Scumble River Mysteries

19 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,346 ratings

Murder of a Small-Town Honey Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • Murder of a Small-Town Honey

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 557
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 489
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 490

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A fun cozy series

    • By Sassy1980 on 07-14-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Murder of a Sweet Old Lady

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 323
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 290

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good small town cozy

    • By Karen K on 10-30-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Murder of a Sleeping Beauty

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A page Turner on to the next Scumble River Mystery

    • By LuvBks on 08-13-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Murder of a Snake in the Grass

    • A Scumble River Mystery
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211

    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?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • What happended to the cozy mystery

    • By soap123 on 07-15-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • Murder of a Barbie and Ken

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • MURDER OF A BARBIE AND KEN

    • By Ajayi ooreoluwa on 03-17-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

    • Murder of a Pink Elephant

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 6
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mayor!!!

    • By Angelbaby on 06-22-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 7

    • Murder of a Smart Cookie

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mother

    • By Veronica R. Barrett on 03-31-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 8

    • Murder of a Real Bad Boy

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Liked it - But not my favorite

    • By Karen K on 11-18-14

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 9

    • Murder of a Botoxed Blonde

    • A Scumble River Mystery
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 338
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 256

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A new spa means a new murder in Scrumble River

    • By Beatrice on 04-26-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 10

    • Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry

    • A Scumble River Mystery
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 375
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 308

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I keep re-listening to the Scumble River Series

    • By deanna on 08-05-12

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 11

    • Murder of a Royal Pain

    • A Scumble River Mystery
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best in the series!

    • By deanna on 08-05-12

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 12

    • Murder of a Wedding Belle

    • A Scumble River Mystery
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favorite in the Scumble River Series

    • By deanna on 02-09-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 13

    • Murder of a Bookstore Babe

    • A Scumble River Mystery
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 341
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 295

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • funny and twisting plot

    • By cynthia on 11-13-11

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 14

    • Murder of a Creped Suzette

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 14
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome Read

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-07-12

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 15

    • Murder of the Cat's Meow

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 15
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219

    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….

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Another good mystery

    • By Laurie on 10-29-12

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 16

    • Murder of a Stacked Librarian

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 16
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 332
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 291

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • "Guns 'n Poses" is the health club.

    • By Carolle Robinson on 09-10-14

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 17

    • Murder of a Needled Knitter

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 17
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206

    School psychologist Skye Denison has been waiting forever for her happily-ever-after with police chief Wally Boyd. But her bliss threatens to unravel on the very first day of their luxurious honeymoon cruise, when Skye becomes convinced that she has glimpsed her mother on board! Surely even momzilla May wouldn't have manipulated Wally into booking the same trip that her knitting group is taking...or would she?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Murderous Honeymoon

    • By Beatrice on 02-01-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 18

    • Murder of an Open Book

    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208

    Her honeymoon may have been less than relaxing, but Skye Boyd née Denison is still high on marital bliss with her new husband, Wally. The fact that their family is about to get bigger is even more exciting, even if Skye is dealing with morning sickness - and trying to hide the news from her ever-meddling mother, May. But Skye quickly comes crashing down from cloud nine when the body of one of her coworkers, science teacher and volleyball coach Blair Hucksford, is found in the school swimming pool.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 5 Stars

    • By Beatrice on 12-21-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 19

    • Murder of a Cranky Catnapper

    • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 19
    • By: Denise Swanson
    • Narrated by: Christine Leto
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171

    With her morning sickness finally abated, Skye Denison-Boyd is ready to pounce on the pertinent problems she faces as Scumble River Elementary School's psychologist. After trying almost every trick in the book to aid a handful of socially awkward fourth grade boys, Skye opts for the innovative approach of pet therapy with the assistance of the local vet, a Siberian husky, and a Maine coon cat. Unfortunately, the first session only breeds disaster and draws the ire of cantankerous school board member Palmer Lynch.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not her best

    • By MaryAnn on 12-06-16

    Regular price: $19.95