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

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Skye Denison has never aspired to culinary excellence. In fact, she can't tell the difference between mousse and meringue. So when Grandma Sal's Soup-To-Nuts Cooking Challenge comes to town, competing is the last thing on her mind. But that's before she's bullied into entering by her mother, who has four recipes - one of which she has submitted under Skye's name.

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Paperback, 246 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by NAL
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Anastasia
Jan 24, 2015 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry by Denise Swanson is the 10th book in a Scumble River mystery series. Skye is entered in a cooking competition by her mother, when one of the contestants Cherry Alexander is found murdered in a chocolate fountain. A teenager from school is also missing, thought to have been kidnapped by another student. Another fun and entertaining addition to the series which has become one of my favourites. I love everything about it and especially catching up with all the ...more
Mystique
Jan 08, 2010 Mystique rated it did not like it
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 alas...no. 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
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Vickie
Apr 01, 2009 Vickie rated it really liked it
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
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Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 22, 2011 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
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
Rebecca
May 17, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it
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.
Judy
Dec 05, 2014 Judy rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, cozy
School psychologist Skye Dennison has somehow let her mother enter her in a cooking contest using her mom's recipe. This lands her in the middle of contest politics, as well as the question of whether the sponsoring family company will sell out. On top of that there's a missing cheerleader and then one of the contestants is murdered. Eventually Skye figures it out and manages to escape the murderer. The book includes recipes from the contest winners, but they didn't do much for me. As is common ...more
Drebbles
May 01, 2013 Drebbles rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
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
Jenn
Feb 28, 2012 Jenn rated it liked it
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
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Vicky
Sep 23, 2009 Vicky rated it it was ok
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
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TheGeekyBlogger
Sep 26, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2012-read
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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
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Sheri
May 09, 2011 Sheri rated it really liked it
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
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Ruth Turner
Aug 25, 2015 Ruth Turner rated it it was amazing
I'm telling you Skye Denison is a School Psychologist and now also works for the Police Department as a Psychologist. She does OK at the school and at solving murders but: her personal life is a mess, she puts herself on guilt trips always and tries to save everyone from themselves. She is a personal wreck without a spine. Her mother who when Skye moved back to her hometown after 12 years away from it only tried to take care of her daughter and help her out. Now her mother has turned into the mo ...more
Cindy
Apr 26, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
I love these books, a fun read, always interesting and quick. It is like having your favorite snack or dinner, you enjoy and just smile when it ends.
Julia
Apr 27, 2008 Julia rated it liked it
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
Jan 11, 2011 Julie P rated it liked it
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
Amber
Jan 09, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
A mystery within a mystery with a potential future mystery. Whoosh.
Juli Crow
Jul 06, 2008 Juli Crow rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Murder, She Wrote fans
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Linda
Aug 14, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
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.
Stephanie
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.
Angie
Sep 02, 2015 Angie rated it it was amazing
Excellent series!
Michele
Jul 31, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it
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!
Richard
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.
Babs
Feb 06, 2015 Babs rated it really liked it
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.
Ronica
May 25, 2011 Ronica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have been reading the Scumble River series faithfully since I discovered and I have never been disappointed with any of the books.
Sarah
Jan 02, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
slow. never got exciting. disappointing cause the first chapter I read in the library and thought it would be wonderful.
Mary Kay
Sep 07, 2009 Mary Kay rated it liked it
Cherry is the name of the victim who was murdered in a vat of chocolate at a cooking contest.
Rita
May 09, 2011 Rita rated it liked it
A quick and cosy read. I haven't read others in the series but it's OK to read stand alone.
Jeanie
May 09, 2008 Jeanie rated it really liked it
Latest book in Sky Dennison's scumble river life....
Ashley
Nov 10, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it
Another fun addition to the Scumble River series!
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