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Denise Swanson

Denise Swanson, The New York Times best-selling author of the Scumble River Mystery series, began writing after coming face-to-face with evil. She quickly decided she would rather write about villains than encounter them in her daily life. She was also shocked to discover that getting a book published was nearly as difficult as vanquishing scoundrels.

Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries

Her Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery series features Devereaux Sinclair, the happy owner of the old-fashioned shop in Shadow Bend, a small town near Kansas City, Missouri. If only murder didn't keep landing on her doorstep...

Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
  Book 1 - March 2012: Little Shop of Homicide
  Book 2 - March 2013: Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death
  Book 3 - March 2014: Dead Between the Lines
  Book 4 - March 2015: Dying for a Cupcake
  Book 5 - March 2016: Between a Book and a Hard Place
  Book 6 - July 2017: Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My
  Book 7 - April 2021: Fly Me to the Tomb

Chef-to-Go Mysteries

Winner Cake All is the third book in her Chef-to-go Mystery series. It features Danielle Sloan, the happy owner of Chef-to-Go, preparing delicious, ready-made meals for hungry students attending the nearby university, as well as providing personal chef services and catering events for the local community. To help support her new business, she opens her home to a few students, renting them rooms and becoming almost like a big sister figure in their lives.

In the small town of Normalton, IL, there aren't a lot of opportunities for small business owner Dani Sloan to cater big-ticket events. But that's about to change — a client named Yvette Joubert is marrying Franklin Whittaker, the richest guy around, and they want Dani to cater their engagement party! But when a storm hits the party after guests arrive, it becomes clear that more than the dinner is ruined: Yvette is found dead beneath the marquee. Is her death a tragic accident, or a perfectly orchestrated murder?

Chef-to-Go Mysteries
  Book 1 - April 2018: Tart of Darkness
  Book 2 - March 2019: Leave No Scone Unturned
  Book 3 - September 2020: Winner Cake All

Denise was nominated for RT Magazine's Career Achievement Award. Her fellow nominees included Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich. She has spoken at hundreds of library events and other civic organizations. She has also been interviewed on radio and TV.

Welcome Back to Scumble River

Scumble River Mysteries

Her continuing Scumble River Mystery series is set in Scumble River, a fictional small town in Illinois, and features Skye Denison-Boyd, a full-figured school psychologist-sleuth who is torn between a handsome police chief and an urbane coroner. All of her books are in multiple printings and many have featured in the Barnes & Noble Mass-Market Mystery, IMBA and BookScan Best-Sellers lists. They have also been BookSense 76 Picks and Top Picks for RT Magazine, as well as nominated for the Agatha Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Reviewers Choice Award. Several of her books débuted on The New York Times Best-Sellers List!

Welcome Back to Scumble River
  Book 1 - September 2017:  
Dead in the Water
  Book 2 - September 2018:  
Die Me a River
  Book 3 - December 2019:  
Come Homicide or High Water
  Book 4 - July 2021:  
Body Over Troubled Waters

Scumble River Mysteries
     Book 1 - July 2000:
Murder of a Small-Town Honey
     Book 2 - April 2001:
Murder of a Sweet Old Lady
     Book 3 - April 2002:
Murder of a Sleeping Beauty
     Book 4 - April 2003:
Murder of a Snake in the Grass
     Book 5 - November 2003:
Murder of a Barbie and Ken
     Book 6 - July 2004:
Murder of a Pink Elephant
     Book 7 - July 2005:
Murder of a Smart Cookie

     Book 8 - August 2006:
Murder of a Real Bad Boy
     Book 9 - April 2007:
Murder of a Botoxed Blonde
     Book 10 - April 2008:
Murder of a Chocolate-
Covered Cherry

     Book 11 - April 2009:
Murder of a Royal Pain
     Book 13 - March 2011:
Murder of a Bookstore Babe
     Book 13 - March 2011:
Murder of a Bookstore Babe
     Book 14 - October 2011:
Murder of a Creped Suzette
     Book 15 - September 2012:
Murder of the Cat's Meow
     Book 16 - September 2013:
Murder of a Stacked Librarian
     Book 17 - September 2014:
Murder of a Needled Knitter
     Book 18 - September 2015:
Murder of an Open Book
     Book 19 - September 2016:
Murder of a Cranky Catnapper

An Apocalyptic Novel

An Apocalyptic Novel
  Book 1: Resurrection

Forever Charmed Mystery Series

Forever Charmed Mystery Series
  Book 1: A Call to Charms
  Book 2: The Right to Bear Charms

Delicious Romance Series

Delicious Romance Series
  Book 1: Sinfully Delicious
  Book 2: Dangerously Delicious

Change of Heart romances

The Change of Heart romance series is about a group of small town friends who all need a fresh start and a change of outlook in order to find their forever loves.

Change of Heart Romance Series
  Prequel: Sweet Girl Undone
  Book 1: Good Girl Overboard
  Book 2: Lucky Girl Hits the Jackpot
  Book 3: Smart Girl Swept Away

Denise Swanson lives in Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr ( ). Unlike her protagonist Skye, Denise realizes she can never really move very far from her hometown. But several times a year she and Dave sneak away for a little adventure.

David Stybr & Denise Swanson

Independent Music:
Andante Cantabile for String Orchestra by David Stybr (5 minutes, © 2004)

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