MURDER OF A ROYAL PAIN
We thought cheerleader moms were all we had to fear, but Swanson proves that the cutthroat world of quibbling prom-queen moms can be lethal too. Her latest has an unsavory murder and the usual eccentric small-town characters. The plot might be familiar, but Swanson's protagonist is such a delight that readers will eagerly follow her as she tries to solve
a convoluted crime.
School psychologist Skye Denison gets roped into the "Promfest" Halloween fundraiser, despite her fear of haunted houses, which only increases when she stumbles over a body. Pushy prom mom Annette Paine was wearing the same witch costume as Skye, so which witch was the intended victim?
As she wades through a depressing trail of overbearing parents who might have had it in for Annette (including the woman's philandering husband), Skye also worries about the new school social worker, who's too helpful and friendly; her police-chief boyfriend, who is suddenly holding her at arm's length; the ex-fiance who's made it clear he wants her back; and the sexy new reporter, who's Johnny-on-the-spot every time she's in trouble. (OBSIDIAN, Apr., 272 pp., $6.99)