Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Murder of a Cranky Catnapper: A Scumble River Mystery by Denise Swanson

Sometimes the fates are so good to me. I recently found and caught up again with some back parts to the Scumble River Mystery series. I have really come to love these characters and was so excited to see a new part, Murder of a Cranky Catnapper: A Scumble River Mystery by Denise Swanson.

From the back of the book:

In the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Murder of an Open Book, a school psychologist has her hands full after a school board sourpuss meets a bitter end...

With her morning sickness finally abated, Skye Denison Boyd is ready to pounce on the pertinent problems she faces as Scumble River 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. But Skye’s worry over the episode changes to dread after Lynch is found dead in his home with the therapy cat hidden in his garage. With a clowder of questions unleashed, Skye finds herself dealing with a killer who isn’t pussyfooting around.

My thoughts:

I really love my visits to Scumble River. Skye is so down to earth. It's nice that since she works with and is married to one of the police that she doesn't have to sneak around or break any laws to have her hands on the information. It's also refreshing to see a heroine who isn't perfect, who struggles with person issues and self-esteem flaws. The relationship with her and Wally is as sweet as ever, I'm so excited for them both.

This was paced wonderful and had more than just a murder to figure out. There were several mysteries that were unique and had their own solutions, which made this so much fun to unwind. I solved two of them in my mind before the reveals. I didn't figure out the murder until right before the end, so that was pretty exciting. I love the way Denise Swanson writes. I also read the Dime Store Mysteries and can't wait to see what comes next.

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