Sunday, September 5, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Skullduggery by Caryl McAdoo

Book:  Skullduggery

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Christian Historical Mystery

Release date: July 15, 2021

A friend loveth at all times, but a brother is for adversity.

In a decrepit shack on a piece of river bottom property Henry Buckmeyer bought, he finds a human skull with a hatchet embedded in it. Much to Charity Lowell’s delight, her husband  Morgan agrees to co-author a mystery based on the find with dime novelist, May Meriwether, Henty’s wife! After digging into county records and interviewing  locals, plenty of facts are discovered and blanks filled in. A story takes shape, but is the novelists’ narrative what truly happened? It’s hard for Charity not to get in the big middle of the investigation. After two decades, will they be able to learn who the skull belonged to and who left the hatchet behind?


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I always get excited when I hear about a new book from Caryl McAdoo. She is a Christian Historical Fiction Author and I have read many of her books. She is one of my favorite authors. Her latest Novel is Skullduggery and it is Book 2 in the Cross Timbers Mystery Series. 

The Year is 1886 and Henry Buckmeyer just purchased a property. He comes across a Skull with an Axe in it on his property. Charity Lowell and her husband Morgan team up with Henry and his wife May, to help discover who the Skull belongs to. The 2 couples are not only searching county records and interviewing Town people, they are also writing a mystery book about their adventures. Charity loves a good mystery and investigation and she is very vested in the adventures. The book is being written, but will the book reveal the truth. Who does the Human Skull belong to, will the truth come out after 20 years? Is is a murder mystery or just a plain mystery? 

WOW, a very unique Storyline and it was FABULOUS. The novel contains a novel inside it and it truly made for some great reading. I wasn't sure at first, but as soon as I got through the first chapter, I was hooked. I couldn't put the book down, until I finished. The Mystery, the friendship between the 2 couples, the adventures and discoveries, all had me on the edge of my seat reading this book. I also LOVE how the author intertwines the Christian Faith throughout the book. Skullduggery is Book 2 but it reads great as a Stand Alone novel! I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes Mystery and Suspense and Christian Fiction! GREAT BOOK! 


Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—fifty-nine published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her—listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and twenty-one grandsugars (three greats), Caryl and Ron (her high-school-sweetheart-husband of fifty-plus years) live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.


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At the end of DUPLICITY At The Lowell House, book one in my new Cross Timbers Mystery series, Henry Buckmeyer travels from Red River County to Dallas to serve as a character witness in the big murder trial.

At a supper with friends in that book, he mentions he and Levi Baylor found a human skull with an ax still embedded in it inside a falling-down shack on some timberland property they bought together.


What starts out as an off-handed comment—merely mentioned for interesting conversation—turns into a great way to unite four of my all-time favorite characters together again for SKULLDUGGERY In The Sulphur River Bottoms!


Charity Lowell (Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga, book four and DUPLICITY) pulls out all the stops to persuade her husband, salivating to investigate and discover whose skull it is and who left the hatchet behind!


She’s got to talk him into first, solving the mystery and second, writing another novel about it! If only she can convince him to collaborate with May Meriwether, Henry’s famous dime novelist wife, things will be perfect! Just imagine!


Poor Morgan. Strong as he is, he cannot tell her no. He never could. So, with an invitation from the Buckmeyers, as much as he hates leaving home and his own bed, he agrees.

My favorite part is having Henry alive again! SKULLDUGGERY is set in 1866, so he’s still got almost twenty years to live!


—It so hurt my heart in COVERING LOVE (book eight in the “Texas Romance Family Saga”) when the patriarch passes to his reward in 1885. I wept while writing his demise then couldn’t get through reading those chapters at our writers’ workshop without crying—

So being able to resurrect his character in the Cross Timbers Mystery DUPLICITY made me so happy! SKULLDUGGERY became the perfect vehicle for me to be joyful again! Plus, I adore joining the characters from both my family sagas into a new story!

I was right up in Morgan’s face with Charity trying to talk him into going to Clarksville and staying a few weeks to investigate and write that book! Yes, he agreed, but he tells her in no uncertain terms, that’s the last one!

Ah ha ha ha ha! Yeah, right, Mister Lowell!

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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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megana said... Best Blogger Tips

I will add this to my tbr! Thanks for sharing!

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

Two stories in one! What a fun book.

Caryl McAdoo said... Best Blogger Tips

@megana Enjoy Magana and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Caryl McAdoo said... Best Blogger Tips

@Emma I thought so, too! God give me such fun stories to write and I was just as surprised and delighted as my readers! Enjoy! And thanks so much for coming by!

Caryl McAdoo said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, Thank you so much for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story as much as I did! Thank you too, for choosing to read it and encouraging words! You are the best! Thanks so much! Blessings!

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