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Come Homicide or High Water

(Welcome Back to Scumble River #3)

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There's something fishy just below the surface of Scumble River...

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
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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.
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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
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 ...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
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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? ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...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
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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
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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 ...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.
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
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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
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Jenn
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
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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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Toni
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the third book in the Welcome Back to Scumble River mystery series by Denise Swanson.

Skye Denison-Boyd is a school psychologist who is returning after maternity leave and finds that things at her school are just as explosive as they were when she left. One of the parents is suing the district and is mysterious found dead by none other than a man in a turkey costume. Then said turkey dressed man calls Skye to come and save him from having to call the police since he thought they
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Coralee Hicks
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I am a happy reader who completed the full Scumble River Series. I was happy to see Swanson return to her characters with the "Welcome Back to Scumble River". Swanson is taking a slightly darker look at Scumble River, with the crimes a bit more graphic and her character profiles a little less idyllic. For example, her mother Mae's tendency to meddle has accelerated to the point where Skye's nanny resigned.

Swanson was a school psychologist prior to her writing career. She brings an insider's
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Nancy Wolfe
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Come Homicide or High Water is the third book in the Welcome Back to Scumble River series written by Denise Swanson. This series is one of my favorites and I really enjoyed reading this one!

Skye and Wally are struggling with their contractor to get their dream home done before the holidays. Their contractor continually shows up late for work making the couple wonder what is going on. Skye is also returning to work after her maternity leave as a school psychologist. Juggling the twins, helping
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Nancy Wolfe
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Come Homicide or High Water is the third book in the Welcome Back to Scumble River series written by Denise Swanson. This series is one of my favorites and I really enjoyed reading this one!

Skye and Wally are struggling with their contractor to get their dream home done before the holidays. Their contractor continually shows up late for work making the couple wonder what is going on. Skye is also returning to work after her maternity leave as a school psychologist. Juggling the twins, helping
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Karen Voitik
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
>Book Review – Come Homicide or High Water
>The Dooziers are back in the story, causing the reader to laugh out loud at their newest “get Rich Quick” scheme. The murder mystery and a missing person’s case have Skye and Wally working together. This story has a lot of twists that will keep the reader guessing. The only negative I had about the story was the interactions between Wally and Skye. They tended to get together and rehash what they learned about the cases. I would have liked some
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Vicki
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third in a new reboot of an older cozy mystery series. It is the first one that I have read. It was definitely confusing to walk into the middle of this story, because that is how this book reads. You really must need to have read earlier books to understand the dynamics of the characters and their relationships.

I say that because there were good guys and bad guys. The good guys, school psychologist, Skye Denison-Boyd, and her husband Wally, who is the chief of police, do a lot of
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Dawn
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Skye Denison-Boyd is trying to enjoy the last 6 weeks of her maternity leave, but something always seems to get in the way. The intern that is filling in as school psychologist needs to be supervised and the threat of a lawsuit has administration looking to Skye for help. Then, her part-time job as a consultant for the police department needs her when an elderly woman with dementia goes missing.

When work isn’t keeping her busy Skye is worried about the completion of their new home and finding a
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Dawn M
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book three in the rebranded Return to Scumble Rivers or book 22 in the original Scumble River series.

Y’all it’s Earl! Can you believe it, Earl has a cover!! Yeah you can probably tell I love Earl and the Doosier clan almost as much as I love Skye & Wally. This book starts off with a kick and doesn’t let up until the end. You have a wealthy missing woman, Earl calling an emergency, a missing contractor, a dead wife and so much more going on in this story. The author even gives us a
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Laura Salas
This is the first book I've read in this series, and I really enjoyed it! Having a school psychologist who's married to a police chief as a main character in a cozy series is such a smart idea. Skye is often called in to consult with the police, and it gives her access and involvement in a case without the author having to constantly justify her involvement. Obviously, it still stretches the bounds of reality quite a bit, but it's easy enough to put that aside while reading.

I like Skye and
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Anne
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable entry in the Scumble River series. One of the things I appreciate about this series is that life moves on. The characters mature and there's personal growth unlike some other long running series I used to read and finally got tired of (NJ bounty hunter and a cookie baker are two). This keeps this series fresh as well as the large group of background characters.

Some of the background characters get "thrown under the bus" in this book and I have to say a part of me was cheering.
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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
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