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Murder of a Royal Pain: A Scumble River Mystery (A Scumble River Mystery #11)

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When school psychologist Skye Denison stumbles over the body of pushy aPromfesta chairperson Annette Paine during a Halloween fundraiser, it looks like a clear-cut case of promicide. Annette was not the only prom mom desperate to see her daughter crowned queen. But she was also wearing the same witch costume as Skye, so which witch was the intended victim?
Hardcover, Large Print, 334 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Center Point
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Lady Knight
I picked this up on a whim and wasn't disappointed! Skye Denison is a great amateur dectective with all the fun of Nancy Drew and all the sass of someone middle aged, but without crossing the line. Good beach read. Although one knows from almost the first page who "dunnit", almost all of the fun comes from Skye's attempts to track 'em down!

School psychologist Skye Denison can't seem to catch a break. Between dealing with problem children at three different age levels (elementary school, junior h
May 22, 2011 Sheri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder of a Royal Pain (A Scumble River Mystery, #11) Denise Swanson
School psychologist Skye Denison finally gets the help she needs when the school hires a social worker. At first Skye likes this idea but things soon change. While the school prepares for a Halloween fundraiser the chair person , Annette Pain ends up dead. There are many suspects, and soon Skye wonders who the intended victim really is. Two other women were dressed in identical witch costumes at the time of murder, including Sky
Murder of a Royal Pain by Denise Swanson is the 11th book in a Scumble River mystery series. Agreeing to play the part of one of the three witches in a haunted house as part of a fundraiser for the prom, Skye comes across the body of the organiser, Lynette Paine, who is also playing the role of one of the witches. I enjoyed this book very much finding it a quick read as it was difficult to put down. Even though the murderer seemed obvious from the start, it did not spoil the book. It is interest ...more
I enjoy Scumble River and its quirky cast of characters. Once again, the Dooziers do not disappoint, Skye is up to her eyeteeth in trouble, and May is determined to see her married, just not to Wally. add to that mix, some new characters, and one not-so-new, and you get a Scumble River cozy to enjoy. I will admit to more eye rolling on my part due to the large number of meme and Facebook quotes used as dialogue, but I still enjoyed this installment and look forward to seeing what's next. What is ...more
Task 21: A Book You Would Consider a "Guilty Pleasure"

This one was a little spooky.
Sep 25, 2009 Vicky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Skye does not fail to disappoint: still a spineless wonder of a heroine. The books are not hilarious. They are a poor attempt of cutesy writing that fails to appeal. And why are all the men that enter the picture "hot"? The author has needed to rethink this character from book one.

Skye, the ever so brilliant sleuth, gets "roped-into" participating in the haunted house out of what? Fear, jealousy of the new social worker? Where is her backbone? then her fear of haunted houses has her packing gar
Denise Rodgers
Jun 15, 2015 Denise Rodgers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery lers
I'm totally hooked on Denise Swanson's Scumble River series. The lives of all the main characters keep the series flowing. Just as in the Jessica Fletcher series (Murder, She Wrote) on TV, it appears that Scumble River is NOT a safe place to live, especially if you have anything remotely to do with series main character, Skye Denison. While the resolution of the crime is the driving force, the background story is just as important. You come to know and care about all the Scumble Riverites. I'm s ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read about this author in the Illini News and wanted to try one of her light mysteries set in a small Illinois town. the town is obviously close to Chicago and not a downstate farming community which was a disappointment for me. i wanted to "see" the characters of Greenup or Casey. I think this is the 11th in the series. Skye is a small town school psychologist. Unlikely events start happening after a new school social worker is hired. The social worker appears too good to be true. The chairma ...more
Jun 20, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've summarized the previous ten books of this series all in my review of "Murder of a Pink Elephant (A Scumble River Mystery, Book 6)" In general, I enjoy this series.

This one is one of the better ones--even though it does not do a good job of diverting you from the guilty party, it moves quickly, is focused, and has multiple interesting things happening.

One thing I particularly liked was a connection she threw in to two previous books. I assumed it was planned--showing long range thinking; or
Georgiann Hennelly
When skye stumbles over the body of Annette Paine the pushy prom fest chair person during a halloween haunted house fund raiser. At first it looks like a clear cut -case of promicide. But Annette was not the only prom mom desparate to see her daughter crowned queen -and her hubby is no prince either. Skye,s anxious to investigate , but with the new over eager school social worker and her boyfriends emotional distance. She keeps getting side tracked . But one question haunts her: Since Annette wa ...more
Jul 08, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-illinois
School psychologist Skye Denison should be happy that her school system has finally hired a social worker, Jackie Jennings, but the extra help does not make life any easier. There's an irate, and not too rational, parent out gunning for Skye, and she's being forced to participate in the haunted house fundraiser, even though she fears and hates haunted houses. Then the leading figure in the haunted house dies mysteriously, when Skye's boyfriend, local police chief Wally, is out of town. His secon ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first new book that I've read from the series in a while, which was one of the reasons that I decided to reread them. While the killer was obvious very early on, it was still interesting to watch the story unfold. I'm not a fan of the way that this series seems to bunch up the reveal to the characters, hash out their motives, and wrap it all up in one go in a similar choppy fashion in each novel. However, this seems to be a problem with the mystery genre in general as I've noticed th ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series. The heroine isn't an idiot like a lot of the series of this ilk. Her boyfriend (who is also the police chief) doesn't treat her like "the little lady" who needs to be taken care of shielded at all costs. And she doesn't generally get herself into stupid situations when she should have waited for help. Notice I added that "generally." She made a stupid decision in the end of THIS book, but normally she's pretty bright. I have to say that I saw the culprit coming pretty early o ...more
Debra McEathron
Jan 09, 2016 Debra McEathron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a story that also involved 2 previous characters in other books. I like Skye and hope she finally decides to have more self confidence.
Oct 27, 2014 Danni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a page turner. I will be looking for more books by this author.
figured it out before it ended
a little predictable on this one (in terms of who did it)
Apr 26, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series and author.
Oct 24, 2010 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was definitely almost a "4" on this one - wish there were a couple of slightly off-color parts that would have been left out of this book.

Skye Dennison is a school counselor that helps to solve crimes for the police department. Maybe it's because I know the school system so well that I laughed out loud at some of the inside jokes in this book. You can tell that Denise Swanson has some serious knowledge of schools and the people in them. I enjoyed this book and hope to read more in this series.
Love this series!!
Jan 20, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bingo
I really enjoyed this entry in the Scumble River series. The ending was so good and worked out just the way I wanted it to.
Julie P
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Mary Kay
These books about a school psychologist in a small town near Chicago are quite readable. Of course, how many murders can one small town have in just a couple of years?? Skye Denison is a great character, though, & the situations she finds herself in are engrossing. This one concerns mothers who are on the campaign trail for their daughter for Prom Queen & it's only October!
Ashley FL
The addition of a yet another male into this love triangle builds on my least favorite part of the series. And the constant weight discussions continue.

Why do I keep reading? And the answer is: the books are here and I like to complete things. And the supporting characters are fun. The plot was stupid and obvious but not as bad as "Botoxed Blond".
Marie Geisel
Jul 27, 2015 Marie Geisel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've gotten a bit obsessed with this series. This is the most mysterious so far.
Beth Revers
This was a re-read for me, as this is the author of the month for Cozy Mystery group. I still enjoyed it very much. I love the characters in this series, and this one had roots in two other books. The author sent the parents out of town, and it was interesting reading about the people and the town without their involvement.
May 24, 2013 Regan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. This one took a bit of a different turn with one of the characters -- with no explanation he was suddenly not reliable. I felt like I missed something, but the story takes a chilling twist on the murder mystery part that was really well done. And....I think Kurt should get his own series.
Jan 10, 2012 Sheri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I liked this mystery after about 50 pages. Takes place at a high school Halloween haunted house event. The main character is a school psychologist who solves murders with the help of the police.
I liked the characters and the plot. And I liked that the victim and the killer were not well liked.
Lyndsey Plitt
Jun 17, 2012 Lyndsey Plitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great addition to this happy to see Skye and Wally`s relationship progressing as I never liked her with Simon anyways. Also I was quite surprised with who the killer was and was quite pleased with how their story tied in with previous adventures in Scumble River. ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an autographed copy of this book by a co-worker who is a friend of the author. It's a pleasantly different murder mystery (I'm already hooked on the caterer and the coffee shop owner) because the main character is a school psychologist. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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