Murder of a Royal Pain (Scumble River Series #11)

Murder of a Royal Pain (Scumble River Series #11)

by Denise Swanson

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When school psychologist Skye Denison stumbles over the body of pushy “Promfest” chairperson Annette Paine during a Halloween fundraiser, it looks like a clear-cut case of promicide. Annette was not the only prom mom desperate to see her daughter crowned queen—and her skirt-chasing hubby is no prince either.  

Skye’s anxious to investigate, but she keeps getting sidetracked by the overeager new social worker at school, and her current beau’s emotional distance. Still, one question haunts her: Annette Paine was wearing a witch costume identical to Skye’s, so which witch was the intended victim? Will Skye realize too late that finding this killer is a matter of her own life or death?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451226587
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Series: Scumble River Series , #11
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 178,150
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 4.22(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Denise Swanson worked as a school psychologist for more than twenty-two years. She lives in Illinois with her husband, Dave, who is a classical music composer, and their cool black cat, Boomerang. For more information, visit her website:

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Murder of a Royal Pain 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
CrimespreeJon More than 1 year ago
Denise Swanson is one of my favorite authors. She manages to take me away from everything else in my world and lets me escape to Scumble Creek for a vacation. Of course what is relaxing for me is often the opposite for series character Skye Denison, school psychologist. In MURDER OF A ROYAL PAIN (I love her titles) prom mother from hell, Annette Paine is found dead. The candidates for suspects are plenty because Annette wasn¿t the only crazy mother who feels the need to live vicariously through her daughter and see her crowned queen. Annette¿s husband looks perfect for a set of handcuffs as well. As usual Skye¿s life is crazy and her own problems are only made more complicated by her involvement in trying to get to the bottom of the murder.
Swanson has given me many a smile and many hours of wonderful fun reading.
This is just another in a long line of really great books. Denise Swanson is amazing
Jade_cat_mom More than 1 year ago
While not among Swanson's better entries in the series, this was still a fun fluff read.
Dazzle27 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as I have all of the others in the series. I am still waiting for some action with the main character and her cop boyfriend. They never seem to get it together and he has been absent a bit too much in the last couple of books.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Scrumble River school psychologist Skye Denison is not having an easy time of it. After several years of pleading and nagging the local Illinois school board to hire a sociologist, they employ Jackie Jennings. From the very start, Skye has a bad feeling about the newcomer who says and does things that put her in a bad light. Jackie also is territorial; sitting in Ske¿s chair and moving furniture without checking. She also volunteers to help with the Halloween fundraiser for Promfest.

Jackie¿s volunteering forces Skye to agree to help too. Skye becomes one of the three witches who in costume look alike. She hates funhouses having been left alone in one as a child. While performing her role, Skye runs across the body of one of the other witches, "Promfest" chairperson Annette Paine. While Deputy police officer Quirk quickly rules it an accident, Skye disagrees as the victim lived up to her surname. With Police Chief Wally out of town, Skye enlists coroner Simon and news reporter Kurt to team up with her to investigate the ¿promicide.¿ When someone tries to run Skye over, she reconsiders her hypothesis and wonders if the culprit intended to kill a different witch.

Denise Swanson¿s Scrumble River mysteries are always fun to read and her eleventh ¿Murder of ¿¿ is as enjoyable as the previous ones (see MURDER OF A CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY). Readers obtain a look at small-town Midwest living through a solid realistic cast especially the recurring characters, the students and their parents. The investigation is clever as Skye initially planned to stay out of it; gets involved; and changes her premise a couple of times leading to a strong whodunit with solid twists.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it enough to look foward to reading the others in the series
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ESESpecialist More than 1 year ago
True to Swanson's style and is a great continuation of her wonderful series. A joy to read and a great escape.
DurokGoober More than 1 year ago
Once again, denise Swanson draws us into the familiar Scumble River Valley with the characters we've come to know for the past fifteen years. Although following her usual gripping style, I realized I'm beginning to wonder how such a small town as Scumble River is able to continuously provide so many victims of violent crime. Look past that, I found the plot to be a little less than what I've come to know from Swanson, but since there's still the beloved teaser of what's yet to come, I'm looking forward to the next installment.
pecan More than 1 year ago
this is the funniest book in the series to date! has the funniest scene and funniest play on words and phrases. this series has cute sayings ,but this one is lol!
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patcat59 More than 1 year ago
Love this series. The characters are flawed, funny, and realistic-other than Skye running into so many dead bodies, but you can't have a murder mystery series without that! Denise Swanson's writing is witty and very readable, with a light touch of social commentary that makes it a bit more than just a cozy mystery read. Highly recommended!
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Texaslady More than 1 year ago
I like the uncle, brother, best friend, and ghosts in her house. I would also like her to explore her house and all the interesting items left to her. This is a good book but there are so many things she can do with her old home.