Die Me a River

Die Me a River

by Denise Swanson

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The chips are down in Scumble River

School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd had hoped that her maternity leave would be at least a little relaxing, but when she and her husband, Wally, meet with the priest to discuss their newborn twins' christening, an explosion at the nearby bowling alley rocks the rectory. And although the business was closed at the time of the blast, there's a body inside.

As police chief, Wally is inevitably drawn into the investigation, which seems to indicate that foul play is afoot again in Scumble River, and Skye can't help but do a bit of her own sleuthing. But the clues come fast and furious, ranging from an odd new stranger in town to animosity toward the gambling machines that had recently been installed at the bowling alley, and Skye finds herself wondering if this could be the puzzle that stumps her for good.

New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson has penned another hit for cozy fans with Die Me a River, the latest installment in her beloved Welcome Back to Scumble River mystery series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492648352
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Welcome Back to Scumble River Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 106,848
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Denise Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River Mysteries, the Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries, the Change of Heart romances, and the Delicious romances. She worked as a school psychologist for twenty-two years before quitting to write full time. She lives in Illinois with her husband, classical music composer David Stybr.

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Die Me a River 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Denise Swanson ALWAYS DELIVERS her books are full of excitement and suspense!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love any book written by Denise Swanson and this is no exception. We're back to the Scumble River series and this is one of the best so far out of the two new books. Love it!!! Keep writing Denise!!!
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Another comforting visit to Scumble River. The aftermath of the tornado is still very evident, with insurance adjusters and builders all scrambling for their piece of the pie. Wally and Skye are busy with their new twins, her mother is planning a huge baptism/shower party where they will finally reveal the babies names. When an explosion at the bowling alley involves Bunny and her newest beau as suspects, both are invested in searching for the culprit.
rgp1950 More than 1 year ago
This author knows how to take a true arm-chair mystery and make it absorbing and engaging. Her characters are believable and familiar yet always evolving. Her storylines are always unrepeated and don’t appear formulaic. I love the fact that she makes it challenging to decipher who actually committed the crime. I also like the side stories that she always has going on in her books. Die Me a River is the second book of the Back to Scumble River series. Although it can be enjoyed as a first read, I believe it would be better understood and appreciated if the first book in this series Dead in the Water had been read. If you enjoy these two, you’ll love the original Scumble River series which will help you learn the evolving of the characters and their relationships.
RudyLKR More than 1 year ago
Another great book in the Scumble River series. I love seeing how Skye’s life changes as she is growing. Also good to see how becoming a mom doesn’t stop her from solving crime. This one kept me guessing and the ending was really good. Already looking forward to the next one.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Their twins have been born and their house is being rebuilt after the tornado, Skye, Wally, and the babies are leaving in a fabulous RV. Life is good. Then the new parents are meeting with the priest to go over details for the babies’ christening when a loud explosion rocks them and the building. They run outside to see that the explosion occurred at the bowling alley. The bowling alley where Skye’s former boyfriend’s mother lives. Police chief Wally and Skye take in the scene and after the firemen rescue those that were trapped in the building they are both rocked again by one of the people coming out of the building. But there was someone that didn’t make it out. A body is found in the debris. Was the bowling alley targeted because of the flak about the gambling machines? Or is there some other reason a bomb was placed in the building? Wally is right in the thick of the investigation but Skye is doing some investigating of her own. She is also handling some things at school for the intern filling in for her while she is on maternity leave. And then there are the twins, the christening, the baby shower where her mother has invited over 150 people, and decisions that need to be made regarding their new home. To say Skye and Wally have a lot on their plate in an understatement of epic proportions. Whether this is your first book in this series you have picked up or if you are a long time fan you are in for a wonderful treat! Ms. Swanson has taken Syke through thick and thin over the now 23 Scumble River and Welcome Back to Scumble River series’. I was a little nervous about how these babies may slow her down, but we saw in this story that that is not the case. Skye has really matured over the course of the series. She and Wally make a great team both as parents and investigators. With all their friends and extended family, there is never a dull moment in Scumble River. This story was incredibly easy to escape into. The characters are likable, believable, and engaging. The dialogue is spot on too. I was surprised that the new babies remain unnamed until the christening when the names are revealed. There is no way my family or my husband’s family would have let us get away with that. But it did make the moment very special. Now the mystery starts out with several potential suspects, the victim was not an easy person to like and they were doing anything to advance their career on the backs of others. With a little digging, the list of suspects was pared down quickly. The author throws several red herrings along the path to distract us too. Everything comes to a surprising end in totally the wrong place. Yes, I was on edge until it all played out. Caution – there are a few curse words in the story, but the new parents are working on that Superb characters in some crazy situations come together in the well-written mystery. I would have finished the whole thing all in one evening if only my eyeballs would have cooperated. This was a fun read!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Die Me A River may be the second book in the Welcome Back to Scumble River series, but it is a continuation of A Scumble River Mystery series. If you are new to this series of books, begin with Dead in the Water. If you are up for a challenge, pick up Murder of a Small-Town Honey (go all the way back to the beginning). I thought Die Me A River was easy to read with eccentric characters and a quirky small town. Denise Swanson has an engaging writing style that draws the reader into the Scumble River world. It can be hard, though, to keep track of the all extraneous characters especially in the beginning. Skye has an extended family and many close friends along with co-workers, Wally’s family, Wally’s co-workers, the townspeople (you get the picture). There is plenty of humor in the story as Skye learns to deal with the twins, Carson’s new girlfriend (and how they learn who it is will have you chuckling), the fairy godmother (her outfit alone will cause you to snicker), May’s over-the-top plans for the party, and the incident at the party are just a few examples. While Die Me A River has a delightful homey feel to it, the mystery was lacking. There is misdirection as the author tries to steer readers away from the real killer, but there are a limited number of suspects. Readers will have no problem solving this whodunit. I would like to suggest the author consider Homer as a victim in a future story (he is an obnoxious ignoramus). I could have done with fewer lovey dovey moments between Wally and Skye (they are sweet, but this is not a romance novel), references to Skye’s weight (which is normal after having a baby), and less focus on how much money Carson has at his disposable (and is spending on Wally, Skye and the babies). I am glad that the new parents are trying to eliminate vulgar swear words from their vocabulary (I dislike seeing them in my cozy mysteries), and they are coming up with some creative alternatives. It was lovely to finally find out the names that Skye and Wally had picked out for the twins. Die Me A River is an enticing cozy mystery with peculiar characters and an appealing small town.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her best book! I was disappointed when it ended. Love all the characters
diane92345 More than 1 year ago
In Die Me a River, the small rural town of Scumble River is still recovering from the tornado in the last book in this cozy mystery series. The town is abuzz with complaints about the shady practices of Homestead Insurance. Claims are being reduced, denied and seldom paid timely. When their insurance inspector turns up dead in a bombing, Police Chief Wally must investigate a plethora of suspects. Wally would much rather be at home with his school psychologist wife, Skye, and their still unnamed newborn twins. Skye is on maternity leave. She is seemingly being stalked by a new town resident, Millicent Rose, who just wants to go the twins’ baptism. According to their priest, Millicent has gone to both of the other baptisms since she arrived in town and gave each baby some type of verbal gift. Die Me a River is the second in the rebooted Scumble River series. However, there were nineteen books in the original series too. Despite never reading any of those books, I had no trouble catching up with the character’s backstories. This works well as a stand-alone. Most readers, and I include myself, read cozies more for the ambience and characters than for the puzzle. This book does a great job pulling the reader into small town Illinois life. While there are a lot of characters here, each has such a diverse personality it is is easy to keep them separated. The two mysteries are well-presented. I actually liked the fairy godmother sub-plot better than the insurance main plot but that was just personal preference. I enjoyed the minor mystery around the naming of the babies too. Die Me a River is a great, relaxing cozy mystery. It is recommended for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in someone else’s life for a day. 4 stars! Thanks to the publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark, and NetGalley for an advance copy.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
In this next book of the series people are still reeling from the storm that hit the town in the previous book. Everyone is trying to get back to normal but quite a few people in town are having issues with a certain insurance company re-fusing claims. Things were going well with the original adjuster but he was removed and someone new sent in. While Skye and Boyd are with their priest discussing the twins christening they hear an explosion that sounds relatively close. It ends up being the bowling alley and when the fire fighters discover the body of a certain claims adjuster dead there are more than a few suspects to be had. Skye is trying to enjoy her leave but with Wally being the head of the investigation she can't help but be pulled in. Being bombarded with clues is a good thing right, it's not when there are no answers to be had when it comes to said clues. Skye really can't seem to get a hold onto this mystery and wonders if it will ever get solved. In the meantime she is still working on figuring out what to name the twins, rebuilding her home, and getting into a new normal with two babies. Follow along as Skye tries to make sense of all the she has learned and be a great mom in the process. I'm enjoying where this series is going and love the transition the main character has made from being single to married and from being childless to a new mother of twins. I can't wait to see what she comes up against next.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
Loving how all the chapters are named after BABY songs, or songs which include the word baby. Authors go to so much trouble to entertain us readers. I admit I was not familiar with "My Baby Must Be a Magician" so I did look it up. I have heard of the Marvelettes and love that musical era. Still dealing with the aftermath of tornadoes, Scumble River is susceptible to conmen and ruses. Skye and Wally had tried to keep the family wealth a secret, but now, having to rebuild, along with the rest of the town, and deciding to go big with their new home and expanded family, judiciously it is revealed that they can afford something more than expected on their combined salaries. This brings its own difficulties. They don't have time to worry about that, as their twins are now over a month old, still without names. Baptism day is coming and Skye's mother can't contain her enthusiasm, especially now that budget is not a problem. Obstacles seem to roll out from every direction and odd things happen as well. Does magic really exist? Is something paranormal going on in rural Illinois? With all of the zany, quirky characters we've come to love from Denise Swanson (and at one point all under one tent) and the building tension of protecting the children while answering unusual questions and solving an explosive murder, we watch as Skye must move forward with decisions and learning to balance motherhood, work, even if part time, and rebuilding. This can be read as a stand alone but I think you will enjoy it best if you are familiar with at least some of the main characters by reading several previous books. You'll be hooked and want to read the entire series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago