Murder of a Small-Town Honey by Denise Swanson
(Signet, 2000, 248 pages)
Murder of a Small-Town Honey is the debut novel of Denise Swanson. It tells the tale of Skye Denison, a school psychologist and native of the small town of Scumble River. At her graduation twelve years prior, Skye gave the valedictorian speech where she belittles small town life and is happily leaving it behind. Skye is now returning to Scumble River and must face the criticisms of the townspeople who have remembered her speech. Skye also stumbles upon a murder. She finds Honey Adair who is a Chicago TV personality and former resident of Scumble River dead under a dressing table. Skye’s brother, Vince, is a prime suspect in the murder. Skye is out to find the real murderer.
Murder of a Small-Town Honey was written in 2000. It is the first book in the Scumble River Mystery series. The most recent title in the series is Murder of a Stacked Librarian. Murder of a Small-Town Honey was a fun read. Skye Denison is a very likeable character. I plan to read the next book in the series especially since the reviews of others suggest that Swanson’s novels get better as she hones her writing skills.