Swanson adds another amiable entry with this visit to the quirky town. There aren’t many clues scattered about, and Skye and Wally seem to dismiss potential suspects on a whim, leading to a rather head-scratching conclusion. But this comfortable series is like dropping in on old friends. Fans won’t be disappointed, and new readers will be charmed.

A cat show/speed dating evening at the local bowling alley in Scumble River leads to personality clashes, fisticuffs and a dead show judge — discovered by school psychologist Skye Denison early the next morning. Skye’s fiancé, police chief Wally Boyd, has an idea whodunit, but Skye isn’t so sure and sets out to uncover the truth — in between dealing with troubled teenagers and the meddlesome ghost of her house’s former owner. (OBSIDIAN, Sep., 272 pp., $7.99)
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Donna M. Carter