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Stone Cold Dead ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Stone Cold Dead Author James W. Ziskin – Thomashillier.co.uk ANTHONY AWARD FINALIST for Best Paperback Original BARRY AWARD FINALIST for Best Paperback Original LEFTY AWARD FINALIST for Best MysteryDecember , , the shortest day of the year Fifteen year old Dar ANTHONY AWARD FINALIST for Best Paperback original BARRY AWARD FINALIST for Best Paperback original LEFTY AWARD FINALIST for Best MysteryDecember 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 Stone Cold eBook Ñ to depart Moments later the bus rumbles away without her, and she is never seen againNew Year s Eve,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 Ellie Stone is on a chilling journey to a place of uncertainty, loss, teenage passion, and vulnerability where Ellie s questions are unwanted and her life is in danger.


About the Author: James W. Ziskin

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10 thoughts on “Stone Cold Dead

  1. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    This was another fantastic entry in the Ellie Stone series I m feeling a little sad knowing that the next book will have me all caught up and there will be noEllie Stone hopefully just untilis written She s quickly become a dear friend that I look forward to catching up with and I cannot imagine her story being finished anytime soon Each book is stronger and the character development goes deeper.Beginning the book with Ellie being called on to solve a case has become par for th This was another fantastic entry in the Ellie Stone series I m feeling a little sad knowing that the next book will have me all caught up and there will be noEllie Stone hopefully just untilis written She s quickly become a dear friend that I look forward to catching up with and I cannot imagine her story being finished anytime soon Each book is stronger and the character development goes deeper.Beginning the book with Ellie being called on to solve a case has become par for the course, but this time hits a bit closer to home You see, the girl that has gone missing is someone that Ellie came in contact with recently, someone who reminds her too much of herself at the young age of fifteen Ellie believes, along with police, that Darleen Hicks has simply run off with an older man why else would there be no trace of foul play As the case progresses, Ellie begins to find evidence of multiple forms of dark secrets You can quite honestly trust no one in this book everyone is a suspect Once again, Mr Ziskin fooled me completely and threw in his signature damning evidence near the end I always look forward to this part there is always some aspect that was touched upon in the beginning that ends up being a key element in the course of the investigation So far I am 0 3 on guessing these, which is just as I prefer it.We also dig deeper into Ellie s character as well as Sheriff Frank Olney s We see a bitof Ellie s softer side, in her responses to teenagers, grieving mothers, and even her editor at the paper I enjoyed getting to know Frankas well his and Ellie s relationship is special and I love seeing their mutual respect for each other blossom We also meet a new potential love interest Will this be the end of Ellie s flagrant one night stands, or just a plot twist to help save her delicate, female reputation I m looking forward to finding out in the next book I would highly recommend reading this series, even if you aren t typically into historical fiction These are classy, intelligent mysteries, and are especially appealing if you prefer the whodunnit If you are looking to start reading these, go back and begin with Styx Stone so that you can be a part of Ellie s character development from the start These books can technically be read as a stand alone though, as they don t give away vital evidence from the previous book s independent mysteries I d like to thank James Ziskin, JKS Publicity, and Seventh Street Books for providing my copies of the entire series in exchange for honest reviews


  2. Julie Julie says:

    Stone Cold Dead by James W Ziskin is a 2015 Seventh Street Books publication.Ellie Stone is acquiring quite the reputation as an investigative journalist No sooner does she close the door on one case, she is approached to take on another This time a determined mother asked Ellie to find out what happened to her young teenage daughter, who has disappeared Law enforcement believes Darleen ran off, but her mother is convinced somethingsinister is going on Ellie comes across even worse wo Stone Cold Dead by James W Ziskin is a 2015 Seventh Street Books publication.Ellie Stone is acquiring quite the reputation as an investigative journalist No sooner does she close the door on one case, she is approached to take on another This time a determined mother asked Ellie to find out what happened to her young teenage daughter, who has disappeared Law enforcement believes Darleen ran off, but her mother is convinced somethingsinister is going on Ellie comes across even worse workplace sexism this time around as another big story hangs in the balance In fact, sexism and sexual abuse are a big key to this story on many fronts Ellie is also facing those final details regarding her father death, and while our girl has always had a penchant for whiskey, her drinking has alarmingly increased, which puts her in a few embarrassing circumstances Of the three books in the series I ve read so far, this one shows some signs of slippage, but it also felt a little bit like a transition novel, one where Ellie begins to face a few demons, and finally accept and close the door on a few of them The mystery wasn t as tightly woven as in the two previous installments, but the twist did keep me on my toes and the culprit s identity remained elusive, until the final chapters Overall, this third chapter wasn t quite as sharp or detailed, but Ellie has grown on me and so I enjoyed seeing her battle through a tough case with her usual fortitude I m currently binge reading this series, so I hope book four will be back on astable track 3.5 stars


  3. Kathy Kathy says:

    Starting with 3 in a series is always a risk that you will feel behind on the characters and sometimes confused Well, I felt right in the game with the amazing Ellie Stone, newspaper reporter in New Holland, New York in 1960 OK, I just have to say it I absolutely love Ellie Stone She is smart and sassy and curious In the men s world of the 1960s, she holds her own, both with her work and her personal life With an eye for detail that others miss, she makes an outstanding reporter and also Starting with 3 in a series is always a risk that you will feel behind on the characters and sometimes confused Well, I felt right in the game with the amazing Ellie Stone, newspaper reporter in New Holland, New York in 1960 OK, I just have to say it I absolutely love Ellie Stone She is smart and sassy and curious In the men s world of the 1960s, she holds her own, both with her work and her personal life With an eye for detail that others miss, she makes an outstanding reporter and also a great detective, although the latter is spurred by curiosity and not vocation She also knows how to hold her whiskey and get around in the romance department.Stone Cold Dead begins in January of 1961 when the mother of fifteen year old Darleen Hicks asks Ellie to look into the disappearance of Darleen, who has been missing since before Christmas Darleen was supposed to be on the school bus, but she never got home Ellie promises the mother that she will do what she can, and since Ellie has a high level of curiosity, she digs and digs deeply into the disappearance of this young girl The official police line of thinking is that Darleen has just run off, but Ellie starts discovering information that makes her doubt that solution, or at least feel the need to explore other scenarios There is no lack of people who are connected to Darleen and seem to be withholding information that could shed some unfavorable light on themselves or others Teachers, friends, family, and neighbors They all seem to have pieces that Ellie needs to figure out where Darleen is, and since Ellie is relentless as an investigator, she will leave no yes I have to say it stone unturned Stone Cold Dead has made me a fan of Ellie Stone and James Ziskin Ziskin successfully meets the challenge of writing a story set in the 1960 time frame, blending in references to the time period with Ellie s taste in music, brands, events, people, and the limitations of communication, which is of some importance Ziskin provides fascinating plot and characters, and the witty dialogue that Ellie engages in is still bringing a smile to my face I can t wait to read the first two in this series, starting after I finish this review Now


  4. Mark Stevens Mark Stevens says:

    With a keen eye for details and the tenacity of a whole fleet of investigative reporters, Ellie Stone gives fresh definition to the meaning of relentless She s a reporter by job title and a crime solver at heart Where the two mix, fine, but none of those other lazy reporters better try to step on her beat or pretend they ve done the real work Stone Cold Dead picks up a few weeks after Ellie wrapped things up in No Stone Unturned and again Ellie gets her nose onto a case, this time of a mis With a keen eye for details and the tenacity of a whole fleet of investigative reporters, Ellie Stone gives fresh definition to the meaning of relentless She s a reporter by job title and a crime solver at heart Where the two mix, fine, but none of those other lazy reporters better try to step on her beat or pretend they ve done the real work Stone Cold Dead picks up a few weeks after Ellie wrapped things up in No Stone Unturned and again Ellie gets her nose onto a case, this time of a missing girl In fact, it s Ellie s work and reputation at The New Holland Republic in upstate New York that has drawn the mother of missing 15 year old Darleen Hicks to ask for Ellie s help It s 1960, spilling into 1961 and here s where things get fun and the series gets memorable enjoying the references to events and people of the era and watching a reporter at work in a muchstraightforward time The writing zips along, matching Ellie s easy energy James Ziskin populates the story with a full blown cast of possible suspects for Ellie s consideration Ellie is brash, fearless and, at times, a tad reckless She s had flings, and isn t afraid of some fun, but her job swamps every other desire She s fussy about her music, her drink and her reputation At Ellie s core is a sterling talent at building timelines around a crime and sorting through the dead ends, the dud players and the most obscure details No wonder she has a thing for Paul Drake, the dogged TV investigator from the Perry Mason series Even when she s bruised like an old peach kicked down the hill, she s raring to go Ellie Stone put the metal in mettle She combines guts and brains as she follows leads and pieces together the whole story these are stories for readers who relish a solid puzzle The Hicks case leads Ellie to high school, to neighbors, to reform school She has a natural talent at getting people to talk This time around, real reporting crowds her world basketball games to cover, society pages that need work No surprise, she keeps her eyes and ears open during the detours, too She s fends off stalkers, chats up sources, brushes off envious colleagues and dances around angry editors The themes touch on the changing roles and options for women and what they are and are not allowed to do Chin up and questions ready, Ellie stays hard on the trail It s freezing outside but nothing is going to leave Ellie out in the cold By the way, James recently stopped by my blog for some questions and answers about Ellie and his writing process


  5. Joyce Joyce says:

    Fabulous twists and turns Ellie is quite a character literally Could not put this one down until the end Very clever detective work by Ellie Have not read Styx and Stones but intend to as well.


  6. Ed Ed says:

    3 in the Ellie Eleonora Stone series Finalist 2016 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Finalist 2016 Barry Award for Best Paperback Finalist 2016 Lefty Award for Best World Mystery Ellie is a 24 year old reporter in New Holland, NY a backwater 200 miles north of NYC A skilled reporter, she is constantly fighting to be assigned to real stories instead of the women s desk features the publisher wants her to write In her down time, she drinks too much and often has indiscriminate sex Obviou 3 in the Ellie Eleonora Stone series Finalist 2016 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Finalist 2016 Barry Award for Best Paperback Finalist 2016 Lefty Award for Best World Mystery Ellie is a 24 year old reporter in New Holland, NY a backwater 200 miles north of NYC A skilled reporter, she is constantly fighting to be assigned to real stories instead of the women s desk features the publisher wants her to write In her down time, she drinks too much and often has indiscriminate sex Obviously a fish out of water, she amuses herself by sabotaging the publisher s incompetent son in law, who persistently tries to steal her stories.Ten days after 15 year old Darleen Hicks disappears on her way home from school in 1960, her mother asks Ellie Stone for help Ellie, a reporter for the Republic in the upstate New York town of New Holland, is known for her crime solving prowess That Darleen is a runaway seems confirmed when Ellie finds a receipt for a bus ticket to Arizona, where a suitor of Darleen s is stationed in the army But then the unused ticket is found, as well as the girl s lunchbox and gloves, and things turnsomber Ellie, meanwhile, contends with reporter George Walsh, the publisher s son in law, who is her larcenous rival on the paper


  7. Sarah Sarah says:

    It s no surprise that Ziskin s second in the Ellie Stone series, No Stone Unturned, has been nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original This is a refreshingly smart and gorgeously written series that has impressed me since book one, Styx Stone The third title, Stone Cold Dead, once again showcases Ziskin s mastery of language Ellie is my kind of gal she s witty, relentless, and doesn t apologize for throwing back a whiskey after a rough day But underneath that tough exterio It s no surprise that Ziskin s second in the Ellie Stone series, No Stone Unturned, has been nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original This is a refreshingly smart and gorgeously written series that has impressed me since book one, Styx Stone The third title, Stone Cold Dead, once again showcases Ziskin s mastery of language Ellie is my kind of gal she s witty, relentless, and doesn t apologize for throwing back a whiskey after a rough day But underneath that tough exterior is a young lady who s haunted by her past and still aches for her late father s acceptance This shared vulnerability and sense of loss is what connects Ellie to Darleen Hicks, a local fifteen year old girl who turns up missing Ellie s investigation takes her on an emotional rollercoaster ride of her own as she peels back the layers of a young teenage girl s tragic journey This eloquent thriller with its nostalgic 1960s upstate New York setting will make every reader an Ellie Stone fan if they re not already


  8. Jill Jill says:

    LOVE THIS SERIES And this is the best Ellie Stone Mystery yet Funny and smart.


  9. Lori Rader-Day Lori Rader-Day says:

    Love this series 1960s girl reporter Ellie Stone is a swoon worthy character.


  10. Cheryl Viuhkola-Pelletier Cheryl Viuhkola-Pelletier says:

    Now that Grafton is at XHaving been a devoted fan of Kinsey Millhone I have been very worried about who might replace her.Having stumbled on the Ellis Stone series by James W Ziskin I am hoping that this becomes an acceptable replacement.I like that the stories are set in the early 1960s before cell phones and all the tech gadgets that get in the way of he story Of course, Ellie is too tough for her own good and survives injuries that heal all too soon That is a pet peeve of mine She also Now that Grafton is at XHaving been a devoted fan of Kinsey Millhone I have been very worried about who might replace her.Having stumbled on the Ellis Stone series by James W Ziskin I am hoping that this becomes an acceptable replacement.I like that the stories are set in the early 1960s before cell phones and all the tech gadgets that get in the way of he story Of course, Ellie is too tough for her own good and survives injuries that heal all too soon That is a pet peeve of mine She also skips too many meals but does mention her low blood sugar to make one hope she will start eating better Ellie has several daddy surrogates far too many for my liking Ellie is sexually active, which is ok, but she is going to face some unpleasant repercussions sooner or later I also hope she can face her serious drinking habit as I would like her to continue thru severalbooks without a liver transplant in her future.It must seen as if I dislike Ellie No, far from it She is just a smart young woman alone in the world who deals with her losses in very destructive ways The series has the potential to be really good I just want her to live long enough to tell some great tales


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