Murder of the Cat's Meow (Scumble River Series #15)

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New York Times Bestselling Scumble River Series

When ex–Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid’s Cat’s Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Bunny’s scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers in Scumble River always spells ...

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Overview

New York Times Bestselling Scumble River Series

When ex–Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid’s Cat’s Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Bunny’s scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers in Scumble River always spells trouble….

Meanwhile, Skye is convinced that her house is haunted and is afraid her fiancé, police chief Wally Boyd, won’t move in until the ghost moves out. But ghost-hunting takes a back seat when Skye is called to the bowling alley, where a riled up contestant is choking a cat show judge for insulting his feline. Skye breaks up the scuffle, but the next morning the judge’s dead body is found, strangled with a cat toy. Now Skye must solve this purrplexing mystery—and show a devious killer that her sleuthing skills are the cat’s meow.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Murder threatens to disrupt the wedding of school psychologist Skye Denison and her police chief fiancé, Wally Boyd, in Swanson’s well-crafted 15th mystery set in Scumble River, Ill. (after 2011’s Murder of a Creped Suzette). Skye’s previous boyfriend’s colorful mom, Bunny Reid, plans to rake in extra money by hosting a combination cat show and cat fanciers’ speed-dating event at her bowling alley, but Skye’s discovery of the strangled corpse of the abrasive show judge in the bowling alley’s basement puts a damper on the proceedings. Meanwhile, Skye wants to exorcise the pesky spirit of her home’s former owner, but she’s distracted by her reporter friend, Spike Yamaguchi, who’s in town investigating rumors of government corruption—and Wally’s appointing her as his backup security for a storage unit auction that ends in unexpected conflict. From normal to nutty, the folks of Scumble River will tickle the fancy of cozy fans. Agent: Laura Blake Peterson, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Skye Denison's home is still plagued by the ghost of the previous owner, but she's more concerned with the cat show judge who died at the bowling alley in this 15th entry (after Murder of a Creped Suzette) in Swanson's zany and romantic cozy series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451237811
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Scumble River Series , #15
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 201,238
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Swanson

Denise Swanson is the author of the Devereaux’s Dime Store mystery series, which launched in March 2012 with Little Shop of Homicide, and the New York Times bestselling Scumble River mystery series. She lives in Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr, and their cool black cat, Boomerang

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Sample

    The sample on the book showed none of the actual writing, just the author's other books and their reviews!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Love it

    Cat show, speed dating, and disco party. Then a murder. Can you imagine the charchters in this book! It does not disappoint.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    I always enjoy Denise Swanson's mysteries. And this one did not

    I always enjoy Denise Swanson's mysteries. And this one did not fail to amuse me. The characters are terrific, the plot fast-paced, and I find it difficult to put the book down. I'm already waiting to see what happens next with this group of Scumble River residents. Keep 'em coming!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    what do a bowling alley, a cat show , and speed-dating have in c

    what do a bowling alley, a cat show , and speed-dating have in common? this story! bunny reid owns the bowling alley, bunny is holding a cat show at the alley, and a speed dating meet and greet at the alley, to earn more money. oone of the judges is abusive verbally to the people involved and ends up dead. skye boyfried, chief of police, asks skye to help him with several phases of the investigation. skye is only happy to do so. skye performs an exorcism to rid her home of the ghost that keeps her and wally apart. there is local government cover-up that is also exposed. so, whodunit? who is involved? does the ghost disappear? you will just have to read this wonderful mystery for yourself, i cannot tell!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    First, I hope Denise Swanson keeps writing this series. It is de

    First, I hope Denise Swanson keeps writing this series. It is definitely a favorite of mine and even if there are a few things I do not like, I would hate to see it go.



    Murder of a Cat's Meow is the 15th book in the Scumble River Mysteries (and the 17th story as there are two novellas). The Scumble River Mysteries focus on the town of Scumble River, Illinois and school psychologist/police psychological consultant Skye Dennison. This small farming community is continually the hub of some wacky goings on, but it is always done in a way that is fresh. I have yet to read and think "Again?" I came to this series a couple of years ago, and I really have enjoyed each and every one although some more than others.



    Skye has been asked to help out Bunny as she hosts a special cat show and matchmaking weekend at the bowling alley Bunny manages for her son Simon (Skye's ex boyfriend). As often happens when Skye is involved, a murder happens, and Skye finds the body. The fact that the victim was an antagonistic self-centered witch made this murder not a major shock. Finding the killer however will be difficult, because anyone with the kind of track record the victim has is bound to have plenty of enemies. The police force will have a rough time with this one, but Skye will be happy to help.



    I'll be honest, as much as I still enjoyed being engulfed by Skye's story and the town, there were a few times when I forgot what murder was even being investigated. It became ultra secondary to Skye's wedding planning and her relationship with her fiance the police chief and her trying to figure out how to unhaunt her home. I'll be honest, if there is a ghost, I hope it doesn't leave, because I don't enjoy Skye and Wally's sex scenes any more than the ghost does. Now I am not saying this because I am a prude. I am saying this because a sex life was really sooooo very in the background of the first several books in the series. Now if Skye and Wally are alone...it is like they are a couple of teenagers (though not as bad in this book as others). It is distracting and decidedly not hot. If I wanted to read a mystery with sex in it, I wouldn't be reading a cozy mystery. I am glad that at least this time I didn't have to read about how Skye wonders how Wally keeps his year round tan as he gets undressed.

    Here is what I enjoyed: I love Scumble River and its quirky characters. I love Bunny and how off the wall she is. I like that Skye has a hungry grumpy cat and that she is tight with her family. I like that her dad is a farmer and her mom works at the police station as a dispatcher and dresses up her lawn goose. I like that even though Skye always finds a body, it is a fresh murder and not the same old thing happening again. Keeping things fresh after so many stories is probably not easy. Denise Swanson is really good at keeping a story moving and creating characters with humor and believability. There are only a few here and there that make you scratch your head and ask why?

    Here is what I did not enjoy: I don't like Wally and Skye together. Maybe it is because I connected with her first relationship in the book and I never thought her breakup with Simon was a good one (she thought he was cheating on her, he wasn't), and I didn't like how quickly she leaped into a relationship with Wally. Their relationship seemed good to me. I liked that it wasn't perfect. I liked that Simon was attached to some rather quirky souls himself like his ex-Vegas dancer mom. Wally's dad is an oil tycoon and they have family issues because he apparently doesn't want anything to do with that life and wants to be a cop. Admirable. But suddenly Wally sure is tossing around the money. For a guy who wants a simple life, since he has hooked up with Skye, money really seems more of an issue. The guy buys her very expensive items including a 2 carat Tiffany engagement ring. How is he doing this on a small town police chief's salary? That is like over 25,000 big ones! As much as I like that Skye is growing and changing and heading toward the altar. I think her and Wally dull the character down. Lastly, do police psych consultants seriously go to almost every suspect interview. It is as if Wally can't be alone without Skye and her twinsets (if you read the series you'll know what I mean).

    All in all though, I really do enjoy this series a great deal. It is because I like it so much these things get to me. It is because I have really grown to care for these characters and this town. That in and of itself really is a mark of a good series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    R

    Not one of the better books in the series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Love it!

    Love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Moonstar to editor

    Recently in pantherclan one of our warriors died her name one spirittail and i was wondering if there was anyone rlated to her oh and pantherclan is at the lost whale first result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Request

    There is a new cat clan..........they call themselves GHOSTS.............they r the protectors of the good clans cat, dog, wolf, or even rabbit. No one ever sees them coming. They r at ghost res 1. The leader is icestar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    The Daily Meow~Thursday Edition~

    Well hello there!! I'm Ash. I am new to this reporter thing, but I'll do my best!! To the news!! <p> BLOODCLAN: They were attacked by two evil wolf packs. Blood Wolves, and the Ice Pack. No deaths, but yet some minor injurys. <p> ASHCLAN: Seems les active, but, I believe they came alies with HorseClan. (Correct me if I'm wrong.) LAVACLAN: They are looking for an active deputy. It looks like IvoryLace is trying her best to be active. HORSECLAN: Has anyone seen VelvetStar? It seems she was missing, but I do believe she was found. DAISYCLAN: It seems like the dearly loved DaisyClan is dying out. The only 2 active members are, WindStar(Leader), and IceyStorm(Warrior). Thats it for now!!! Stay tuned for the Friday Edition of, 'The Daily Meow'. :-) <p> Clans to Join: HorseClan, 'hooded horse' res 1. DaisyClan, 'tell me' res 1. AshClan, 'burning lights' res 5. LavaClan, 'lava' res 1. BloodClan, 'a christmas carol' res 1. Blood Wolves, 'blood wolves' res 1. Ice Pack, 'ice pack' res 1. <p> Till next time!!! <p> &star Ash &star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    CavySavvyReviews - ad request

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Milkpaw...

    Milkkit, scared, paddded in quietly. "Can I find a home here?" She softly mewed, and shrank behing her paws.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Flint

    "I said not to. "

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    ThornBramble and the kits

    She looks at the cats then fell asleep, curled around her kits.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    A twoleg

    Made sure noone was looking. It pressed a hand to Moonshadows wound and when it left there was barely a scar. The twoleg turned and ran

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    The twoleg

    Its in a basket nearby. Crying.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Silverstreams and Smallfin

    Two cats walk in. "Hi!" (Bios at alone res 6)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Hopekit

    Sorry ive been busy lately

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Greykit S

    "Bye, guys!" Bounces back to Sunclan happily.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Lightenberry

    "Yesh."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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