Saturday, March 21, 2015


Publisher:    NAL
Published:   September 2, 2014
ISBN:   978-0451416513
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Skye Denison and the love of her life, Wally Boyd are finally married.  Despite a cold Ohio holiday season and a murder in the days leading up to their wedding they finally made it down the aisle and are now off on their honeymoon.  Skye is looking forward to sun kissed days beside Wally coupled with romantic nights.  And what better way to get away from it all than a Caribbean cruise?

As they board Skye has a moment’s panic…was that her mother standing on the ship’s deck?  It couldn’t be.  It positively couldn’t.  Not with her brother Vince and his bride, Loretta due to have the first Denison family grandchild.  Right?

And what about that cruise Skye’s best friend, Trixie and her husband Owen were talking about…they couldn’t possibly be on the same boat, could they?

But then again, having Trixie around when one of the passengers, the leader of the knitting tour group, is found dead—killed with a knitting needle to the throat.  Not only that, but it turns out, worse than finding out her mother in fact is on board the ship is that her mother just might be the killer!

I’ve enjoyed Denise Swanson’s Scumble River series from it’s very beginning.  I suppose part of the allure is my own background as a police dispatcher and counselling degree.  Skye’s personal growth and development from book 1 to the current one, MURDER OF A NEEDED KNITTER, has been well done.  Not only has each individual character grown and changed, they’ve done it in a realistic way through their relationships with each other.  The only one who hasn’t really changed is Skye’s mother, May.  For me she gets more and more annoying with her attempts to run Skye’s life—but I did like the way Swanson had Wally put May in her place in this one.

At first I couldn’t believe it when Swanson put May and hubby Jed on the boat with Skye and Wally.  It was just about too much.  But as the story unfolded it made sense; especially having Trixie there. 

There wasn’t a lot of focus on the actual mystery – which having a mystery to solve is why I pick up cozies to read.  There was a nice travelogue on the Caribbean and I found myself wishing I could sample a few of the meals that were found throughout the entire book.  For a mystery there was a tad too much focus on the romance and if I read one more time how happy Skye was with her new husband I was going to put the book down. 

The bottom line for me though is I really like the characters in the Scumble River series.  They are fun and for the most part could be your neighbour.  Swanson gives a nice blend of the quirky characters you find in the better cozies along with a good story.

This is an objective review and an endorsement of this book.

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