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Murder of a Smart Cookie (A Scumble River Mystery #7)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  831 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Yard sales can bring out the worst in people. So when Scumble River school psychologist Skye Denison organizes a 100-mile yard sale, otherwise neighborly folk get downright nasty: her own mother creams a woman, and a battle of the sexes breaks out. But when her former boss is found murdered, nobody knows for sure how this cookie will crumble.
ebook, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Signet Book (first published July 1st 2000)
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Julie P
Good book, and interesting plot development. I'm liking the Skye Denison mysteries more with every one that I read. Some of the quips are very clever, and I feel that Denise Swanson is getting more comfortable with her writing. I'm anxious to read the next one which should be right away since I'm chain-reading this mystery series.
Murder of a Smart Cookie (Scumble River Mystery , #6)Denise Swanson

I do admit I like these books. They may be a bit on the "cheesy" side, but I love a light who-dun-it.

Skye takes a summer job, only to find her boss murdered. Not only is she investigating this crime, but (she) becomes a suspect as well. It did not help that her mother was in a heated argument over her flaky (or not so flaky) pie crust. Add her mother and fathers little "spat" her uninvited house guest, causing her to have to sta
Not much has changed for Skye Denison.

Can we talk about the fact that she was fired from a job, FIRED, and she still doesn't think that its a big deal. (Even though she was somewhat in the right about what she did). She, as a character, is so high on herself that she can do anything and think that she doesn't deserve any consequences. She's told not to investigate murders but she's going to do it anyway, because they're just going to screw it up. And you're supposed to like her, and identify her
Shirley Worley
After getting fired from her job, Skye takes over as city coordinator for the area's largest garage sale that covers over a hundred miles and lasts for nine days. Whew! In between passing inspections and keeping a hoity-toity television celebrity reigned in, Skye must also keep the peace between her feuding parents. When her former boss ends up murdered, Skye becomes a suspect by the local sheriff. When a favorite local octogenarian is found with a sword in her chest, Skye uses her psychology b ...more
Oh my god! I haven't even begun chapter one....the author's note put me in a tizzy already. She felt she had to EXPLAIN a timeline so the characters don't age as her readers do? Unbelievable. Ms. Swanson is apparently writing for a much younger than adult age group. Perhaps her to have been a school psychologist for 20 years has interfered with her ability to relate to adults as adults. She is not clever. She truly fantasizes that she is Skye, (as authors often do with the main character) but in ...more
Murder of a Smart Cookie by Denise Swanson is the 7th book in A Scumble River Mystery series. Skye is hired by her uncle to co-ordinate the biggest yard sale and antique fair for Scumble River, attracting collectors from all over the country. The local antique dealer is found murdered and it is up to Skye to prevent this from ruining the fair. Another great addition to the series. I love catching up with all the characters and can't wait for the next installment.
I picked up the latest in this series at Target a while ago, not realizing that it was part of a series. I liked it well enough to seek out some others. The library had a few. Not the first one, of course, but since I'd read the last one, I didn't figure it would matter so much. You can tell the main character, Skye, had changed a lot between this book and the most current one. There were a LOT of characters in this book and it was really hard to keep track of them. Skye was seriously scattered ...more
Skye Denison reluctantly takes on the role of coordinating the Route 66 yard sale for Scumble River. She only does this because she was fired from her last job, working for a fairly unscrupulous antiques dealer, and she needs the money. It's a thankless task and begins with the murder of her former boss. The Sheriff doesn't want Skye anywhere near his investigation but since he's not the hottest french fry in the box, he clearly won't get anywhere without her help. Scumble River is full of quirk ...more
This is such a light, feel-good mystery series despite the murders. And I have to wonder how such a small town can have so many murders in a short time over the course of the series, but I can't get enough of it.
Diana Gotsch
I wonder why some writers can make the standard cozy plots work and others can't. This series contains many of the cozy standbys. Small town filled with quirky residents. An intelligent female main character with even quirkier relatives who is always finding murder victims. And of coarse, the dreaded love triangle. Some how it all seems to come across a fresh in this one. Even the business with the killer revealing all at the end has enough of a twist that it doesn't irritate. The gentle social ...more
I thought this book was going to be like the Hannah Swensen mysteries, but it wasn't as good. The characters just weren't that interesting.
Georgiann Hennelly
I like these books. its kind of like a soap opera.When Skye Denison, takes the job as organizer of the first annual route 66 yard sale. She discovers yard sales bring out the worst in people. Her mom gets into a food fight with a women because the women insulted her pies.Than a battle of the sexes breaks out, among her parents , best friends , and students. Skye knows things have gotten out of hand. But the worst is yet to come. Skyes former summer job boss Cookie Caldwell is murdered. And the s ...more
Jo-Ann Murphy
I really didn't like any of the characters. When it began with an assault and someone who's mother is a police dispatcher and a love interest who is a policeman does not call the police or press charges but cowers in her car and none of these police professionals at least bring up the illegality of assault on an employee, it is not a good book.
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Nov 09, 2011 Sheri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I liked reading this book because it went fast and the story was fun surrounding the annual Route 66 Yard Sale. It was fun to read and no sex, some violence(there was a murder or two) and lots of fun. The sleuth is a high school psychologist. So it was fun to read.
This one takes place in the summer, so Skye doesn't have as much of the chaos of her public school psychologist job as in the other books, but her uncle and an annoying TV diva make up for it in spades!
Shannon I have to read the next book!!! The way this one ends makes it that way...It was okay I am really kind of sick of the series but have to find out what happens...
This was not my favorite of the Scumble River series. Although the ending has me wondering what direction the author will be taking with Skye and her relationships.
Another good entry in the series. I loved that all the chapter titles were named after TV shows and it did have a very Murder, She Wrote ending to it.
Nancy Bradford
I really loved this book because it is notonly a cozy but it has talk of antiques and collectibles, which I also love.
3.75/5 Didn't enjoy this first part of this, but it picked up later on. Weakest of those I have read so far.
Pretty fun read. I will most likely read more from this cozy mystery series.
Good easy to read murder mystery with a small taste of romance.
ok. Good for one of those occasional 'mindless' reads.
Another fun read from this series.
I love this series
Lori marked it as to-read
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Denise Swanson lives in Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr and their cool black cat Boomerang.
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