New Release Books by Denise Swanson

Denise Swanson is the author of Body Over Troubled Waters (2022), Winner Cake All (2020), Leave No Scone Unturned (2019), Die Me a River (2018) and other 79 books.

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Body Over Troubled Waters

release date: Jan 01, 2022
Body Over Troubled Waters
Love is deadly Stupid Cupid is making School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd regret returning to work after her maternity leave. It starts with an emergency school lockdown, continues with her godfather''s arrest by the state police, and ends with a dead body! It''s every teacher and administrator''s worst nightmare--a school shooter lockdown. And even worse for Skye because she''s trapped in a tiny room with the district''s creepy superintendent, Dr. Wraige while they wait for the all-clear. When Dr. Wraige turns up dead in his home just a short time later, is it a coincidence, or something more? Skye joins her police chief husband, Wally, in an investigation that becomes more complicated by the minute. With a dead boss and a mysterious killer on the loose, Skye is caught between a rock and a heart place--but she won''t give up until Scumble River is safe once again.

Winner Cake All

release date: Sep 29, 2020
Winner Cake All
Once again, it looks like Dani Sloan will get a slice of the action... In the small town of Normalton, IL, there aren''t a lot of opportunities for small business owner Dani Sloan to cater big-ticket events. But that''s about to change—a client named Yvette Joubert is marrying Franklin Whittaker, the richest guy around, and they want Dani to cater their engagement party! The swanky event is the perfect opportunity to put Dani on the map for wealthier clients. But when a storm hits the party after guests arrive, it becomes clear that more than the dinner is ruined: Yvette is found dead beneath the marquee. Is her death a tragic accident, or a perfectly orchestrated murder? Then the case gets even juicier—it turns out that Yvette''s ex-husband is Spencer Drake, Dani''s almost-boyfriend, and the police start circling. Now Dani must follow an unending list of clues to save her business, her better half, and catch a criminal. Let''s just hope they get their just desserts!

Leave No Scone Unturned

release date: Mar 26, 2019
Leave No Scone Unturned
Another deadly fun Chef-to-Go mystery from New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson! The back-to-school season can be murder It''s the beginning of the university''s fall semester and Dani can''t wait for the college students to return to Normalton, Illinois—after all, without them, there is no one to support her Lunch-to-Go service, which is a vital part of her Chef-to-Go business. But Normalton University''s orientation week is marred by a mysterious murder, along with a series of car-jackings and sightings of a mysterious creature in a pond on campus. And with the whole town feeling unsettled, Dani finds herself dealing once again with the infuriatingly handsome Spencer Drake, the head of security at the university. Although Dani vowed that her life would never again be boring and routine after she quit her stifling corporate job, she had no idea that she''d end up dealing with such strange happenings—not to mention murder. But as the trouble in Normalton draw worryingly close to home, Dani realizes that if the killer isn''t caught soon, she may be the next one who is found scone cold dead. Praise for Denise Swanson''s Chef-to-Go mysteries: "Fast-paced and fun... Tart of Darkness is utterly unputdownable." —Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author

Die Me a River

release date: Sep 04, 2018
Die Me a River
The chips are down in Scumble River School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd had hoped that her maternity leave would be at least a little relaxing, but when she and her husband, Wally, meet with the priest to discuss their newborn twins'' christening, an explosion at the nearby bowling alley rocks the rectory. And although the business was closed at the time of the blast, there''s a body inside. As police chief, Wally is inevitably drawn into the investigation, which seems to indicate that foul play is afoot again in Scumble River, and Skye can''t help but do a bit of her own sleuthing. But the clues come fast and furious, ranging from an odd new stranger in town to animosity toward the gambling machines that had recently been installed at the bowling alley, and Skye finds herself wondering if this could be the puzzle that stumps her for good. New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson has penned another hit for cozy fans with Die Me a River, the latest installment in her beloved Welcome Back to Scumble River mystery series.

Come Homicide Or High Water

release date: Dec 15, 2019
Come Homicide Or High Water
School psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd is hoping to ease back into work after returning from maternity leave. Unfortunately, Scumble River experiences another murder, and Skye is on the case!

Tart of Darkness

release date: Apr 03, 2018
Tart of Darkness
Right when Dani thinks she''s hit a dead-end in her career, she unexpectedly inherits an enormous old house in a quaint college town. This gives her the perfect opportunity to pursue her true passion—cooking! So Dani opens Chef-to-Go, preparing delicious, ready-made meals for hungry students attending the nearby university, as well as providing personal chef services and catering events for the local community. To help support her new business, she opens her home to a few students, renting them rooms and becoming almost like a big sister figure in their lives. But just as Dani is relishing her sweet new life, the friend of one of her boarders is murdered, and Dani becomes one of the primary suspects! She''ll have to scramble to clear her name and save her business before the killer reappears—perhaps to silence the new chef forever.

Dead in the Water

release date: Sep 05, 2017
Dead in the Water
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?

Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My

release date: Jul 04, 2017
Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My
From the New York Times bestselling author of Between a Book and a Hard Place comes the latest Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery—and it packs a bite. Opening up a dime store in her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri, Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair thought she’d left the wilds of city life behind her. But she’s about to discover that even rural life can be beastly. . . Handsome private investigator Jake Del Vecchio has rented the office space on the second floor above Devereaux’s dime store, and Dev now finds herself embroiled in his first case, which involves Gabriella Winston, the missing wife of wealthy philanthropist Elliot Winston. Elliot is determined to open a wildlife park on the edge of town but is facing all sorts of angry opposition—including Gabriella. After the Winstons have a bitter fight, Gabriella disappears, and their house is ransacked. The authorities are quick to claim Elliot killed his wife, but Dev’s not so sure. One thing is certain: Claws are out in Shadow Bend. . . .

Murder of a Cranky Catnapper

release date: Sep 06, 2016
Murder of a Cranky Catnapper
In this delightful Scumble River Mystery, 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 Elementary 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...

Between a Book and a Hard Place

release date: Mar 01, 2016
Between a Book and a Hard Place
The New York Times bestselling author of Dying for a Cupcake returns with a new mystery filled with lost family, hidden treasure, and long-buried secrets... Five-and-dime store owner Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair moved to Shadow Bend for her family. But when her long-lost mother shows up in town, she realizes too much kin can be killer... Shadow Bend’s library closed years ago because of budgetary problems, so when a wealthy benefactor offers to reopen it, everyone, including Dev, is thrilled. But Dev’s excitement wanes when she realizes the mysterious donor is actually her runaway mother Yvette’s latest husband, Jett Benedict. Dev suspects that Yvette and Jett’s intentions aren’t as noble as they appear, but before she can discover what they’re really up to, Jett turns up dead—and all clues point to Yvette as the prime suspect. Even though Dev has no loyalty to Yvette, she’s in a bind. Setting the record straight could prove her mother is a killer. But doing nothing might get her mother booked for a crime she didn’t commit...

Murder of an Open Book

release date: Sep 01, 2015
Murder of an Open Book
New York Times Bestselling Scumble River Series A nasty faculty feud leaves one Scumble River teacher belly-up. . . . Her honeymoon may have been less than relaxing, but Skye Boyd née Denison is still high on marital bliss with her new husband, Wally. The fact that their family is about to get bigger is even more exciting, even if Skye is dealing with morning sickness—and trying to hide the news from her ever-meddling mother, May. But Skye quickly comes crashing down from cloud nine when the body of one of her coworkers, science teacher and volleyball coach Blair Hucksford, is found in the school swimming pool. The troublesome trainer was on the bad side of almost everyone on staff and many of the girls on her team, leaving Skye to sort through a huge roster of suspects. Now she must figure out which wronged party was mad enough to kill, and quickly—before someone else in town gets bumped off. . . .

Dying For a Cupcake

release date: Mar 03, 2015
Dying For a Cupcake
When Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair hosts a cupcake contest at her five-and-dime store, she discovers that someone is just dying to win... Kizzy Cutler finds it so delicious to be back in her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri, that she seems to have forgotten why she fled twenty years ago. For now, she’s excited to kick off her new line of cupcakes with a competition, which Dev has agreed to host in her shop. But before the first yummy cupcake is even baked, Kizzy''s assistant Fallon dies from a mysterious ailment. While the medical examiner attempts to discover what killed Fallon, Kizzy declares that the show must go on. However after Kizzy escapes several near misses, Dev is convinced that someone in Shadow Bend has it in for the Cupcake Queen. Is the secret from her past so dark someone still wants to kill her for it? With a list of not-so-sweet suspects, Dev’s in a race against the timer to solve the murder before someone else gets iced… Includes a sneak peak of the next Scumble River Mystery!

Murder of a Needled Knitter

release date: Sep 02, 2014
Murder of a Needled Knitter
School psychologist Skye Denison has been waiting forever for her happily-ever-after with police chief Wally Boyd. But her bliss threatens to unravel on the very first day of their luxurious honeymoon cruise, when Skye becomes convinced that she has glimpsed her mother on board! Surely even momzilla May wouldn’t have manipulated Wally into booking the same trip that her knitting group is taking…or would she? May’s possible presence can’t cool Skye and Wally’s ardor on their personal Love Boat, but discovering knitting expert Guinevere Stallings as she lies dying from a stab wound leaves them untangling the clues of yet another murder investigation rather than getting tangled in the sheets. Since Skye found the body, she’s considered a top suspect, but she’s far from the only one. Guinevere’s imperious ways needled nearly everyone, and she left an impressive number of enemies. It’s up to the crafty newlyweds to figure out which of the wronged parties was angry enough to cast Guinevere off…permanently.

Dead Between the Lines

release date: Mar 04, 2014
Dead Between the Lines
Opening an old-fashioned five-and-dime shop in her small Missouri hometown has been a great change for Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair. But when she hosts a reading group there, she learns that bad writing can mean life or death. To keep her new business in the black, Dev opens up her shop to local clubs. But in the first meeting of the Stepping Out Book Club, the speaker storms out after members attack his poetry’s sexism and scorn for small towns. Later that night, the poet’s body is found outside Dev’s store. Dev can’t afford for the murder to close her down, so she does a little stepping out of her own to investigate, with help from her two sexy suitors, Dr. Noah Underwood and Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio. But when the killer threatens Dev, they will have to use every trick in the book to solve the case before she becomes the final chapter in this murder mystery.… Includes a sneak peek at the next Scumble River Mystery!

Murder of a Stacked Librarian

release date: Sep 03, 2013
Murder of a Stacked Librarian
Scumble River''s school psychologist Sky Denison might have to put her wedding on hold when the town''s sexy new librarian is murdered and list of suspects keeps stacking up. There’s no place like Scumble River at Christmastime, and this year, school psychologist Skye Denison has twice as much to celebrate—and to do. In addition to the usual holiday frenzy, Skye’s wedding to police chief Wally Boyd is less than a week away—that is, if the groom isn’t too busy working to attend. The town’s sexy new librarian, Yvonne Osborn, has just been murdered, and the list of suspects is piling up faster than late fees on an overdue book. Yvonne’s strict sense of right and wrong annoyed some townspeople and infuriated others. Did her high standards lead to her death? Skye is distracted by worries about what havoc the crazy Dooziers will wreak on her wedding day and whether she’ll fit into her dress. But Skye can’t afford to leave any page unturned because unless she works quickly to expose the scheming killer, her happy ending may be put on permanent hold.…

Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death

release date: Mar 05, 2013
Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death
In New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson’s “slightly zany”* new mystery series, Devereaux Sinclair loves running her old-fashioned store in her small Missouri hometown. If only murder didn’t keep landing on her doorstep… Dev’s five-and-dime may be doing well, but her love life is in turmoil. She’s torn between Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio, who is on an undercover assignment, and her ex-beau Noah Underwood, the local doctor from a high-society family. So she welcomes the distraction when Elise Whitmore offers her a great deal on antique chocolate molds that would be perfect for her Easter gift baskets. But do the molds actually belong to Elise’s soon-to-be ex-husband? In buying them, has Dev committed a felony? When Elise is found shot to death, the mystery deepens—and Dev’s good friend Boone, who discovered the body, is taken into custody. With the help of her best buds, Dev must clear Boone’s name and find the real killer. Good thing that when it comes to amateur sleuths, they broke the mold with Dev Sinclair. *Library Journal

Murder of the Cat's Meow

release date: Sep 04, 2012
Murder of the Cat's Meow
New York Times Bestselling Scumble River Series When ex–Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid’s Cat’s Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Bunny’s scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers in Scumble River always spells trouble…. Meanwhile, Skye is convinced that her house is haunted and is afraid her fiancé, police chief Wally Boyd, won’t move in until the ghost moves out. But ghost-hunting takes a back seat when Skye is called to the bowling alley, where a riled up contestant is choking a cat show judge for insulting his feline. Skye breaks up the scuffle, but the next morning the judge’s dead body is found, strangled with a cat toy. Now Skye must solve this purrplexing mystery—and show a devious killer that her sleuthing skills are the cat’s meow.

Dead Blondes Tell No Tales

release date: Aug 07, 2012
Dead Blondes Tell No Tales
A Novella-Length Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River Mysteries! Skye’s beau, Simon, asks her to keep an eye on his mischievous mother, Bunny, who is hosting at her bowling alley a Spring Break Bash that will include a talent show, trivia games, and karaoke. As Skye sets up for the event, she’s stunned when a statuesque, scantily clad blonde shows up at Bunny’s door—Ruby, a sex-toy shop owner who used to be a showgirl with Bunny in Las Vegas. Bunny is overjoyed to be reunited with her old friend, but barely a minute later, Ruby butts heads with the police over showing off paraphernalia from her shop. More mayhem ensues when Ruby’s beloved Cadillac is vandalized and her room is set on fire. It appears that someone is after Ruby, but the blonde is too nervous to cooperate with the authorities. Ruby’s evasive behavior convinces Skye that she’s hiding some critical information that would explain the recent havoc at the bowling alley. With the safety of the Spring Break Bash attendees on the line, Skye decides to find out Ruby’s secret before some nefarious criminal decides that dead blondes tell no tales. Previously published in Drop Dead Blonde

Little Shop of Homicide

release date: Mar 06, 2012
Little Shop of Homicide
Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn''t focus on finding the killer of her ex''s fiancée, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving twenty-five to life...

Murder of a Bookstore Babe

release date: Mar 01, 2011
Murder of a Bookstore Babe
When school psychologist Skye Denison discovers a body crushed by a toppled bookcase in Scumble River''s new bookstore, she has to read the clues before she becomes the killer''s next work-in-progress...

Murder of a Wedding Belle

release date: Apr 06, 2010
Murder of a Wedding Belle
School psychologist Skye Denison reluctantly agrees to act as maid of honor in her California cousin''s over-the-top platinum-style wedding- and is also expected to assist the control-freak wedding planner. But when Skye discovers the planner dead, just one week before the big event, Skye is suddenly working double-duty. While overseeing every nuptial detail, she''s also helping the police find out who hated the bridal consultant enough to kill her. Can Skye get her cousin to the church on time-and save herself from a killer who may actually be on the guest list?

Sweet Girl Undone - Novella

release date: Oct 04, 2015
Sweet Girl Undone - Novella
Special education teacher Lucy Wheeler is sick of being taken for granted. Sick of people thinking that they know what''s best for her. And sick of being the sweet one. It''s time to break free from that role. It''s time for a do-over. But no matter what her best friend says, dating her ex-boyfriend, Reverend Curtis Campbell, is not the kind of do-over she has in mind. * * * Although Lucy and Curt grew up together, they didn''t start dating until the end of their senior year of high school. Then once they went off to different colleges, Curt changed. He withdrew to the point that he almost seemed embarrassed to be with her. Curt was so preoccupied with being the perfect minister, Lucy never felt like she had his full attention, and when he stopped returning her calls, she convinced herself it was for the best. Lucy Wheeler has haunted Curt Campbell''s dreams. When he ended their relationship in college, he told himself that she deserved so much more than he could ever give her-a comfortable life and a husband who would never have to make her take a backseat to his parishioners'' needs. When Lucy corners Curt in the supply closet and informs him that she is forgiving him for dumping her and is giving him a second chance, he knows he shouldn''t take it. But when she orders him to pick her up that night, he can''t resist. Will things be different this time? Or will Curt''s ministerial duties come between them again? Publisher''s warning: This book contains sensual consummated love scenes. The Change of Heart series - small town friends who all need a fresh start and a change of outlook in order to find their forever loves. Book 1: Good Girl Overboard (Darcy & Mitch) available now Book 2: Lucky Girl Hits the Jackpot (Delaney & Spencer) available now Book 3: Smart Girl Swept Away (Sheridan & Ridge) available now Novella - prequel - Sweet Girl Undone (Lucy & Curt) available now Fiction u003e romance u003e contemporary u003e small town u003e sensual REVIEWS: This is a light fun romance read. I''ve read both of Denise''s mystery series so thought it would be fun to see how she did at a romance storyline. Quite well I have to say. The story covers love, lust, deception, chemistry and hot love scenes. ...The book is an easy read, perfect when you just want to enjoy - StoreyBook Reviews GOOD GIRL OVERBOARD is a wonderful start to a promising series. I loved it and could not help rooting for Darcy to find love with the handsome captain. ...Mishaps, interesting characters, witty banter, ulterior motives, passion, secrets, a shipboard romance and love intertwine to provide readers with an entrancing story that will leave them feeling good. ...exceeded my already high expectations. ... Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of GOOD GIRL OVERBOARD. I am sure you will enjoy it just as much as I did! - Dottie, RomanceJunkies.com For more information, please visit www.DeniseSwanson.com About the Author: New York Times Bestseller author Denise Swanson was a practicing school psychologist for twenty-two years. She writes the Change of Heart contemporary romance series, as well as the Scumble River and Devereaux''s Dime Store mysteries. Her books all feature small-town heroines with lots of heart. Denise''s books have been finalists for the Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark, RT Magazine''s Career Achievement, and Daphne du Maurier Awards. She has won the Reviewers Choice Award and was a BookSense 76 Top Pick. Denise Swanson lives in Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr, and their cool black cat Boomerang. For more information, please check her website. http: //www.DeniseSwanson.com or find Denise on Facebook at https: //www.facebook.com/groups/428723763963797/ or follow her on twitter at DeniseSwansonAu

Murder of a Royal Pain

release date: Apr 07, 2009
Murder of a Royal Pain
When school psychologist Skye Denison stumbles over the body of pushy “Promfest” chairperson Annette Paine during a Halloween fundraiser, it looks like a clear-cut case of promicide. Annette was not the only prom mom desperate to see her daughter crowned queen—and her skirt-chasing hubby is no prince either. Skye’s anxious to investigate, but she keeps getting sidetracked by the overeager new social worker at school, and her current beau’s emotional distance. Still, one question haunts her: Annette Paine was wearing a witch costume identical to Skye’s, so which witch was the intended victim? Will Skye realize too late that finding this killer is a matter of her own life or death?
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