Skye Denison and the rest of Scumble River is celebrating its bicentennial in style - with reenactments, a bingo tent, and a coal-tossing contest. Best of all, the guest of honor is the town founder's great-great-grandnephew, Gabriel Scumble. But his visit turns out to be short-lived when he is found dead. The murder weapon: a pickax. Meanwhile, Skye's ex-fiancée is back in town. But is he here simply to create turmoil in her love life...or does he have a connection to Gabriel's death?
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I really enjoy Denise Swanson mysteries usually, but not this one. The point of these types of mysteries is a little escapism. This novel had to many unpleasant situations. The entire mystery is based around 3 boys attacking a young girl. Also the actual murder victim is hardly mentioned or investigated. Almost the whole book deals with the delinquent boys. Yuk not fun and very unpleasant.
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
I almost didn't read Murder of a Snake in the Grass because I had read a review that said this wasn't a cozy mystery and full of unpleasantness. I have to disagree with that. I found this one to actually be lighter than many others. There is a lot of lighthearted silliness which goes on in relation to Skye and her several love interests. There are some delinquent boys but they really don't get a whole lot of screen time, just enough to remind us that school psychologist is a bad job. I don't want to give anything away but Skye finally settles on one guy by the end of the book. We finally get the backstory on Skye's failed engagement. I found the performance of Skye's ex to be sort of tedious, but I can't speak to whether the accent was accurate. I suspect accents are just not the narrator's top skill. Basically this was good and in line with the rest of the series.
This book tied together the past relations of the heroine with her current life and helped with background.
The narrator simply could not correctly pronounce any of the Louisiana names and the accent was atrocious! It really grated on the ear if you were familiar with the area at all or if you were used to a true Southern accent rather than this narrator's version of one.
This is an enjoyable series but getting past the narrator of this book was difficult. Earlier books had the same narrator and were done better.
I hated the "one liners". It seemed like every 10 minutes I heard something that is floating around facebook on the little e-cards. It was very distracting.
I've listened to several other books in the series and enjoy them all.
These books are a fun read. Good for a weekend at the cabin or rainy day off work.
Learning about Skye's ex-fiance
Skye's swimsuit as undergarment
No, I enjoy these over several days, spreads out the enjoyment
This one had more twists and turns than usual, which I liked. No spoilers sorry.
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