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  • Mass Market Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book; Reissue edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045120834X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451208347
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.9 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,230,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another book to enjoy from author Denise Swanson,who gets better with each one,can't wait to read the next book in the series love Skye
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Skye's ex comes to Scumble River 18 April 2003
By Moe811 - Published on Amazon.com
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The bicentennial celebrations in Scumble River are in full swing. A descendant of the original Scumble is in attendance. Skye's love life is ever more confusing. Things are going well with Simon, but she still has feelings for Wally, and to make things worse, her ex fiance` seems to want her back. As usual, there is a particularly tricky problem with one of the children at the High School. Skye doesn't need another murder investigation right now, but when Gabriel Scumble is found murdered on the bandstand at the celebration and her ex is implicated, Skye has to get involved. If only to get him out of her life forever.
This series keeps getting better and better. The characters are quirky and fun and the problems of the residents of Scumble River are very realistic. I read this one in one sitting and look forward to the next.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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School psychologist, Skye Dennison has an uncomfortable past and as the history of her hometown is celebrated during the Scumble River bicentennial, hers comes back to haunt her. As Skye says, "sometimes it's better to let sleeping dogs lie, because if you disturb those canines they might wake up and bite you in the butt."
Skye left her hometown at eighteen after telling off everyone during her high school graduation. She vowed to never come back. She lied. Two years ago, after being jilted, fired, and maxing out her credit cards she came crawling back, and because it was home they had to take her in and forgive her, but they didn't have to forget.
Just as the citizens of Scumble River have begun to forget Skye's past, her ex-fiancé, Luc, shows up and makes everyone remember. He's an aristocrat from New Orleans and he claims he made a huge mistake in when he jilted her and he wants her back.
Skye tries to send him packing, but when the bicentennial guest of honor is found murder and Luc becomes a suspect she's stuck with him until the murder is solved. Although Skye tries not become involved in the murder investigation, it becomes clear she has to either figure out the real killer or put up with Luc's presence.
I enjoyed this mystery on many levels. First the setting is wonderful. It is clear the author is both familiar and fond of small towns, but that she sees the foibles as well as the charm. Next, the characters are wonderfully fleshed out. These are people you could have a cup of coffee and a piece of pie with while you put your feet up for a good gossip. Lastly, the plot is full of twists and turns. While the author plays fair and the clues are present, guessing whodunit is not easy.
But my favorite part of his book, and this series is Skye herself. She is someone with morals and values, and is fearless in her quest for justice for all. But best of all, because she is not perfect, she is utterly believable. This is a perfect summer read. Unfold your lawn chair, get your lemonade, and have a delightful afternoon.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Skye tries to get closure & ends up trying to solve a murder 11 July 2003
By Dawn Dowdle - Published on Amazon.com
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Skye Denison is the school psychologist in Scumble River. Her ex-fiance, Luc, comes to town to try to woo her back. He also wants her to help him to set up a foundation for abused children. She knows that if she doesn't see him and get closure once and for all, she and Simon, the town mortician and coroner, will never have a future.
Scumble River is celebrating its bicentennial. There are many activities, including the re-enactment of the discovery of Scumble River. Gabriel Scumble, the last of the Scumble's, has been brought from Montreal to participate in the re-enactment.
Then he is discovered dead at the bandstand. Skye once again gets involved in helping to solve this crime. This time Wally, the police chief, does not get mad that she is helping; neither does Simon.
She has her hands full with problems at the high school as well. Also, her uncle Charlie is acting strange. And then Luc is suspected of killing Gabriel Scumble. What more can go wrong?
This is small town at its best. Denise Swanson has a hit series on her hands. I truly enjoy every book and love the various small-town characters. They are so true to form. There is always something going on behind the scenes in town as well.
I feel as if I've been there. She does a great job of describing the location and characters. You can also feel the tension between the various people. Skye's mother is a real character. This book only has a few members of Skye's family really introduced. In previous books the whole family has been involved. What a group of characters!
If you haven't read one of Denise's books, I recommend you run out and buy one. Once you do, you won't be able to stop reading them!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Scumble River celebrates its Bicentennial 7 Jan 2005
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Scumble River is all agog over its bicentennial celebration. Everyone in town is turning out for the many events which have been planned, but there's a monkeywrench in the proceedings when Gabriel Scumble, the heir of the town's original founder is late. Finally he shows up, but things get even worse when he is found dead. School psychologist Skye Denison has a hard time keeping her thoughts on the murder investigation because her ex-fiance Luc has shown up and it trying to persuade her to get back together. Skye was terribly hurt when Luc jilted her, but she is tempted to go back with him. These two plots continue in the book until at last they intersect and Luc is accused of murder. Add in the mischief caused by some of the students at Skye's school, and you have another enjoyable read from author Denise Swanson.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Murder Spoils Scumble River's Bicentennial Celebration 6 July 2005
By L. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The small Illinois town of Scumble River is in the midst of its Bicentennial celebration when the town's guest of honor is found dead, with a commemorative pickax in his chest. Amateur sleth and school psychologist Skye Denison tries to avoid getting involved in the murder investigation, but as usual, she helps sheriff Wally find the clues. Author Swanson does a good job of tying in the town's history in providing possible motives for the murder.

This fourth installment in Denise Swanson's Scumble River series focuses more on Skye's personal life, as she is trying to figure out her relationship with three different men in her life: her ex-finacee, Luc St. Amant, who makes a surprise re-appearance from New Orleans; her current boyfriend Simon Reid; and sheriff Wally himself. Skye is a wonderful character who really cares about her job the only school psychologist in town, and who also prides herself on doing the right thing.

The mystery in this story was a bit convoluted; I've liked the plot lines of other stories in this series better. However, the description of the town's celebration is told with such humor, for me the setting made up for the hard-to-follow mystery.
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