The Mystery of Ruby Lode

MysteryofRubyLodeTitle:  The Mystery of Ruby Lode

Author:  Scotty Cade

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press April 2013

Rating:  B List: Cher  B List

Blurb:  After six months of research, adventure seekers Bowen McAlister, Cyrus Curran, Duff Gentry, and Lockhart Dawson make their way to Boulder, Colorado, to explore the abandoned gold mine Ruby Lode. But when they arrive, Duff, a born psychic, senses something isn’t quite right—and the closer they get, the more his unease grows.

Something long buried in the deep shafts and drifts of Ruby Lode makes its presence known by exposing dark, guarded secrets. Preying on the adventurers’ weaknesses and insecurities, Ruby Lode’s own destructive secret threatens their sanity, friendship, and ultimately their lives. Bo, Cy, Duff, and Lockey must work together to unravel the century-old mystery before they become another footnote in the mine’s history.

First Edition published by Silver Publishing, June 2012

Review:  This story is actually a story within a story.  The first is of Frink and Counter and Hepp and Shull.  They bought the mine 1914 and started working it together.  Theirs is a bittersweet story full of love, hate, despair, fear and self-hatred that will break your heart. It sucks you in and keeps you reading even when it switches to the second story which begins with Cy, Bo, Duff, and Lockey and eventually brings the two stories together. This story belongs to all of these men, they all tell parts of it and we feel what they go through.

The beginning is so sweet and sad.  You can’t help but love Frink, he’s sweet, naive and so very young.  I hoped alongside him that things would all work out and he’d get his happy ending.  The relationship between Hepp and Shull is lovely to see.  It was a shock to have that part end and suddenly find myself in the present meeting Cy and Bo.  But I quickly became invested in each of the men and enjoyed the dynamics between the long time friends and couple.  They each had a part to play and a turn at being the focus of the story and I found myself engaged in their drama.

As ghost stories go this one was great.  While a very familiar trope I felt that it has enough of a spin as to seem new and interesting.  With not only the typical haunting but a psychological aspect that is frankly disturbing, as well.  Secrets begin to come out and each man finds himself facing not only the specter in the Ruby Lode mine but also those of their pasts.  It was well done, in my opinion, and I really liked it.

While there are a lot of characters involved in the story it isn’t told in the first person so it is more a matter of shifting focus, which kept it coherent and flowing.  By the end I felt attached to all of the men.

Time for my warning to my sensitive friends.  This story contains references and recountings of emotional, sexual, mental and physical abuse as well as neglect and bullying.  It is treated with respect and while not gratuitous it is graphic.  As always only you know your triggers and limits.

This is a great read.  I appreciated the relationships between the men and how they grew even stronger.  Felt the author’s ghost story was refreshingly different and it’s resolution was satisfying and fit the story well.  There are some difficult and painful things happening throughout the book and I felt for all of the men in this story.  I enjoyed spending time with them and am very glad I went along on their adventure.

Reviewed by Nina


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