Murder of a Needled Knitter: A Scumble River Mystery
by Denise Swanson
Review by Sherry Lilley
Signet Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451416513
Date: 02 September 2014 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
School psychologist Skye Denison and police chief Wally Boyd are finally, finally, on their honeymoon! A fabulous cruise of the wonderful Caribbean. They have an unbelievable suite on board the ship, with all the special privileges that come with it. But wait, was that her mom over there on those stairs? And what about her best friend Trixie? What cruise was she supposed to be on with her husband? Of course it was her mom, and of course Trixie is on the ship. Oh well. Skye and Wally don't have to socialize with family and friends if they don't want to. Unless, of course, it's necessary to solve a murder where Skye and her mom are the prime suspects.
Who's dead? It's Guinevere Stallings, the leader of the knitting group that is on the cruise ship – the group Skye's mother is traveling with. Guinevere has a nasty habit of flirting, and more, with other women's husbands. And she did indeed make a move on Skye's father, right in front of Skye's mother, who promptly threw her drink in Guinevere's face. Their very public altercation makes May, Skye's mother, the prime suspect. But since Skye and Trixie found the body, that makes Skye and Trixie very interesting to the on-board security as possible suspects. However, they are not the only ones.
Guinevere was not a nice person. Not only did she flirt with married men, she was a blackmailer. She blackmailed many people on-board the ship, including Guinevere's ex-husband and various crew members. Skye and company just need to figure out which one of them did the deed. And along the way, there are a couple of other, small, shipboard mysteries to solve. Why would anyone cheat at bingo or trivial pursuit anyway? How do you cheat at bingo? And is the cheating tied to the murder?
The mystery was good, the characters are always good, and the setting was fun. It is a little frightening to think that what happens on a cruise ship might truly stay on a cruise ship. I'm sure Ms. Swanson did a lot of research about law on the high seas, and what is revealed in this book about those laws is alarming.