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Little Shop of Homicide

(Devereaux's Dime Store #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,373 ratings  ·  204 reviews
Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiancée, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving twenty-five to life...
Mass Market Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by NAL (first published March 1st 2012)
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Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
A few years ago on a lazy Sunday afternoon I was watching some strange sport which involved horses and what appeared to be a dead animal...and I think at some stage all the players started shooting at each other. As I was sitting there I had what I thought at the time was a Eureka moment. I really love sushi and I really love sandwiches, so that being the case why not combine them?
Wandering into the kitchen I discovered I had all the ingredients I cucumber, half an avocado, rice, a
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good first in series, with a good mystery and decent main characters. That this was a bit 'earthier' than most cozies didn't bother me much, as it pretty much reflects real life. As does romance and instant attractions. However, having said that, I am not a fan of triangles or even potential ones...

There was a big clue to the crime that I was surprised the true investigators didn't find, or simply didn't follow up on. At least not that I could tell. Never mind that the main detective held a bi
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
I like her Scumble River Mystery series. I give most books three, some four, and rarely five stars. That series has been getting three and four starts. Given that, I tried this new series. Let me make this simple: way too much "romance." Scumble series has some, but not too much (usually), this one was romance centric with some mystery. Thus, I did not like it.

She took an interesting approach to the mystery thread (at least in concept). Rather than emphasis finding the murderer, she emphasized p
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
First in a new cozy mystery series. It was okay...I little too heavy on the sexual innuendo for my liking. Most cozy mysteries I have read are not so risque. If I wanted sensual I would have opted for a Harlequin romance. I may read others in the series...not certain though.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
This was a great start to the series! I enjoyed the characters and the mystery - kept me guessing! The setting was good too. Looking forward to reading more.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Devereaux Sinclair makes a few life-changing decisions. She quits her city job, after a huge scandal rocks her company, moves back to her small hometown in Missouri, Shadow Bend, and buys an old fashioned five-and-dime store. Dev is quite happy until her ex-boyfriend’s fiancé, Joelle, turns up dead. The murder weapon just happens to be items Dev used in a gift basket that Joelle purchased, making Dev the number one suspect.

With her father already serving time in prison, Dev has no desire to join
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
I very much enjoyed this first-in-series!

It is hard to imagine someone bringing back the 5 and dime shop of the 60's (or earlier). Yet if anyone can, Dev is the one, who returns to her hometown only to find there is more to running it than she thought...especially when she finds herself as a murder suspect.

The characters are developed as much as necessary for their roles, and I enjoy Dev, especially when she begins to investigate to keep herself out of jail. She is funny, and brighter than many
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy
I love this series. I've been reading the authors scumble river series since the first book and love it. I was almost afraid to start this new series in case I didn't like it. I should not have been worried. Fantastic book b a fantastic author.
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It had me laughing and I had no idea who dunnit till the very end! Can't wait for more in the series!!
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story and the characters and I will read on in the series as I come across the books. I wish there was more of the story based in the dime store setting...maybe the next book.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Welcome to Devereaux’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets complete with a 3 stool soda fountain and a glass candy case. The best thing Dev ever did was quit the rat race, move home and buy this store.

Today she is rethinking her big decision as Kansas City Detective Woods arrives before the store is even open to accuse her of murdering her ex-boyfriend’s fiancée Joelle Ayers. Just because some items from a gift basket she created were used as murder weapons didn’t mean she had anything to do with the wo
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Little Shop Of Homicide is the first in a new series of A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery.
I loved this little cozy mystery with a little romance mixed in with it. Denise has started a good new series with this book .
Devereaux Sinclair left her city job and bought an old Five and Dime store out in her hometown in Shadow Bend, Missouri, Devereaux Dime store and Gift Baskets. She makes up some special baskets upon request. She also has the old fashion soda fountain and candy case. She is happy to
Barbara ★
When Devereaux Sinclair quits her high paying job in the city and returns to her hometown, she opens an old-fashioned dime store. She supplements this with a gift basket business that seems to be her main source of income. Unfortunately it's one of her gift baskets that get her embroiled in a murder mystery since her fingerprints were at the crime scene. A Kansas City cop who got burned in a ponzi scheme involving Devereaux's previous boss, has her in his sights and is brutally harassing her as ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, cozies
I enjoyed this for what it was, but I can't say I loved it, hence, the "it was ok" rating.

This started out well. I liked the small town and its characters, I liked the dimestore setting, and at the start, I liked Devereaux.

The murder and the investigation were good. It was interesting, and the pacing and the clues were well done.

About two-third of the way through, however, the book got way to focused on the various relationships happening with the characters - especially Devereaux - and it kind
Oswego Public Library District
Set in a small town in Missouri, Devereaux Sinclair has opened up a five-and-dime store that sells custom gift baskets for any occasion. Dev left her six figure job to move back to her hometown and take care of her aging grandmother; however her life turns upside down when the local detective storms into her store and accusing her of murdering her ex-boyfriend’s fiancé, Joelle. The murder weapon? Special items from one of Dev’s fancy gift baskets. As Dev turns to her friends and family for help, ...more
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Devereaux, who is the new owner of a small-town gift basket/dime store and whose family and business histories have had brushes with the law, tries (along with the help of her two best friends and a possible love interest) to clear her name in the murder of her ex-boyfriend’s fiancée. This is the first in a new series. The mystery itself was okay, and it was certainly a very quick and easy read. I’ll be honest, though: I didn’t like any of the characters (especially the best friends) nearly as m ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have an odd quibble with this author's works which is probably totally invalid, but it is annoying that the main characters always drive a stupid car. In this one the woman keeps a totally impractical sports car. In the Scumble River series Skye Denison drives a car from the 1950s despite it being 2012 because her loved ones fixed it up for her. She drives from school to school constantly and is always encountering crime, so it's hard to believe she wouldn't want something a lot easier to care ...more
Brenda Kirton
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, own-ebook
Denise Swanson finally started a new series. Very good mystery even if the cast is a bit formulaic. You know protagonist with father in jail, mom run off, fiesty gramma, and several other standard cast characters. The mystery was good. The dialogue and plot were very interesting. Although the romance part was typical romance novel crossed wires. If less of the story was spent in angst over whether or not to have sec and more on they mystery it would have expected improved an already good story. ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had read several of the Dime Store mysteries, but out of order. Each book was enjoyable, and stood on it's own as a good read. However, I decided to fill in the gaps, by starting at the beginning, and reading each story in order. I am so glad that I decided to go on this journey. This introduces Dev, her friends, and family, and provides a wonderful mystery, a touch of romance, and enough red herrings to keep me guessing till the end. This was a fun read on a cold winter day. Curl up on the so ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Little Shop of Homicide by Denise Swanson is the first book in A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery series. Devereaux Sinclair has returned to her hometown to look after her grandmother and bought the local Dime Store, creating gift baskets as part of the business. When the fiance of her ex-boyfriend is fond killed using implements from a Valentine's Day basket created by Devereaux for her, Devereaux becomes the main suspect. I loved everything about this book. The characters were engaging and the m ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: rtyr, nookbooks
Cute mystery but could of had less romance.
Tiffany Gullion
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me start with saying I rate my cozy mysteries different than all other genres of books I read. I still use a five star rating system (or with cozies I like to think instead of stars how many cups of coffee/tea.….which is my idea of cozy). The following is how I rate my cozies:
1 cup of coffee- did not finish or will not continue on in series.
2 cups of coffee- this book has potential, but on the fence whether I will read the next book.
3 cups of coffee- good- will definitely continue series, b
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-cozy, favorites
I thoroughly enjoyed this book & can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. This is one I'll want to own every book so I can reread them. Dev , her Gran, & her BFFs Poppy & Boone are people I'd want to be friends & hang out with. The old Dime Store sounds like my kind of place. The conversations were natural & real. I love how they had snarky names for the country club ladies & the Doc. & his mom. There wasn't anything I didn't like & I look forward to ...more
Dee Lewis
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Dev Sinclair has left her city job moving back home, purchasing a dime store business where she makes theme based gift baskets. When one of the items in a gift basket she made was used in the murder of her ex-boyfriends fiancée, the pressure is on to clear her name before she is arrested for a crime she did not commit.

The characters were somewhat likeable and the mystery in this book kept interested enough to finish reading it. I found the story to be a simple and straightforward mystery with r
Marjorie French
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun book! I will be reading the next one in the series to find out what happens between Devereaux and Jake, and of course to find out what else can happen. It's amazing how so many small towns in cozy mysteries have so much trouble!
Susan Edmondson
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this series so much and will be reading more of it. Dev comes home to take care of her Gran and buys the local Dime Store. Her ex-boyfriends fiancé is found dead from items that Dev made in a gift a basket. The officer in charge only thinks Dev did it and is not interested in looking for another suspect. So Dev and her friends set out to figure out who did it.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first in the series is very promising, Dev meets US Marshall Jake and the attraction between them is hot but both have been burned in the past and are wary to get involved, Dev finds herself accused of murder and Jake is determined to help her uncover the real killer.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s an ok book, but not fabulous. But I fear the series is going to be one of those endless love triangles (I’m looking at you, Hanna Swenson/J. Fluke). Not interested in suffering through that again.
Leonie van Driel
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
3.5 stars. Like this (new-for me) series, but i am so used to scumble river and Skye that it was hard for me to come into this new setting. But Deveraux is a very likable character and i will definitely read the rest of the series
Tom Mc Kenna
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars rounded up to 3 Stars.
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Denise Swanson lives in rural Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr.

After 22 years as a practicing school psychologist, she's happiest sitting in her scree porch reading. However, when the weather turns too cold, she's willing to leave the Midwest to cruise the sunny Caribbean.

Denise is an animal lover, but her home is currently furless, since her kitty of 20 years passed awa

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