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When she left Scumble River years ago, school psychologist Skye Denison thought she’d never be back. But after a run of bad luck in the big city, she has a new appreciation for the down-home charm of small-town life--and decides to start over in the town where she started out…
When Skye’s beloved grandmother is found dead in her bed, the family consensus is natural causes. Still, Skye insists on an autopsy--an examination that proves the sweet old lady was, in fact, murdered! But who could have done the deadly deed? Skye is determined to find out, though her snooping doesn’t sit well with the relatives. Family tensions can mean only one thing: family secrets. And when a series of hooligan attacks on Skye’s property leads to an outright physical assault, Skye has to wonder if by exposing the rotten roots of her family tree, she’s one step closer to exposing the killer…

Mysteries & Thrillers
April 1
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Carol M Smith ,

Denise Swanson’s Murder of a Sweet Old Lady

Skye Denison, a school psychologist looks
forward to her after school visits with her
grandmother, Antonia Leofanti. Skye is
learning about her family history from her
grandmother now that she is back living in
Scumble River, Illinois.
When she arrives at her grandmother’s farm
after school no one answers the door. This
is very unusual as their is always a caregiver
there with her grandmother.
Entering the house, Skye discovers that her
grandmother is dead and the caretaker missing.
Something is not right!!!
Enter the family members....who get huffy when
they discover Skye asked for an autopsy as she
believes foul play.
The family members all have distinct personalities
that are well defined, quirky, colorful and very
Now Skye faces her family being very unhappy with
her, problems with school parents, the tires on her
car being flattened, her front windows smashed,
the family bible stolen, deer blood smeared all over
her driveway plus romantic tiffs.
Skye stays determined to discover her grandmother’s
cause of death plus two other unexplained deaths.
This is book # 2 in the Scumble River Mysteries series.
It can be read as a stand alone.

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