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Little Shop of Homicide (A Devereaux Dime Store Mystery #1)

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Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiancée, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving twenty-five to life...
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Signet (first published March 1st 2012)
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A few years ago on a lazy Sunday afternoon I was watching some strange sport which involved horses and what appeared to be a dead animal...and I think at some stage all the players started shooting at each other. As I was sitting there I had what I thought at the time was a Eureka moment. I really love sushi and I really love sandwiches, so that being the case why not combine them?
Wandering into the kitchen I discovered I had all the ingredients I cucumber, half an avocado, rice, a
Jun 23, 2013 Elaine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: cozy
I love this series. I've been reading the authors scumble river series since the first book and love it. I was almost afraid to start this new series in case I didn't like it. I should not have been worried. Fantastic book b a fantastic author.
I loved this book! It had me laughing and I had no idea who dunnit till the very end! Can't wait for more in the series!!
A Little Shop Of Homicide is the first in a new series of A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery.
I loved this little cozy mystery with a little romance mixed in with it. Denise has started a good new series with this book .
Devereaux Sinclair left her city job and bought an old Five and Dime store out in her hometown in Shadow Bend, Missouri, Devereaux Dime store and Gift Baskets. She makes up some special baskets upon request. She also has the old fashion soda fountain and candy case. She is happy to
Barbara ★
When Devereaux Sinclair quits her high paying job in the city and returns to her hometown, she opens an old-fashioned dime store. She supplements this with a gift basket business that seems to be her main source of income. Unfortunately it's one of her gift baskets that get her embroiled in a murder mystery since her fingerprints were at the crime scene. A Kansas City cop who got burned in a ponzi scheme involving Devereaux's previous boss, has her in his sights and is brutally harassing her as ...more
Welcome to Devereaux’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets complete with a 3 stool soda fountain and a glass candy case. The best thing Dev ever did was quit the rat race, move home and buy this store.

Today she is rethinking her big decision as Kansas City Detective Woods arrives before the store is even open to accuse her of murdering her ex-boyfriend’s fiancée Joelle Ayers. Just because some items from a gift basket she created were used as murder weapons didn’t mean she had anything to do with the wo
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Set in a small town in Missouri, Devereaux Sinclair has opened up a five-and-dime store that sells custom gift baskets for any occasion. Dev left her six figure job to move back to her hometown and take care of her aging grandmother; however her life turns upside down when the local detective storms into her store and accusing her of murdering her ex-boyfriend’s fiancé, Joelle. The murder weapon? Special items from one of Dev’s fancy gift baskets. As Dev turns to her friends and family for help, ...more
Devereaux Sinclair makes a few life-changing decisions. She quits her city job, after a huge scandal rocks her company, moves back to her small hometown in Missouri, Shadow Bend, and buys an old fashioned five-and-dime store. Dev is quite happy until her ex-boyfriend’s fiancé, Joelle, turns up dead. The murder weapon just happens to be items Dev used in a gift basket that Joelle purchased, making Dev the number one suspect.

With her father already serving time in prison, Dev has no desire to join
Devereaux, who is the new owner of a small-town gift basket/dime store and whose family and business histories have had brushes with the law, tries (along with the help of her two best friends and a possible love interest) to clear her name in the murder of her ex-boyfriend’s fiancée. This is the first in a new series. The mystery itself was okay, and it was certainly a very quick and easy read. I’ll be honest, though: I didn’t like any of the characters (especially the best friends) nearly as m ...more
I like her Scumble River Mystery series. I give most books three, some four, and rarely five stars. That series has been getting three and four starts. Given that, I tried this new series. Let me make this simple: way too much "romance." Scumble series has some, but not too much (usually), this one was romance centric with some mystery. Thus, I did not like it.

She took an interesting approach to the mystery thread (at least in concept). Rather than emphasis finding the murderer, she emphasized p
I have an odd quibble with this author's works which is probably totally invalid, but it is annoying that the main characters always drive a stupid car. In this one the woman keeps a totally impractical sports car. In the Scumble River series Skye Denison drives a car from the 1950s despite it being 2012 because her loved ones fixed it up for her. She drives from school to school constantly and is always encountering crime, so it's hard to believe she wouldn't want something a lot easier to care ...more
Brenda Kirton
Denise Swanson finally started a new series. Very good mystery even if the cast is a bit formulaic. You know protagonist with father in jail, mom run off, fiesty gramma, and several other standard cast characters. The mystery was good. The dialogue and plot were very interesting. Although the romance part was typical romance novel crossed wires. If less of the story was spent in angst over whether or not to have sec and more on they mystery it would have expected improved an already good story. ...more
Devereaux Sinclair quit her job in the city and moved back to her home town in Missouri and bought the old fashioned five-and-dime. There she not only has merchandise, but an old-fashioned lunch counter/soda fountain, and puts baskets together for special occasions. However, when her ex-boyfriend's girlfriend is found murdered with a champagne bottle from the gift basket Dev had put together, she finds herself the prime suspect.

I really liked this book. The characters, Dev and her friends were v
Little Shop is the first in A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery. Denise also writes the very good Scumble River Series.

Devereaux Sinclair has left her high pressure finance job and has returned to small hometown, Shadow Bend, and has bought a Dime Store that was up for sale. A side line she has at the store is making adult gift basket for special occasions. As she is putting the finishing touches on her latest masterpiece when a Det. Woods enters the store and informs her that her former boyfriends
Denise Swanson is my go-to these days for cozy mysteries. She tells a solid story, with fun characters and neat little mysteries set in the midwest. Her Scumble River series is actually set in the general vicinity of the town I grew up in. This new series, the Devereaux Dime Store series (this is the first) is also set in the midwest, near Kansas City, Missouri.

In this story, Devereaux has returned to the town she grew up in and has purchased the Dime Store. She makes gift baskets as part of th
Gloria Feit
Devereaux (“Dev”) Sinclair has moved from Kansas City 40 miles away to Shadow Bend, Missouri, population 4,028 [the residents somewhat disconcertingly called Shadow Benders], buying a local shop now called, fittingly, Devereaux’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets. Her background is also a bit disconcerting: When she was in high school, her father was involved in a DUI accident and imprisoned, her mother abandoned her, the boy who had vowed to love her for all eternity walked away, and her grandmother ...more
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Little Shop of Homicide by Denise Swanson

This is the first book in a relatively new cozy mystery series. Deveraux has returned to her hometown and taken over a dime store and also has a business making specialty gift baskets. Also in her hometown is Noah, her ex from her younger years. Their relationship broke up with Dev's father was convicted of a crime.

When a socialite is murdered using parts of the gift basket Dev was hired to make for her, Dev becomes a prime suspect-
Diana Leigh
Devereaux Sinclair owns Devereaux's Dime Store and Gift Baskets, located in the small Missouri town of Shadow Bend. Dev left a job with a financial investment firm to move back to her hometown to take care of her grandmother. Unfortunately for Dev, the items from one of her gift basket creations were used to kill the fiancee of her ex-boyfriend, and now she has a cantankerous detective breathing down her neck. To make matters worse, he's got a personal vendetta against her, so putting her away f ...more
Denise Swanson's Little Shop of Homicide has been on my TBR pile for quite some time, and I'm very happy it finally made it to the top. Denise is the author of the long running Scumbler River Mysteries, featuring school psychologist Skye Denision. This new series stars Devereaux Sinclair, who quit her big city job to come back to her small hometown to take over the five-and-dime store, and look after her grandmother. Devereaux shares Skye's curly hair and curvy figure, but there the resemblance ...more
I like her other series a LOT better.

I don't think this series missed too many cozy series cliches, while at the same time cultivating a decidedly non-cozy vibe. The budding relationship between the protags was totally the (cheesy romance)) 'don't you wish I could have finished these lusty scenes' routine. Seriously, if I wanted that kind of content, I'd have checked out those sorts of books. Most of the main characters showed a prodigious capacity for alcohol, some of the community reaction st
When the her grandmother's doctor tells Devereaux Sinclair that the elderly woman shouldn't live alone, Dev quits her high-stress job in the city and moves back to her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri (pop. 4,028). She sinks most of her savings into purchasing the local old-fashioned dime store, which she turns into Devereaux's Dime Store and Gift Baskets. She soon realizes she left her investment job at the right time, because a few months later, her former boss was arrested for running a Ponz ...more
Amy Lignor
2012 may just go down in history as THE year for debut novels setting up brand new series’ fiction to be introduced to the world. This fun read is Book I in what will eventually become a slew of stories titled, The Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery series.

Devereaux, commonly known as ‘Dev,’ Sinclair has purchased an old-fashioned dime store located in her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri. Naming it Dev’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets, she truly loves her business. Soon it is thriving and Dev is maki
What a great beginning to a new series for the Scumble River queen, Denise Swanson.

The book is smartly written and has more than a few witty, LOL moments. I liked one bit of humorous dialogue so much I posted it on my Facebook page! I wouldn't, however, classify this book as a straight "cozy" because I truly think it's more romance. The romance figured a bit more promininently than the murder Jake and Devereaux needed to solve in order to keep the finger-pointing small town detective from forma
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Yeah!! Another win from my purchases on Audible!! Such a great find!! Maia Guest is a terrific narrator who really brings this story to life!! I am definitely adding her to my list of VO artist to follow! She gave me such happy ears!

Now on to the story! Terrific plot that was creative and well paced. Loads of details and twist to keep you on your toes, but not so many you can't follow. The story had your attention from the very start and di
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
A Granddaughter, Devereaux Sinclair has returned to her hometown,Shadow Bend, Missouri to own a small retail store and care for a loving Grandmother, Birdie. Dev returns under a cloud though. Everyone in town knows her past, as is normal in small towns, and she left behind a job that months later fell to scandal.

The book opens with Dev being shocked as she learns the fiance of her ex-boyfriend, Noah, was killed using implements in one of the Valentine's baskets for lovers Dev had fashioned for t
Listened/Read for Fun (Audible/Paperback)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought When Finished: Dare I say that this was a steamy cozy mystery? Had a bit of a kick in the romance department *hubba hubba*

Story Thoughts: Quirky, Fun, and a little outrageous is what I would call a Little Shop of Homicide. It was a fantastic afternoon read with a who-dun-it that was a little off the beaten path. It was fun, saucy, a
I loved this book. Usually I don't expect much of a first in the series because I'm trying to get a feel for the characters, with this book though I felt that I knew Dev and her grandmother. I enjoyed the relationships between the characters, and I wish there was a dime store like this one around me. The mystery was very good and I liked the approach on how the characters figured it out. It had enough twists that had me guessing until the end. I'm moving on to the next one in the series.
This book read more like a romance than a cozy mystery. I did enjoy it more than the author's other series, the Scumble River mysteries. But it seemed like the mystery was merely an after thought to Dev's love life. The conclusion was unsatisfying and out of left field. It felt like the murderer was random, and took the fun out of trying to figure out whodunnit.
Then there's the characters, the lifeblood of any book. I didn't feel like I connected or identified with any of the characters. Perhap
Kaitlin W
I was a little late to the series when it started. I went to my library and I saw the third book in the series and I really liked the cover and I decided I wanted to read it and I noticed that it was the third one in the series. So I decided to get the first one and that's when I got hooked. I love this series so much that on the day it is released for the 4th one I will be in the book store to buy it. I like this series so much that I am going to go back and read the authors other series. if yo ...more
I've had this book sitting on my TBR pile for a couple of months. I was a little preoccupied with other things. I needed something to read on the train since I was heading into Manhattan today with a friend and knew it the right time to dive into it.

Denise has created an image of a town that would appear to be locked into the late 50's or 60's visually. The undercurrents between the Townies (the founders of the town) and the Country Club set are simmering just under the surface. This is the atm
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