Murder of a Small-Town Honey – Denise Swanson

4/5 Small Illinois Towns

On The Back:

When school psychologist Skye Denison left Scumble River after high school, she swore she would never return to such a small minded town. But when credit card and boyfriend trouble caused her to slink home, she tries to blend in unnoticed. However inconspicuous has never been one of Skyes attributes, as the small-town busybodies try to bring her out in the public eye whenever they can. When she stumbles upon a dead TV personality, the police accuse her brother and she is forced to prove him innocent. This proves to be a daunting task, but Skye is up to the task. She is bright, persistent, gutsy and the perfect amateur sleuth.

My Thoughts:

This book was a good start to a series I can see myself reading, it had a few annoying moments, but overall an enjoyable read.

I really appreciated the setting. I’ve lived in a small town in Illinois myself and the author did a beautiful job portraying it. Though I can’t agree with some of the negative aspects the author described of it, based on my experiences, most of the setting was point on.

The main drawback of this book was Simon, May, and Vince. First of all Vince and May are Skye’s family and yet they rag on her for gaining weight. That’s not right. And Simon starts off as such a jerk, but he does a complete turn around somewhere and suddenly is the nicest guy in town? I didn’t think it was believable or realistic.

However the rest of the story was good, the mystery was nicely plotted, and the writing overall nice. I’ll be reading the next one.

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