Murder of a Sweet Old Lady by Denise Swanson
A school psychologist in a small town gets caught up in a murder investigation.
When she left Scumble River years ago, school psychologist Skye Denison thought she’d never be back. But after a run of bad luck in the big city, she has a new appreciation for the down-home charm of small-town life – and decides to start over in the town where she started out…
When Skye’s beloved grandmother is found dead in her bed, the family consensus is natural causes. Still, Skye insists on an autopsy – an examination that proves the sweet old lady was, in fact, murdered!
But who could have done the deadly deed?
Review by Karen:
This is a small town cozy mystery series so if you don’t like some small town drama, descriptions of homemade meals and the occasional visit to a pork chop supper, pick a different series.
We spend a lot of time with Skye’s relatives in this installment and now we can completely see why she moved away in the first place. She endures a lot of family stress and work stress in this one. I used to think school psychologist sounded like a good job, but this installment definitely talked me out of that as Skye’s job provides a lot of unpleasant drama for her.
Additionally her love life does not come to satisfying conclusion in this one, but there is hope for improvement going forward. The mystery kept me interested throughout despite some occasional over the top perhaps not entirely believable twists.
However, I don’t think readers of books like this are as concerned about such things if they can accept that some random school psychologist in a small town will keep getting caught up in murder investigations in the first place.
I have downloaded the next in the series. I’m not sure I love Skye exactly, but I do like the narration and the books keep me interested.