Murder of a Small-Town Honey (A Scumble River Mystery, #1)
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Murder of a Small-Town Honey (A Scumble River Mystery #1)

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When school psychologist Skye Denison left Scumble River after high school, she swore she would never return to such a small minded town. But when credit card and boyfriend trouble caused her to slink home, she tries to blend in unnoticed. However inconspicuous has never been one of Skyes attributes, as the small-town busybodies try to bring her out in the public eye whene...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Signet
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David Peters
Don't read the author biography prior to reading the book. If you do then you realize a lot of the heroine is autobiographical; and then at least for me it becomes hard to look past the pretentious, self-indulgent portrayal that is supposed to pass off as charm.

The heroine is constantly shown to be smarter than everyone else, and ALWAYS know just the right thing to say to put everyone in their place. You know when you have an argument with someone and then like ten minutes later in the car you t...more
Diane  Morasco
Denise Swanson had me laughing so hard tears rolled & rolled... & rolled again! This series is hysterical. Skye is friggin' hilarious!

My favorite was the Cow Chip Bingo. I had to wipe the tears away. It was unbelievably uproarious!

I would combust into fits of laughter telling anybody & everybody about the wickedly delicious Scumble River series.

Watching Skye Denison return to her hometown was enjoyable. Skye is definitely well loved & is welcome w/ open arms. Of course, there are...more
I liked this book quite a bit. It is a cozy mystery, but instead of the usual foodie/innkeeping line of work, Skye Dennison is a school psychologist, which I enjoyed, having spent most of my life in public education. Skye is back home in Scumble River 12 years after accusing the small town of having "small minds" in her high school graduation speech. She in not there because she necessarily wants to be, but because it was the place where her godfather, head of the school board, could get her a j...more
Thought I may have read this one before, but nothing was familiar about the story line. I have read other books in the series, but this is apparently the first book. It concerns a young woman who has to return to her small home town in central Illinois after some setbacks in her life. Too make matters worse, she has to live down her remarks as valedictorian of her graduating class of 12 years ago, were she was vowed to leave the small town and small minds. The towns folk will not let her live th...more
If you love a great cozy, you'll love the Scumble River Mystery series by Denise Swanson. It's a charming cozy series with Skye Denison, the lead character, who gets caught up in an embroiled murder mystery. In the fictional town of Scumble River, everyone knows everybody in a small town. We see how close she is to her family and what happened to the past, ever since she left town. In a small town, anything can happen, when secrets rear their head. Skye is an ideal heroine for a small town as a...more
I expected to like this series a lot, but the first book really disappointed me. It wasn't funny, I disliked the main character, and I groaned when someone was identified as a "born-again Christian" who quotes Scripture on a first date, knowing immediately that person would likely be a hypocrite, if not the killer. (Why is it okay to negatively stereotype Christians but no one else?) Not to mention that some details of the plot bugged me. For example, the detective didn't ask any of the question...more
Alright -- where to begin. This was an Audible edition. Some of the critique of this is based on the narration. The setting of this book is Illinois. The heroine Skye Denison has to be the dumbest sleuth in history since probably just about everyone had the murderer figured out about halfway through the first date. All of the characters in this are pretty dim but I may not have disliked this as much if I'd read it instead of listening to it. The narrator had good accent for the narration and for...more
I'm always excited when I begin a new series. Will this one keep me reading, anticipating each yet-to-be-published new book? Ms. Swanson's heroine, Skye Denison, is not your usual cozy mystery investigator. As a school psychologist, she has a fresh perspective and involvement with the kids and parents in a small town. The author has created a large, rambling family in a small, confined town, albeit within drive-to-dinner distance from Chicago. It's a rich atmosphere for murder and gossip and lot...more
Shirley Worley
After getting a pink slip from her job and her boyfriend, Skye reluctantly moves back to her hometown to take a job as a school psychologist. If that isn't bad enough, every person she runs into remembers all too well her graduations speech about living in a small town, full of small-minded people, with even smaller intellects. Those words spoken so long ago have not been forgotten and have come back to haunt her. When she discovers a body at the Chokeberry Days festival and her brother is soon...more
Murder of a Small-Town Honey by Denise Swanson is the first book in the Scumble River mystery series. Skye Dennison returns to Scumble River after being sacked from her job and dumped by her boyfiend, only to come across a murder and then becomes involved in the investigation when her brother is falsely arrested for the crime. I loved this first book and am glad I started at the beginning. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and the town and can't wait to read the next installment. The myst...more
Murder of a Small-Town Honey is the first book in The Scumble River Mystery. This is the first one I have read in this series and I will be reading the others. I think Mrs. Swanson has done a very fine job on her first book.There is so many twist and turns that keep you on the edge. You will laugh till you cry in some of the book. Skye Denison is a young lady who left Scumble River, Illinois twelve years ago. She said a bunch of things when she left that she is sure people has not forgotten. Sky...more
What a wonderful beginning to a Cozy mystery series! Skye Denison has moved back to her hometown after leaving upon her high school graduation 12 years prior with a serious "I'm-better-than-this-town attitude." Skye never expected to go back, but after a break up, loss of job and serious financial woes...there really is no better place for her to get back up on her feet. And that is all Skye has in mind when she returns home. She wants to put some work in, save some cash, and head right back out...more
3 1/2 stars. Skye Denison has returned to the hometown she never meant to live in again. Having lost her school psychologist job, she has managed to get the same position in Scumble River. It is not ideal but begger's can't be losers. No sooner has Skye arrived than she is coerced into working at the local Chokeberry Days Festival. When she tries to rouse the the TV storyteller, Mrs. Gumtree, from her trailer, she finds the old lady dead and, er, not old. She is really a young Honey Adair who sp...more
Give me a good cozy series, and I'm in reader heaven. I like to get in at the beginning, and with a good series, following the characters as they continue to plot and grow gives me repeated entertainment. This book is the first in Denise Swanson's series about Skye Denison, and it has the potential to keep me interested beyond this one book. What I liked most about the beginning of this series is that Swanson gave just enough backstory to get things going, but she also withheld information that...more
Murder of a Small-Town Honey is the first installation of the Scumble River series featuring school psychologist, Skye Denison. Skye has returned to Scrumble River after being fired from her job in New Orleans. When she left Scumble River after high school, she made sure the whole town knew she thought they were a bunch of small town bumkins with no intelligence. As she tries to adjust to small town life again (while hoping everyone forgets what she said as a teenager) she stumbles upon the murd...more
Swanson's tale of a school psychologist forced into detection when her brother is accused of murder whisks along at a sprightly pace. The main character is interesting if a bit one-sided (a hair-trigger feminist from a small town, she's angry with everyone).

The author does a decent job setting up the small town atmosphere of busy-body townsfolk and a character slinking home after burning her bridges. At the same time, there aren't very many (if any?) likeable people in the town. Skye's family an...more
Mary Newcomb
Skye Denison is back in Scumble River IL, after trashing the town in her high school graduation speech. She is now a school psychologist with a skeleton or two in her closet. In addition to sorting out treatment needs, she has a new hobby of finding dead bodies. This debut book is a bit raw but with potential. I plan to read another one or two before deciding if it will remain on my list of books to read.
•Erin• (Paperback Stash)
Despite the interesting array of characters, the plot isn't a deep mystery and is almost a series of events that just falls into its own conclusion. Skye never did much amateur sleuthing as far as I could tell, with luck on her side. Also, while I did enjoy the people, sometimes they felt a little overdone to the point of putting in too much forced comedy. There were some cute and amusing moments, but this isn't really a laugh out loud sort of book, more of a cozy (which is always good). The sma...more
Murder of a Small Town Honey ( Denise Swanson)
Murder/Mystery. Skye Denison left her rural , Illinois town of Scumble River and hoped to not look back. But things did not work out for school psychologist Skye in New Orleans. She was fired from her job and broke up with her boyfriend.

What she comes home to is a dead body, the elderly host of a childre'ns show, or so it appears. Upon medical exam turns out it is a beautiful young woman, a woman with a hidden past. Soon Skye's brother is arrested fo...more
Skye Dennison has come back to her hometown, 12 years after basically telling off the small town in her Valedictorian speech. She has come back home, found a new job as the school psychologist and wants to keep a low profile in town. But that will be hard to do. Skye ends up being the one to find a dead body during the towns Chokeberry Days Festival and her brother gets accused of the murder. Now she must try and find who did it to save her brother.

This was a great story. Kept me intrigued. Skye...more
AUTHOR: Swanson, Denise
TITLE: Murder of a Small-Town Honey
DATE READ: 02/20/11
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Mystery/2000/Signet/293 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #1 Scumble River Mystery
TIME/PLACE: Late 1990's/ Scumble River, IL
CHARACTERS: Skye Denison/school psychologist
FIRST LINES: When Skye Denison was forced to return to Scumble River, Illinois, she knew it would be humiliating, but she never dreamed it would be murder.
COMMENTS: Nice comfy cozy read. Skye was recently released from h...more
Georgiann Hennelly
When Skye Denison left Scumble river years ago . She swore she,d never come back. Now jilted by her boyfriend , fired from her job and her credit cards maxed out. She reluntantly came home. Her godfather got her a job as the new school psychologist and she,s determined to keep a low profile. But an army of small town busybodies and well meaning family members can,t wait to give her advice and pry into her life. But when Skye discovers the elderly beloved childrens t.v program star dead and it tu...more
This was the first in a cozy mystery series featuring a school psychologist as the main character. Skye has returned home to Scumble River after working in the Peace Corps and then being fired from her job in a large city school. The town is filled with her relatives all of which have something to say about her return. Shortly after school begins, Skye finds a body during Chokeberry Days and her brother is the main suspect. Although her parents are aggravating, this was a promising start to the...more
Belva Shelor
My sister gave me this series for Christmas. I'm a school psychologist and relate to this book on so many levels. In fact, recommended it to my book club, which is a bunch of school psychs and an occupational therapist. Can't wait to see what else the other books bring.
Apr 04, 2014 Lori rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
This was the first in a new to me series. I read it via Audiobook and the narrator was very good. Although there were times I found the principle character annoying I will continue to read this series.
Shannon Teper
Not really funny. Not an interesting background. Highly unlikeable characters. An obvious plot with an easy to guess solution. No real suspense.
Cute mystery about a small town, but main character has an attitude problem. She's a school psychologist, those parts are interesting.
Mar 21, 2014 Pamela added it
Starts out iffy, but I go caught up in the story. And I'm now reading a 2nd one of her's. Good, light reading.
Lilith K
A friend let me borrow her book. I've been reading a bunch of murder mysteries from her and I haven't particularly liked most of them. I thought this was going to be another book I forced myself through but it was very engaging.

The book just felt homey and interesting. Among the murder-mysteries I've read there aren't a lot of citizens involved in the cases, so I was interested to find out how this random woman was going to be the point man on solving this mystery.

The murder was obvious but, i...more
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