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Come Homicide or High Water

(Welcome Back to Scumble River #3)

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THE FIRST IN A NEW COZY MYSTERY SERIES

From New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson comes Come Homicide or High Water, a cozy mystery full of twist and turns and small town charm! Because despite appearances, there's something fishy just below the surface of Scumble River...

You'll love getting to know this brand-new series from the author of the beloved Scumble Riv
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 31st 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return to Scumble River as work is almost complete on Wally and Skye’s new home. They are both looking forward to moving out of the RV and having plenty of room to spread out. Skye is also nearing the end of her maternity leave which means they have to hire a new nanny soon. During her leave, she has been going into the school when her intern replacement needs help dealing with school staff or parents. Right now she is trying to explain to a mother than her child is not as
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Yvonne
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skye Denison-Boyd is almost ready to return from maternity leave to her job as a school psychologist. Until she goes back, she’s lending a helping hand to the intern replacing her. She’s called in when an angry mother threatens to sue the school. Her husband, the chief of police, requests her help in locating a missing elderly woman. When the angry parent is found murdered, Skye can’t help wonder if the cases are somehow connected.

Skye and her husband set out to solve both of these mysteries. Th
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Valerie
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Denise's books. This is no exception. It's smoothly written and the characters are great. I was hooked on it from the very first and read it in one sitting. There's nothing that pulls you out of the story. A great book. #Come Homicide or High Water #NetGalley ...more
Taryn
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
In this third book of the series Skye is looking forward to having her new home finished, living in an RV has its challenges especially with two babies to care for. She is also getting prepared to return to work and isn't sure how she feels about leaving her babies, finding the right person to care for them hasn't been ideal. During her first trip back to the school she is met with an angry parent who is ready to sue and Wally ends up needing her help with a missing persons case. The next day Sk ...more
Nancy Baker
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is nice to be back in Scumble River. I am a long time Denise Swanson reader and what hit me the most about this story is even after two decades with Skye Denison (now Denison-Boyd) is that the stories continue to be entertaining, intriguing and each with its own distinct story. The characters continue to develop and change enough to make it interesting and Earl Doozier is always good for a chuckle.

This is the third in the Welcome Back to Scumble River series and there are over twenty books f
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Mary Brown
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Come Homicide or High Water
Welcome Back To Scumble River, Book #3
Denise Swanson
5 Stars

Synopsis:

THE FIRST IN A NEW COZY MYSTERY SERIES

From New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson comes Come Homicide or High Water, a cozy mystery full of twist and turns and small town charm! Because despite appearances, there's something fishy just below the surface of Scumble River...

You'll love getting to know this brand-new series from the author of the beloved Scumble River Mysteries. This book is:

A d
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Cheryl
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book in the series continues the story of Skye, she is married with 3 month old twins. She is getting ready to go back to work at the school full time even though she has been helping out while on leave. The first day back an elderly woman goes missing and a parent threatens to sue the school. The lady is later found dead. Skye and her police chief husband work together to find out what is going on. They are also building their house, while living in an RV, after their home had been destroy ...more
Lisa Morin
Skye Dennison-Boyd is one of my favorite protagonists. I've enjoyed every book in the series and this one is top notch.
A missing you and a murder are just a couple of the things Skye and her husband Wally are dealing with. Add twins, living in an RV and her over involved mother, and you will find Skye with her hands more than full.
Of course, we all know how independent and determined Skye is, so when she becomes embroiled in these investigations, we see her at her best. Of course, no book is com
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Denise Zendel
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
School psychologist and police consultant Skye Denison-Boyd may still be on maternity leave, but she knows her intern needs help and clearly isn’t getting it from the horrible principal or the others who said they would help in Skye’s absence. Skye wants the young woman to succeed, so helps her out where she can. A disgruntled parent threatens to sue the school because her little girl wasn’t assigned to the school’s gifted program, and winds up dead. At the same time, an elderly woman who may ha ...more
Lori Bonkoski
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wally and Sky are anxiously awaiting getting into their new home, but the general contractor is taking his time. Sky is helping out some at the school, even before her maternity leave is up and a parent is insisting her child needs advanced classes. When the parent ends up murdered, with Earl Doozier finding the body, Sky is drawn in and helps Wally try to figure out who the murderer is - it could be the husband, also their general contractor, one of the principals of the school, or who knows? T ...more
Cindy
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Come Homicide or High Water by Denise Swanson is the third book in the author’s Welcome Back to Scumble River series. There are also 19 books in the original Scumble River series. This is the first of this author’s books that I’ve read. I was able to step right into this story but I definitely felt that I was missing a lot of the town/family history. This was a nice, easy cozy mystery. I will be looking for more books in this series.
Patty
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Come Homicide or High Water by Denise Swanson is the 3rd book in the Welcome Back to Scumble River series, and another exciting addition. Skye and Wally are busy taking care of their twins, they make it sound so easy ha ha. There is so much going on in their lives, it's non stop action. Will there house ever get done? Will the grandparents ever give them so space? Will they find the killer? I highly recommend this book to all cozy mystery lovers, weather your new to the series, or a long time fo ...more
Christine
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the third book in the welcome back to scumble river series. Skye and Wally are still living in a rv while their house is being build. With two new babies the rv is feeling very cramped. She starts to worry that the project won't be finished before the holidays as the contractor continually shows up late. She is also dealing with a parent that intends to sue the principal of the high school. Skye soon realizes the the parent is the wife of their contractor. The wife turns up dead in her b ...more
Annie
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Come Homicide or High Water is the third book in the spinoff cozy mystery series by Denise Swanson. Released 31st Dec. 2019 from Poisoned Pen Press, it's 352 pages and available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats.

This is an odd cozy with an extremely quirky set of characters. There are some humorous moments and overall the whole is fluffy, humorous, and passably well written. There is a murder mystery wrapped in the disappearance of an elde
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The Cozy Review
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Welcome Back to Scumble River – Book 3
Author: Denise Swanson
Genre: Cozy Mystery/ Amateur Sleuth
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Page Count: 352

Publishing Date: December 31, 2019

From Poisoned Pen Press comes the newest cozy book in the “Welcome Back to Scumble River” series by Denise Swanson comes the highly anticipated third book, Come Homicide or High Water.

In this new cozy book, Skye is happy with her life as a new mom of twins, a husband she adores, a job she is looking forward to getti
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Anastasia
Come Homicide or High Water by Denise Swanson is the 3rd book in the Welcome Back to Scumble River series. Skye Dennison Boyd is preparing to return back to work as wellas move into their new house when their builders wife is murdered. One of my favourite series and I love how well Skye and Wally work together. The best part is catching up with everyone as they prepare for Thanksgiving. The Dooziers again have a crazy scheme and Loretta and Vince have a new baby. Another wonderful and entertaini ...more
Vontel
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Second book I've just read by this prolific author who has at least 2 new series that do share some references to at least 1 previous series about Scumble River (Illinois?). Quite enjoyed it, & may look for others once covid-19 crisis is over & library re-opens.

This protagonist is a school psychologist, a career shared by the author for over 20 years.
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Linda
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge, bingo
I really enjoy this series and it is one of the few that I'm current on and have to wait for new books to come out. I really like that Skye is a real character who has changed, developed and continues to new phases in her life. I liked the mystery in this one and it was full of surprises at the end. ...more
Judy Aulik
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Well-plotted, pleasant enough read, if not particularly original. One star was deducted for the persistent use of the word "sneered" as a speech descriptor. ...more
Cherie
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoy her books.
Andrianna
May 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Meh. This book gives off strong "middle-aged white lady" vibes. There is some nice body positivity, but there's also some "people are too sensitive" talk and use of the word 'shyster', which is borderline at best. I liked the resolution of the missing person case, but the murderer felt too random for the other resolution to be satisfying. ...more
Mary
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd installment in the Welcome Back to Scrumble River and my first introduction to this series. Skye Denison-Boyd is a new mother of twins and she is married to the Chief of Police Wally. They are building a new house and are currently living in an RV. They are struggling with the contractor to get the work done before the holidays. Skye is also returning to work after her maternity leave as a school psychologist. She is hoping for a calm year but an irate parent is planning to sue t ...more
Judy Tucker
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. Come Homicide or High Water is a story that you'll enjoy reading ad the characters will win your heart over. ...more
Angela Williamson
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-for-review
NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press have helped make my day with Denise Swanson"s newest Scumble River mystery featuring Skye Denison-Boyd and the wonderful cast of characters she lives with.
Skye is still on maternity leave from her job as school psychologist for Scumble River schools. Between a missing elderly woman and the wife of her general contractor being found dead, Skye is again helping her husband Police Chief Wally Boyd try to find answers to both mysteries. Juggling the twins, helping Wa
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Jenn
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
I received a digital copy of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.

Skye is settling into new motherhood, counting the days until her new home is finished so she can get out of a cramped trailer. She isn't back to work, officially, but she is stepping in from time to time to help the intern. But when a local woman goes missing and the mother of one of her students (who was in the process of suing the school) is found dead, she finds herself back in the center of a mystery again.

Come Homi
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Anna Fox
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warning Red Herrings! so while I was able to spot some of the red herrings, I wasn't able to figure who did it. I enjoyed this book and Skye, Wally and family are great. Scumble River is a good place to visit, although I always wonder what Mayor Dante is up to.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Dorothy Timm
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Although it was a fairly enjoyable read, solving the mystery required the reader to have certain information that wasn't available to the reader until about the last 10% of the book, a practice that I HATE in cozy mysteries. For that reason, I downgraded it.
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Smitten
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Skye Denison-Boyd is on maternity leave from her positions as a school psychologist and as a consultant with the Scumble River, Illinois Police Department. Her husband Wally is the chief of police and is as happy as ever with Skye and their three-month-old twins CJ and Eva. Things are already hectic for Skye and Wally with the babies living in a small RV while their new house is being built. In the middle of all the chaos, two new cases land on their door. There is a missing woman who may have m ...more
Faythe Shattuck
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd is getting ready to return to work from her maternity leave and hoping for a peaceful year in her job as a school psychologist. But when an elderly woman disappears on her first day back and a disgruntled parent threatens to sue the school, Skye realizes that her return will be anything but quiet.

When the parent suing Skye's school is found dead and with the missing woman's case is still unsolved, Skye suspects the crimes are somehow linked. With her chief o
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Anne
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Come Homicide or Highwater by Denise Swanson in another of the Welcome Back to Scumble River series and brings us home to Skye and Wally and their adorable twins, who at three months of age are still living in the RV Wally's dad provided after a tornado leveled their house. Work is progressing on the new house and if their general contractor would arrive a little more consistently, life would be better. Wally continues as police chief and Skye, although she is still on maternity leave, usually g ...more
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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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