Murder of a Bookstore Babe (Scumble River Series #13)

Murder of a Bookstore Babe (Scumble River Series #13)

by Denise Swanson

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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...

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ISBN-13: 9781101565032
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Scumble River Series , #13
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 97,075
File size: 311 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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:

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Murder of a Bookstore Babe 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Scumble River, Illinois school psychologist Skye Denison also serves as a consultant to the local police; whose chief is her fiancé Wally Boyd. He is grateful to her for her expert assistance on homicides cases (see Murder of a Wedding Belle) as her job and the fact she is related to most of the townsfolk have proven extremely helpful. Tales and Treats bookstore opens up to the dismay of many locals. The proprietor Rise Vaughn has a dispute with Better Than New Autos owner Hugo Leofanti who illegally parks his merchandise in front of her store. The librarian fears people will go to the bookstore making the library obsolete. The insurance agent bills the new storeowner for a much higher premium than originally quoted. A teacher and her friends picket the store because Tales and Treats sell romances and YA fantasy and sci-fi. Skye enters the store one nigh and finds a woman lying face down on the floor with a bookcase on top of her. She is positive the victim is Rise. When she learns the deceased is popular employee Kayla Hines, Skye is shocked. Wally and Skye hypothesize that the intended victim was supposed to be Rise as anyone looking at the pair from behind could lethally err. However with so many angry at Rise, who murdered Kayla remains unknown. The latest Scumble River mystery is a great puzzler as so many are irate with Rise but that same angry mob genuinely likes Kayla; thus the postulation that the wrong person was killed but there is no evidence to eliminate anyone in the crowd. Though Skye is a corpse magnet (see Murder of a Small-Town Honey), readers will admire her determination to find evidence to eliminate the suspect as she shares blood with many of the Fighting Illini suspects. Filled with humorous Prairie State eccentricity which include the heroine's mom, May the dispatcher and her brother Vince the nag, fans will enjoy Skye's latest case. Harriet Klausner
bookeeBD More than 1 year ago
I saw this book on the website and ordered it. Loved it from the first page. I have just ordered the rest of the books in the series. As an educator myself, I can relate to the teachers and principal with whom Skye works. My only negative is why do most of the books nowadays have to have the lead character spending nights with their signficant other without the benefits of marriage. But that is only a minor negative that I can live with. To all of you cozy mystery lovers out there - You won't want to miss this series!
GEW More than 1 year ago
As with all the books in this series I loved it. I only have one complaint, I am so sick of Simon. He is a whiny pain in the butt. He had his chance and blew it, so get on with your life already. His little plots to get Skye back are very irratating, the best thing that happened to her was when she got rid of his boring self. Can't wait for the next book in this series.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Denise Swanson just keeps getting better and better with her Scumble River series! I feel as if I lived in Scumble River and Swanson's books are a long letter catching me up on the happenings in my town.In this book, a new bookstore has come to Scumble River. Skye and Trixie are excited but some of the other townspeople are not at all happy. It seems that the owners have a 'shady' past. When someone is murdered in the bookstore, Skye helps her police chief fiancee, Wally, solve the crime. The trouble is, this time it looks like several of Skye's family members have a motive for murder.
SolaceWinter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Denise Swanson does not write an excellent mystery, but she does write an excellent story. I was impressed with her using a hook in this particular novel and playing games with it. I enjoy seeing Skye's life evolve and what comes of it because of the scenarios. The murders almost seem to be a way now to further her storyline, which is okay with me. I do not read these for the titillating tale of murder and mystery, but for the smalltown that Swanson has created. Do not go into this book expecting more than it is and you will eat up all 243 pages of it.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While school psychologist Skye Denison is thrilled that a new bookstore is opening in town, not everyone else is and several people are trying to shut it down. When someone is murdered there it looks like they might get their wish. Skye has worked with the police department before (and is engaged to Police Chief Wally Boyd) and agrees to help interview several suspects as they are all members of her family. Could someone in her family be the killer?¿Murder of a Bookstore Babe¿ is the enjoyable 13th book in Denise Swanson¿s Scumble River cozy mystery series. Skye Denison is a character who has grown on me over the course of the series and I always enjoy my visits back to Scumble River. Skye¿s large and complex family plays a major role in this book and Swanson walks a fine line with some of the characters who are a bit too much, almost too eccentric, but still believable. The Tales and Treats Bookstore is a nice setting ¿ a place I¿d visit if it existed in real life. The mystery itself is so-so with some predictable moments yet a few plot twists. I did figure out one major plot point very early in the book yet was still surprised at who the killer was and the ultimate motive. There are plenty of suspects, in fact too many, and that plot device seems more of a way to bring Skye¿s large family into the book. Also, an encounter with a family which led to a major clue seemed a little too convenient. Still, while the mystery is a bit thin, the characters and setting are what makes this book (and the entire series) worth reading. The one character who really annoys me is Simon. I guess his attempts to win Skye back are supposed to be amusing but they are way over the top and very childish at times.It is always nice to visit Scumble River and ¿Murder of a Bookstore Babe¿ is no exception.
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
The new bookstore in town has caused a ruckus amongst town members. Skye Denison is excited about the new store, until she discovers a body buried under a bookshelf. Now she must find out who did it before anyone else gets hurt. Will this be the end of Scumble River’s controversial bookstore? Readers will love the names of the chapters in this book, as each is a play on famous book titles. There are numerous characters in this small town mystery. Although it alludes to previous events, this book can be read as a stand-alone. Despite being predictable, this is a fun, light-hearted story to read. Notes: This review was written for the My Sister's Books bookstore. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
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If you've read these books in order (which I recommend) you've enjoyed the small-town mid-west flavor and great memories of old fashioned values which are sorely lacking in today's modern world. Families that will drive you nuts but love the great family traditions of Sunday after-church dinners. That is probably the reason I keep buying each book as it appears even though at times Skye annoys the heck out of me with her wimpy nature. She is a school psychologist responsible for the sound mental well-being of others children but has no ability whatsoever at having sound mental well-being for herself. She is totally unable to stand up to her mother, the school principal, or her ex-boyfriend, Simon Reid, who is not only harassing her but borderline stalking her. She is incapable of setting boundaries and maintaining them. In one breath she says "Simon I told you not to do this" and then sits down and has lunch with him which sends him mixed signals. She never tells him no and means it or stands her ground. She allows herself to be completely manipulated by him because "he has that puppy dog look" and she falls for it every time even though she's engaged to another man. Skye's integrity is sadly lacking. No wonder Simon still pursues her; she allows it and even encourages it. She justifies her behavior that she doesn't want to hurt Simon's feelings, or that its information she needs to hear as part of her job as police consultant. PLUS she keeps most of these stalking/harassment episodes a secret from her fiancee, Wally, who is adamant about trustworthiness. Skye always finds an excuse that her motive is more important than Wally's need to have a trustworthy mate after his first wife completely destroyed his faith and trust. Other than Simon being totally obnoxious in this book and Skye being her usual wimpy self the plot is really good and you don't figure out who the killer is until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a fun book, as are all of the Scumble River series. I do, however, find the sugar between Wally and Skye just a little to sweet. Then again there's good old Simon....well, give me Wally any old time! :-)
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mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read in the Scumble River Series. From the book title chapter headings to the engaging characters, especially Skye; this is a book series I will definitely read more of.
MyLibrary More than 1 year ago
Ms. Swanson did it again! The latest in her Scumble River series kept me guessing the entire way through. Love every page and I can't wait for #14!
MaryMacIA More than 1 year ago
Murder of a Bookstore Babe is the 13th in the Scumble River series by Denise Swanson. LOVED IT!! Skye Dennison and the Scumble Riverites are honest and fun characters and the books are a must read!!
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Skribe More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this yet and it's frustrating because #12 and #14 are both available for NOOK, but this one rather randomly isn't available for ebook. I don't know if this is a B&N issue or a publisher issue but it's a huge annoyance.