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Publication Order of Scumble River Mysteries Books

Murder of a Small-Town Honey (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Sweet Old Lady (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Sleeping Beauty (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Snake in the Grass (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Barbie and Ken (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Pink Elephant (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Smart Cookie (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Real Bad Boy (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Botoxed Blonde (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Royal Pain (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Wedding Belle (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Bookstore Babe (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Creped Suzette (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of the Cat's Meow (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Stacked Librarian (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Needled Knitter (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of an Open Book (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Cranky Catnapper (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Scumble River Mysteries Short Stories Books

Dead Blondes Tell No Tales (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not a Monster of a Chance (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries Books

Little Shop of Homicide (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Between the Lines (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dying for a Cupcake (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Between a Book and a Hard Place (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lions and Tigers and Murder, Oh My (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fly Me to the Tomb (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Change Of Heart Books

Sweet Girl Undone (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Girl Overboard (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucky Girl Hits the Jackpot (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smart Girl Swept Away (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Stephanie Danielson Books

A Finger in Every Lie (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
All I Want for Christmas is You...Dead! (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Welcome Back To Scumble River Books

Dead in the Water (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Die Me a River (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Come Homicide or High Water (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Body Over Troubled Waters (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Chef-To-Go Mysteries Books

Tart of Darkness (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leave No Scone Unturned (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winner Cake All (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chili Chili Bang Bang (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Delicious Books

Sinfully Delicious (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dangerously Delicious (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Forever Charmed Mysteries Books

A Call to Charms (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

...And the Dying is Easy(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drop-Dead Blonde(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Denise Swanson:

Like a modern-day Nancy Drew and Sidney Sheldon combined, Denise Swanson brings more sizzle to the world of murder mystery story-telling. Unlike other murder mysteries in the past, Denise’s have power women as protagonists on her novels, Skye and Devereaux. With one murder piling up after another, there is no way this uber-talented author is slowing down.

Personal and Married Life

Denise Swanson hails from her native Coal City, Illinois and has never moved ever since. This 50-something author of the award-winning mystery novels, The Scumble River Mysteries and Devereaux’s Dime Store Mysteries, used to be a charming school psychologist for 17 years. Today, this devoted wife to an established engineer and talented consonant music composer, David Stybr, and equally dedicated Mom to their black cat, Boomerang, is spending much of her time spinning tales on Skye Denison’s and Dev Sinclair’s (protagonists in her mystery novel series) penchant for solving murders.

The meat of her stories was all taken from personal experiences on both her work as a school psychologist and as a small-town resident of Coal City, Illinois. One story from her murder mystery series, Murder of the Cat’s Meow, is taken right from her friend Bunny’s idea of organizing a speed-dating and cat show weekend right at her bowling alley. A true-blue daughter of the late 1950s, Denise knack with word play is evident in the witty banter of her fictional characters on both pro and anti sides of the story.

Her long-time partner, David Stybr, has been the melody beneath her words. Most of her audio-books background sounds are composed by him. Notwithstanding his musical artistry, David is also a practicing chemical and computer engineer. After more or less 4 decades, he turned back to his first love—composing—and had collaborated with his wife, Denise, on some of her book’s audio background. The Mysteries Revolving Skye Denison
The Scumble River Mystery tale started in year 2000 with the Murder of Small Town Money. Her Skye Denison, whose work resembled Denise’s school psychologist profile, was entrusted to a whole new world of small-town murder mystery dilemma. Since then, this diminutive town fictional town in Illinois has become a haven for thrilling crimes and mysteries weaved with delectable gusto by the novels’ author.

Circling around Skye Denison’s return to a hometown she so defied after graduating class valedictorian. Understandably, she has come back after experiencing life’s unavoidable setbacks and is now facing the usual drama that most small town abode brings but, this time, with a twist of murderous intent. Unfortunately, not everyone forgets her scathing remark about the place which she vowed to never set foot again till now.

Denise Swanson is a witty and enchanting storyteller. Every page of these novels leaps with a perfect blend of humor, wit and depth usually lacking in other murder mystery novels. Think about witty titles such as, the Murder of a Stacked Librarian, Murder of the Cat’s Meow, Murder of Creped Suzette, Murder of a Bookstore Babe, Murder of a Wedding Belle, Murder of a Royal Pain, Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry, Murder of a Botoxed Blonde, Murder of a Real Bad Boy, Murder of A Smart Cookie, Murder of A Pink Elephant, Murder of a Barbie and Ken, Murder of A Snake In The Grass, Murder of A Sleeping Beauty, Murder of a Sweet Old Lady, and Murder of a Small-Town Honey. All these books revolved around Skye Denison’s involvement (or allegations of the same) on most of the victims on these books.

Murder of A Botoxed Blonde is quite a sensational read. Who cannot relate to the agony of spending Thanksgiving in a place where solitude comes with a price of being peeled, scrubbed, and slathered? But what could be worse than spending one with your mother and ex-mother in law on an all-girl spa holiday? Of course, the only thing to make it hiss and crackle is to add a murderous flavor of Barbie Doll. With a mud bath mystery to solve, Sky Denison is once again on a murder-hunting trip and will stop at nothing till the culprit lands in her small town’s county jail.

Donning her modern-day Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes appeal, off she goes in retracing causal factors and adverse effects revolving these murders with excitement, humor and wit. Of course, consistent twist in the protagonist’s love affair is one that also adds exhilaration to the whole murder mystery solving ordeal.

Devereuax Sinclair’s Tales of Homicide and Murder

Following her murder mystery success with Skye Denison in Scumble River Mysteries, award-winning author Denise Swanson comes with yet new amorous tales of murders and homicide. This time around, the book is centered on another woman protagonist, Devereaux (Dev) Sinclair.

From Scumble River, Illinois, tales of thriller and mystery goes to Shadow Bend, another fictional character now based in Missouri. Like Skye, life is nonetheless gentle on feisty Dev. After moving from Kansas City, she is thrust into the limelight after buying a local shop which she unwittingly called “Devereaux’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets”.

Leaving a promising six-figure job in the city to go home and care for her beloved granny, she is once again facing shadows from her distant past brought by his father’s incarceration and abandonment from her own mother. The drama of her past love life has also caught up with her. Instead of finding a more laidback care-free life, Denise Swanson put Dev’s character in a quandary solving a murder she was connected due to an affiliation with a traumatic past love affair.
After helping solve the case on her ex- fiancée’s girl, the spinoff tale of Dev Sinclair switched to her best bud, Boone. Her remaining close friend in Shadow Bend was taken into custody after discovering the victim’s body, thereby, making Dev working double time on solving the case to clear out her friend’s name. Adding to the protagonist’s dilemma is the growing love triangle she shared with Jake and Noah (her ex). Talk about hair-raising murder trails and romance rolled into one.

What Sets Denise Swanson and Her Mystery Novels Apart

Unlike the usual repertoire of mystery novels, Denise Swanson’s storytelling comes with humor, wit and LOL moments not easily found in others. Aside from the thrill and nerve-wracking excitement of solving a murder case, each of her books have creative and well-paced plot infused with humorous dialogues, witty banters, and knee-bending romance. At the rate her mystery novels are going, it will be no time to hear a Denise Swanson movie or television serious pretty soon.

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5 Responses to “Denise Swanson”

  1. peggy anderson: 11 months ago

    will there be anymore books about Welcome Back to Scumble River. I love this series. Thank You

  2. Joan: 12 months ago

    Are you still writing your series?
    Hoping for more of your wonderful books

  3. Ethel Taylor: 1 year ago


  4. C. Gorham: 2 years ago

    I love your dime store cozy mystery books about Dev Sinclair. When do we get another one? I just finished reading all of them. I can’t wait to read another one with her and Jake.
    I also love the chef to go mystery books. I’m waiting for another one of those also. I’m such an avid reader. No tablet for me; just a great book in my hand to read.
    thank you for these cozy mysteries. C. Gorham

  5. Linda Roman: 2 years ago

    Hi there, I love the Alpha Sig character in the first book. Looking forward to reading a few more. Love in ASA, Linda Roman, Gamma Epsilon


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