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Murder of a Creped Suzette: A Scumble River Mystery Mass Market Paperback – 4 Oct 2011


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library; Original edition (4 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235008
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic, can't put down book! 19 Oct. 2011
By Clareagan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just love this series! I feel like I know all of the characters, and it leaves me wanting more! This mystery gives more info on the town, and the people. There's a murder, and a mystery relative? Who done it? Great writer, and her books are like potato chips, they leave you wanting more! She has great humor!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Witty and Resonant 27 Oct. 2011
By Jeanne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read all the Scumble River books, so obviously I'm a fan. I'm halfway through Creped Suzette, having forced myself to put the book down so I could savor it. Why? I'm riveted by the development vs. small town tension, the inclusion of folks who are jobless, and references to the sorry state of the economy. It's so very well done without being preachy or depressing! It's timely, and I think it resonates with the current mood in the U.S..

Plus, I love the characters, even though I'm in the "Simon" camp.

Bingo's behavior re: the dog is hysterical.

Of course Skye will solve the mystery, but it's the getting there that's so much fun!

As far as I'm concerned, this is one of her best.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
compelling cozy 4 Oct. 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Music promoter Rex Taylor accompanied by his Country Roads company staff and some of his most popular clients descends on Scumble River. Rex wants to gain local support to build a country western music theater in town. The visitors give a free open air concert attended by most townsfolk including school psychologist and police consultant Skye Denison. She ducks into an RV to go to the bathroom and hides whens Rex and his top superstar Flint Jones come in.

Aspiring C&W singer and Rex's gopher Suzette Neal is late to perform as the opening act. Rex asks Flint who refuses as he is the star attraction. Suzette finally arrives and performs. Afterward she asks Skye to investigate the suspicious death of her mother in an accident in which Suzette swears she heard a stranger's voice. Skye agrees to look into the death of the performer's mother. The shrink goes to the site where the music theater is to be built. There she finds Suzette's body under a steamroller. Teaming up with her fiancé, Police Chief Wally Boyd, they investigate the homicide of the daughter and relook the alleged accidental death of the mother.

Reading a Scumble River police procedural is always a treat as the audience tries to solve a convoluted murder. Fans will want the killer caught not just for legal justice but also for karma as the victim was a nice person. With a touch of romance and a bit of family drama to round out the whodunit, Murder of a Creped Suzette is a compelling cozy.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Boot-scootin' Fun in Scumble River 28 Oct. 2011
By CJ-MO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The residents of Scumble River, Illinois have their cowboy boots on and are ready to boogie! Nashville music promoter Rex Taylor is putting on a free concert for the town that features country star Flint James and up-and-coming hometown girl Suzette Neal. Rex wants to turn Scumble River into the next Branson, Missouri, but Skye Denison (school psychologist and police consultant) thinks the town would become a tacky tourist trap instead of the new country music capital. The young and pretty Suzette asks Skye to look into the death of her mother, which occurred in Scumble River many years ago. Unfortunately, Suzette is murdered herself before she can share any information with Skye. It would take more than this to stop Skye - she decides to investigate both Suzette and her mother's deaths.

"Murder of a Creped Suzette" is part of a long-running series, but this installment is fresh and entertaining. I especially like the genuine Midwest setting and down-to-earth characters. Skye and her best friend Trixie Frayne, who is the high school librarian, are people I would like to grab a bite with at the local Feed Bag restaurant. They are both intelligent women who are always there for each other. Skye has a great sense of humor, and her comments and observations make the book fun to read.

There is a good mixture of new and returning characters to make the book interesting. Skye's current boyfriend and police chief Wally Boyd is front and center, and her ex-boyfriend Simon Reid also plays an important role. There is just enough of the eccentric Doozier family that Skye has had to deal with in many prior books to be amusing. Skye's bossy mother May thankfully makes only a brief appearance in this book.

Since Skye is a consultant to the Scumble River police department, she can officially assist Wally in questioning witnesses and suspects, so her tagging along with him during the investigation of Suzette's murder is logical and believable. I love that Wally respects Skye's opinions when they are working together professionally and that he also treats her well when they are off the clock. A couple of times, I became frustrated when Skye would forget to tell Wally something she learned about the murder, but Wally never got mad at her, so I guess the reader should also overlook these incidents! Skye and Wally's wedding plans are still on hold due to complications with Wally's annulment. While I know this would also take time in real life, I hope a resolution comes quickly to this particular situation, even if other obstacles are thrown their way.

The mystery is interesting and the country music background added to the plot. Building on the country theme, the author cleverly names each chapter for a country song that is related to the subject matter of the chapter. The book ended on a positive note for Skye and Wally and other residents of the town. I especially enjoyed seeing one of the supporting characters taking responsibility for past mistakes and taking control of her life. Fans of Joanne Fluke will enjoy the character of Skye Denison as well as the small-town setting of the book.

This review was originally written for The Season E-Zine. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable series 9 Nov. 2011
By F. Yoder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Murder of a Creped Suzette is the 14th book in the enjoyable series set in the Scumble River series. It's always enjoyable check in with school psychologist and part time amateur sleuth,Skye Dennison.

Rex Taylor has brought country star Flint James to Scumble River to put on a free concert in hopes of getting the communities support to build a country music theater in the area. Just prior to concert Skye over hears a heated argument between Taylor and Flint, over the worthiness of the opening act, Suzette Neal. The next day Suzette approaches Skye asking that Skye look into the death of her mother. Suzette feels that it was murder.

Then Suzette turns dead, having been ran over by a heavy-duty roller. Now, Skye really feels the need to look into Suzette's mother's death. Could they be related? Taylor has been trying to have an affair with Suzette, is Flint worried that Suzette will replace him or become a bigger star, maybe Taylor's wife has gotten fed up with is wondering eyes and who was driving that black pick-up truck that is of interest. Having the police chief as boyfriend certainly is helping Skye. LOL

A great cast of characters, some you love and some won't. But that's what makes for an interesting read.

One nice thing that Swanson included in this book is a timeline. So now we will;; know when exactly the books took place.
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