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September 2020!
Denise Swanson: Winner Cake All

Winner Cake All

The third in Denise's new
Chef-to-Go mystery series.

September 29, 2020 from Sourcebooks

Dani Sloan will have to solve the murder of a bride to clear her crush's name. Once again, it looks like Dani will get a slice of the action...

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! The swanky event is the perfect opportunity to put Dani on the map for wealthier clients.

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? Then the case gets even juicier — it turns out that Yvette's ex-husband is Spencer Drake, Dani's almost-boyfriend, and the police start circling. Now Dani must follow an unending list of clues to save her business, her better half, and catch a criminal. Let's just hope they get their just desserts!

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September 2019!
Denise Swanson: A Call to Charms

Chocolate, men, and magic. Who can turn down that inheritance?

A Call to Charms

The first exciting Forever Charmed Mystery featuring Alexandria Ravenscraft!

September 3, 2019

If life had gone as she planned, Lexie Green would have been teaching English at a prestigious university, not persuading spoiled, rich women to buy overpriced clothes they didn't need and often looked ridiculous wearing. Can you say electric yellow see-through skirts and Torn jeans with unfinished hems?

Still, although this isn't the life Lexie would have chosen, all is going well. At least until Lexie is fired and her deranged ex-boyfriend tries to kidnap her.

Deciding that it's better to accept a mysterious inheritance from a great aunt she's never heard of rather than end up kept in a cage as her ex's pet poodle, Lexie packs up and heads to Kansas. So, what if she has to go by a new name and live in a town that she can't find on a map?

Unfortunately, once she arrives in her new hometown, everyone there seems just a tad off-kilter and Lexie's cousin insists that the citizens are magical. At least there are a couple of hot guys hanging around for eye candy.

Even though Lexie doesn't believe the nonsense about her being the Ravenscraft Shield, she does believe her father was murdered'a father she never knew existed, and she investigates his death.

Too bad whoever killed her father now wants Lexie dead as well.

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ISBN 978-0-9861017-6-2

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Scumble River Mysteries
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Scumble River Mysteries Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 1 - Murder of a Small-Town Honey Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 2 - Murder of a Sweet Old Lady Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 3 - Murder of a Sleeping Beauty Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 4 - Murder of a Snake in the Grass Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 5 - Murder of a Barbie and Ken Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 6 - Murder of a Pink Elephant Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 7 - Murder of a Smart Cookie Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 8 - Murder of a Real Bad Boy Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 9 - Murder of a Botoxed Blonde Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 10 - Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 11 - Murder of a Royal Pain Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 12 - Murder of a Wedding Belle Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 13 - Murder of a Bookstore Babe Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 14 - Murder of a Creped Suzette Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 15 - Murder of the Cat's Meow Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 16 - Murder of a Stacked Librarian Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 17 - Murder of a Needled Knitter Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 18 - Murder of an Open Book Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 19 - Murder of an Cranky Catnapper Denise Swanson: Welcome Back to Scumble River
 - Book 1 - Dead in the Water Denise Swanson: Welcome Back to Scumble River
 - Book 2 - Die Me a River Denise Swanson: Welcome Back to Scumble River
 - Book 3 - Come Homicide or High Water

Chef-to-Go Mysteries
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Chef-to-Go Mysteries Denise Swanson: Chef-to-Go Mysteries
 - Book 1 - Tart of Darkness Denise Swanson: Chef-to-Go Mysteries
 - Book 2 - Leave No Scone Unturned Denise Swanson: Chef-to-Go Mysteries
 - Book 3 - Winner Cake All

Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
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 - Book 1 - Little Shop of Homicide Denise Swanson: Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
 - Book 2 - Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death Denise Swanson: Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
 - Book 3 - Dead Between the Lines Denise Swanson: Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
 - Book 4 - Dying for a Cupcake Denise Swanson: Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
 - Book 5 - Between a Book and a Hard Place Denise Swanson: Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
 - Book 6 - Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My

Short Story, June 2001
"Not a Monster of a Chance"
from the anthology
   And the Dying is Easy   
(e-book only): Amazon
Novella, February 2005:
"Dead Blondes Tell No Tales"
from the anthology
Drop-Dead Blonde
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Short Story, May 2015:
A Finger in Every Lie
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Short Story, October 2015:
All I Want for Christmas
is You...Dead

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Music: Scumble River Legend, a Ballad for Small Orchestra by David Stybr (1 minute, © 2001)

How many book series have their own signature music? It's quirky, but so is Scumble River, Illinois.

An apt description of the hard work in the writing process, be it a novel or a symphony:
— Czech-born Austrian composer Gustav Mahler on his Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, 25 July 1896 —
     "It is as if a swimmer would have a giant distance to cover to the other side: in the beginning is absolutely no sight of the end, always water, water, which never seems to become less. And in the middle, how far and unreachable the goal still seems to us! But finally it approaches nearer and nearer, until at the conclusion the floods rapidly diminish and with a few strokes it's done!"

     [Original German: "Es ist, wie wenn ein Schwimmer eine Riesenstrecke bis ans andere Ufer zurückzulegen hätte: im Anfang ist gar kein Absehen auf das Ende, immer Wasser, Wasser, das gar nicht weniger zu werden scheint. Und in der Mitte, wie weit und unerreichbar dünkt uns noch das Ziel! Aber endlich rückt es näher und näher, zum Schluß mindern sich rapid die Fluten und mit ein paar Schlägen ist's getan!"]

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