Murder of a Real Bad Boy (Scumble River Series #8)

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Still recovering from breaking up with her boyfriend and alienating half the people in town, Skye Denison has sworn off men—but she hires sexy contractor Beau Hamilton to renovate the old house she inherited. After all, who can ignore his qualifications? Golden hair, bronzed chest, muscular thighs—he’s just too good to be true.

Sure enough, he has a reputation for conning the ladies. But before the not so naïve Skye can fire the hunk, he turns up dead. Since even bad boys ...

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Still recovering from breaking up with her boyfriend and alienating half the people in town, Skye Denison has sworn off men—but she hires sexy contractor Beau Hamilton to renovate the old house she inherited. After all, who can ignore his qualifications? Golden hair, bronzed chest, muscular thighs—he’s just too good to be true.

Sure enough, he has a reputation for conning the ladies. But before the not so naïve Skye can fire the hunk, he turns up dead. Since even bad boys deserve justice, Skye has to juggle more than a passionate police chief, a cagey brother with a secret, and a possibly haunted house. She’s got a killer to catch.

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“DENISE SWANSON HAS IT ALL.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451218285
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Scumble River Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 239,723
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.78 (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 October 27, 2012

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    Denise Swanson writes a grat series! I'd recommend this book, but anyone of the series will keep you chuckling.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    highly recommended

    very enjoyable. recommended

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    One of my favorites of the series!

    Sheriff Buck Peterson: "I don't know why you're so riled up, May. I'm not accusing Skye of nothing."
    May: "Right. And I'm not saying if brains were water, you wouldn't have enough to baptize a flea."
    Denise Swanson- Murder of a Real Bad Boy

    Today's choice for my book to read and then donate to Better World Books was another in the Scumble River Mystery Series by Denise Swanson. Along with the witty dialogue I have come to expect from her books, this one held my interest with some clever side stories as well as some intriguing new characters.

    In Murder of a Real Bad Boy, Skye Denison soon discovers that while the contractor she hired is easy on the eyes, he is definitely hard on the bank account. The little work that is actually getting done on the house she inherited is subpar to say the least. She realizes that she is not the only one displeased with Beau Hamilton when she arrives home and finds that he has been murdered. And as an unhappy home owner, Skye looks like a prime suspect to Sheriff Buck Peterson.

    In between finding her lost cat, exploring her feelings for Wally, and finding out what secret her brother is keeping, Skye needs to figure out who really killed the all-thumbs contractor. But her meddling may end up getting her killed.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Loved this series! Fun, good plot, little bit of romance, murder and mayhem!

    Great small town atmosphere, murder, really fun and wacky characters, funny dialogue! I have read the whole series, should be read in order as the characters and history evolve with each book. I am waiting for the next book which comes out sometime in April 2010! Great contrast between the work she does at school and her dealings with the community in Scrumble River, lots of laughs, lots of nail biting, light summer read! Love this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    Another fun Skye Denison cozy mystery

    Skye Denison has hired sexy contractor Beau Hamilton to renovate the old house she inherited. Everyone recommended him, after all. His good looks don¿t hurt either. Especially since Skye has sworn off men since her breakup with her boyfriend. Unfortunately Skye soon realizes his work isn¿t all it¿s cracked up to be. Before she can fire him, she finds him murdered. Who could have killed the contractor? Soon Skye finds the list goes on forever. Can she find the killer without putting herself in danger? Plus should she give Simon another chance? Then there¿s Chief Wally Boyd who is showing real interest in her. What¿s a girl to do? I love this series. School psychologist Skye Denison is such a fun character. No wonder the kids love her so much. I was happy to see Wally and her giving it a chance in this book. I¿m not sure which man I want to see her with, but she hadn¿t even given Wally a turn so that she could make a better decision. I always enjoy the wacky characters in this series. The author has done a great job of creating an enjoyable series with a town full of interesting people. This installment didn¿t disappoint! I can¿t wait to read the next book. I highly recommend this book and series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    Doesn't get enough credit where credit is do!!!

    I have read this book as well as all the others in her series. I started at the first one, bought it, finished it that night and went out a couple days later and bought ALL the next ones...She writes down to earth mysteries that alot of us can relate to..nothing over our head but plenty to keep us hooked. I just don't get how she writes so good and releases books so quickly.I dont have to wait a year or two to find out what happens to Skye next...Thanks Denise Swanson..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    A fun multi-tiered regional mystery

    She came back to her hometown of Scumble River to lick her wounds and heal with plans to leave her family quickly, but four years later Skye Denison is still in town firmly entrenched in the community working as a school psychologist. When a resident leaves Skye her house as an inheritance, the psychologist hires handsome contractor Beau Hamilton to do the renovation after obtaining great reports about his work thus far she doesn¿t understand why as his work is very shoddy.--------------- When she finds the gumption to fire him, Skye sees Beau is not where he is supposed to be at her house. A fear grips her especially when she sees a boat tied to a dock with a severely injured Beau. She races to get him to the hospital but he is DOA and the sheriff who would like to see her in jail and the chief of police, who would like to take her to bed both claim jurisdiction of the crime scene. Skye can¿t leave well enough alone and manages to inveigle her way into the investigation which brings her face to face with a cold blooded killer again.--------------- The Scumble River mysteries are always a pure delight and the latest novel in the series is no exception as these regional mysteries are special because they are as much about the town and its eccentric residents as it is about the who done it. Side bars abound such as where is the heroine¿s missing cat is and who is getting into the heroine¿s home leaving a mess these instead of being intrusive add extra layers to a fun multi-tiered regional mystery.----------- Harriet Klausner

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