Murder of a Small-Town Honey (Scumble River Series #1)

Murder of a Small-Town Honey (Scumble River Series #1)

by Denise Swanson

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Advance praise for Murder of a Small Town Honey:

"A delightful mystery that bounces along with gently wry humor and jaunty twists and turns." —Earlene Fowler

When Skye Denison left Scumble River years ago, she swore she'd never return. But after a bout with her boyfriend and credit card rejection, she's back to home sweet—homicide....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451200556
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/2000
Series: Scumble River Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 199,948
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.68(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 Small-Town Honey (Scumble River Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
Denise Swanson had me laughing so hard tears rolled & rolled... & rolled again! This series is hysterical. Skye is friggin' hilarious! My favorite was the Cow Chip Bingo. I had to wipe the tears away. It was unbelievably uproarious! I would combust into fits of laughter telling anybody & everybody about the wickedly delicious Scumble River series. Watching Skye Denison return to her hometown was enjoyable. Skye is definitely well loved & is welcome w/ open arms. Of course, there are a few sarcastic comments made about her extra padding ~ she put on a few pounds while away from home. Skye offers to be a jelly judge at Chokeberry Days, a local tradition that had me doubling over from laughing so hard. Some Scumble River residents advocate it as a way to bring revenue into the town, while others oppose it, groaning it is bringing a little too much change. Swanson knows how to create characters who are a vibrant mix of personalities. Skye's a quick-witted woman w/ an abundance of intuition into human frailty. Swanson does an excellent job keeping Skye credible. Skye's dichotomy of indecision is spot on. Skye's thrilled to be home embracing her family's nurturing affection, yet disillusioned by her own feelings of inadequacy. Which Swanson does an extraordinary job describing. Bravo to Denise!!! Denise Swanson's Murder of a Small-Town depicts life in a small town effortlessly. I wanted to pack my bags for a weekend stay w/ Skye & the rest of the quirky Denison's. Murder of a Small-Town Honey is a charming, rapid paced mystery that will leave you absolutely impatient for your next visit to Scumble River. Hurry pick up a copy of Murder of a Small-Town Honey... Warning! Refrain from noshing or drinking while reading!!!
Annie97 More than 1 year ago
I intend to follow up on this series, it's clean which makes reading enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
picked this to read by chance. Enjoyed it so much purchased all the Scumble River books. Have not been disappointed in any of them
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first tiem reading Denise Swanson and I found this book to be great. I never wanted to put it down. I am even online right now looking to buy another book from this collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a decent book. I was pleasantly surprised. Looking forward to reading the 2nd book!
WesternMass More than 1 year ago
Reading these Scumble River stories, in order, is like going home to a family reunion with each new story. Having grown up in a small town about the size of Scumble River, Ms. Swanson nails the flavor. I love the way she continues the story of each of the main characters (Franny, Justin, Bunny, Simon, Wally and May, among others). I'm now on #13 and hope the fun never ends.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Murder of a Small-Town Honey is the first book in The Scumble River Mystery. This is the first one I have read in this series and I will be reading the others. I think Mrs. Swanson has done a very fine job on her first book.There is so many twist and turns that keep you on the edge. You will laugh till you cry in some of the book. Skye Denison is a young lady who left Scumble River, Illinois twelve years ago. She said a bunch of things when she left that she is sure people has not forgotten. Skye has come back to Scumble River because she was fired from her job and her boyfriend jilted her. She had no choice but to return. Her godfather got her a job at the school as a psychologist. After she gets there they are having a Chokeberry Days festival and everything starts to fall apart. Nothing is going the way it should. On top of it all Skye finds a dead body and this closes everything down .The lady was suppose to be an elderly lady who was host of a children's TV program . Well the elderly lady turns out to be a small and sexy young lady who use to live in Scumble River. There is a lot of things that starts to happen after Skye finds the body.Skye's brother Vince, is picked up and accused of the murder. The more Skye tries to help her brother and prove his innocences , the more she gets into trouble. She ends up in a police car more times than I can remember. You never know what she is up to next. Honey was not a very likable girl in school or among most people. She left town and no one knew where she was at . There is a lot of suspects who had motives and would like to see her dead. Did Vince kill Honey?? Can Skye prove his innocences or is he guilty. There is so mush going on and so many characters. Oh , Skye and Vince's mom is also in the book and she is trying to help her son too.If you like a good mystery , you will love this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love being cousin's with a famous author, she is one of the reasons i love to read, i remember when she gave me her first book i couldn't put it down now i'm hooked, not just because my whole family are in the books but because she really knows how to tell a story and describe with such vivid detail its like playing a movie in my head! Again everyone should read this series and her new series of books because they are awesome!
ronnyj1503 More than 1 year ago
Imagine coming back to your hometown, and nobody recognizes you, and you want it that way. And what happens when somebody finds out.
Kelly_B More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful beginning to a Cozy mystery series! Skye Denison has moved back to her hometown after leaving upon her high school graduation 12 years prior with a serious "I'm-better-than-this-town attitude." Skye never expected to go back, but after a break up, loss of job and serious financial woes...there really is no better place for her to get back up on her feet. And that is all Skye has in mind when she returns home. She wants to put some work in, save some cash, and head right back out of Scumble River. Stumbling on a corpse sparks a change in Skye's short term plans. As Skye works on trying to find out more about the victim and solve the crime, the reader gets to enjoy small town life. There are quite a few people who aren't too keen on Skye any more, but plenty who are happy to see her back. Pretty much what you would expect out of people who really grow up and grow with you and then without you. It was also interesting watching her take on a job as a school psychologist, and that part totally gave me a new respect for the position. The mystery was perfect for me. I have read a lot of mysteries in my life (mostly thrillers), and I am always happiest when I do not immediately figure it out. Murder of a Small-Town Honey also had the benefit of that the author didn't throw anyone so far into the limelight that you were sure it had to be them and then pull someone out of a hat that couldn't have possibly been involved. I hate when authors do that. It all tied up in a way that made sense. All in all this foray into mystery and a small town made me want to come back. I enjoyed Skye and her whole family. It was nice reading about a character who is not described as absolutely stunning. Skye is a character you can relate to, because we have all pretty much stuck our foot in out mouths at some point and had to deal with the ramifications. And most of us aren't a size 2. The town sounds terribly small with everyone knowing everyone else, but living in a smallish town myself, I can definitely see how that can be. It is something I may have found ridiculous several years ago. I so looked forward to learning more, I quickly ordered the next book in the series. Which I will review soon. I received this book through PaperBackSwap. I actually had no prior knowledge of the author, but the title grabbed me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cozy is one of a series. It features a school psychologist who works in Elementary, Middle, and High School and that's something different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was definitely a comfortable book. I have two young children, and it's perfect for my situation. There's not a lot of stuff to keep track of, so I could keep my kids in line while reading. However, that means the plot was pretty simple. My only complaint is that, because I'm a teacher, it was like bringing work home. Teachers spend so much time in IEP meetings as it is, and she talked a lot about the process and all teh different tests.
female-sleuths More than 1 year ago
The female-sleuth here is Skye Denison, and Scumble River is the small town in Illinois she is from. She is a school psychologist and has recently moved back home after losing her job.

Skye stumbles upon a dead body and is shocked to learn that it was a woman by the name of Honey Adiar, who used to date Skye's older brother Vince in high school. Of course the police think Vince killed Honey. He claims not and Skye believes him.

Skye's mother May works as a part-time dispatcher for the local police station. She wants Skye to find out who the real killer is. May thinks that Skye's background as a psychologist will be helpful - that people will open up to her.

The relationship between Skye and her mother is interesting. They love each other but get on each other's nerves. I thought it was interesting that May wanted her to get involved. Typically a mother would not want her daughter trying to solve a murder mystery, so this is an interesting twist.

Skye is smart, and does a good job of handling people and knows what to tactfully say in tough situations.

I would recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the book because I work with emotionally disturbed students in a high school and like mystery series. I honestly expected the book to be silly. I was wrong. It was enjoyable. There was enough humor to keep it light. And the school situations were realistic....I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable small town mystery with a wonderful cast of characters. I lived in Indiana for a few years as a teenager, and it certainly sounds like the Midwest I remember. I finished MURDER OF A SMALL TOWN HONEY today, and logged on to buy the next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Skye Denison is a believable heroine with a wonderful sense of humor. I just love the zaniness of the small town, and the mystery kept me guessing. I'm looking forward to the next Scumble River book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Denise Swanson has triumphed in her first novel, MURDER OF A SMALL-TOWN HONEY. Skye Denison is one of the most likeable protagonists I've come across in a long while, and the humor laced within the story is laugh out loud funny. A real winner.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Skye Denison has returned to the hometown she never meant to live in again. Having lost her school psychologist job, she has managed to get the same position in Scumble River. It is not ideal but begger's can't be losers. No sooner has Skye arrived than she is coerced into working at the local Chokeberry Days Festival. When she tries to rouse the the TV storyteller, Mrs. Gumtree, from her trailer, she finds the old lady dead and, er, not old. She is really a young Honey Adair who spent her senior year making a path through the Scumble River male population, including Skye's brother, Vince.When Vince is implicated in the murder, Skye is determined to find the real killer.I enjoyed this book. Skye is a funny character. The supporting cast of her parents, friends and co-workers was well defined and likeable. Well, except when we are not supposed to like them. I got a feel for the small town right away. While it was not the best first book in a series I have read, I do plan to read the next in the series. I think there is a lot of potential here.
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