented serial killer and find justice for her child.



Raised in southeastern Iowa, Stacy Green grew up watching crime shows with her parents, so her love of suspense and psychological thrillers is no surprise. She’s fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog, Twisted Minds and Dark Places.

After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for a city magazine before penning her first novel. She shelved the long drama and began working on a suspense book set in Las Vegas, featuring a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless. INTO THE DARK was published by MuseItUp Publishing in 2012.
Her Delta Crossroads Series, set in fictional Roselea, Mississippi, expertly weaves drama and suspense with a fitting dose of dry humor. TIN GOD (Delta Crossroads #1) was runner up for The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Mystery/Thriller and an Amazon summer bestseller.
SKELETON’S KEY (Delta Crossroads #2), is a worthy follow up, delivering fast-paced suspense and the twisted ending Green is known for. The finale of the Delta Crossroads Series, ASH and BONE, will release in February 2014.

When she’s not writing, she spends all her time with her precocious daughter, supportive husband, and their three obnoxious but lovable canine children.
Genres: Psychological thriller, suspense, murder, mystery, romance
Formats: Paperback, Kindle, Nook
Number of Pages: 402
Publishing date: 
First edition 5 April 2013
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 
ISBN-10: 1482741512
ISBN-13: 978-1482741513
Edition Language: English


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