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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Book Review: Murder of an Open Book by Denise Swanson

A nasty faculty feud leaves one Scumble River teacher belly-up. . . .
Her honeymoon may have been less than relaxing, but Skye Boyd née Denison is still high on marital bliss with her new husband, Wally. The fact that their family is about to get bigger is even more exciting, even if Skye is dealing with morning sickness—and trying to hide the news from her ever-meddling mother, May.
But Skye quickly comes crashing down from cloud nine when the body of one of her coworkers, science teacher and volleyball coach Blair Hucksford, is found in the school swimming pool. The troublesome trainer was on the bad side of almost everyone on staff and many of the girls on her team, leaving Skye to sort through a huge roster of suspects. Now she must figure out which wronged party was mad enough to kill, and quickly—before someone else in town gets bumped off. . . .[summary via Amazon]
Murder of an Open Book is the EIGHTEENTH book in the Scumble River Mysteries! That is 18 wonderful books that I have devoured, one after the other. This is quite an accomplishment for any writer, and especially for a modern series, given the changes in the publishing industry of late. So how does Denise Swanson do it?

Alike the previous 17 books in this series, Denise Swanson delivers quality writing, fantastic plots, interesting characters and the ability to always keep the reader on their toes!

My favorite thing about this series is watching the progression of the series. Denise Swanson allows the stories to follow at a good pace. I have enjoyed watching Skye's love life with interest, as she's settled on police officer, Wally Boyd, and settled into her life in Scumble River. In fact, with every read it has become more like sitting down with family and friends.

Alike to the previous books, I loved the mystery and also the moments with Skye and her family, especially her mom, May, who is always a hoot! Denise Swanson kept me on my toes as I tried, and failed, to guess the identity of the murderer. All in all, it was another wonderful mystery in this series.

The Scumble River Mysteries are one my go-to, auto-buy, auto-recommend mysteries to new readers of the genre. There is something for everyone in this series, and I guarantee once you start on them, you won't be able to stop.

1 comment:

  1. I have really enjoyed keeping up with the Scumble River series, it's a lot of fun!