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Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death
Deveraux’s Dime Story Mystery #2
Denise Swanson

March 2013 / ISBN 978-0-451-23942-6
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Devereaux Sinclair runs a five-and-dime store in the small town of Shadow Bend, Missouri. Dev grew up in Shadow Bend, spent some time working in Kansas City, and has found her niche back home with her store, living with her beloved grandmother, and spending time in the company of old friends. 

One of those old friends is her high-school sweetheart, Noah Underwood. Dev’s torn between rekindling the passion between them and fanning the flames with the new man in her life, U.S. Marshall Jake Del Vecchio. 

The two men take a back seat (sort of) when one of Dev’s closest friends, Boone, is charged with the murder of Elise Whitmore. She is the same woman who recently sold Dev some antique chocolate molds that she may or may not have stolen from her soon-to-be ex-husband, Colin. Doesn’t this give Colin a better motive for murder than Boone does? After all, Boone was merely Elise’s divorce attorney. Why would he kill his client? On the other hand, is the killer someone else entirely, and will the police dig any deeper or just lay the blame on Boone? 

Denise Swanson is extremely skilled at bringing her readers right into the story, guiding us to see situations through each of her characters eyes, and helping us to feel as if we might live in the small town of Shadow Bend. I enjoyed getting to know more about Dev and watch her find some resolution about things that happened in her past. The quirkiness and cozy feel of the first book in the series, Little Shop of Homicide remain, and once again, I didn’t peg the killer until close to the reveal. That right there makes me crazy-happy, and I vow to remain a devotee of this series as long as Swanson has new stories to share. I can’t wait to find out which man Dev chooses, or if she’ll lose them both. There remains a lot of history to explore in future installments, and I’m certain that there will be many more mysteries to solve. Bravo Denise!

Reviewed 2013