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Murder of a Bookstore Babe: A Scumble River Mystery | [Denise Swanson]

Murder of a Bookstore Babe: A Scumble River Mystery

While school psychologist Skye Denison eagerly anticipates the grand opening of a new bookstore called Tales Dropping off some books at Tales & Treats, many of Scumble River's most outspoken citizens want to shut down the owners before they even open - and one is angry enough to commit murder....
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Publisher's Summary

Who could be driven to kill by books and sweets? While school psychologist Skye Denison eagerly anticipates the grand opening of a new bookstore called Tales & Treats, many of Scumble River's most outspoken citizens want to shut down the owners before they even open - and one is angry enough to commit murder....

Dropping off some books at Tales & Treats, Skye trips over a toppled bookcase, which has crushed a woman beneath its weight. While police search for motives, Skye sees the messy aftermatch of a half-baked plot to murder somebody else.

Skye is juggling her own busy life, but when all the clues lead to dead ends, she turns up the heat on her own investigation... and stumbles upon the deadly secret that got this bookstore babe done in. And if Skye isn't careful, the killer just might make her the sequel.

©2011 Denise Swanson Stybr. (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the best traditional mystery series being written today." (CrimeSpree magazine)

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    cynthia 11-13-11
    cynthia 11-13-11
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    "funny and twisting plot"

    This is the first book by Denise Swanson. I love murder mysteries. Some go way on the dark side. Swanson's Murder of a Bookstore Babe is a lighthearted deviance from the dark and deep throws of the hard core murder mysteries.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 11-01-13
    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 11-01-13 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Simple plot, poor reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. Also, I like a little more depth and a little less lip-gloss color detail.


    If you’ve listened to books by Denise Swanson before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She is extremely nasal and her overuse of vocal fry for every single character (I could see using it on purpose for one or two characters) was so irritating, I may not be able to finish the book at all.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would not go to a theatre to see this. It's really more in the Lifetime Movie genre anyway.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 10-15-12
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story!"

    This book stands out as one of my favorites in this series.

    The story was great and the mystery was enthralling.

    As usual, the narrator has these characters down pat! I never have to think about who is speaking!

    One of the best in this series. Yes, I'd recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ellegreenland Seattle, WA United States 11-16-13
    ellegreenland Seattle, WA United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Not bad for a free download"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be enjoyed by someone who is more into stories than novels. It's mostly dialogue, few facts woven into the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something heavier with more "meat" to it


    Have you listened to any of Christine Leto’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard any of the performers other books, but she is pretty good, and I enjoyed her voice and her intonations were believable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Murder of a Bookstore Babe?

    I'm not sure I would have cut anything from the book - but I would ask the author to develop the characters further. they are so 2 dimensional, it lacks any real depth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 11-12-13
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Cute cozy mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Murder of a Bookstore Babe the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did a really good job of keeping the material interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder of a Bookstore Babe?

    The ending - which I won't give away - was a surprise that followed a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing.


    What does Christine Leto bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She makes the characters come alive without "overreading." She is good at performing different voices, which adds a new dimension to the experience that I wouldn't be able to enjoy just reading the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I didn't have any extreme reactions to the book. It was just a good cozy mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a thriller with nonstop action, so don't pick it if an "edge-of-your-seat" experience is what you're craving. This is a typical cozy with a lot of emphasis on relationships. It's a nice relaxing listen after a long day - the type of thing that evokes the image of a listener reclined in a comfy chair inhaling lavendar aromatherapy with a cup of chamomile tea in one hand, using the other hand to pet a cat while it softly rains outside.

    I will probably listen to more from this author when I just want to relax with the sound of a good cozy mystery in the background.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie Fulton, MO, United States 11-04-13
    Jeannie Fulton, MO, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm an avid reader since childhood. I'm a retired science teacher, retired nuclear plant worker and grandmother of three. I love mysteries.

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    "Nap-able"

    I bought this on the deal of the dey so I can't say I wasted a lot of money... It is an achievement to make a murder so sanitized and bland. It was a challenge to finish the whole story. I kept falling asleep and having to go back and find my place. Buy it if you need a really good nap.

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 05-25-13
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Another steller addidtion to the series"

    This is a very good series. I enjoy reading it. I look forward to reading the next two books in the series.

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    Delia MORGANTOWN, WV, United States 04-16-13
    Delia MORGANTOWN, WV, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable Book"
    Would you listen to Murder of a Bookstore Babe again? Why?

    I enjoyed the character development almost as much as the story. This ranks as one of my favorites.


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    Laura 07-19-12
    Laura 07-19-12
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    "Boring"

    Had hoped to like this but it didn't hold my interest. It was boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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