Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Little Shop Of Homicide-Denise Swanson

Little Shop Of Homicide

Denise Swanson

Obsidian, Mar 6 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780451236180

Devereaux Sinclair moved back to her small Missouri hometown because her grandmother has shown signs of senility and needs someone to take care of her; but Dev knows her beloved relative’s pride will limit her granddaughter’s role to watch her. In town Dev opens up a throwback five and dime store.

Dev had no idea that Stramp Investment where she quit over seven months ago ran a Ponzi scheme until the FBI interrogated her. Only recently has she begun to relax. Her respite ends when Detective Woods barges into her shop asking her if she sold a gift basket to Joelle Ayers; Dev says yes. Woods accuses Dev of murdering Joelle as the victim’s fiancĂ© Dr. Noah Armstrong was Dev’s former boyfriend; who dumped her when her father was convicted of manslaughter. Abusing his authority, Woods wants Dev guilty because he lost his money in the Stramp Investment fiasco. At the same time recuperating at his uncle’s ranch from an on the job injury, deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio has doubts about his judgment of women, still he hunts for the real culprit as do Dev and her two BFFs (Poppy and Boone).

While Scumble River school psychologist and police consultant Skye Denison (see Murder of a Creped Suzette) takes a derseverd breather, Denise Swanson begins a new entertaining mystery series that her fans will appreciate. The amateur sleuth investigation is fun to follow as the heroine believes that for her to avoid life in prison she needs to prove she is a native daughter of the Show Me State as the lead detective and his superior are uninterested in the facts. With a touch of romance in the air, readers will enjoy this delightful cozy.

Harriet Klausner

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