Murder of a Smart Cookie (Scumble River Series #7)

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Yard sales can bring out the worst in people. So when Scumble River school psychologist Skye Denison organizes a 100-mile yard sale, otherwise neighborly folk get downright nasty: her own mother creams a woman, and a battle of the sexes breaks out. But when her former boss is found murdered, nobody knows for sure how this cookie will crumble.

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Yard sales can bring out the worst in people. So when Scumble River school psychologist Skye Denison organizes a 100-mile yard sale, otherwise neighborly folk get downright nasty: her own mother creams a woman, and a battle of the sexes breaks out. But when her former boss is found murdered, nobody knows for sure how this cookie will crumble.

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Skye Denison, school psychologist and amateur sleuth, has taken a summer job as the project coordinator of the first annual Route 66 Yard Sale, a bargain hunter's paradise that stretches through 100 miles of small-town America and lasts nine days. But when the body of a local antique dealer is found shoved into an old liquor cabinet and, shortly afterward, an octogenarian resident is found impaled on an antique sword, Skye must find the murderer posthaste -- because, as everyone knows, nothing ruins a yard sale like a serial killer on the loose. Throw in a highly aggressive television host, a corpse with some kinky skeletons in her closet, a lion on the loose, and a grab bag of relationship meltdowns, and Skye definitely has her hands full!

Murder of a Smart Cookie, the seventh book in Denise Swanson's Scumble River Mystery series (Murder of a Pink Elephant, Murder of a Barbie and Ken, et al.), is noteworthy in large part for its richly described setting of Scumble River, Illinois, which features the very best (and very worst) of small-town living. The diverse populace of Scumble River is equally memorable: From Bunny, the oversexed bowling alley owner, to Skye's high-strung mother, May, and carousing father, Jed, Swanson's adeptly realized characters (and their antics) will stay with readers for a long, long time. The numerous folksy words of wisdom throughout ("Men are like Ziploc bags. They hold everything in, but you can see right through them"), as well as the jaw-dropping ending, make this novel an absolute delight to read. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451215840
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 7/5/2005
  • Series: Scumble River Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 205,763
  • Product dimensions: 4.66 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.73 (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 September 8, 2013

    start from beginning, must read

    good series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    Summer job and murder

    Skye Denison is organizing the First Annual Route 66 Yard Sale as her new summer job. She got fired from the first two, and is now working for her uncle. The main reason she took this job was to get enough money to purchase the house she¿s been renting. Bad thing is her uncle rented out her house to Faith Fairchild, tv personality, who has come to film a ¿Faith Finds Special¿ during the nine-day yard sale. Skye ends up jumping through hoops to keep her uncle happy and keep peace with everyone during the yard sale. This isn¿t easy. In the meantime, her parents aren¿t speaking to each other. Skye is staying with them and ends up in the middle. How can she get them back together? And if that isn¿t enough, a couple of students from the high school where she works are having problems, and one of them goes missing during the yard sale. Top it all off when Cookie Caldwell, her former summer-job boss, is found murdered. The sheriff suspects Skye, so Skye sets out to clear her name. Along with that, Skye¿s love life gets more complicated. Can Skye find the real killer, patch up her parents¿ relationship, find the missing teen, keep the yard sale going to get her bonus, and figure out her love life all before the yard sale ends? I love this series. Skye is so much fun. When I read a book in this series, it¿s like sitting down with an old friend and catching up on the latest. It is so well written and Skye and the other characters in the series are so well crafted that you forget you¿re reading a book. I always find these books to be hard to put down, and this one was no exception. I highly recommend this book and the whole series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2005

    Love the Scumble River Series!

    Syke Dennison is a school psychologist and is off for the summer. She is trying to save money to buy her cottage and her uncle offers her to work for him running the Route 66 yard sale. Between organizing a yard sale that covers 3 towns, her mother finds her former summer employer dead in her families stand. This book is as great as every other in the Sumble River series a real must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2005

    Excellent!

    Skye Denison is a school psychologist in Scumble River. She very briefly worked in an antique shop for the owner, Cookie Caldwell, but was fired when she ruined Cookie's scheme to cheat a local elderly widow. Yet before the day is over Skye has anew, better paying job. ................................... Skye is the sole organizer of the First Annual Route 66 Yard Sale which covers over 100 miles. With all the recent rezoning laws, she is having a horrible time making sure all is legal and ready for the major event. Once it begins, Skye learns that yard sales bring out the worst in people. Even her own mother splats a TV celebrity, Faith Easton, in the face with a pie when the lady claims the pie not to be flaky enough. When not dealing with the huge yard sale, Skye is in the middle of a battle of the sexes among her parents, best friends, and even students. .................................. Trouble really begins when Cookie is found dead, stabbed to death by a piece of jewelry, and Faith's TV crew is filming it all live. Thanks to the rezoning, Wally, the intelligent and handsome police chief, can do nothing. Jurisdiction now falls to Sheriff Buck Peterson of Stanley County, almost an hour drive away. The sheriff is not exactly the sharpest tack in the box either, because he is trying to pin it all on Skye. .................................................................... ...................... ***** This is the seventh book in the series. Each book stands alone as a mystery, but the highly amusing cast of characters are consistent. Author Denise Swanson blends together mystery and humor, with a few cups of murder and dashes of intrigue, to give fans one of the best mystery meat surprises of the Summer. You will not find a dull moment within the entire novel. I see awards in the future for this author. Highly recommended! *****

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    hilarious amateur sleuth mystery

    After being dumped by her boyfriend and losing her job and apartment, Skye Denison returns home to Scumble River, Illinois where she becomes district school psychologist. She needs a job when school is out especially so because she wants to buy her cottage. She becomes a salesclerk in Cookie¿s Collectibles but when she sees Cookie trying to cheat eighty-nine year old Alma Griggs out of a vase worth thousands of dollars, Skye tells Alma not to sell it. Cookie fires Sky who gets a job with the Mayor her Uncle Dante pulling together the First Annual Route 66 yard sale. She rents her home to Faith Easton, the star of TV show Faith Finds, who is coming to televise the miles long flea market. Everything is going well for Skye who has no trouble coordinating the event until her mother and grandmother find Cookie¿s murdered body in the liquor cabinet they are using to store stuff for the yard sale. Shortly thereafter, Sky and her mother find Alma¿s body in the trellis on her home, a sword in her body. The sheriff thinks Skye and her mother are viable suspects so once again she has to find out who the killer is. --- This is a hilarious amateur sleuth mystery as the heroine goes from one crisis to another trying to pull the Route 66 yard sale together. Denise Swanson never lets her characters get stale as they constantly grow. IN MURDER OF A SMART COOKIE, the author has a lot of surprises in store for the reader as the characters undergo certain changes in their lives ever the secondary support cast. This is one mystery series that just keeps getting better and better.--- Harriet Klausner

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