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Murder of a Botoxed Blonde (A Scumble River Mystery #9)

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A health spa complete with tofu turkey and "Dress for Sexcess" lectures is the last place school psychologist Skye Denison wants to spend Thanksgiving. But when her best friend, Trixie Frayne, convinces her to take a complimentary weekend at the new Scumble River Spa, Skye accepts her fate and prepares to be slathered, wrapped and roasted.

Then an annoying quartet that incl
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Paperback, 237 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Signet
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Ashley FL
Jun 29, 2012 Ashley FL rated it it was ok
This series is really going downhill for me. The CONSTANT carping on food and dress size is really wearing on me. I get the point, but what used to be a few mentions per book is now probably one per chapter. The author insists the main character is "fine" with plus-sized, but she most clearly is not. Which I suppose means the author is not ok with *her* plus-size. Since *I* am okay with both of them being plus-sized, I really with the author would just move on already.

For a much better example o
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Georgiann Hennelly
Dec 20, 2011 Georgiann Hennelly rated it really liked it
Skye Denison is spending Thanksgiving at the new Scumble River Spa.. Thanks to her bestfriend Trixie Frayne who convinces Skye to take advantage of the complimentary weekend. Than an annoying quartet which includes Skye's mom and her ex boyfriends mother impulsively joins them for a girls only holiday. Skye wonders how bad it can get, she soon finds out- when she,s confronted with treatments and a diet plan fit for a Barbie doll, plus there is a trouble some trepasser digging up the property loo ...more
Sheri
May 06, 2011 Sheri rated it it was amazing
Murder of a Botoxed Blonde (Scumble River Mystery, #9) Denise Swanson
I really enjoyed this one. I did laugh out loud at some of the "spa scenes". Skye, Trixie, Bunny, May, Frannie & Loreata all check into the new spa for a weekend. Skye is there to investigate the murder of a former celebrity. Simon is back and Skye learns more about his past, causing Skye to evaluate her relationship with Wally. I did like this aspect because of the past relationship trouble Skye has had, and this leaves op
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Lindsey
May 02, 2015 Lindsey rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
(sigh)
The womenfolk are at the spa over Thanksgiving and there's ANOTHER murder in Scumble River.

Again, so many problems with this, for a book that was published after 2000.

The womenfolk - who ACTUALLY refer to themselves as such, are away from their mail counterparts (the menfolk, if you will) for Thanksgiving. How will the men ever feed themselves? (YES, this was an issue discussed briefly in the book)

Skye is also constant either fat-shaming herself or being all judgey and over-defensive of ev
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Anastasia
Jan 11, 2015 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
Murder of a Botoxed Blonde by Denise Swanson is the 9th book in a Scumble River mystery series. A new spa is about to open near Scumble River and is being vandalised and there are also rumours of a hidden treasure. Skye is asked to investigate by the new owner and she and Trixie go undercover as guests during the opening weekend. Unfortunately, an ex-model is murdered by drowning in the miracle mud bath. This has become one of my favourite series and it is always fun and entertaining. Skye now ...more
Vicky
Sep 22, 2009 Vicky rated it it was ok
After reading Dan Brown...well I have little hope in this extension of the Scumble Rivers.....

Shattering glass at the spa...Being uninjured, the first thing one does is seek someone of authority to report the incident to. Then one would attempt to strip off the clothes with the glass shards.

Dinner at the spa....Why would a woman of that supposed high intellingence make a fool of herself questioning the dinner option placed before her? Oh, that; right, she is Skye. As usual, she acted like the i
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Liralen
Jun 19, 2011 Liralen rated it it was ok
Aren't later books in a series supposed to be better, since the author's had more writing experience and so on?

This was not better (than the first book in the series).

Not a single staff member at this spa seems remotely qualified - though I think that some of that is the author getting some digs in at people who actually like working out. Look, I'm happy - thrilled, actually - to run across characters who are not a size two and are not trying to be one, but Skye comes across as less happy with h
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Ginny Lange
Feb 03, 2016 Ginny Lange rated it it was ok
A gal spends a long weekend at a new spa and solves the murder of a woman in the therapeutic mud bath. An net resting premise but it was hard to keep the characters straight and nobody was esp interesting.
Laurie
Aug 20, 2015 Laurie added it
I picked this book up at the library for a quick summer vacation read. I love cozy mysteries but am not sure if I will go back to this one or not. Probably would have been different I'd started with the first book in the series but it was hard to get into the characters because it was assumed that you knew them and all of their quirks.
Priscilla
Jan 08, 2011 Priscilla rated it it was ok
It took me all my strentgh and will power to finish this book.Too many characters made a very confusing read.After a while I no longer cared who was who and didnt try to keep track! I prefer books that keep your interest or make you turn the pages.Nothing in this book did that for me. There were some funny laugh out load moments which I enjoyed,and who committed murder was a surprise,but a disappointing read overall.I also want to add the writing seems very amateur, spelling things out for us,th ...more
Pat Trezza
Sep 07, 2013 Pat Trezza rated it it was amazing
I started this series maybe third or fourth book in and I have enjoyed each and every one and I am feeling sad because I only have I think four books left that is including Ms. Swanson's new one. The characters in these books are like family now and Scumble River is my home. Ms. Swanson in every book grabs me from the beginning. I have a hard time putting the book down. I just love my cozy mysteries and this series is wonderful I will hate to see it end. So Ms. Swanson please hurry up and write ...more
Ronda
Apr 11, 2016 Ronda rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, humorous, steamy
Fun installment. Glad the Dooziers are present and accounted for.
Temperance
Feb 15, 2013 Temperance rated it it was ok
I have to agree with some of the other reviews. This book was blah. The whole story took place over a holiday weekend but it seemed to last a lot longer. If Skye is fine with her weight then why is she constantly worried about the food she eats, how her clothes look and what other people are thinking? I've read all the books in this series to this one. I've enjoyed them. Often finishing one and picking up the next the very same day. I have two more on the shelf waiting for me. If the plots don't ...more
Cindy
Apr 26, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
Ahhhh. What fun, she makes me smile.
Rebecca Talkie
Aug 18, 2015 Rebecca Talkie rated it it was amazing
Loved the book. Love the series.
Diana Gotsch
Jun 07, 2014 Diana Gotsch rated it really liked it
I do like this series. I'm glad I started at the beginning because she keeps adding characters and plot lines. She does not always explain them fully. If I had not read previous one I probably would have been very confused. Since I am already familiar with the back stories I like this because reading through all that slows the action and can become boring. It helped make this a short entertaining read. The satire was amusing and the mystery, while not the most unique solution I've read, was fair ...more
Candy
Aug 20, 2012 Candy rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
The first review of Art of the Spa's Bubble Bath Book Club!

This is a fun escape and def kept me guessing the entire time. However, the stereotypes of a spa visit, were seriously flawed and downers. Especially to a spa expert. So read it in good health, just know those things like starvation diets are SO NOT the reality of spa life!

Did love how the plot kept me guessing til then end, though I'm not so sure if I'm in love with her choice in men ; ) Candy http://www.artofthespa.com
Amber
Jan 04, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
Diabolical.
Jenn
Oct 20, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
I'm still enjoying this series, though I've only been able to read them as I've found them, so a lot of the small details don't make sense. Still, this is a cute little series and not one of the ones where the female lead just stumbles onto things and they call her a sleuth. It's also not one of the ones where the female lead heads into dangerous situations because she's an idiot.
Emma
Feb 01, 2016 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: cosy-mystery
Was actually a little disappointed with this first read of a Denise Swanson. I love Amberkatze's blog, and she has discovered many, many new authors for me. Recently she has been on a binge read of Denise Swanson so I hoped I was in for a treat -- the only hopeful note to take from this is that she also gave a rating of 3 stars. So will persevere...
Meredith
Nov 10, 2008 Meredith rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It has the right formula - quirky characters, oddball situations, lots of opportunities for funny one liners, etc... It just didn't draw me in the whole way. I had a very bad week the week I read it, so that may be part of it. I'll probably try one more book before I cross Swanson off my list.
Shannon
Feb 11, 2010 Shannon rated it liked it
Okay I am so done with these books. This one wasn't too terribly exciting. You do find out why Simon wouldn't tell Skye about his friend Spike. Other than that I really didn't like this book. I found out that there is another one coming out this year and I am so done reading it.
Deanna
Mar 29, 2012 Deanna rated it it was amazing
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amy
Nov 17, 2012 amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
this one's plot was fine, if not the exact same formula as her other ones. but i could not get past her cheesy language, especially describing her physical relationship with her boyfriend. those descriptions reminded me of a bad soap opera. yuck.
Shala
May 19, 2011 Shala rated it really liked it
I enjoyed most of the book. I hated that Simon acted like such a jerk and that Frannie put herself in harms way after Skye and Trixie made her promise not too. I'm not crazy about Skye's relationship with Wally but maybe it will grow on me.
Rebecca
May 17, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Okay, we all got to the famous sex scene.

Wow, not ALL that I was hoping for, but still a lot of good steamy action. Yummy!

Storyline a little lame, but then again, seeing Justin in drag, priceless.
Jen
Dec 12, 2010 Jen rated it liked it
Possibly my favorite. I got the story, believed the characters adn the plot. I didn;t like the complication of Spike, and am curious to see how the story with Simon officially ends.
Lynda
Oct 22, 2012 Lynda rated it it was ok
Not as good as some of her mysteries but good to see Skye is appreciating Wally for his acceptance of her as she is and not wanting the perfect woman as Simon expected.
Linda
Oct 07, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
Probably 3.5 stars. I did enjoy this book, it seemed a little different than some of the others in the series. I'm really liking Skye's new relationship too.
Linda Strawn
Nov 17, 2011 Linda Strawn rated it liked it
I give it 3.5. Good read but did not have me craving more. Mystery was not too hard to figure out. Easy light reading. Enjoyable and funny at times.
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