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Denise Swanson worked as a school psychologist for more than twenty-two years. She lives in Illinois with her husband, Dave, who is a classical music composer, and their cool black cat, Boomerang. For more information, visit her website: www.deniseswanson.com
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451223683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451223685
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Hopkins on April 8, 2008
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Skye Denison's culinary skills leave MUCH to be desired, so she is shocked when she learns that her mother has entered her in the Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts cooking competition. To think that Skye has even a remote chance of winning is, well, nuts! When Skye's boyfriend, Wally Boyd, Chief of Police of the Scumble River PD, starts breaking their dinner dates, she is convinced it has something to do with the fact that she is taking every opportunity to practice her mom's Chicken Supreme Casserole recipe.

And, as if worrying about a cooking contest and Wally's strange behavior isn't enough, Skye is trying to handle a threatened lawsuit by parents of a Scumble River High cheerleader after an unauthorized article about the student appears in the school paper. Skye is not only the school psychologist but also the co-sponsor of the paper. She then learns that said cheerleader has gone missing, and that the author of the article that prompted talk of a lawsuit is nowhere to be found but has written a blog that implies her involvement in the cheerleader's disappearance. To say that Skye's plate is full is an understatement.

The cooking contest seems to have brought out the worst in almost everyone involved. Too many cooks have indeed spoiled the broth. Threats, sabotage, and accusations abound, but nothing compares to finding one of the contestants murdered and another person attacked. The question is, was Cherry Alexander's murder tied to the contest, to her marriage, or did it have something to do with her next tell-all book? While Wally and Skye have barely spent any quality time together, he quickly requests Skye's help in her capacity as consulting psychologist to the Scumble River PD in order to help interrogate those involved with the contest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Young on April 24, 2008
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This is the tenth installment of the Scumble River Series by Denise Swanson. As always I enjoyed this one immensely. Perfect cozy and funny characters. Great story line. Recommend for cozy mystery lovers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By drebbles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2009
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Skye Denison isn't a cook but that doesn't stop her mother from entering her into Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts Cooking Challenge. Skye struggles to make something edible to enter in the contest, but she has too many distractions including a missing student from the school where she is a psychologist and someone trying to sabotage the contest. Things go from bad to worse when one of the contestants is murdered and Skye's uncle injured. Now Skye must not only try and cook a decent meal, she must try to find the missing student and catch a killer before he or she strikes again.

"Murder of a Chocolate Covered Cherry" was my first visit to Scumble River and I found it to be a mixed bag. Even though this is the tenth book in the series, I never felt lost - I felt immediately drawn into the world of Scumble River. The characters are well done and I felt like I knew Skye and her family and friends and I love the nod to Trixie Belden fans with Skye's friend Trixie Frayne. While the cooking contest plot device is a common one, author Denise Swanson breathes new life into it with the behind the scenes glimpses of what goes into such an event. The set up to the mystery is a good one (I love the title!) and there are plenty of suspects. There is a very cute subplot in which Skye's house seems to be trying to keep Skye and Wally apart. But while Swanson does an excellent job of interweaving the cooking contest and missing girl plot lines, I did have some problems with the overall plotting of the book. Skye manages to overhear at least six conversations (including one over a loudspeaker!) that conveniently help move the plot along.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Kelly on May 12, 2008
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Tenth mystery in the Scumble River Mystery series, featuring amateur sleuth and school psychologist Skye Denison. "Murder of a Chocolate Covered Cherry" revolves around the annual Soup-To Nuts cooking contest, sponsored by Scumble River's own local business, Gramma Sal's Fine Foods. Skye's mother May has entered Skye (who basically can't cook much of anything) in the contest to make her Chicken Supreme casserole. But Skye gets distracted from the cooking contest by the murder of one of the other contest finalists, a missing girl from her high school newspaper, and her boyfriend Wally's odd behavior.

This was another excellent mystery in this great series. The ending took me completely by surprise. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, as Ms. Swanson certainly leaves us hanging at the end!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Hoffer on June 24, 2008
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This is another in the series and it is fun, hilarious, realistic about relationships and just a wonderful, funny, stress-relieving series that makes one's day better for reading the story - It makes a stressful day at work so much better to come home and be able to read one of the Scumble River books. Thanks to the author for making my life more fun and helping with the stress of working with incarcerated, mentally ill adolescents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ITZME on July 7, 2010
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Number ten in the Scumble River Mystery Series. This time out, Skye has been entered into a cooking contest (by her mother May and against Skye's will). Lots of fun. One of the hoity-toity entrants ends up head first in the chocolate fountain, the mayor gets stabbed and the hunt is on for the killer.
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