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.
I have read several of the later books in this series. I finally got around to reading the first.
Full disclosure: I have read several of these books because I heard the author speak one time. She was a pure delight and I thought her books would be as enjoyable and entertaining as she was. I was not disappointed. Professionally, Skye Dennison is very much like Denise Swanson. The author said that when she started writing, some of her friends asked why she was writing mysteries instead of the very lucrative romances. She said in her years of school employment she had never met anyone she wanted to sleep with, but she met a lot of people she wanted to kill.
I also enjoyed Skye's discomfort of being the country mouse who moved to the big city but had to come back home, tail between her legs. A lot of people can relate to that.
I did not care for the reader's portrayal of Skye's mother. She sounded like the grandma in the Stephanie Plum series. Skye's mother is not that old.
Ms Swanson's writing is warm and funny. I like her characters, especially later in the series when they are fleshed out more. This book is a nice cozy mystery to read on a cold winter night by the fire.
Not the best mystery development, but when Christie and Sayers are your favorite, who does meet the standard? It sometimes felt like the author strayed from the characters' true personality, or maybe the character development was just lacking. The performance wasn't horrible, but this isn't going to be one of my favorite readers without a bit of improvement. This book was entertaining, but didn't leave me rushing to download the second in the series.
This reader was terrible. She was unable to develop interesting characters using her voice, and she was one of the slowest readers I've listened to...and I listen to a lot of books! In addition, there were many mispronounced words that were incredibly distracting from the book. (For example, pronounced the "s" on the end of Illinois).
No, this book was all over the place. Included lots of extraneous scenes that did not build towards the murder mystery. It felt like it couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a murder mystery book or a novel about a very boring girl who moved back to her small town to live a very boring life.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.
I would. I enjoyed the story and I would like to listen to it again before I listen to the next book in the series.
Skye is definitely my favorite character. I like her personality and I like her as the sleuth in this series.
I have not listened to this narrator's other performances. However, I thought she did a really good job with this performance, so I would be happy to listen to more that she has narrated.
No particular 'moving' moment. This book was about the mystery and there weren't any exceedingly emotional moments.
This was a solid read from beginning to end. I enjoyed the town of Scumble River and getting to know Skye and the other characters. I liked it and I will read more in the series. The narrator did a nice job.
By the third chapter I got a sense the heroine was wishy washy, acting like a character in a 1970s Harlequin book. Then when the narrator pronounced Illinois with an S on the end, I was done.
Light listening. Knew who did it for a while before the amateur detective.
I might try one more of book.
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