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Website URL: www.deniseswanson.com
I’m thrilled to be writing the new Devereaux’s Dime Store series, but I’m just as excite to be continuing the Scumble River series. Although there are similarities in both series—small town setting, quirky family and friends, and murder—there are also some big differences. Whereas Skye is a “good girl”, who has trouble saying no to her mother and wants to help everyone, Devereaux has spent time in the hard-nosed financial investment world and her only family is the grandmother who raised her after her father went to prison and her mother abandoned her.
The Dime Store books offer me a chance to spread my wings and write about some edgier situations, while still keeping my same voice AKA writing style. My goal is to continue to give my readers a satisfying mystery, but add a tiny bit spicier romance and more complicated family relationships. Not to mention, the nostalgia that only an old fashion dime store can truly provide.
It is my hope that Little Shop of Homicide has something for every reader. It's been both challenging and exhilarating to create a new cast of characters who I hope my readers will find as likable and interesting as the Scumble River gang.
Denise lives in Illinois with her husband, classical music composer, David Stybr, and her cool black cat Boomerang.
Scumble River Mysteries:
Book 1, July 2000: Murder of a Small-Town Honey
Book 2, April 2001: Murder of a Sweet Old Lady
Short Story, June 2001: "Not a Monster of a Chance"
Book 3, April 2002: Murder of a Sleeping Beauty
Book 4, April 2003: Murder of a Snake in the Grass
Book 5, November 2003: Murder of a Barbie and Ken
Book 6, July 2004: Murder of a Pink Elephant
Novella, February 2005: "Dead Blondes Tell No Tales"
Book 7, July 2005: Murder of a Smart Cookie
Book 8, August 2006: Murder of a Real Bad Boy
Book 9, April 2007: Murder of a Botoxed Blonde
Book 10, April 2008: Murder of a Chocolate Cover Cherry
Book 11, April 2009: Murder of a Royal Pain
Book 12, April 6, 2010: Murder of a Wedding Belle
Book 13, March 1, 2011: Murder of a Bookstore Babe
Book 14, October, 2011: Murder of a Creped Suzette
"Finger in Every Lie" in the Mayhem in the Midlands Anthology
Breaking and Entering, compiled by Denise Swanson
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