STONE COLD CASE Feature & review


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.

Sixteen years ago, prom queen Carlee Kruger vanished. When Carlee’s mother asks Morgan to investigate her death, the clues seem as convoluted as the coils on a fossilized ammonite. The hunt for the truth heats up as the local newspaper editor helps Morgan uncover the past. The rock shop’s mascot donkeys and an elderly cowboy chase after a Sasquatch look-alike who may hold the key to Carlee’s death. Whoever knows what happened to Carlee will do anything 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. 

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My thoughts……3.5 stars

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 donkey’s 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 readers a change of pace while staying in the genre.

In addition to giving readers thought processes a good work out, there’s an entry level course on mineral, 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.


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. Her short stories appear in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. In her spare time, she attempts to lure wild donkeys to her property in the mountains. 

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