Murder of a Botoxed Blonde (Scumble River Series #9)

Murder of a Botoxed Blonde (Scumble River Series #9)

by Denise Swanson

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A health spa complete with tofu turkey and "Dress for Sexcess" lectures is the last place school psychologist Skye Denison wants to spend Thanksgiving. But when her best friend Trixie Frayne convinces her to take a complimentary weekend at the new Scumble River Spa, Skye accepts her fate and prepares to be slathered, wrapped, and roasted-until a murder ruins the good time.

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ISBN-13: 9780451221414
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Series: Scumble River Series , #9
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 278,025
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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:

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Delightfully down to earth. (Chicago Tribune)

I enjoy every minute of every book of this series. (Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author)

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Murder of a Botoxed Blonde (Scumble River Series #9) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Scumble River school psychologist Skye Denison is now a paid consultant in the SRPD. Margot Avanti, owner of a beauty spa and resort on the old Brufeld Estate, asks the ¿Nancy Drew of Scumble River¿ to investigate vandalism with holes in the ground and walls that keep appearing. Margot assumes it is treasure hunters seeking the rumored buried jewels hidden by the former owner allegedly somewhere on the property or inside the converted building. Skye first says no but her best friend persuades her and asks to come along as her guest so she won¿t have to host Thanksgiving for a horde of relatives. From the very beginning she knows she isn¿t the stereotype type of the guest with the emphasis on beauty and being thin. When one of the women, a former high profile model is murdered, the chief of police wants Skye to help on the investigation. While she is delving into her inquiries, treasure hunters keep appearing on the property and valuable items go missing. The staff have secrets that they are hiding but which one has a secret so deadly he or she is willing to kill to keep it from being revealed. --- The Scumble River mysteries are one of the most satisfy cozy series on the market today. The heroine is a perfect role model for anyone. She sticks to her beliefs but isn¿t inflexible, is strong enough to accept her full figure size and is bold enough to solve a whodunit that has the police stymied. The romantic triangle between her, Simon the undertaker, and Wally the chief of police jazzes up an already satisfying storyline. --- Harriet Klausner
LittleTaiko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable read in the Scumble River series. The characters continue to grow in believable ways and as always there is a murder to solve. The supporting cast of Trixie, Frannie, May, and Bunnie were given more to do and became more real during this book. The only downside is Skye's continual obsession about her weight and her negative outlook on anyone who might be thin or striving to look their best. Maybe her comments are meant to mask her insecurities but she comes across as rather judgmental at times.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Skye Denison has won a free spa weekend at Scumble River's newest spa and salon, but only if she agrees to investigate the vandalism that has been going on. She, of course, stumbles across a dead body that has been drowned in the miracle mud bath. Skye and her very lively and very abundant (in this novel) cohorts try to sort through the mess and find a murderer.Another brava for Ms. Swanson, all her books are a delight to read.
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Although this story takes place over the span of a few days, Ms. Swanson delivers more than enough humor, twists and turns, and red herrings to keep you from putting this book down. This is one of my favorites in the series.
Debra1957 More than 1 year ago
This is another good mystery in the series. I finished it in one night.
ronnyj1503 More than 1 year ago
This story may make you think twice before visiting a spa! Twisted plot!
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