Stone Cold Dead

Stone Cold Dead

An Ellie Stone Mystery

Book - 2015
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December 21, 1960, the shortest day of the year: Fifteen-year-old Darleen Hicks slips away from her school bus as it idles in the junior-high parking lot, waiting to depart. Moments later the bus rumbles away without her, and she is never seen again. New Year's Eve 1960: The small upstate town of New Holland, New York, is in the grips of a severe cold snap, when Ellie Stone receives a late-night caller, Irene Metzger, the grieving mother of Darleen Hicks. She tells Ellie that the local police won't help her, that they believe Darleen has run off with some older boy and will return when she is ready. Irene has read Ellie's stories in the paper on an earlier murder case and believes Ellie is her last hope. Stone Cold Dead takes Ellie Stone on a chilling journey to a place of uncertainty, loss, teenage passion, and vulnerability, a place where Ellie's questions are unwanted and her life is in danger.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Seventh Street Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781633880481
1633880486
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 21 cm

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PineSisken
Aug 06, 2016

I chose this mystery because it is nominated for an Anthony award for 2016. The awards will be presented at this year's Bouchercon in September in New Orleans Yay, can't wait! Although I am not familiar with the author nor with this series of mysteries, I enjoyed this third installment. The author has created a complex, interesting protagonist with an active social life and an ability to hold her hard liquor. Mr. Ziskin has an admirable sense of time and setting - I felt like I was really there in New Holland. The story takes place in early 1961 - right before JFK's inauguration. Although I can't say that I liked the sexism that Ellie Stone endured, I did appreciate the references. (Ditto for the racism and classism that other characters experienced.) I'm looking forward to reading the first two books in the "Ellie Stone mystery series." Plus, the fourth one was just recently released.

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athena14
Sep 03, 2015

Too much of everything: too long, way too much whiskey, too many men pursuing Ellie (and the missing girl).

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