Murder of a Pink Elephant (Scumble River Series #6)

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When Skye Denison's brother forms a band called Pink Elephant, the town goes wild-maybe too wild. First, a groupie turns stalker, seducing the band members one by one. Then, one of the Pink Elephants winds up murdered. Who's to blame? Everyone seems to think it's the drummer-and now Skye has to clear her brother's name.

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When Skye Denison's brother forms a band called Pink Elephant, the town goes wild-maybe too wild. First, a groupie turns stalker, seducing the band members one by one. Then, one of the Pink Elephants winds up murdered. Who's to blame? Everyone seems to think it's the drummer-and now Skye has to clear her brother's name.

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Welcome to charmingly quirky Scumble River, Illinois, where small-town America thrives amid secrets and scandals, and crime and punishment.

In this sixth Scumble River mystery, Denise Swanson's clever protagonist, school psychologist Skye Denison, is busy juggling personal and professional problems -- including opposition in the form of a sleazy stalker and a mixed bag of politicians, irate parents, and more. When Skye came home to Scumble River two years ago, she'd just been fired and jilted, and she was practically broke. These days, her own life is looking up; but it seems like the opposite is true for practically everyone around her. A bunch of the schoolkids in her care have been acting out lately, and there are rumors that juvenile drug use is on the rise, thanks to a new supplier.

A slick developer is trying to talk several local farm families (including Skye's) out of their ancestral acres for his planned Pig-in-a-Poke Land amusement park. And the band Skye booked for the high school Valentine's Day Ball (featuring her drum-playing hairdresser brother, Vince) may not only be on the verge of breaking up but has also just changed its name from Plastic Santa to Pink Elephant -- and changed its music from pop favorites like the Chicken Dance to acid rock. When a fire breaks out at the dance, things rapidly go from bad to worse -- especially after one of the band members is found murdered and Skye's brother becomes the popular favorite as prime suspect. Skye has her work cut out for her if she expects to save Vince from a fate even worse than the music he's been playing lately. Sue Stone

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451212108
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 7/6/2004
  • Series: Scumble River Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 180,356
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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Denise Swanson

Denise Swanson worked as a school psychologist for more than twenty-two years. She lives in Illinois with her husband, Dave, who is a classical music composer, and their cool black cat, Boomerang. For more information, visit her website: www.deniseswanson.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    Really good book for Murder Mystery lovers.

    Murder of a Pink Elephant was a really good book in my opinion.I thought for a second that i really wasnt going to like it but that had changed as i was reading.It got really intresting when the part of the gym caught fire...or was it someones fault??That was really thrilling.When ever Skye found Frannie in the locker and she was tied up.I really wasnt expecting that.When the police found Logan dead in the gym...That was very unexpected,and everyone thought that Vince(Skyes brother)was the one responsible for the murder of Logan because they had been fighting before Logans mysterious death...........All in all i really thought that the book was really good and i reallly enjoyed it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Great "light" mystery and characters you love to read about!

    I really like this mystery series. It is to me a "light" mystery that is enough to cure my love for mysteries. The character Skye is the town sleuth that always solve the crime and I dont ever see it coming. I enjoyed this book, it had plenty of twist to it. I love to see the relationships of the characters evolve and change!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    Can Skye clear her brother and find the meth lab?

    Skye Denison is a school psychologist in Scumble River. Her brother¿s band has just changed its name from Plastic Santa to Pink Elephant. It¿s changed its sound from soft rock and roll to a sound so loud it made her ears almost bleed. They practice in Vince¿s hair salon. The band plays at the Valentine¿s Day dance at the local high school. When a fire breaks out, Skye works hard to make sure everyone is out safely. Then Logan Wolfe, a band member, is found dead after the fire. There had been tension in the band recently. Heather , a groupie, wants to sign with the band. She wants it so bad, she slept with each band member hoping it would help. It didn¿t. But once Logan, their lead signer, is dead, Heather is added to the band. Could she have killed Logan to get in? Police Chief Wally Boyd is running for town mayor. His ex-wife, Darleen, has returned and is hoping to become ¿Mrs. Mayor.¿ Unfortunately she is very jealous of Skye and causes much trouble. There isn¿t anything for her to be jealous about, but she still is. Vince becomes Wally¿s number one suspect in Logan¿s death. Skye knows she must protect her brother and help find the real killer. Simon, her boyfriend and the coroner and funeral home owner, has recently purchased the bowling alley. His mother arrived in town not long ago and after time and some discussions, he bought it so she could run it. The renovations are done and they have their open house. Many strange occurrences happen in town and in neighboring towns with many youth. It comes to Skye¿s attention that an influx of drugs has hit the area. She is trying to find the methamphetamine lab and shut it down. This is another in a string of great books in this series. I love Skye and all the other characters. They all blend together to make a wonderful small-town atmosphere. Her family is always in the middle of things. Since her mother is a dispatcher, she often knows what¿s happening before Skye. This makes it hard for Skye to do her sleuthing. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2004

    An upbeay mystery

    When Sky Dennison graduated school, she left Scumble River before the ink on her diploma was dry. After she lost her job, her boyfriend dumped her and she didn¿t have enough money to pay the rent, she returned home. Her uncle got her the position of school psychologist and after almost three years Sky realizes she likes living and working in her hometown, being close to friends, family and her lover Simon................................. The high school sponsors a dance for the students and hire Pink Elephant, a band that includes Sky¿s brother Vince, to play at the event. She notices that two members are at each other¿s throat but her brother won¿t tell her why. At the night of the dance, a fire alarm evacuates the building; when Skye looks to see if anyone is in the building, she trips over the dead body of a band member. Vince is a prime suspect so Sky once again tries to track down a murderer so that she can exonerate his brother................................... Although Scumble River is a small community, it has many of the problems of a big city including students taking hard drugs. While trying to find a killer, Sky always wants to find the methamphetamine lab so the sheriff can close it down and arrest the dealer. The heroine is tough when it comes to her students and her family, going the extra mile to get them out of trouble yet with Simon all she can think of is ¿Give me give me good lovin¿. MURDER OF A PINK ELEPHANT is an upbeat amateur sleuth mystery that takes place in a quirky town with zany characters..................... Harriet Klausner

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