MURDER OF A REAL BAD BOY
Could the perpetrator be an old girlfriend, a long-lost daughter, or an unhappy customer? Skye starts pursuing suspects while dealing with an amorous police chief, a secretive brother and a meddling mother.
Scumble River is a joy to visit. Swanson breathes life into her characters and the setting. Skye is an intelligent and full-figured heroine who holds on tight to her independence, the mystery is fast-paced, with many potential suspects, and it wraps up nicely, with all the loose ends explained. (Aug., 272 pp., $6.99)