Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry (A Scumble River Mystery, #10)
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Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry (A Scumble River Mystery #10)

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Grandma Sal's Soup-To-Nuts Cooking Challenge is coming to town, and Skye Denison is entering. And though she can't solve the mystery of the perfect mousse, murder is another story. Because a cocky contestant has been found delectably drowned in a chocolate fountain...

Paperback, 246 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Signet
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You know, I originally gave it 2 stars, and then I thought..."Wait a minute...why did I do that? I didn't like this book at all." So, I went back and gave it one star.

You would think that it would be worth it just for the recipes in the back, but The recipes are all Velveeta and butter. Even my grandma doesn't cook like that anymore! No wonder Skye (whose name just does not suit the character at all) has "generous curves". It's a wonder she doesn't also have heart disease and a Hover...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Skype Denison has never really aspired to cook. So when her mother enrolls her in the Grandma Sal,s Soup to Nuts cooking challenge. That has come to Scrumble River. Her mother has four recipes- one of which she has submitted under Skye's name. Right from the start, trouble brews among the contestants, Judges and even Grandma Sal's own family. But a spiteful contestant takes things to far when a cocky contestant Cherry Alexander is drowned in a chocolate fountain. Skye is still struggling with th...more
This latest installment in the Scumble River series took me about three hours to read and I was a little disappointed.

I didn't think that we would find out who that weird lady was yet, but I didn't think it would be such a badly written extra of the story. I don't know how to explain it, I mean I still liked the story, but Simon is getting on my nerves.

Overall, it was okay. Can't wait for the next one.
Skye Denison isn't a cook but that doesn't stop her mother from entering her into Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts Cooking Challenge. Skye struggles to make something edible to enter in the contest, but she has too many distractions including a missing student from the school where she is a psychologist and someone trying to sabotage the contest. Things go from bad to worse when one of the contestants is murdered and Skye's uncle injured. Now Skye must not only try and cook a decent meal, she must try...more
I've read these all out of order, so I'm not sure if that helps or hurts my opinion of this one. This was okay, but I'm continually dismayed by how out-of-date Skye is about so many things. It's insane to think that she doesn't have a mobile phone, but when you think that she's investigating and continually getting herself into messed up situations, it's even more insane. There were a few things in this one that bothered me:
1 - WHY is Trixie always out of town? I've read the most recent one, but...more
Barely into this bookand the word "weenie" appears. Not an appropriate word for a highly intelligent school psychologist. Once again, Skye (and the author) show how intellectually depleted the main character is.

Then to "break 3 or 4 dates" over a period of 4 freaking months? Wally is the police chief for goodness sakes! And to use the term date at Skye's age is also a sign of immaturity. This woman is on the level of her students. And there are many times they show a higher intelligence than Sky...more
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Overall Rating: 3.25
Story Rating: 3.00
Character Rating: 3.50

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

(Contains spoilers that don't tie to the case but you have been warned)

First thought when Finished: Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry was a fast-paced, light-hearted, and fun afternoon read!

What I Thought of the Case/Story: Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry was an interesting mix of a fun cozy case and a cooking competition. I am going to be honest, my thought about 1...more
Once again, a cozy that does what it's supposed to do. Lets me have a fast read, fits in my purse, doesn't tax the brain, and is highly enjoyable.
It's been a little while since I've visited the area of Scumble River and it's school psychologist, Skye Denison, finds herself in uncharted waters....or kitchens...Her mother has entered Skye in the Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts Cooking Contest. This would be just fine, but Skye can't cook. She knows better than to disappoint her mother, queen of the gui...more
Murder of a Chocolate Covered Cherry (Scumble River, #10) Denise Swanson
Once again all the characters are back, now it seems Skye may be headed for a bit of relationship problems. I would like to see Skye truly happy and secure in a relationship. That aside the plot was interesting enough to keep me reading.

May (Skye' s Mother) joins a cooking contest and to Skye' s surprise enters her as well. Shortly after entering a body is found in the chocolate sauce, turns out to be Cheery Alexander (nice...more
I always enjoy a visit to Scumble River and the life of school psychologist Skye Dennison. This mystery introduced local employer Fine Foods, a family owned company. Grandma Sal runs a "Soup to Nuts" Cooking Challenge which is held this year in Scumble River. Skye's mother May enters several recipes, resulting in a bit of subterfuge as Skye and her brother have to replicate two of the recipes for the judging portion of the contest. As usual, competition is fierce among the bakers and someone end...more
Julie P
The characters in the Scumble River series continue to draw me in, and I look forward to the growing relationship between Skye and Police Chief Wally Boyd. There are moments, however, where I sometimes wonder if I have stumbled into a bodice ripper-style romance novel, but I rationalized that Swanson is trying to show us the attraction between the two characters. Even still it sometimes feels out of place. I do often wonder who Skye thinks she is going to save, as she really does have a Messiah...more
Juli Crow
Jul 06, 2008 Juli Crow rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Murder, She Wrote fans
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3.5 Stars. I enjoyed this entry in the Scumble River series. I liked the cooking competition setting and I liked Skye's relationship with Wally. It did seem like Skye was all of a sudden handed the solution to the murder but I enjoyed the showdown with the killer.
Martha Harmon
First book in this series that I have read. Not bad but a little predictable at times. Did build to some nice suspense that kept me engaged toward the end. Didn't particularly make me want to run out and read more of the series.
I picked this book up because I saw it at the bookstore and put it on the reading list. I read it in one sitting. Very cozy series. Will have to go back and pick up the rest of the series. Enjoyed it very much.
Love this. This series is great....this one had a recurring odd character from the last book. Can't wait to figure out her significance to the story!
It started slow...Her mother May is beiing written as very pushy and demanding. Don't like her this way. The couple of back stories seem a little forced.
Skye is a cute character who has a wild family. This is the 10th book in her series and a great read. I could hardly put this book down.
I have been reading the Scumble River series faithfully since I discovered and I have never been disappointed with any of the books.
slow. never got exciting. disappointing cause the first chapter I read in the library and thought it would be wonderful.
Mary Kay
Cherry is the name of the victim who was murdered in a vat of chocolate at a cooking contest.
A quick and cosy read. I haven't read others in the series but it's OK to read stand alone.
Latest book in Sky Dennison's scumble river life....
Another fun addition to the Scumble River series!
Another great murder mystery from Denise Swanson!
Lindsay Wolsey
I have a weakness for food related murder books.
Sharon Hewitt
light read,but entertaining
Best of the three I read.
Renée Mee

Kind of silly
Silly but fun
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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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