By Denise Swanson

A Scumble River Mystery #1
Signet – July 2000
ISBN: 0451200551 – Paperback

Reviewed by: Brenda Weeaks, MyShelf.Com

Have you ever started a book and by the end of the first chapter just know you're are going to like it? That's what happened to me when I started reading MURDER OF A SMALL TOWN HONEY. This mystery contains everything I like in a cozy: a likable protagonist, a unique mystery, plenty of twists and false leads, and, most of all, a humorous outlook at life. 

When Skye left her small hometown full of small-minded people twelve years ago, little did she imagine she would be back, eating humble pie and looking for a job. She finds employment as a school psychologist with the Scumble River School District. In her job, she realizes many have grown stagnant in their jobs, and dislike being dissed in Valedictorian speeches. Oh well, this doesn't stop our protagonist; she plows right in, shows her concern for the students and does her job (These actions alone had me cheering!). Skye tackles the mystery weaved throughout this terrific cozy debut with the same unwavering courage, and it's a good thing she is a strong woman because not only does Skye find the body of the murdered TV personality, she sets her mind to solving the murder and risking her life to free the person they've arrested and if that isn't enough she accepts a...blind date. Is there no mercy? 

MURDER OF A SMALL TOWN HONEY is super debut; you can't get any better than this the first time out! 

Reviews of other titles in this series

Murder of a Small Town Honey, # 1   [review]
Murder of a Sweet Old Lady,
# 2    [review]
Murder of a Sleeping Beauty,
# 3    [review]
Murder of a Snake in the Grass,
# 4   [review]
Murder of a Pink Elephant,
# 6   [review]
Murder of a Smart Cookie,
# 7   [review]
Murder of a Real Bad Boy,
# 8    [review]
Murder of a Botoxed Blonde,
# 9   [review]--Thanksgiving
Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry,
# 10    [review] - Halloween
Murder of a Royal Pain,
# 11    [review]
Murder of a Wedding Belle,
# 12   [review]
Murder of a Creped Suzette, # 14
Murder of the Cat’s Meow
#15 [review]
Murder of a Stacked Librarian #16 [review] --Christmas
Murder of a Needled Knitter #17 [review]


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