In an effort to build up the economy of his small Illinois town, Mayor Dante Leofanti has orchestrated the Scumble River First Annual Route 66 Yard Sale. His niece, school psychologist and amateur sleuth Skye Denison, is in charge of it.

And wouldn't you know, that means murder can't be far behind. Sure enough, the body of antiques dealer Cookie Caldwell is discovered in a cabinet at one of the yard sale booths. As both booth and cabinet belong to Skye's mother, Skye becomes Sheriff Peterson's chief murder suspect. In her attempt to clear her name, Skye engages in some clever sleuthing and even embarks on a possible romance with Police Chief Wally Boyd.

Swanson's entertainingly humorous cozy juxtaposes small-town Midwestern life against a sinister plot of revenge. And the bad behavior of Scumble River's eccentric citizens at the yard sale is a hoot. (Jul., 272 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick