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Murder of a Royal Pain (Scumble River Series #11)

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

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    Another pleasant stay in Scumble creek

    Denise Swanson is one of my favorite authors. She manages to take me away from everything else in my world and lets me escape to Scumble Creek for a vacation. Of course what is relaxing for me is often the opposite for series character Skye Denison, school psychologist. In MURDER OF A ROYAL PAIN (I love her titles) prom mother from hell, Annette Paine is found dead. The candidates for suspects are plenty because Annette wasn¿t the only crazy mother who feels the need to live vicariously through her daughter and see her crowned queen. Annette¿s husband looks perfect for a set of handcuffs as well. As usual Skye¿s life is crazy and her own problems are only made more complicated by her involvement in trying to get to the bottom of the murder.<BR/>Swanson has given me many a smile and many hours of wonderful fun reading. <BR/>This is just another in a long line of really great books. Denise Swanson is amazing

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

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    Denise Swanson┬┐s Scrumble River mysteries are always fun to read

    Scrumble River school psychologist Skye Denison is not having an easy time of it. After several years of pleading and nagging the local Illinois school board to hire a sociologist, they employ Jackie Jennings. From the very start, Skye has a bad feeling about the newcomer who says and does things that put her in a bad light. Jackie also is territorial; sitting in Ske¿s chair and moving furniture without checking. She also volunteers to help with the Halloween fundraiser for Promfest.<BR/><BR/>Jackie¿s volunteering forces Skye to agree to help too. Skye becomes one of the three witches who in costume look alike. She hates funhouses having been left alone in one as a child. While performing her role, Skye runs across the body of one of the other witches, "Promfest" chairperson Annette Paine. While Deputy police officer Quirk quickly rules it an accident, Skye disagrees as the victim lived up to her surname. With Police Chief Wally out of town, Skye enlists coroner Simon and news reporter Kurt to team up with her to investigate the ¿promicide.¿ When someone tries to run Skye over, she reconsiders her hypothesis and wonders if the culprit intended to kill a different witch.<BR/><BR/>Denise Swanson¿s Scrumble River mysteries are always fun to read and her eleventh ¿Murder of ¿¿ is as enjoyable as the previous ones (see MURDER OF A CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY). Readers obtain a look at small-town Midwest living through a solid realistic cast especially the recurring characters, the students and their parents. The investigation is clever as Skye initially planned to stay out of it; gets involved; and changes her premise a couple of times leading to a strong whodunit with solid twists.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Murder of a Royal Pain

    True to Swanson's style and is a great continuation of her wonderful series. A joy to read and a great escape.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    funny! (and spooky)

    this is the funniest book in the series to date! has the funniest scene and funniest play on words and phrases. this series has cute sayings ,but this one is lol!

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