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Murder of a Snake in the Grass (Scumble River Series #4)
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Murder of a Snake in the Grass (Scumble River Series #4)

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by Denise Swanson
 

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After over two years, school psychologist Skye Denison is still in Scumble River trying to figure out why she’s still in Scumble River. But with all the town’s quirks and crimes, life there is never dull . . . and besides, it’s home.
 
Scumble River is celebrating its bicentennial in style—with Historical Society Reenactments, a

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After over two years, school psychologist Skye Denison is still in Scumble River trying to figure out why she’s still in Scumble River. But with all the town’s quirks and crimes, life there is never dull . . . and besides, it’s home.
 
Scumble River is celebrating its bicentennial in style—with Historical Society Reenactments, a bingo tent, Crazy Craft Race, and a coal-tossing tournament. Serving as the guest of honor is none other than the town founder’s great-great-grandnephew, Gabriel Scumble. But his visit turns out to be short-lived when Skye’s students, Frannie and Justin, find him dead, a pickax protruding from the chest area of his authentic buckskin costume.
 
Meanwhile, Skye’s deceitful ex-fiancé Luc St. Amant has appeared out of the blue, creating turmoil in her love life. Does the real danger lie in the possibility that Luc will drive away the men in Skye’s life . . . or is there a more menacing connection between Luc’s arrival and Gabriel Scumble’s murder?
 
“When writers as sharp as Margaret Maron, Earlene Fowler, and Jerrilyn Farmer all rave about a colleague as convincingly as they have about Denise Swanson, even the gruffest noir addict has to take notice.”—Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101567555
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Series:
Scumble River Series , #4
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
98,085
File size:
401 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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: www.deniseswanson.com

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Murder of a Snake in the Grass (Scumble River Series #4) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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DeSchelle More than 1 year ago
I love this book....it is hard to put down...I stayed up till 4 am reading till I finished. Glad I have this on my Nook, so I can share with all my friends and read it again.
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Darkmom More than 1 year ago
I love this series, quaint town, terrific characters, oddball plots and a main character who has flaws but is believable! There is the underlying romance or lack thereof in Skye's life, but the exes keep coming back to make it lively, family characters are quirky but consistently so thru all the books, and details of her actual job at the school is good enough to make that aspect quite believable, adding depth to her character. Stumbled upon these at the library and had to get more!
Nitesong More than 1 year ago
One of the things I like is to read to escape for having to think hard. I like the characters, the plots are decent and the jokes are entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the books in this series are great reading. They are also very easy to follow and quick to finish. I would start with the first one in the series and go on from there. Enjoy your Reading!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Skye Denison is the school psychologist in Scumble River. Her ex-fiance, Luc, comes to town to try to woo her back. He also wants her to help him to set up a foundation for abused children. She knows that if she doesn't see him and get closure once and for all, she and Simon, the town mortician and coroner, will never have a future. Scumble River is celebrating its bicentennial. There are many activities, including the re-enactment of the discovery of Scumble River. Gabriel Scumble, the last of the Scumble's, has been brought from Montreal to participate in the re-enactment. Then he is discovered dead at the bandstand. Skye once again gets involved in helping to solve this crime. This time Wally, the police chief, does not get mad that she is helping; neither does Simon. She has her hands full with problems at the high school as well. Also, her uncle Charlie is acting strange. And then Luc is suspected of killing Gabriel Scumble. What more can go wrong? This is small town at its best. Denise Swanson has a hit series on her hands. I truly enjoy every book and love the various small-town characters. They are so true to form. There is always something going on behind the scenes in town as well. I feel as if I've been there. She does a great job of describing the location and characters. You can also feel the tension between the various people. Skye's mother is a real character. This book only has a few members of Skye's family really introduced. In previous books the whole family has been involved. What a group of characters! If you haven't read one of Denise's books, I recommend you run out and buy one. Once you do, you won't be able to stop reading them!
harstan More than 1 year ago
When she turned eighteen, Sky Denison couldn¿t wait to leave her hometown of Scrumble River, a small town an hour and a half outside of Chicago. After doing two terms in the Peace Corps, she went to New Orleans where she earned a psychology degree and was engaged to a wealthy Creole aristocrat. When he dumped her, she returned to Scrumble River, broke, disillusioned and homeless. Her uncle Charlie used his influence to get her a position as psychologist for the school system and in the time she has been home, she has made a place for herself in the community. She is therefore very unhappy when her ex-fiancé Luc St. Amant turns up wanting to reconcile and needing her to sign some papers that would put her on the board of the foundation that would help abused children. She is so upset that Luc is in town that she doesn¿t even want to get involved in the latest homicide case, but circumstances conspire to get her to investigate the mystery because that is the only way her ex-fiancee will be able to leave town. Denise Swanson is one of the better new writers of amateur sleuth mysteries, a writer who shows the problems of the big city are just as prevalent in a small town. The heroine has gone from a shallow depressed person to a woman who is making a difference to the students who are under her care. Readers are going to love MURDER OF A SNAKE IN THE GRASS. Harriet Klausner