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Coming in September 2017!
Denise Swanson: Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

The first "Welcome Back to Scumble River"
Mystery featuring Skye Denison Boyd
takes the town by storm!

September 2017 from Sourcebooks

For school psychologist Skye Denison Boyd, there's certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can't see how the community will ever recover — especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister.

But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in this midst of investigating Zeke's death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And could Wally be next on the criminal's hit list?

The first book in a brand-new series featuring New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson's beloved setting and characters, Dead in the Water is a gripping mystery that won't let you go until you've turned the last page.

Sourcebooks $7.99
ISBN 978-0-4926-4832-1

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A note about my new Welcome Back to Scumble River series:

Dear Readers,

I hope you enjoy getting to know my sleuths, Skye Denison-Boyd, and her husband, chief of police Wally Boyd. I promise you that you will be able to pick up this book and feel right at home.

A lot has changed in Skye and Wally's lives and in mine since I first met them back in 2000, which is why I felt it was time for a restart. In Dead in the Water, I'm so excited to launch a new incarnation of their home-town in the Welcome Back to Scumble River series.

Because the Scumble River series is being reborn as Welcome Back to Scumble River, I've decided to reboot the timeline of the books going forward. It is now present day. Although the characters haven't aged and only a few months have passed since Skye and Wally's adventures in Murder of a Cranky Catnapper, it is now 2017 in Scumble River.

I also hope you all will forgive me for this leap in time — figuring out how to handle the years passing is just one challenge that comes with writing such a long-running, well-received series, and I have to thank you, my wonderful readers, for supporting Skye, Wally, and all the rest for so long that I have to make these kinds of decisions! There are a lot of new adventures waiting for Skye and Wally and I promise you exciting things to come for them and the rest of the gang in Scumble River.

Denise Swanson: Dead in the Water


July 2017
Denise Swanson: Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My

Lions and Tigers and
M
urder, Oh My

A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery
featuring Devereaux Sinclair

July 2017 from Berkley, a division of Penguin

From the New York Times bestselling author of Between a Book and a Hard Place comes the latest Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery — and it packs a bite.

Opening up a dime store in her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri, Devereaux "Dev" Sinclair thought she'd left the wilds of city life behind her. But she's about to discover that even rural life can be beastly. . .

Handsome private investigator Jake Del Vecchio has rented the office space on the second floor above Devereaux's dime store, and Dev now finds herself embroiled in his first case, which involves Gabriella Winston, the missing wife of wealthy philanthropist Elliot Winston.

Elliot is determined to open a wildlife park on the edge of town but is facing all sorts of angry opposition — including Gabriella. After the Winstons have a bitter fight, Gabriella disappears, and their house is ransacked. The authorities are quick to claim Elliot killed his wife, but Dev's not so sure. One thing is certain: Claws are out in Shadow Bend. . . .

Berkley $7.99
ISBN 978-0-451-47777-4

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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

Scumble River Mysteries
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 - 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

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
(e-book only):
Amazon * Barnes & Noble
Short Story, May 2015:
A Finger in Every Lie
(e-book only):
Amazon * Kobo
Barnes & Noble
Short Story, October 2015:
All I Want for Christmas
is You...Dead

(e-book only):
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    Many now available or coming on Audible Books!    



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New York Times Best-Selling Author Charlaine Harris

"A charming heroine who is equally skilled at juggling detection and romance."
Chicago Tribune

"Top-notch storytelling with truly unique and wonderful characters."
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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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