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Murder of a Small-Town Honey: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 1 | [Denise Swanson]

Murder of a Small-Town Honey: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 1

When Skye Denison left Scumble River years ago, she swore she'd never return. But after a bout with her boyfriend and credit card rejection, she's back to home sweet - homicide....
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When Skye Denison left Scumble River years ago, she swore she'd never return. But after a bout with her boyfriend and credit card rejection, she's back to home sweet - homicide....

©2000 Denise Swanson Stybr (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Bliss 04-12-14
    Bliss 04-12-14
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    "Characters are not individuals, stereotypes"
    What would have made Murder of a Small-Town Honey better?

    The writing isn't very good, nor is the plot engrossing. Not much can be done about that.


    What was most disappointing about Denise Swanson’s story?

    One doesn't care about the people enough to care about what happens to them.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Reader had a nice light young voice, but it was too monotone to make one care about any of these people


    What character would you cut from Murder of a Small-Town Honey?

    I stopped listening about half way through because it was just too boring.


    Any additional comments?

    I love a good cozy mystery and hoped that this one would fill the bill. It didn't

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ACT1 Australia 11-06-13
    ACT1 Australia 11-06-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Takes me back"

    The author definitely nails the issues of a school psychologist and I quite enjoyed it because of that but not a book I think I will follow up - it was OK but some time down the track I am pushed to remember what it was all about beyond the odd chuckle over an Ed Psych dilemma

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 09-05-13
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2008

    Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.

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    "Good small town cozy"
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    I was torn between 3 and 4 stars for this book. It's better than 3 but not really 4. I didn't dislike anything about about it. It's a good small town cozy. The mystery wasn't obvious. Although Skye isn't the most interesting person to ever walk the earth, she also manages to investigate without being obnoxious or making me cringe - I wish all amateur sleuths could do that. I hate when a character just bumbles into a funeral and starts asking strangers personal questions. Skye at least tries to be subtle. Perhaps a few parts strain credibility a little bit but nothing really blatant. It all wraps up nicely at the end. I will listen to another one. I am surprised to see this is such a long series since Scumble River really isn't much of a town. Narrator does a really good job as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CJ Griffin Aurora, CO United States 02-23-13
    CJ Griffin Aurora, CO United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Enteresting how trouble finds Skye"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it because it is a light listen and moves very well. Does not have so many characters that it is hard to keep track of them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Skye puts her nose into everything, and everyone just excepts it.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Sidney, BC, Canada 04-19-13
    Kim Sidney, BC, Canada 04-19-13 Member Since 2005
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    "narration lets this book down"

    The story is ok but the narrator is way too nasal.
    I'm partway through the first book and I think I'll have to get the book to finish it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DCinMI Fairview, MI 08-13-13
    DCinMI Fairview, MI 08-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Skye needs to grow a personality"

    I have a hard time rating this series because I've listened to the first five books and must have enjoyed something about them or I wouldn't have kept going. I can't remember precisely which things happened in which book, so I'm just gonna express how I feel about the main character, because she is the major drawback as far as I'm concerned.

    I cannot like Skye Denison. I don't hate her, either. She doesn't have enough personality to make me feel anything but annoyance. I will explain by not-very-specific examples.

    Any time that a normal person would speak up and say, "Hey! Wait a minute! The truth is..." Skye says nothing at all. On the other hand, when a normal (and intelligent) person would let something pass without comment, Skye opens her mouth and causes trouble.

    There are people in her life who would "have her back," if she would ever let them know what she's doing. Instead, she comes up with the most far-fetched reasons for doing dangerous things without telling anybody, then has to be rescued by blind chance.

    She seems to be powerless to stop people taking advantage of her. She might grumble a little bit under her breath, but she just lets things happen to her or does as she's told UNLESS the person telling her to do something really has her best interests at heart and explains things to her, because...

    She ignores the advice of people who know far more than she does on the particular subject.

    She came back to Scumble River partly because of a broken engagement. Hey it happens. Women get involved with guys who turn out to be creeps. They get over it and move on. Not so with Skye Denison. She starts dating a really good guy in Scumble River. The guy wants a serious relationship, but after 9 months she still pushes him away if he tries to get past a brotherly kiss at the door after a date. (Yes, I said NINE months and barely to first base.) Poor Skye had a breakup with a jerk a couple of years ago and now she can't know how to feel about anyone else. Bah! Psychologist, heal thyself!

    I guess I keep listening because the stories themselves are fairly interesting, and I keep hoping for Skye's character to develop. I might have detected a slight improvement in book 5, so will probably at least listen to book 6 to see if it was real.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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