Synopses & Reviews
New York Times Bestselling Scumble River Series
When ex–Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid’s Cat’s Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Bunny’s scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers in Scumble River always spells trouble….
Meanwhile, Skye is convinced that her house is haunted and is afraid her fiancé, police chief Wally Boyd, won’t move in until the ghost moves out. But ghost-hunting takes a back seat when Skye is called to the bowling alley, where a riled up contestant is choking a cat show judge for insulting his feline. Skye breaks up the scuffle, but the next morning the judge’s dead body is found, strangled with a cat toy. Now Skye must solve this purrplexing mystery—and show a devious killer that her sleuthing skills are the cat’s meow.
"Murder threatens to disrupt the wedding of school psychologist Skye Denison and her police chief fiancÃ©, Wally Boyd, in Swanson's well-crafted 15th mystery set in Scumble River, Ill. (after 2011's Murder of a Creped Suzette). Skye's previous boyfriend's colorful mom, Bunny Reid, plans to rake in extra money by hosting a combination cat show and cat fanciers' speed-dating event at her bowling alley, but Skye's discovery of the strangled corpse of the abrasive show judge in the bowling alley's basement puts a damper on the proceedings. Meanwhile, Skye wants to exorcise the pesky spirit of her home's former owner, but she's distracted by her reporter friend, Spike Yamaguchi, who's in town investigating rumors of government corruption and Wally's appointing her as his backup security for a storage unit auction that ends in unexpected conflict. From normal to nutty, the folks of Scumble River will tickle the fancy of cozy fans. Agent: Laura Blake Peterson, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“DENISE SWANSON HAS IT ALL.”
“DENISE SWANSON’S TONGUE-IN-CHEEK HUMOR IS PRICELESS.”
Delightfully down to earth. (Chicago Tribune
I enjoy every minute of every book of this series. (Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author)
“I enjoy every minute of every book of this series.” —#1 New York Times
Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris
“Endearing…quirky…a delight.”—Chicago Tribune
“A trip to Scumble River is like visiting with old friends.”—The Mystery Reader
“Swanson is a born storyteller.”—CrimeSpree Magazine
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Yard sales can bring out the worst in people. So when Scumble River school psychologist Skye Denison organizes a 100-mile yard sale, otherwise neighborly folk get downright nasty: her own mother creams a woman, and a battle of the sexes breaks out. But when her former boss is found murdered, nobody knows for sure how this cookie will crumble.
Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiancée, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving twenty-five to life...
School psychologist Skye Denison reluctantly agrees to act as maid of honor in her California cousin's over-the-top platinum-style wedding- and is also expected to assist the control-freak wedding planner. But when Skye discovers the planner dead, just one week before the big event, Skye is suddenly working double-duty.
While overseeing every nuptial detail, she's also helping the police find out who hated the bridal consultant enough to kill her. Can Skye get her cousin to the church on time-and save herself from a killer who may actually be on the guest list?
Still recovering from breaking up with her boyfriend and alienating half the people in town, Skye Denison has sworn off men—but she hires sexy contractor Beau Hamilton to renovate the old house she inherited. After all, who can ignore his qualifications? Golden hair, bronzed chest, muscular thighs—he’s just too good to be true.
Sure enough, he has a reputation for conning the ladies. But before the not so naïve Skye can fire the hunk, he turns up dead. Since even bad boys deserve justice, Skye has to juggle more than a passionate police chief, a cagey brother with a secret, and a possibly haunted house. She’s got a killer to catch.
Plans to build a country music theater in Scumble River fall flat whena female country singer is murdered, and the motives and suspects stretch back decades.
When school psychologist Skye Denison discovers a body crushed by a toppled bookcase in Scumble River's new bookstore, she has to read the clues before she becomes the killer's next work-in-progress...
A health spa complete with tofu turkey and "Dress for Sexcess" lectures is the last place school psychologist Skye Denison wants to spend Thanksgiving. But when her best friend Trixie Frayne convinces her to take a complimentary weekend at the new Scumble River Spa, Skye accepts her fate and prepares to be slathered, wrapped, and roasted-until a murder ruins the good time.
Grandma Sal's Soup-To-Nuts Cooking Challenge is coming to town, and Skye Denison is entering. And though she can't solve the mystery of the perfect mousse, murder is another story. Because a cocky contestant has been found delectably drowned in a chocolate fountain...
Im used to buried bulbs, not buried bodies
The couple that sleuths together
Flower Shop owner Abby Knight has just returned from a romantic honeymoon with the man of her dreams. Theres no reason for the bloom to be off the rose just because she and Marco are returning to normal life. But when Marco discovers a skeleton buried in the basement of his bar, it is a bit of a mood killer.
When the body is identified as a carpenter who went missing back in the 1970s, Abby and Marco decide to cultivate the clues to solve the cold case. What could be more romantic? But the deeper they dig, the more desperate the murderer grows. And if Marco and Abby dont unearth the killers identity, they may not live to see their first anniversary.
About the Author
Denise Swanson has worked as a school psychologist for 17 years. This is her second novel featuring Skye Denison and Scumble River. Her first book, Murder of a Small-Town Honey, debuted to advance praise from the Charlotte Austin Review, Meritorious Mysteries, and BookBrowser. She is currently working on the next Scumble River mystery, Murder of a Sleeping Beauty. Denise lives in Illinois with her husband, Dave, and their cool black cat, Boomerang. For more information, visit her website: www.deniseswanson.com