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Saturday, September 5, 2015

87) Murder of a Snake in the Grass by Denise Swanson

The Blurb :

Skye Denison and the rest of Scumble River is celebrating it's bicentennial in style-with reenactments, a bingo tent, and a coal-tossing contest. Best of all, the guest of honor is the town founder's great-great-grandnephew, Gabriel Scumble. But his visit turns out to be short-lived when he is found dead. The murder weapon: a pickax.

Meanwhile, Skye's ex-fiancee is back in town. But is he here simply to create turmoil in her love life...or does he have a connection to Gabriel's death?

My Thoughts :

I could have listened to a few different books but I wanted to go back and visit Scumble River again.  After all I am over a decade behind in this series and have some serious catching up to do.  Murder of a Snake in the Grass is only book four of seventeen and mobile phones are something new and expensive.  I am not sure what interests me more about this series, the mystery or the look back into the past and how we managed without all the technology we have today!

This time around the mystery didn't seem to be related to Skye in any way but as things unfolded there was a connection that kept Skye on the lookout for clues.  Actually there was a lot of relationship stuff going on in this book and it nearly over clouded the mystery side of the plot.  However there was also a pretty big school event/problem that also took up Skye's time which also left the murder mystery hanging.

All in all the story was as good as the previous books and I enjoyed it, relationship drama and all.  It was nice to finally meet the New Orleans side of Skye's life because she has always referred to it but hadn't explained what happened.  Now I feel I know her even better and was happy to see this chapter of her life come to an end so she can move on.

Looking forward to listening to book five.  Except for the strange into/end music that sounds like a medieval fair, the audio version is well read and the narrator does a great job of doing different voices for the various characters.

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