Denise Swanson is an American mystery writer. She is the author of the SCUMBLE RIVER MYSTERY SERIES, which is set in a fictional town in Illinois as well as the DEVEREAUX'S DIME STORE MYSTERY SERIES, which is situated in a small fictional town in Missouri.
She lives in Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr and their cool black cat Boomerang
SCUMBLE RIVER MYSTERY SERIES
The Scumble River Mystery Series features Skye Denison, a school psychologist in Scumble River, Illinois.
This series fulfils my requirements for what makes a wonderful Cozy Mystery, such as quality writing, decent language, enjoyable humour, stimulating mysteries, interesting characters and positive ambience. It's true that the romance factor remained unstable for quite a long time but the issue eventually did get satisfactorily resolved by around book 9 or 10 in the series.
BOOKS IN THIS SERIES:
1) Murder of a Small-Town Honey
When school psychologist Skye Denison left Scumble River after high school, she swore she would never return to such a small minded town. But when credit card and boyfriend trouble caused her to slink home, she tries to blend in unnoticed. However inconspicuous has never been one of Skyes attributes, as the small-town busybodies try to bring her out in the public eye whenever they can. When she stumbles upon a dead TV personality, the police accuse her brother and she is forced to prove him innocent. This proves to be a daunting task, but Skye is up to the task. She is bright, persistent, gutsy and the perfect amateur sleuth.
2) Murder of a Sweet Old Lady
3) Murder of a Sleeping Beauty
4) Murder Of A Snake In The Grass
5) Murder of a Barbie and Ken
6)Murder of a Pink Elephant
7) Murder of a Smart Cookie
8) Murder of a Real Bad Boy
9) Murder of a Botoxed Blonde
10) Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry
11) Murder of a Royal Pain
12) Murder of a Wedding Belle
13) Murder of a Bookstore Babe
When school psychologist Skye Denison discovers a body crushed by a toppled bookcase in Scumble River's new bookstore, she has to read the clues before she becomes the killer's next work-in-progress...
It was Skye's favourite: chocolate with vanilla buttercream icing. What a shame that it was Pru Cormorant's birthday cake, and that Pru was the person Skye liked least of all her collegues. Still, Skye refused to let that deter her. When her conscience insisted it was wrong to eat cake honoring someone she detested, and who detested her, she promised the annoying little voice a pink-frosting rose to shut up.
14) Murder of a Creped Suzette
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15) Murder of the Cat's Meow
16) Murder of a Stacked Librarian
17) Murder of a Needled Knitter