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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

A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder oh my! Scumble River may never be the same.

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.

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

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.

The amazing marketing team at Sourcebooks created an awesome landing page for the Welcome Back to Scumble River series. 

As well as a map of Scumble River and character sketches, there is a No Place Like Scumble River Survival Kit giveaway running through September 25.


September 30, 2017

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Editorial Reviews

"I can't rave enough about the characters in Dead in the Water!

"Denise Swanson is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors and Dead in the Water is yet another hit from her. I love that Denise Swanson has remained true to the heart of the Scumble River characters and atmosphere in her reboot of the series. If you love quirky characters combined with a darned good cozy mystery, then don't hesitate to give Dead in the Water a try. You won't regret it!" Debbie Wiley, Fresh Fiction, September 24, 2017

"... witty, charming 20th adventure ... Based on this delightful entry, this cozy series should have a long, bright future." Publishers Weekly

"I enjoy every minute of every book in this series." Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author

"... endearing ... quirky ... a delight." Chicago Tribune

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

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Denise Swanson: Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My

Lions and Tigers and
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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries:

"Delectable. . . with a plentiful cast of suspects, this was a fast-paced page-turner of a mystery that I couldn't put down." Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries

"[Swanson] is masterful in her storytelling." RT Book Reviews

"Witty one-liners keep the tone light, and the secrets...will have readers intrigued." Kings River Life Magazine

"A must-read for fans of humorous cozy mysteries with quirky characters!" Open Book Society

Music: Lazy River Waltz for Woodwind Quartet and Piano by
David Stybr (1 minutes, 2002)

The Sun dawns on another slightly out-of-kilter day in Scumble River, Illinois.

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