Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

by Denise Swanson

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Overview

Dead in the Water by Denise Swanson

The first book in a brand new series featuring New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson's beloved Scumble River setting and characters, Dead in the Water is a gripping mystery that won't let you go until you've turned the last page.

A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder—oh my! Scumble River may never be the same.

For school psychologist Skye Denison, there's certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can't see how the community will ever recover—especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister.

But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke's death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And could Wally be next on the criminal's hit list?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492648338
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Welcome Back to Scumble River , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 4,307
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Denise Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River mysteries, the Deveraux's Dime Store mysteries, and the Chef-to-Go mysteries, as well as the Change of Heart contemporary romances. She has been nominated for RT Magazine's Career Achievement Award, the Agatha Award, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

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Dead in the Water 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this first book in a new series and can hardly wait to read more!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Scrumble River classic. Love the people, plot and story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read and great mystery going to read other books by this author
Anonymous 12 months ago
Loved this latest adventure with Skye & her hubby.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Looking forward to reading the whole book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
loved this story, people. wish I had a better picture of what scumble river looked like before tornado and after.
Anonymous 7 months ago
One of my favorite authors .
Marla-Bradeen More than 1 year ago
DEAD IN THE WATER brings back a lot of the Scumble River crew but is updated to reflect modern times. I enjoyed the characters and the mystery. It was easy to imagine the devastation caused by the tornadoes that kick off the story, and I liked the small-town community feeling that becomes evident as the residents work to restore order. Although this book is a continuation of an older series, there's no need to have read the previous books to keep up with what's happening in this one. Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway.
rgp1950 More than 1 year ago
I have read the Scumble River Series since book one and have loved every book. I was a bit concerned when I discovered that the series was going to be redesigned. However, I’m happy to say that Dead in the Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River Book 1) is as good if not better than the preceding books in the series. It has the same characters that I’ve come to know as though they lived down the street. As usual, Denise has managed to introduce new characters that blend in with the already established ones. She keeps her characters and story lines fresh from book to book, yet manages a continuity of her main characters. She also gives enough back story to allow readers who are new to her books understand what’s happening. In this book, will the tornado be an end to Scumble River? What has happened to Wally? What news did the doctor have for Skye about her pregnancy? Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. As usual, I’m anxiously waiting for the next installment.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I don't know how this happened, but this is my first book by Denise Swanson. I see her books everywhere. I am glad to say that I really liked this read. I sped right through and the ending had my heart beating very fast. Especially when the tornado was hitting everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Good character development with lots of twists. I will definitely be reading more Denise Swanson books in the future. Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Returning to Scumble River, with a 'rebooted' new series filled with many old friends was a huge success. Wally and Skye are preparing for the birth of their child when a late summer storm hits Scumble River with a vengeance. With nods to the twister and storyline in the Wizard of Oz, the townspeople band together for cleanup, rescue and investigation. When Wally goes missing, Skye is on a mission to find him long before he's needed for birthing duties.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Returning to Scumble River, with a 'rebooted' new series filled with many old friends was a huge success. Wally and Skye are preparing for the birth of their child when a late summer storm hits Scumble River with a vengeance. With nods to the twister and storyline in the Wizard of Oz, the townspeople band together for cleanup, rescue and investigation. When Wally goes missing, Skye is on a mission to find him long before he's needed for birthing duties.
The_Brats More than 1 year ago
When one of his officers calls in sick at the last minute, Wally is stuck working a double shift, since the mayor had refused to allow him to hire a replacement for the officer who was fired. Fortunately, Skye is not left alone at home. A couple of her former students, Frannie and Justin have come home from college to check on their parents. The mayor instructed Wally to look into a complaint from Myra Gulch about a noisy neighbor and barking dogs. On his way back into town, he hears a Tornado Warning. Rushing home to check on Skye, Wally arrives as Skye, Justin and Frannie are heading to the basement. The tornado totally destroys their home, but everybody is safe. In fact, three separate tornadoes hit Scumble River and the damage is extensive. As usual, Mayor Leofanti is on the warpath, putting his own interests first, and insists that Wally check on Zeke Lyon, a member of the city council. Wally finds the councilman dead and determines that his death does not appear to be a result of the tornado. Before he has a chance to even begin his investigation, the mayor orders Wally to check out another location. When Skye fails to hear from her husband, she calls her father-in-law, Carson Boyd for help. Where is Wally and why is he not checking in? Was Zeke actually murdered? If so, why was he killed? How hard will it be for Scumble River to recover from the tornadoes? Will Carson and Skye be able to find out what happened to Wally? Living in the mid-west, I know how damaging tornadoes can be. The descriptions of the damage and the characters in the story are very realistic. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've loved the Scumble River series from the first book and was glad to be able to read this one. After living through Hurricane Irma, it hit closer to home. It also reminded me of the tornado drills we had when I was a kid in a small town in Illinois similar to Scumble River. This book was the best of the series (so far). I look forward to many, many more.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Dead in the Water by Denise Swanson is the first book in the Welcome Back to Scumble River series. Skye Denison-Boyd is at home when violent storms strike the area. Wally rushes home to get Skye into the basement (along with Bingo, the cat) when the tornado sirens ring out there warning. After the storm, they discover that their home is destroyed. Three separate tornadoes struck Scumble River leaving devastation in its wake. The mayor has Wally check on their newest councilman, Zeke Lyons who got separated from his family. Wally finds Zeke dead in the bathroom of his home and knows his death cannot be attributed to the storm. Who took advantage of the tornadoes to wipe out mild mannered Zeke Lyons? Wally has a full plate with a murder investigation, rescuing citizens, the burglaries occurring around town, his limited staff, and a pregnant wife. Wally heads out one afternoon and fails to return. Sergeant Roy Quirk, Wally’s right hand, does not have the staff to hunt for Wally. Skye calls Carson Boyd, Wally’s father, who flies in from Texas to help her. What happened to Wally? Will Caron and Skye be able to find him in time? To find out what happens, pick up a copy of Dead in the Water. Dead in the Water is the first book in Welcome Back to Scumble River series, but it is actually a continuation of A Scumble River Mystery series (with some changes). This was my first visit to Scumble River, and I had no problem reading Dead in the Water. Ms. Swanson provided the needed history on the main characters. There are quite a few characters mentioned in the beginning (as Skye checks in on family and friends), but it settles down to a manageable level. My rating for Dead in the Water is 4.5 out of 5 stars (I downgraded a little since I accurately solved the mysteries). Dead in the Water is an engaging and entertaining story. It has lively and quirky characters (except the mayor who I hope gets ousted in the upcoming election). I thought the story was easy to read, had a good pace, and just the right amount of humor. The two mysteries were interesting with one being more complicated than the other. I believe many readers will be surprised by the killer’s identity (depends on your sleuthing prowess). I thought the method of murder was clever. The suspense ramps up towards the end of the book which had me up late turning the pages. The ending is sweet and will leave you smiling. I will definitely be reading the next installment in the Welcome Back to Scumble River series.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Dead in the Water by Denise Swanson is another good story featuring Skye and Wally. At 34 weeks pregnant, feeling emotional, tired and hot, the last thing Skye needs is to be caught in the middle of a twister. Someone takes advantage of the storm and commits murder, hoping that their crime will never be discovered. I enjoyed this book and have always liked all the characters that live in Scumble River. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
Denise Swanson's new series beginning with Dead in the Water is a smash !!! And I'm not just saying that because the town of Scumble River is dealing with tornado's and the after effects. You will fall in love with Skye and Wally and the love they have for each other and their community. With Wally being the Chief of Police he has a lot to deal with regarding the tornado and then when a dead body is discovered it becomes over-whelming. But before he can begin any kind of investigation, he is sent on an errand by the Mayor and kidnapped. You can't help but worry about Skye as you read the story seeing as she is very pregnant, dealing with the tornado destroying her home and then not knowing where Wally is. Her strength and determination are amazing. Swanson also has the over-bearing mother, the unlikable mayor and an overly rich father. Skye's mother, who also works as a dispatcher for the police, is like any mother when her daughter is pregnant.....or just a tad bit more but you can see that she only wants whats best for her daughter. The Mayor, who is also Skye's uncle, on the other hand is a horrible person !! With him there is instant hatred that you will have throughout the book. Which is fine, there always has to be someone to dislike, even if its not the murderer. And everyone wants a father or father-in-law like Carson, Wally's dad. He is so rich that it is crazy but what he does with his money only makes you love him. Not only does Swanson tell a great, mind catching story but the characters are so unique as well. Even the motorcycle gang has loveable characters, if you can wrap your head around that. Dead in the Water was extremely hard to put down. You will want to continue reading to see what happens in Scumble River, who killed the councilman Zeke, and how Skye and Wally handle the tornado. It is clear when reading Dead in the Water that family and community mean everything to the people of Scumble River and the extent that a family member will do for their family is the difference between life and death.....
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
This reboot (due to change in publishers), of the wildly popular Scumble River Mystery series, is a clever idea from author Denise Swanson. Followers of the original series will be happy to find their much loved characters are present and accounted for, and will also see that DEAD IN THE WATER has the same feel as the books in this series’ predecessor. New readers will be able to follow along, though I’m sure many will want more detailed backstories. In DEAD IN THE WATER, “a violent tornado devastates” Scumble River. The author plays off the tornado with a Wizard of Oz theme. Before every chapter she uses a quote from the Wizard of Oz. Also, many characters have Oz themed names such as, Mrs. Gulch, Mr. Lyons, Glenda, and Tin. It was a lot of fun finding these, though a tiny bit distracting as it made my mind wander to Oz. Packed with lots of adventure, and action, multiple mysteries, and a lot of emotion, by the time I finished DEAD IN THE WATER I was exhausted! This story was tense, and sad, at times funny, tender and sweet. Seriously an emotional twister of a read you’re going to want to try for yourself!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts We go back to Scumble River to find Skye Denison-Boyd almost near the end of her pregnancy and a mighty tornado bearing down on the community. As the debris is cleared the body of Zeke Lyons is found dead in his home. But he wasn’t killed by the twister, someone murdered the man using the storm as a cover. The investigation barely gets going when Skye’s police chief husband goes missing. Skye calls in some reinforcements to find her husband and she may just catch a killer too before she goes into labor. Fans of the Scumble River series are rejoicing this book’s release, but I want to make something very clear, if you have never read any of the previous Scumble River mysteries or have only read a few you can jump into this book with ease. Denise Swanson is a pro, she has included everything you need to know to enjoy this book. She has rebooted the timeline so this and future stories take place in present day with the characters not aging a bit and given us enough backstory to the town and its residents to not feel one bit lost. These are dynamic characters that jump off the pages. Skye is a strong determined woman that doesn’t back down. As a school psychologist she knows how to deal with people and can get them to open up to her when they may not to others. Wally Boyd is the police chief and while also strong and determined he has a boss, the mayor, and this can get him into trouble. The love they have for each other is heartwarming and shines clearly throughout the story. We meet several residents of Scumble River and some visitors, good and bad too. All introduced (or reintroduced) perfectly. I read this story as Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on Texas and Louisiana. Like there, the people of Scumble River band together to help. Shelters are opened for the displaced, police and fire work overtime to find everyone affected by the tornado, and donations are needed and come pouring in. So much of the town was damaged. It is going to be a long road of recovery. Disasters like these bring out the best in people. Well, most people because someone did kill Councilman Zeke Lyons. This story was very fast paced with the tornado, a murder and a missing Wally. It had sort of a movie like quality about it. Ms. Swanson has a wonderful descriptive writing style that gives the reader an excellent understanding of time and place. From the Boyd’s basement, to the police station, to the devastation seen all over town, I saw everything as clear as crystal. I loved the references to the Wizard of Oz. Scumble River may not be in Kansas but a tornado can strike anywhere in the Midwest and leaves us all clicking the heels of our red shoes together to go “home”. I read the entire book in one day. It was very hard to put down. Ms. Swanson has penned an outstanding mystery. I am thrilled that she has been able to continue this series. I am so excited for the next installment, I want to read it right now.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Skye Dennison-Boyd is back, with an exciting new Welcome Back to Scumble River series. She is very pregnant and very in love with her husband of eight months, police chief Wally Boyd. New readers will be introduced to Scumble River as the author seamlessly weaves together past and present. Reading this during Hurricane Harvey brings the crises up front and personal through Denise Swanson’s prose, based on a real tornado in Coal City, Illinois. Skye is a school psychologist as well as a consultant to the police department. Two students who Skye helped during their high school years stopped for a brief visit. While they are making plans for the needs of one student’s parents, the town’s tornado alarms sound. Bingo, Skye’s cat, is popped into the carrier. Wally arrives just in time to herd everyone to the cellar. When the terrible noise stops, Wally looks out to find that the beautiful home Skye had inherited and lovingly remodeled was gone. They leave behind the rubble, taking only Skye’s purse, surprisingly intact. They arrange for a place to stay and Wally hunkers down to work until the worst of the crisis is over. Skye’s Uncle Dante, the mayor, sends Wally in every direction. First, he goes to find Zeke, a town councilman, whose wife and mother-in-law have gone to the Dante’s office demanding he be found. Sadly, Zeke is the first casualty found since the storms began, but it looks much more like murder to Wally. Dante then sends Wally out to check on the home of someone who is currently out of the area. About the same time, Skye learns something from her baby doctor that she must tell Wally, but he hasn’t returned. Nobody knows where he is, and Dante, n*ow down with the flu, doesn’t even know Wally missing. Wally’s father, on his way from Texas, gets a ransom demand. From Zeke’s killers, or who? Skye, her family and friends, even the Dooziers and Red Raggers are as delightful (or frustrating, depending) as in the earlier series. I really enjoyed getting to know Wally’s father, Carson, as it shows more of who the man Wally is learned from. Skye’s trademark humor and caring personality that has endeared her to her readers only gets better! Of course, I love Skye best, and even her mom, knowing how hard change is for her, especially for a small-town, Midwest mother. This Scumble River family rocks! One thing I like is how each chapter begins with a quote from The Wizard of Oz that is fitting to the chapter. It is a favorite tale that with lessons relevant to today, through tornados and other dangers. There are plot twists and turn that bring excitement, apprehension, or pure alarm and dread. This first in the new Scumble River series combines crises reflecting what many around the country face, being suddenly homeless and very pregnant, or getting unexpected news from the doctor, or discovering that a loved one has disappeared. It also includes the very positive ideals of watching people work together to help each other and what is needed most by those whose lives have just been dramatically changed. The mysteries are well-planned with stunning plot twists. I highly recommend Dead in the Water!! It is an amazing start to a new series, not to be missed! Scumble River has never been so awesome! From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
Denise Swanson consistently produces well written mysteries that always leave you wanting more. This one is no different. Dead in the Water is book one in the Welcome Back to Scumble River series but it a continuation of the life of Skye Denison Boyd, School psychologist, and the 19 book series A Scumble River Mystery. In this book Skye and her new husband, police chief Wally Boyd are excitedly awaiting the birth of their first child but then a devastating tornado hits Scumble River. Skye finds herself dealing with the loss of their home, a murder investigation and a missing husband. All Scumble River readers will enjoy this story but it is also a great stand alone for first time Scumble River readers.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Dead in the Water - Welcome Back to Scumble River Book 1 Author: Denise Swanson Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark Published: 9-5-2017 Pages: 353 Genre: Mystery & Thriller Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Women Sleuths, Suspense, Women's Fiction, ISBN: 9781492648321 ASIN: B06XRJQ5CV Reviewed For NetGalley and Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Stars A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder—oh my! Scumble River may never be the same. For school psychologist Skye Denison, there's certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can't see how the community will ever recover—especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister. But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke's death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And could Wally be next on the criminal's hit list? Scumble River is a busy little town that has been hit with a series of unexpected events. With so many things happening is it any wonder Skye is in such a state and determined to find her husband, solve the murder and put her life back in order. From start to end Denise Swanson has built a town and populated it with interesting and likable people. Adding a disaster and a murder to keep your interest fixed firmly on Scumble River. I hope others find this first book in the series as an enjoyable as I did. My rating of "Dead in the Water - Welcome Back to Scumble River Book 1" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.