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Murder of a Cranky Catnapper

A Scumble River Mystery
featuring Skye Denison Boyd

September 2016 from Berkley, a division of Penguin

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A school board sourpuss meets a bitter end...

With her morning sickness finally abated, Skye Denison-Boyd is ready to pounce on the pertinent problems she faces as Scumble River Elementary School's psychologist. After trying almost every trick in the book to aid a handful of socially awkward fourth grade boys, Skye opts for the innovative approach of pet therapy with the assistance of the local vet, a Siberian husky, and a Maine coon cat.

Unfortunately, the first session only breeds disaster and draws the ire of cantankerous school board member Palmer Lynch. But Skye's worry over the episode changes to dread after Lynch is found dead in his home with the therapy cat hidden in the garage. With a clowder of questions unleashed, Skye finds herself dealing with a killer who isn't pussyfooting around...


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 - Book 1 - Little Shop of Homicide Denise Swanson: Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
 - Book 2 - Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death Denise Swanson: Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
 - Book 3 - Dead Between the Lines Denise Swanson: Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
 - Book 4 - Dying for a Cupcake Denise Swanson: Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
 - Book 5 - Between a Book and a Hard Place

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 - Book 1 - Murder of a Small-Town Honey Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 2 - Murder of a Sweet Old Lady Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 3 - Murder of a Sleeping Beauty Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 4 - Murder of a Snake in the Grass Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 5 - Murder of a Barbie and Ken Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 6 - Murder of a Pink Elephant Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 7 - Murder of a Smart Cookie Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 8 - Murder of a Real Bad Boy Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 9 - Murder of a Botoxed Blonde Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 10 - Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 11 - Murder of a Royal Pain Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 12 - Murder of a Wedding Belle Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 13 - Murder of a Bookstore Babe Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 14 - Murder of a Creped Suzette Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 15 - Murder of the Cat's Meow Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 16 - Murder of a Stacked Librarian Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 17 - Murder of a Needled Knitter Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 18 - Murder of an Open Book Denise Swanson: Scumble River Mysteries
 - Book 19 - Murder of an Cranky Catnapper

Short Story, June 2001
"Not a Monster of a Chance"
from the anthology
   And the Dying is Easy   
(e-book only): Amazon
Novella, February 2005:
"Dead Blondes Tell No Tales"
from the anthology
Drop-Dead Blonde
(e-book only):
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Short Story, May 2015:
A Finger in Every Lie
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Short Story, October 2015:
All I Want for Christmas
is You...Dead

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Music: Scumble River Legend, a Ballad for Small Orchestra by David Stybr (1 minute, © 2001)

How many book series have their own signature music? It's quirky, but so is Scumble River, Illinois.

An apt description of the hard work in the writing process, be it a novel or a symphony:
— Czech-born Austrian composer Gustav Mahler on his Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, 25 July 1896 —
     "It is as if a swimmer would have a giant distance to cover to the other side: in the beginning is absolutely no sight of the end, always water, water, which never seems to become less. And in the middle, how far and unreachable the goal still seems to us! But finally it approaches nearer and nearer, until at the conclusion the floods rapidly diminish and with a few strokes it's done!"

     [Original German: "Es ist, wie wenn ein Schwimmer eine Riesenstrecke bis ans andere Ufer zurückzulegen hätte: im Anfang ist gar kein Absehen auf das Ende, immer Wasser, Wasser, das gar nicht weniger zu werden scheint. Und in der Mitte, wie weit und unerreichbar dünkt uns noch das Ziel! Aber endlich rückt es näher und näher, zum Schluß mindern sich rapid die Fluten und mit ein paar Schlägen ist's getan!"]

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