Murder of a Cranky Catnapper by Denise Swanson is the 19th book in the “Scumble River” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, September 2016
In the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Murder of an Open Book, a school psychologist has her hands full after 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 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 his garage. With a clowder of questions unleashed, Skye finds herself dealing with a killer who isn’t pussyfooting around. . .
In the latest visit to Scumble River, a man is murdered and subsequent criminal activities seems to be connected or are they? That is what is found in this intriguing fast-paced and action packed drama that faces Wally, Skye and the Scumble River PD. The multi-plot mystery was well-written and set-up nicely with most of the leads playing pivotal roles that led to the closure of these criminal acts. The author did a very good job in ferreting information needed to solve all that transpired. With suspects abounding, it wasn’t clear who was involved until that critical junction when it all made sense and I enjoyed watching Skye put it all together. The Dooziers, once again, make an appearance and of course, it’s as entertaining as it can be when this dysfunction family enters the scene. This is one of the best books in this endearing series and I love that the author continues to keep this series fresh and engaging.