Scumble River Mysteries
Books in series16
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(4.1 based on 1988 ratings)
  • 1

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (179)

    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....

    Martha Orosz says: "Love this Series!"
    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..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 13 2012 by Martha Orosz (Fairfield, CT USA)
  • 2

    Murder of a Sweet Old Lady: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (126)

    When she left Scumble River years ago, school psychologist Skye Denison thought she’d never be back. But after a run of bad luck in the big city, she has a new appreciation for the down-home charm of small-town life - and decides to start over in the town where she started out… When Skye’s beloved grandmother is found dead in her bed, the family consensus is natural causes. Still, Skye insists on an autopsy - an examination that proves the sweet old lady was, in fact, murdered! But who could have done the deadly deed?

    Karen says: "Good small town cozy"
    Good small town cozy

    I am enjoying this series. This is book 2 and continues with the characters from Murder of a Small Town Honey, now caught up in the mystery of the mu..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 30 2013 by Karen (Glen Gardner, NJ, United States)
  • 3

    Murder of a Sleeping Beauty: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    When school psychologist Skye Denison investigates the death of a popular teenager who was cast as Sleeping Beauty in the school play, she uncovers some shocking revelations about prominent Scumble River citizens. And even ever-optimistic Skye knows that in this case, finding the killer won't end this tale happily-end-after....

    Karen says: "Like this Series Despite Stereotypical Characters"
    Like this Series Despite Stereotypical Characters

    I enjoyed this third installment of the Scumble River Mysteries. I find Skye likable and entertaining, even if her taste in men is terrible. The mys..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 21 2014 by Karen (Glen Gardner, NJ, United States)
  • 4

    Murder of a Snake in the Grass: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    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?

    Tracy says: "What happended to the cozy mystery"
    What happended to the cozy mystery

    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 ma..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 15 2013 by Tracy (Tucson, AZ, United States)
  • 5

    Murder of a Barbie and Ken: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    In search of a social life in Scumble River, Skye Denison has recently joined the GUMBettes - the ladies auxiliary of the men's Grand Union of the Mighty Bulls. Now she and her boyfriend Simon hobnob with the upwardly mobile professionals in town. But when a seemingly perfect couple is murdered, Skye discovers that success doesn't equal survival....

    Amy Shanks says: "A cozy mystery"
    A cozy mystery

    I would recommend this book to a friend. A good mystery, an easy read. Interesting who-dun-it.

    Reviewed on March 04 2013 by Amy Shanks (Myrtle Beach, SC, US)
  • 6

    Murder of a Pink Elephant: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    When Skye Denison's brother forms a band called Pink Elephant, the town goes wild-maybe too wild. First, a groupie turns stalker, seducing the band members one by one. Then, one of the Pink Elephants winds up murdered. Who's to blame? Everyone seems to think it's the drummer - and now Skye has to clear her brother's name.

    Nancy says: "Another excellent installment!"
    Another excellent installment!

    I really enjoyed this installment by Ms Swanson. The mystery was great - I briefly suspected the culprit(s), but the skill of the author led me down..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 31 2013 by Nancy (St Charles, MO, United States)
  • 7

    Murder of a Smart Cookie: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Yard sales can bring out the worst in people. So when Scumble River school psychologist Skye Denison organizes a 100-mile yard sale, otherwise neighborly folk get downright nasty: her own mother creams a woman, and a battle of the sexes breaks out. But when her former boss is found murdered, nobody knows for sure how this cookie will crumble.

    Beatrice says: "The best so far"
    The best so far

    This is the best book in the series. I'm really glad that all of the books are available now because I can get the next one right away. I'm glad tha..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 24 2013 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 8

    Murder of a Real Bad Boy: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Still recovering from breaking up with her boyfriend and alienating half the people in town, Skye Denison has sworn off men - but she hires sexy contractor Beau Hamilton to renovate the old house she inherited. After all, who can ignore his qualifications? Golden hair, bronzed chest, muscular thighs - he’s just too good to be true. Sure enough, he has a reputation for conning the ladies. But before the not so nave Skye can fire the hunk, he turns up dead.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good performance but the listed narrator is wrong"
    Good performance but the listed narrator is wrong
    Reviewed on June 05 2013 by Amazon Customer (Great Neck, NY, United States)
  • 9

    Murder of a Botoxed Blonde: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    A health spa complete with tofu turkey and "Dress for Sexcess" lectures is the last place school psychologist Skye Denison wants to spend Thanksgiving. But when her best friend Trixie Frayne convinces her to take a complimentary weekend at the new Scumble River Spa, Skye accepts her fate and prepares to be slathered, wrapped, and roasted - until a murder ruins the good time.

    Beatrice says: "A new spa means a new murder in Scrumble River"
    A new spa means a new murder in Scrumble River

    Denise Swanson delivers another solid mystery to a great series. Skye is back with the rest of the Scrumble River characters. A health spa serves as..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 26 2013 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 10

    Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts Cooking Challenge is coming to town, and Skye Denison is entering. And though she can't solve the mystery of the perfect mousse, murder is another story. Because a cocky contestant has been found delectably drowned in a chocolate fountain....

    deanna says: "I keep re-listening to the Scumble River Series"
    I keep re-listening to the Scumble River Series

    This whole series is great, characters you like, mysteries that keep you guessing . I wish the first books in the series had an audible version.

    Reviewed on August 05 2012 by deanna (EMERYVILLE, CA, United States)
  • 11

    Murder of a Royal Pain: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    When school psychologist Skye Denison stumbles over the body of pushy Promfest chairperson Annette Paine during a Halloween fundraiser, it looks like a clear-cut case of promicide. Annette was not the only prom mom desperate to see her daughter crowned queen. But she was also wearing the same witch costume as Skye, so which witch was the intended victim?

    deanna says: "Best in the series!"
    Best in the series!

    This one is so good, and hard because it shows a vunerable side of Skye yet the mystery is great and I've listened several times.

    Reviewed on August 05 2012 by deanna (EMERYVILLE, CA, United States)
  • 12

    Murder of a Wedding Belle: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    School psychologist Skye Denison reluctantly agrees to act as maid of honor in her California cousin's over-the-top platinum-style wedding - and is also expected to assist the control-freak wedding planner. But when Skye discovers the planner dead, just one week before the big event, Skye is suddenly working double-duty.

    deanna says: "One of my favorite in the Scumble River Series"
    One of my favorite in the Scumble River Series

    I would not wish wedding planning on anyone especially for Skye's cousin Belle. As always Scumble River is full of great characters and I feel like I ..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 09 2013 by deanna (EMERYVILLE, CA, United States)
  • 13

    Murder of a Bookstore Babe: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (145)

    While school psychologist Skye Denison eagerly anticipates the grand opening of a new bookstore called Tales Dropping off some books at Tales & Treats, many of Scumble River's most outspoken citizens want to shut down the owners before they even open - and one is angry enough to commit murder....

    cynthia says: "funny and twisting plot"
    funny and twisting plot

    This is the first book by Denise Swanson. I love murder mysteries. Some go way on the dark side. Swanson's Murder of a Bookstore Babe is a lighthea..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 13 2011 by cynthia (MOYOCK, NORTH CAROLINA, United States)
  • 14

    Murder of a Creped Suzette: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    When megamillionaire and imitation cowboy Rex Taylor proposes building a country music theater in Scumble River, everyone’s ready to do the boot-scootin’ boogie except school psychologist Skye Denison. She’s been asked by Suzette Neal, Rex’s assistant and a rising country star, to investigate her mother’s suspicious death twenty-seven years earlier. No sooner does Skye agree to help than she finds Suzette literally flattened — and very dead.

    Amazon Customer says: "Awesome Read"
    Awesome Read

    I did not read the print version, but I love the audio version! Christine Leto's ability to draw you into the characters makes you feel as though you ..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 07 2012 by Amazon Customer (Frost, TX, United States)
  • 15

    Murder of the Cat's Meow: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    When ex–Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid’s Cat’s Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Bunny’s scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers in Scumble River always spells trouble….

    Laurie says: "Another good mystery"
    Another good mystery

    I enjoyed listening to this cute mystery.

    Reviewed on October 29 2012 by Laurie (Williamston, SC, United States)
  • 16

    Murder of a Stacked Librarian: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    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.

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