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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Murder of a Bookstore Babe by Denise Swanson

Skye Denison is back in her latest mystery. A new bookstore is opening in Scumble River, and not everyone is happy about it. Surprisingly, one of the biggest opponents is the high school English teacher. Skye is also growing tired of fending off her ex-boyfriend, Simon’s attempts to win her back. Skye is currently engaged to police chief Wally Boyd, and he doesn’t appreciate Simon’s advances toward Skye either. 
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Scumble River mystery without a murder to solve. Not surprisingly, a female that works at the bookstore is murdered, and our heroine is the one who discovers the body. Now that Skye is officially a contract employee with the police force, she has some authority to be involved in the sleuthing this murder requires. 
Nothing in Scumble River is ever as straightforward as it seems, and everyone has skeletons in the closet. As usual, shaking out the murderer will uncover some of those skeletons. Luckily, things aren’t all dark and dreary in Scumble River. Many of our favorite characters put in an appearance, including much of Skye’s immediate and extended family, which is about half the town. 
I really enjoy the Scumble River series and Murder of a Bookstore Babe is no exception. This book moves along at a nice pace and progresses Skye’s personal story nicely, along with solving the murder and a couple other mysteries. I’m going to give Murder of a Bookstore Babe by Denise Swanson, 2 bookmarks.
I look forward to the next book in the series, Murder of a Creped Suzette in October, 2011.

Next on my reading list is Jane Eyre, followed by the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde.