There’s no place like Scumble River at Christmastime, and this year, school psychologist Skye Denison has twice as much to celebrate - and to do. In addition to the usual holiday frenzy, Skye’s wedding to police chief Wally Boyd is less than a week away - that is, if the groom isn’t too busy working to attend. The town’s sexy new librarian, Yvonne Osborn, has just been murdered, and the list of suspects is piling up faster than late fees on an overdue book.
Yvonne’s strict sense of right and wrong annoyed some townspeople and infuriated others. Did her high standards lead to her death? Skye is distracted by worries about what havoc the crazy Dooziers will wreak on her wedding day and whether she’ll fit into her dress. But Skye can’t afford to leave any page unturned because unless she works quickly to expose the scheming killer, her happy ending may be put on permanent hold.…
©2013 Denise Swanson Stybr (P)2014 Audible Inc.
This novel was so light, I felt a few brain cells float away. Also, product placements was far too conspicuous. This has been my first and last Scumble River mystery.I hope the narrator has the opportunity to use her fabulous talents on some more worthwhile projects.
I really expected to love this; as so many others did. I assume the characters would have been more layered if I had read the books from the beginning (Book 1). They just didn't seem to have any depth. While the plot was well done and interesting, it was hard to find the good parts beneath the uninteresting dialog. I mean do we really care how many bites it takes to finish eating a cookie? I was so pleased when it was over so I could start listening to something more engaging.
The narrator was fine but the characters never pulled my in. I found myself just wanting to know who did it and not listening to the detailed of the story.
You would enjoy this book if you really, really, like listening to all the little details about planning a wedding. The cake layers,vendor payments, color themes, bridesmaids' dresses, to-do lists, etc. It is all here for you.
The narrator's groom voice was particularly grating.
The word "spark" cannot be used in describing my experience with this book.
Say something about yourself!
If you really care to read detailed descriptions of meals and clothes, that would be a good thing, because there is no mystery, here. There is a considerable amount of contrived but minor angst between our narrator and her intended and a whole lot of wedding chore anxiety, but if you're not all about that, the plot is so obvious that you won't find anything to engage you, at all. The murder is a sort of sidelight.
The marshal is a nice guy, but his girlfriend (and our heroine), Skye, is just too concerned about inconsequential crap, and the plot, such as it is, is totally and completely guessable, including how her mom plays into the honeymoon. Dime a dozen, but it'll cost you more to indulge in this fluffy confection.
This is my first Scumble River mystery and I’m pretty sure it’ll be my last. It wasn’t horrible per say, just very lackluster. If you ask me to recall anything about this book a month from now, forget about it. The story is so forgettable, probably because the characters were either unlikeable or just plain boring. It seemed as though the murder mystery took a backseat to all the mind-numbing wedding planning. If the author focused more on the Christmas setting and less on the inane wedding details, it would’ve been more tolerable. As for improving the murder mystery plot, that would require an entire overhaul. I figured it out the second the murderer was introduced. From that point on it was just a painful slog through wedding-planning follies and disjointed red herrings. On the bright side, the narrator was fantastic. I'll be sure to listen to more books narrated by Christine Leto in the future.
Denise Swanson keeps her series fresh and entertaining. Skye and Wally worked well together. I'm glad Simon has a new love interest. I can't wait to listen to the next book.
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