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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
The discovery of a mummified body that had remained hidden for many decades in the hollow of an uprooted tree opens up an old murder mystery dating back to the nineteen thirties, unleashing a deadly and determined killer in the enjoyable mystery novel, Skeleton Trail by Kasey Riley. Megan and Bethany were out scouting for a trail for Bethany's ranch when the ground slid from beneath Bethany's horse. She and the horse slipped down over the wash as it gave way, and Bethany was deposited on the remains of a desiccated body with a bullet hole bored into its skull. They called in the FBI to have the corpse removed before a winter storm moving in could erase all the traces of the grave site. When the FBI agent is fired upon and injured by an invisible assailant while cataloging and moving the body, the old murder is now a priority. Why is a crime committed before WWII so crucial that many years later someone feels they have to cover it up now?
Skeleton Trail by Kasey Riley is an exciting mystery novel where the past and the present collide. It is a well-written story with interesting characters and an intriguing story line. Three blossoming romances between the main characters are strong subplots lacing through the story and intertwining with the main plot, giving the story a romantic flair. Although this is one book in a series, it does well as a stand-alone. The author does a great job of integrating the characters' histories with the present; I was never lost or confused during the story. This is a marvelous novel for those who love mystery novels combined with a warm and clean romance.