Scumble River, IL school psychologist Skye Dennison has a demanding job and the parents are often worse than the kids. To relax, she pays a visit to her grandmother, who is always able to put things in perspective. But when Skye arrives at her house, the elderly lady is dead in her bedand an exam proves she was murdered.

Skye can hardly believe this, and fears that a member of her own family may have committed the crime. She launches her own investigation and learns the hard truth that decades-old secrets can not only come back to haunt but can kill as well.

MURDER OF A SWEET OLD LADY is a witty, poignant thriller. The mystery is fascinating and readers will also enjoy Skyes travails as a school counselor. (Apr., 272 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg