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Murder of a Real Bad Boy: A Scumble River Mystery by Denise  Swanson
Review by Sherry Lilley
Signet Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0451218280
Date: 01 August, 2006 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

It's back to school in Scumble River, and back to trouble for Skye. She's broken up with her boyfriend, moved into the house she inherited, and is coping with an incompetent, but drop-dead gorgeous, contractor she hired to repair the old house. Her cat is missing. She'd like to fire the contractor, but doesn't know how. What else can go wrong? Plenty.

Her contractor is murdered, which solves the problem of firing him, but she is suspected of being the killer. New problem. Her house is in an odd spot, with part of it under the jurisdiction of city of Scumble River, and part of it under the jurisdiction of the county sheriff. The county sheriff is a miserable excuse for a human being who'd like nothing better than to toss Skye, or anyone else for that matter, in jail and throw away the key. And just to complicate matters, the sheriff of Scumble River, Wally Boyd, has finally decided to act on the very strong mutual attraction between Skye and himself that's been percolating for many years. Skye just wants to find her cat, but maybe she can find the killer, too.

I enjoyed this story. It moves along at a good a pace, with fun little side trips into the relationships of the characters. The identity of the murderer is a well kept secret until the end of the book. The characters, new and old, fit well into the town of Scumble River, and Skye is, as always, delightful. She's strong, stubborn, and smart.

If you're looking for a fun, easy, fast read, this one's for you. Toss the book in the bag and head off to the beach, or wherever. Just make sure the people you're with will understand when you won't talk to them because you want to find out what happens next.

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