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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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    Martha Orosz Fairfield, CT USA 12-13-12
    Martha Orosz Fairfield, CT USA 12-13-12 Member Since 2010

    Accounting Wizard

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    "Love this Series!"

    I'm so excited that Audible is going to put the first books in this series online. They are a fun light listen and I really like the characters. The narrator is great as well. They aren't deep and engrossing like some books but it's great to listen to something that can make you laugh and just enjoy the act of listening!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 07-14-13
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 07-14-13 Member Since 2010

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "A fun cozy series"

    I love cozy mysteries with a lot of humor, and this series has that in spades. Skye is funny, and compassionate, and I love that mix. I've downloaded several other books in the series and look forward to them.

    There are a lot of mispronunciations, though, and they are jarring, because they make no sense in the flow of the story. Editors, you need to be catching these!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 01-31-13
    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun to learn how it all started, love this seriers"
    If you could sum up Murder of a Small-Town Honey in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery with a kick


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder of a Small-Town Honey?

    Skye and Simon's first encounter, too funny and all too real to many of us.


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

    I love audio books so I can do something else while listening, consummate multi-tasker. Khristine is easy on the ears, especially when they are old ears. Easy to understand her and good tone and inflection while reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can you believe this town is close to Chicago?


    Any additional comments?

    Light and entertaining. Skye never thought she would have to eat those words so carelessly said at her graduation, lesson for all of us. Loved the interaction of all the characters and will be fun to see how they all develop. (I started listening towards the end of the series.)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Music Lover 06-28-13
    Music Lover 06-28-13

    Your mileage may vary

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    "unacceptable production"

    The story is okay; not interesting enough for me to read another book in the series, but I'll finish this book. The narration (and probably some blame to the other production staff) is just unacceptable. I didn't know this author, so I previewed the first several pages as a Kindle book sample.

    Therefore, I know for a fact that the narrator said "investigator" when the correct word was "instigator" within the first several pages of the book. Then shortly thereafter she said "debauchery" where that word made NO sense, but the word debacle would have made a lot of sense.

    Really, nobody on the production staff helps with errors in reading the book, when their whole job is to record someone reading the words in the book?

    Then she mispronounced the word indelible. Then there was yet another word problem (at least four mistakes within the first several chapters) that I can't even remember now. Plus she doesn't have any interesting voices. You can't even readily tell when she's reading words attributed to a man versus a woman.

    Then I noticed her intermittent speech impediment. I went to several years of speech therapy, so I'm probably much more sensitive to hearing this stuff than others, and it is truly intermittent. Makes me wonder whether she has just a bit of a problem on the days when she's tired.

    To sum up: the multitude of errors and the poor production (everyone listed in the credits is responsible for me/us hearing a recording of the words the author wrote) this just took the experience below acceptable. I expect an occasional error, because we're all human. But this one has problem after problem.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia VESTAVIA, AL, United States 01-08-13
    Patricia VESTAVIA, AL, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Glad to get the beginning of the story."

    I had listened to several of the later books in the Scumble River series on audible and was very pleased to see the earlier ones start appearing. This series provides a lighter mystery that I enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    atisha ypsilanti, MI, United States 07-12-13
    atisha ypsilanti, MI, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Having a hard time making it through this"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book is seriously dragging on. Its spending so much time on small town drama and background information that there is no Mystery to this mystery


    What was most disappointing about Denise Swanson’s story?

    an actual mystery


    How could the performance have been better?

    i felt no connection to the chracters voices were drab


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

    skye


    Any additional comments?

    don't download this book

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie United States 07-05-13
    Vickie United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hooked"
    Would you listen to Murder of a Small-Town Honey again? Why?

    Yes! I like narrator, and the story .


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

    It did it had twists


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

    her voice is easy to listen to and I could see the characters


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 03-28-13
    Kim 03-28-13
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    "Fun listen!"

    Quick paced and clean fun - was able to listen at work and really enjoyed it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 02-03-13
    Kathryn 02-03-13
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    "Can't wait to hear more"

    I totally enjoyed this book and look forward to hearing the series. I thought the characters were real and the suspense well written

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    H. Zeidenstein Normal, IL United States 11-09-14
    H. Zeidenstein Normal, IL United States 11-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice introduction to the series"

    I thought this was a good introduction to the series and I liked that the lead character held a professional position outside of the culinary or home repair type positions that are in most cozies. I thought the narrator was decent but not outstanding. Overall it was worth the listen and I plan to carry on with the next book in the series.

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