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A day in the life of Skye Denison-Boyd by Denise Swanson

Occupation: School Psychologist / Police Psych Consultant / Mom-To-Be

The telephone rang before I could even get out of my school clothes. If I had a working cell left in my pregnancy impaired brain, I would have at least glanced at the Caller ID before snatching up the receiver.

But I didn’t and it was Homer Knapik the principal of Scumble River High School. “The new science teacher has locked herself in the faculty restroom and refuses to come out. Get over there now.”

My heart sank. I’m Skye Denison-Boyd, school psychologist. Which in a small town like Scumble River means the only mental health professional for miles.

With the exception of the tenured-until-death faculty members, my hometown had a hard time keeping teachers beyond their first year contract. Heck! Some didn’t last the first month. But this had to be a record. We’d only been in school for one day. The kids hadn’t even started yet.

Our problem retaining teachers might be because Scumble River is seventy-five miles south of Chicago with nothing for the young single men and women to do. Or it could be because the town is seventy-five years behind the times. But my money was on the administration. Homer was a PITA—a pain in the—you get the idea—and he seemed to delight in bullying the newbies.

Although, I wanted to tell Homer that I wasn’t driving back into town to talk down his latest victim, I didn’t. I knew what a hardship it would be for the students to start the year without a permanent teacher. So instead, I told him that I’d be there as soon as I changed clothes, had a snack, and squeezed my swollen feet into a pair of shoes.

By the time I got to the school, the parking lot was empty except for a lone red truck. We’d had a shortened day for the staff—a couple hours for meetings and time to set up their classrooms. Normally, I’d have been one of the last one around, but the heat had gotten to me and I was desperate to get somewhere air conditioned.

The hallways were empty, but I finally found the custodian. He informed me that I had just missed Homer and the science teacher. Turns out the woman hadn’t locked herself in as much as been stuck in one of the stalls. She’d locked the outer door so no one could come in and smell her pooping and been embarrassed to ask for help. But once the custodian jimmied open the door and the woman was freed, Homer had gone home. The teacher hadn’t been far behind him. Of course, Homer hadn’t bothered to call me.

Muttering curses that would make even my police chief husband cringe, I headed home. One of these days, someone was going to kill Homer. I just had to hope the murderer didn’t turn out to be me.


You can read more about what happens to Skye later that night in Dead in the Water, the first book in the “Welcome Back to Scumble River” mystery series.

The first book in a brand new series featuring New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson’s beloved Scumble River setting and characters, Dead in the Water is a gripping mystery that won’t let you go until you’ve turned the last page.

A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder―oh my! Scumble River may never be the same.

For school psychologist Skye Denison, there’s certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can’t see how the community will ever recover―especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister.

But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke’s death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And could Wally be next on the criminal’s hit list?

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About the author
New York Times Bestselling author Denise Swanson has written twenty-seven mysteries in four series, including the original Scumble River series, the Deveraux’s Dime Store series, and coming in 2018, the Chef-to-Go series. She also writes contemporary romance. Visit Denise at deniseswanson.com.

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My Musing ~ Dead In The Water by Denise Swanson

Dead in the Water by Denise Swanson is the first book in the NEW “Welcome Back to Scumble River” mystery series. Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark, coming September 5, 2017

The first book in a brand new series featuring New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson’s beloved Scumble River setting and characters, Dead in the Water is a gripping mystery that won’t let you go until you’ve turned the last page.

A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder—oh my! Scumble River may never be the same.

For school psychologist Skye Denison, there’s certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can’t see how the community will ever recover—especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister.

But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke’s death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And could Wally be next on the criminal’s hit list?

A tornado struck Scumble River and as the town tries to recover, a murder and a disappearance sets the stage for this homecoming of sorts for Skye, Wally and their friends. Everything old is new again as the author takes this series to 2017 and I’m so excited about all the new possibilities where this series can go.

From the first page to the exciting conclusion, this book immediately grabbed my attention, quickly becoming a page turner. The tornado, the destruction, the murder, and the missing Wally created a well-executed mystery that I could not put down. The action was non-stop with a nice pacing to keep me in tuned to all that was happening on the pages with the various scenarios and how they would all play out. Adding Carson to the mix provided some insight into his, Wally and Skye’s relationship and I rather like it. With the tornado as the backdrop, the author did a great job in keeping me intrigued as to who was the mysterious Tin (I had my suspicion) and who really murdered the councilman and why. I really enjoy watching how all the pieces came together but my biggest thrill was the aftermath involving Skye and Wally and what a momentous occasion that came to fruition. This was a great old-new-debut series and I can’t wait for the next book in this delightfully endearing series.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

A day in the life of Capability “Kitty” Weeks by Radha Vatsal

New York City. 1916. Nineteen-year-old Kitty Weeks wakes up at 7:15 in the morning when her maid, Grace, draws back the curtains in her bedroom. She slips into her modern bathroom, showers in a tub complete with hand-shower and running hot and cold water. She brushes her teeth with toothpowder and then pads out her dressing room to choose her outfit for the day.

Kitty lives with her father, Julian Weeks, in the grand New Century Apartments on West End Avenue in Manhattan. He has the master bedroom; she’s converted the two back bedrooms into a suite for herself. The apartment boasts a living room, dining room, and study as well as kitchen and pantry, two maids’ rooms and a maids’ bathroom. The Weeks’ household includes two live-in staff—Grace, and their cook, Mrs. Codd. A daily also comes in to help.

After she dresses for the day, probably in a skirt with a matching jacket and a silk blouse paired with discrete pearl earrings, Kitty heads to the dining room to join her father for breakfast. He eats a hot meal—eggs, meat and coffee; she’s a bit of a health fiend, and enjoys Kellogg’s cornflakes. They both read the paper and discuss the news of the day. Then, a few minutes before nine, Kitty heads off to work—she’s a journalist who writes for the “Ladies’ Page” of the New York Sentinel.

Even though she has her own car, a sporty Stutz Bearcat, the Weekses’ chauffeur drives Kitty to the office in the family’s Packard because it’s difficult to park on Broadway. Kitty checks in with her boss, the indomitable Helena Busby, then settles in beside her co-worker, the shopgirl-turned-typist-turned-Ladies’-Page-assistant Jeannie Williams. Kitty only works until lunch, after which she leaves for home—or to secretly continue working on a case she might be investigating. In Murder Between the Lines, it’s the mysterious death of a sleepwalking boarding school student, Elspeth Bright; in A Front Page Affair, it’s the shooting of Hunter Cole, a society ne’er-do-well. Afterwards, she might go riding in Central Park, or visit her posh friend, Amanda Vanderwell. Kitty also enjoys trips to museums, going to the ‘movies’ to watch her favorite heroines on screen (with Grace to accompany her, naturally!), and she usually ends the day with dinner with father. From the description of her day-to-day activities you would never guess that there’s a huge war going on in Europe… and soon, as Kitty discovers, everything’s going to change…


You can read more about Kitty in Murder Between The Lines, the second book in the “Kitty Weeks” mystery series.

Intrepid journalist Kitty Weeks returns in the second book in this acclaimed WW1-era historical mystery series to investigate the death of a boarding school student.

When Kitty’s latest assignment for the New York Sentinel Ladies’ Page takes her to Westfield Hall, she expects to find an orderly establishment teaching French and dancing-but there’s more going on at the school than initially meets the eye.

Tragedy strikes when a student named Elspeth is found frozen to death in Central Park. The doctor’s proclaim that the girl’s sleepwalking was the cause, but Kitty isn’t so sure.

Determined to uncover the truth, Kitty must investigate a more chilling scenario-a murder that may involve Elspeth’s scientist father and a new invention by a man named Thomas Edison.

For fans of Jacqueline Winspear and Rhys Bowen, Murder Between the Lines combines true historical events with a thrilling mystery.

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Meet the author
Radha Vatsal is the author of A Front Page Affair, which was selected by Library Journal as Debut Mystery of the Month, and Murder Between the Lines (May 2017), the first two novels in the Kitty Weeks mystery series set in WWI-era New York. Vatsal studied women filmmakers and action-film heroines of silent cinema at Duke University, where she received her Ph.D. from the English Department. Her writing has appeared in the Smithsonian.com and the Atlantic.com. She is also co-editor of the Women Film Pioneers Project. She was born in Mumbai, India and lives in New York City. You can find her at www.radhavatsal.com

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Murder Between The Lines. U.S. entries only, please. The giveaway ends July 10, 2017. Good luck everyone!

Cover Reveal ~ Dead in the Water by Denise Swanson

It is my pleasure to reveal the cover for the first book in the NEW “Welcome Back to Scumble River” mystery series, coming September 5, 2017.


Title: Dead in the Water
Series: Welcome Back to Scumble River #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Website: Denise Swanson

A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder—oh my! Scumble River may never be the same.

For school psychologist Skye Denison, there’s certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can’t see how the community will ever recover-especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister.

But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke’s death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And could Wally be next on the criminal’s hit list?

The first book in a brand new series featuring New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson’s beloved Scumble River setting and characters, Dead in the Water is a gripping mystery that won’t let you go until you’ve turned the last page.


About the author
Denise Swanson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River Mysteries, the Devereaux’s Dime Store Mysteries, the Change of Heart romances, and the Delicious romances She worked as a school psychologist for twenty-two years before quitting to write full-time. She lives in Illinois with her husband, classical music composer David Stybr.

Book is available for pre-order at retail and online booksellers.