Saturday, July 20, 2013


Publisher:   Signet
Date published:   October 4, 2011
ISBN:  978-0451235008
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Book format: Paperback
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina

When music promoter Rex Taylor comes to Scumble River he hopes the town will buy into his big plans for a country music theatre.  There’s the Riverites who are in favour of the music venue because of the potential jobs and boost to the economy Rex promises. Conversely there are the townsfolk who like things just the way they are and a big time theatre will take away from the small town atmosphere of the cozy community.  Before school psychologist, Skye Denison, can make up her own mind about whether or not she supports the idea one of the troupe appears on her doorstep.
Singer Suzette Neal has come to Skye not to ask her support for the theatre, but to solve a cold case around the death of her mother. Before Skye can decide if she wants to take on the cold case Suzette is herself found dead and the search for the murder is on. As the police department’s psychological consultant Skye accompanies police Chief, Wally Boyd, who is also her finance, along on his investigation. With a keen eye toward scoping out just who would want the young singer dead Skye begins to scope out each suspect—who would want the theatre to be in Scumble River and who would use Suzette’s death to keep it from happening? Can Skye uncover the killer before she becomes his or her next victim?

I was a little disappointed in Denise Swanson’s MURDER OF A CREPED SUZETTE.  First of all, I felt the title was in bad taste with how the victim died.  If I were back in grammar school and heard it I might have thought it was funny, but as an adult it was just in poor taste.

The whole Catholic angle of the stories is wearing thin.  I’ve learned more about the Catholic church through this series than from my friends who follow the faith. And I’m ready for Skye and Wally to either fish or cut bait getting married. Granted, the hold up the past three books has been Wally trying to get an annulment, but I don’t feel that ads to the story.

There were three bright spots in the story—the appearance of Toby, Suzette’s dog, Skye’s cat Bingo and the Dooziers who are always good for a few laughs. 

The mystery itself was pretty well done and my less than thrilled feeling toward this story won’t stop me from continuing with this series and delving into Ms. Swanson’s new Devereaux  Dime Store series.

Each book in the series is a standalone and because the author gives a solid but well woven back story you do not have to read the earlier books to enjoy this one. That said, I do recommend the series if you are looking for a good cozy with characters you enjoy getting to know.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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