Little Shop of Homicide (Devereaux Dime Store Mystery Series #1)

Little Shop of Homicide (Devereaux Dime Store Mystery Series #1)

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by Denise Swanson

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Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiancée, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving twenty-five to life...  See more details below


Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiancée, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving twenty-five to life...

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Local girl Devereaux Sinclair has returned to her small Missouri town after a stint in Kansas City ended badly. Now self-employed as a general store owner/gift basket creator and acting as a caregiver to her grandmother, Dev is stunned when her ex-boyfriend's fiancée is murdered in a bizarre manner. Worse, a zealous local detective wants to pin the crime on her. But feisty Dev, a former investment professional, is no dummy, and she is not about to be intimidated by a detective with a grudge. With her two best friends, an attorney and a bar owner, she is ready to find the killer. Grandma has a strategy, too, and chaos ensues. VERDICT Veteran author Swanson (Murder of a Creped Suzette; "Scumble River Mysteries") debuts a spunky new heroine with a Missouri stubborn streak. Joelle Charbonneau readers will like this one for its slightly zany, multigenerational take on small-town mores.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Devereaux Dime Store Mystery Series, #1
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Little Shop of Homicide 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
Devereaux (Dev) Sinclair quit her job in the city to purchase an old-fashioned dime store in her small Missouri hometown. Hopes of living a quiet life dwindle when Joelle Ayers, fiancee of Dev's ex-boyfriend, is murdered and a local cop on a power trip and with revenge on his mind is determined that Dev is responsible. Dev enlists the help of her two best friends, Poppy and Boone, to help clear her name and find the real killer. She also unexpectedly finds help as well as plenty of distraction from handsome Jake Del Vecchio, a deputy U.S. marshal and grandson of a neighbor. This is the first in a new series by this author and I liked it well enough to read it in one evening. There are lots of characters but the author does a good job of focusing on the main ones without bogging the reader down with the backgrounds of the rest. The romance between Jake and Dev moves quickly but is left open as to whether it will continue or not so it will be interesting to see what happens with that. As a light, cozy mystery, I did enjoy this and look forward to the next one in the series.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
for years i have loved the scumble river series, however this new series has captured me totally. the characters are written so clearly that you feel you know each and every one of them. the dime store is exactly like the dime store i grew up with. the town is similar to the one i grew up in, so yes i felt like i was coming home. the mystery, the romance are captivating. i had a hard time putting this story down. don't miss this one. i am excited to read the next installment!
Annie10 More than 1 year ago
Denise Swanson gives us wonderful characters. Devereaux is accused of murdering her ex boyfriend's fiance. Her friends and her grandmother's ex fiance's great nephew helps her prove she did not do it. Things that happen to Deveraux is funny and the mystery keeps you going to the end.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
This was fun to read, a good mystery and throw it some hot romance. The new main character for author Denise Swanson is Devereaux. She runs a little dime store shop in her home town. She is accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend's fiance....and it is quite a nasty murder involving a high heel shoe. But the ex-boyfriend has been her ex for like 15 yrs plus. Why would Devereaux be a suspect? Well...throw in a cop from Devereaux's past life as an investment banker...and you've got enough to start some trouble. Romance comes into Devereaux's life thru a family friend who has a nephew that is a US Marshall... he is meant to help as a PI...he is 6ft tall and hot, hot, hot....sparks fly! This mystery was fun to read and the romance was an extra plus! I have read Denise Swanson's "scumble river" series and I would recommend this 1st in a new series as well. Enjoy!!!
noEPEE4me More than 1 year ago
The cover art is the only disappointing thing about this great new series. Another light and easy read from Denise, with a whole new cast of well developed and likeable characters. Like Scumble River's heroine Skye, Devereaux is also a full-bodied female and part-time sleuth. The cover art would indicate Devereaux's idea of full-bodied is a size 10. I guess the publisher thinks this will sell more books (?). I can't wait for the next installment!
bookofsecrets More than 1 year ago
Devereaux Sinclair owns Devereaux's Dime Store and Gift Baskets, located in the small Missouri town of Shadow Bend. Dev left a job with a financial investment firm to move back to her hometown to take care of her grandmother. Unfortunately for Dev, the items from one of her gift basket creations were used to kill the fiancee of her ex-boyfriend, and now she has a cantankerous detective breathing down her neck. To make matters worse, he's got a personal vendetta against her, so putting her away for murder is his only goal. Dev is afraid the police aren't looking for other suspects, so she enlists the help of her two best friends and her neighbor's sexy nephew, Jake, to hunt down the real killer. Jake also happens to be a US Marshall, so his connections will come in handy, and the fact that he's a hottie doesn't hurt either. LITTLE SHOP OF HOMICIDE is a delightful start to Denise Swanson's new series. My first thought after finishing this book was that romance fans (like me) will enjoy it. A significant part of the story was the budding relationship between Dev and Jake and their lustful attraction to each other. That may not work for some fans of cozy mysteries, but I loved it. I felt like Dev's quest to uncover the real killer stayed the focus of the plot, so a heavier romantic element did not take away from the mystery. This was not an easy one to figure out - there were nice twists and turns along the way. Likable, multi-dimensional characters and a colorful small town setting made this an enjoyable read. I loved the descriptions of Dev's dime store, from the old-fashioned cash register to the soda fountains and paperback book racks. I could easily picture myself there. I'd recommend this book to mystery fans who don't mind some spiciness between the book covers. ;-) I'm eagerly anticipating the next Deveraux's Dime Store Mystery!
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Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Usually I don't expect much of a first in the series because I'm trying to get a feel for the characters, with this book though I felt that I knew Dev and her grandmother. I enjoyed the relationships between the characters, and I wish there was a dime store like this one around me. The mystery was very good and I liked the approach on how the characters figured it out. It had enough twists that had me guessing until the end. I'm moving on to the next one in the series.
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CandaceJayne More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. I am looking forward to the next in the series!!!
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gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Devereaux (“Dev”) Sinclair has moved from Kansas City 40 miles away to Shadow Bend, Missouri, population 4,028 [the residents somewhat disconcertingly called Shadow Benders], buying a local shop now called, fittingly, Devereaux’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets. Her background is also a bit disconcerting: When she was in high school, her father was involved in a DUI accident and imprisoned, her mother abandoned her, the boy who had vowed to love her for all eternity walked away, and her grandmother took her in. After getting her MBA, she worked in the ‘cutthroat investment consulting business,’ then quit her job several months before her boss, a man who apparently fit the Bernard Madoff profile, was exposed as a swindler, and his investment firm nothing but a Ponzi scheme. She left, giving up a six-figure job to take care of her grandmother. Dev was briefly arrested and had come under intense scrutiny by the FBI, the federal regulators, the media and, worst of all, the people in her hometown Her boss had stolen his investors’ life savings. Dev had known the man was a swindler and his investment firm nothing but a Ponzi scheme. She could see in her fellow Shadow Benders’ eyes that they were thinking the apple hadn’t fallen far from the tree; that like her father, she was a criminal too. One morning a cop barges into Dev’s store, all but accusing her of killing a young woman who was engaged to marry the man Dev had loved thirteen years before and who, rumor had it, had never stopped loving him. Just the motive the detective means to prove led to the murder, snarling “You and your boss made a fool out of me once, but you won’t get away with it again.” Dev still has two good friends, one an attorney, the other her best friend who owns Gossip Central, the most popular bar in the county. They are her support system, and they determine to find who the real killer is. Then a new man puts in an appearance, grandma’s old love, from twenty years earlier, the man who owns the next acreage to theirs, and who has had his nephew join him on the ranch to help. The nephew, Jake DelVecchio, is a U.S. Marshal, on disability leave, who just happens to be tall, muscular, and very handsome, and awakens all the old feelings in Dev that she hadn’t even thought of in thirteen years. But she sure does think them, and feel them, now. The Group, joined by Jake, determines that they have to pin down the real killer, and get Dev off the hook As it unfolds, the tale becomes more about romance than mystery, not altogether a bad thing, and in fact just right for a time when many of us are living through one heat wave after another, with little end in sight. It is really a charming story, ending with a bit of a hint as to the possibilities that lie ahead for Dev in the promised next entry in the series. [And for those who are frustrated by the lack of a 15th book in this author’s popular Scumble River Mysteries, take heart: There is a new one due out in September of 2012, “Murder of the Cat’s Meow,” - - Skye Denison is apparently still dealing with the spirit of the previous owner of the house in which she still lives, despite her impending marriage.]
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Devereaux’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets complete with a 3 stool soda fountain and a glass candy case. The best thing Dev ever did was quit the rat race, move home and buy this store. Today she is rethinking her big decision as Kansas City Detective Woods arrives before the store is even open to accuse her of murdering her ex-boyfriend’s fiancée Joelle Ayers. Just because some items from a gift basket she created were used as murder weapons didn’t mean she had anything to do with the woman’s death and he surely doesn’t have enough evidence to arrest her. He makes a few threats and leaves. Panicked Dev gets her friends Poppy and Boone to help her investigate. Then, hunky Jake Del Vecchio, a U.S. Deputy Marshall in town recovering from an injury, enters the picture. Seems his uncle and Dev’s grandmother are old friends and he has been encouraged to help her clear her name. Only one problem, this guy Jake is hot, and Dev is finding it difficult to concentrate on finding the real killer. If she is not careful to keep her mind on the tasks at hand she may find herself doing time behind bars instead of behind the counter of her five-and-dime. Dollycas’s Thoughts I keep breaking my own rules. I used to say I couldn’t give the first book in a new series 5 stars because it takes time for the characters to develop. However, I started this book and couldn’t put it down. The characters, while new, grabbed my heart immediately. The romantic tension was fabulous, a new twist to the typical cozy and I think it is wonderful. Plus the small town setting and the dime store evoke memories of a store from my childhood, a place I adored and drank quite a few cherry cokes. Denise Swanson has created a marvelous debut for this new series. The mystery is top-notch, with several twists of its own. She has taken a small risk adding a bit of spice to the romance and this reader absolutely loved it. These are characters I am invested in and I can’t wait to tag along on their journeys. Bravo Sharon!!