Dead Between the Lines (Devereaux Dime Store Mystery Series #3)

Dead Between the Lines (Devereaux Dime Store Mystery Series #3)

by Denise Swanson

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Opening an old-fashioned five-and-dime shop in her small Missouri hometown has been a great change for Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair. But when she hosts a reading group there, she learns that bad writing can mean life or death.
To keep her new business in the black, Dev opens up her shop to local clubs. But in the first meeting of the Stepping Out Book Club, the speaker storms out after members attack his poetry’s sexism and scorn for small towns. Later that night, the poet’s body is found outside Dev’s store.
Dev can’t afford for the murder to close her down, so she does a little stepping out of her own to investigate, with help from her two sexy suitors, Dr. Noah Underwood and Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio. But when the killer threatens Dev, they will have to use every trick in the book to solve the case before she becomes the final chapter in this murder mystery.…

Includes a sneak peek at the next Scumble River Mystery!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451418883
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 303,223
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Denise Swanson is the author of the Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery series, and the New York Times bestselling Scumble River Mystery series.  She lives in Illinois with her husband, classical music composer David Stybr, and their cool black cat, Boomerang. 

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Praise for the Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery series

“Swanson has a gift for portraying small-town life.”—

“Delightful.…Readers will look forward to seeing more of the quick-witted Dev.”—Publishers Weekly

“[A] spunky new heroine with a Missouri stubborn streak.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Swanson puts just the right amount of sexy sizzle in her latest engaging mystery.” –Chicago Tribune

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Dead Between the Lines (Devereaux Dime Store Mystery Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in the Devereaux Dime Store Mystery series. Well done Denise Swanson, keep them coming.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Dead Between The Lines ( A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery ) By: Denise Swanson Wow, I finished Dead Between the lines and it was great. This book has got your cozy mystery who did it and romance too. Devereaux "Dev" Sinclair runs an old fashion five-and-dime store and takes care of her grandmother, and trying to make ends meet. Dev trying to make ends meet opens up her store to several clubs. One night The Stepping Out Book Club was having a writer as their guest. During the meeting the writer gets mad and storms out . That night his body is found outside the back of Dev's store. This is not good for Dev.  Dr. Noah Underwood and Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del  Vecchio both are two handsome suitors of Dev's and they will go out of their way to help her when she is threaten . I got so tickled at the two handsome suitors of Dev's. They will make you laugh and you will feel sorry for them at the same time. I loved this cozy mystery and I think the romance between Dev and her two suitors really made the book.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
another dime store cozy mystery that was most enjoyable. a murder is committed behid dev's store after a meeting that a poetry author attended. he is the murderee. dev decides to 'investigate. wile she is 'investigating', she also has to make up her mind which of her two suitors is 'the one'. i am pulling for jake!! after all he did just quit his job to be near dev!! the character are the kind that make the story for the reader and these characters are the best. you find yourself not just reading a story but becoming a part of it. i love the stories about dev and her little town, and the people that populate it. i think you will too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Denise Swanson books are absolutely delightful and this one does not disappoint. Ms. Swanson's sense of humor is lots of fun. Wouldn't she be fun to have as a neighbor! Love her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in a series by Denise Swanson that I just love. It is a wonderful cozy mystery full of fun, laughter, mystery, and love. I would highly recommend this book along the first two in this great series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Once again Ms Swanson proves why her books are loved by so many! Great characters, interesting storylines and keeps you guessing mystery all combine to make DEAD BETWEEN THE LINES another hit book!
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! Another winner by Denise Swanson! I love this series and this one did not disappoint! Dev and the supporting cast of characters make this series more and more enjoyable! I can't wait to read the next one! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful romantic mystery.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Another great story from Denise Swanson. I categorized this one as a Cozy Romance Mystery because the romantic triangle of Dev, Dr. Noah and Deputy U.S. Marshall Jake is really the prime storyline in my opinion. With Jake back in town and thinking about making that permanent, Dev is going to have to make a decision sooner rather than later. You can only keep these two men in limbo for so long or there may a murder that will be easy to solve. Thankfully I am sure one man will back off gracefully but unhappily when she makes her decision. I love that Dev opens up the extra room to local groups to make a little extra money. This time it is the Stepping Out Book Club that is featured when their guest speaker turns up dead way too close to the five and dime. I was surprised the entire group didn’t strike him down right in the middle of the meeting. What a first class jerk he was!! I will say that final twist that unveils the killer was jaw dropping. I did not see it coming at all. This series is filled with very interesting characters and I can’t wait to see where the author takes them next. The possibilities seem endless.
MarienicollBetaIN More than 1 year ago
This third book in the series gave Dev’s witty humor, that had me turn the pages with giggles. Dev is the exact kind of best friend you want in your corner. She has still the two yummylishious men wanting all her attention. Again, I was shocked at who the murderer was. Denise, leaves you in awe at the Who Dun It, when there so many that could be the “one”. I really love being shocked into the AHA moment. As a reader Dev and her family become your family. Also glad that her love for the one person(I can’t give it away) has finally made the way back into the story. Really, can’t wait for book 4 and more fun.
garden_56 More than 1 year ago
Another great cozy mystery from Denise Swanson!. Loved this one as much as the others.....her Scumble River mysteries are great too! It has romance, mystery and lots of fun people that you care about! Try any of her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in another great series by a great author! I loved how this book was a little different than the other two in the series. It was great learning more about the men in Dev's life. After the first two books it was important to find out exactly what was going on in her head especially when it came to her future. These books are the perfect thing to read while the baby is asleep and I need to be quiet!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Dead Between The Lines is the third book in the A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery series. Dev is getting ready to welcome the Stepping Out Book Club to here dime store. It was with some trepidation that she is hosting them, another night away from her mother and that the president of the club is the principal, Mrs. Ziegler, from her old high school. Ziegler has always been able to put the fear of God in Dev. The guest author for the first meeting is Mr. Quistgaard, who will discuss his latest book of poetry about life in a small town and women. In this book of poetry, is quite malicious both to women in general and the people and life of small towns. Needless to say, this doesn't go over well with the members of the book club. Three of the members have words with him and one storms out of the meeting. Very early the next morning Dev receives a call from the police asking here to come to the store and when she arrives she finds out that Quistgaard has been killed behind the store. Dev starts sleuthing, once again, hoping to get closure for little community and to turn her store back into a store and not a place people come to gawk. Dev needs to careful as death might lurking on the stairs. On the romance side, Dev has decided not to decide. She has feelings for Jake Del Veechio, but he's now five hours away and she certainly still has feelings for Noah Underwood, even if he did break her after high school. The agreement is that she will date both of them until she makes up her mind. Yes, it is like putting two mountain goats together, ready to do battle. I really enjoy this series that gives the reader a good story and interesting characters. And little humor mixed in, too. Looking forward to the next book to see what Dev can get herself into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Denise Swanson has done it again! Another great cozy with fun characters and an entertaining story line! I'm looking forward to the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in the series
pandabear3 More than 1 year ago
The mystery part of the book but the romance is just plain cheesy. Romance books are not my cup of tea, so the romance and love triangle distracted me. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Devereaux Sinclair has her hands full running her  "five and dime" store in Missouri, and keeping track of her Gran who is loosing some of her memory.  On the other hand, she has the good fortune to have two hunky boyfriends who both want her full attention.  Noah is the town's Doctor and Jake is a US Marshal.  In this book--third in the Devereaux Dime Store Mysteries--both men have their hands full trying to keep "Dev" out of trouble. Dev has numerous book and crafting groups that meet at her store.  This month's book group has read a poet's book, but instead of lovely verse, the poet bashes everything about women and small towns.  Then he tries to hit on one of the book group members.  His reward is murder.  His body is found behind Dev's store.  Dev delves into the poet's personal life and tracks down alibis from her customers to find the killer before he/she takes her out too. Lots of fun romance and interesting competition amongst the characters in this book.  Background information relates to the two previous books in this series, so I suggest reading them first.  Love the humor of the Dime store group names--book group is the "SOBs" , the Stepping Out Book club, for one.  Reminders of my times long ago in "five and dimes" made this book particularly interesting for me.  Think Swanson has potential for lots more books in this fun series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a good book
Annie10 More than 1 year ago
This book is about Dev who run a Dime Stores. She has a book club meeting at her store. The guest speaker of this club was murdered. Dev with the help of the two men she is seeing try and find out who killed the speaker. The speaker whom writes poems and other things was not well liked. The twist and turns it takes surprises the reader. It is well written. I would recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Denise Swanson continues her Deveraux Dime Store mystery series with her latest book, Dead Between the Lines. Swanson does a wonderful job of meshing her dime store theme with other plot elements to create interesting directions for this series. Her latest idea of using the store as a gathering place for community clubs is featured when murder ends up being the subject of the latest book club meeting. Swanson has a way of writing that gathers the reader in and keeps them so interested they can't put it down. A very good addition to the series. What I liked: Denise Swanson always delivers a great read, so I wasn't concerned about that. The Deveraux Dime Store series is quite different from her Scrumble River books and it's interesting to see how each new book changes the direction of the series. This time readers have the pleasure of reading not only a good murder mystery, but one with a reading related theme as well. Having the book club meeting in the dime store provided a great avenue for this mystery. I loved the idea that Swanson was able to add that element to give the story even more momentum. As usual I enjoyed Dev very much. She is a great heroine. She has that spark of curiosity that comes across as more of inquisitiveness. It isn't annoying or pretentious. When she starts asking questions she doesn't seem like someone suspects need to worry about. She just seems like your average young woman, wondering about things, not a detective. It works for her very well. I thought Swanson did a great job of making this heroine attuned to people and able to get information others might not be able to. I love Dev's love life as well. It's a triangle for sure. She has feelings for Noah, but she also likes Jake. Who will she choose? Maybe we will find out in future books. For now she's dating both of them. Not something I think is necessarily realistic when it comes to men who know about each other, but it goes along with the plot. That long distance relationship stuff is for the birds though, so I think it's Noah who will win out. The mystery was well written and had some edge to it. The guest author for the book club gathering has written a scathing book of poetry that has tempers on the rise. After having words with several book club members the author ends up dead right in front of Dev's store. I liked the way Dev gets right into the fray of finding out who did it. The suspects were aplenty and the motives were varied and interesting. Not Swanson's strongest effort, but definitely worth the time to try to figure out. What I didn't like: There wasn't much I didn't like, but it didn't grab me like some of Swanson's books do. It was a good book for sure, just not my favorite of the series, to date. Bottom Line: If you have read the other books in this series and others by this author, you know how good she is. This is a good addition to the series and continues to move the series forward at a good clip. Looking forward to the next one.
KristalNC More than 1 year ago
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I enjoyed the first two books in this series and am disappointed with Ms. Swanson's decision to turn what could have been a strong female role model into a romantic idiot in an effort to add some spice to an average cozy mystery using a tired love triangle -a device we all know too well from her Scumble River series. The mystery part of the book is decent but overshadowed by Devereaux's dates through the storyline. The interesting characters of Poppy and Boone are all but missing from this book with only a cursory mentioning of both. Ms. Swanson should also refrain from bashing the work of other authors (the book highlights is a very thinly veiled reference to the Fifty Shades trilogy and her personal feelings come through in a most unattractive way) as it's tacky and takes away from the narrative at hand.