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Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry: A Scumble River Mystery | [Denise Swanson]

Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry: A Scumble River Mystery

Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts Cooking Challenge is coming to town, and Skye Denison is entering. And though she can't solve the mystery of the perfect mousse, murder is another story. Because a cocky contestant has been found delectably drowned in a chocolate fountain....
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Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts Cooking Challenge is coming to town, and Skye Denison is entering. And though she can't solve the mystery of the perfect mousse, murder is another story. Because a cocky contestant has been found delectably drowned in a chocolate fountain....

©2008 Denise Swanson Stybr (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The best traditional mystery series being written today." (CrimeSpree magazine)
"I enjoy every minute of every book of this series." (Charlaine Harris)

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    deanna EMERYVILLE, CA, United States 08-05-12
    deanna EMERYVILLE, CA, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2007

    Cozy Mystery Addict!

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    "I keep re-listening to the Scumble River Series"
    Where does Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This whole series is great, characters you like, mysteries that keep you guessing . I wish the first books in the series had an audible version.


    What about Christine Leto’s performance did you like?

    Solid performance again and again.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carol A Comer Brooksville, FL United States 11-03-11
    Carol A Comer Brooksville, FL United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2008
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    "And Skye bit her lip."

    I like the story and overall I believe it is written well, but at least 3 to 4 times a chapter I hear, And Skye bit her lip. It must be bleeding by this time because she is biting her lip or cheek all the time. Other than that I am really enjoying the story and like the series. This is only the second one I have listened to, but I intend to buy more of them on Audible.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kesha 12-30-11
    Kesha 12-30-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Sandra Brown Meets Encyclopedia Brown"

    The narration was just fine, but I found that the story was an awkward mix of young adult, mystery, and modern romance. None of these genres was pulled off successfully, and I found the transitions from whodunit to high school melodrama to button-popping romance unintentionally comical.

    The characters weren't unlikable, just a little one dimensional. The mystery was short-story-worthy at best. It reminded me of the "Encyclopedia Brown" books of my youth, only with murder instead of missing pets and whatnot and sex instead of...well, something else. Either way, a disturbing combination.

    There was also a lot of filler. Sentences like (paraphrasing) "[Character X] brushed a lock of her hair behind her ear" or "[Character Y] stared into space for 14 minutes" occurred frequently, without adding to the characters or moving the plot forward in any way; they seemed like literary tics, as if the writer were saying, "Um..." between sentences.

    When I bought this book, I didn't realize it was in the middle of a series I hadn't read. I can't say, though, that that contributed much to how little I enjoyed it..

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna M. Davis 03-11-12
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    "Addictive Story Line"
    Would you listen to Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry again? Why?

    Yes, I liked the reader's voice and the pace of the story. She differentiated between the voices of various characters very well.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me guessing till the end as to who the murder was and what were their motivations.


    Which character ??? as performed by Christine Leto ??? was your favorite?

    I like her as Skye, Ms. Leto's voice hit just the right note for the 34 year old school psychologist.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love the way that Wally relates to Skye, he knows how to treat a woman properly.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much that I've bought the rest of the available series on Audible and the earlier books on Kindle. I'll be listening/reading it again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Illini Two 10-08-12
    Illini Two 10-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable mystery"

    Light and entertaining...with multiple strands to the plot, this story has good characterizations and plenty of interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 01-17-12
    Donna 01-17-12
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    "Unexpectedly delightful."
    Where does Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Murder of a chaocolate-Covered Cherry ranks high and matches the quirkiness of books I've read by Janet Evanvich (Stephanie Plum) or Deborah Coonts(Lucky O'tool). It was well written and I could see it play out in my mind. I would read other books by Denise Swanson that are similar to this.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I really didn't know who did it until just a page or so before it was reveled. I don't think I'm a push over either.


    Which character – as performed by Christine Leto – was your favorite?

    I think most were good. I really couldn't pick one.


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

    I didn't laugh as hard or much as I do with some of the other books but I did find myself yelling for heroine not to go back into the building.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theryl 10-08-12
    Theryl 10-08-12
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    "enjoyable, light listening"
    Would you try another book from Denise Swanson and/or Christine Leto?

    When looking for an enjoyable story Ms. Swanson seems to be a good choice. Will listen to more of her books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeri Tucson, AZ, United States 10-08-12
    Jeri Tucson, AZ, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Light on Mystery"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is okay, easy to get through but has too much drama between Mother and Daughter.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Denise Swanson? Why or why not?

    Perhaps. There are other mystery writers I prefer.


    What three words best describe Christine Leto’s performance?

    I was not crazy about her voice.


    Was Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry worth the listening time?

    Yes because I spend a lot of time in my car and like to listen to audio books to pass the time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Camilla white bear lake, MN, USA 10-04-12
    Camilla white bear lake, MN, USA 10-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry?

    Denise Swanson is an author that I wasn't familiar with and I now find myself downloading other books by her. Her books are a fun read!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy OGDEN, UT, United States 10-02-12
    Amy OGDEN, UT, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A light murder mystery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I usually like suspenseful murder mysteries and while this book has a few suspenseful moments, it's not my usual read. With that said it was nice to have a more laid back story for a little break. It's cleverly written and there are some funny parts. It wasn't predictable in that I didn't guess who the killer was. Overall, it kept me entertained which is the point.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Cherry is found in the chocolate fountain...pun intended!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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