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There’s no place like Scumble River at Christmastime, and this year, school psychologist Skye Denison has twice as much to celebrate—and to do. In addition to the usual holiday frenzy, Skye’s wedding to police chief Wally Boyd is less than a week away—that is, if the groom isn’t too busy working to attend. The town’s sexy new librarian, Yvonne Osborn, has just been murdereThere’s no place like Scumble River at Christmastime, and this year, school psychologist Skye Denison has twice as much to celebrate—and to do. In addition to the usual holiday frenzy, Skye’s wedding to police chief Wally Boyd is less than a week away—that is, if the groom isn’t too busy working to attend. The town’s sexy new librarian, Yvonne Osborn, has just been murdered, and the list of suspects is piling up faster than late fees on an overdue book. Yvonne’s strict sense of right and wrong annoyed some townspeople and infuriated others. Did her high standards lead to her death? Skye is distracted by worries about what havoc the crazy Dooziers will wreak on her wedding day and whether she’ll fit into her dress. But Skye can’t afford to leave any page unturned because unless she works quickly to expose the scheming killer, her happy ending may be put on permanent hold.…...

Title : Murder of a Stacked Librarian: A Scumble River Mystery
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Murder of a Stacked Librarian: A Scumble River Mystery Reviews

  • Charlotte
    2019-04-04 22:27

    Zero tension in the book. Skye was an incredibly nosy, annoying eavesdropper. Dialogue was terribly awkward, especially the scene in the restaurant eavesdropping on the teenagers. I knew who the murderer was the first time he appeared on page and wanted to beat Wally and Skye over the head about it. Dante's scheme is purely filler. Skye and Wally not clueing into May's plans for their honeymoon was freaking ridiculous. The ending was rather abrupt, too, and could have used the most fleshing out. I seriously kept flipping the pages back and forth, going, "That's it?" But if all you want is to read about the wedding, go ahead and read it. It's nice and boring. Also, Skye does not get kidnapped or chased by a murderer, which is a nice change.I'm sad that this series has gone down hill so much, but I guess there's only so many ways to write small town murder mysteries.

  • Penny Benson (Pensyl)
    2019-04-22 02:28

    I really hate to give anything but a great review, but I just couldn't like this book at all. I have been a big fan of Denise Swanson's, and I've always enjoyed the Scumble River books, but I just thought this book fell flat. It was boring and took me forever to read. The mystery itself was boring and I think there was too much detail on the wedding. I would have rather had a better murder victim / killer dynamic than who ordered what food at the wedding rehearsal dinner -- but again, that's just me..... On the positive side, Denise's next Devereaux Dime Store book comes out in a few weeks, and I am looking forward to reading that one.

  • Liza Nahas
    2019-04-03 02:26

    I found this to be a bit predictable. I knew who the killer was as soon as that character was introduced. But, it was easy, light reading. So maybe a 2.75.

  • Melinda
    2019-03-31 03:11

    Cozy mysteries are not my thing.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-04-14 04:24

    This novel is the sixteenth in a long running, gentle, and well written cozy murder mystery series, 'A Scumble River Mystery.' After all this time, we readers have grown invested in the characters, especially the sleuth, school psychologist, Skye Denison and her fiance, police chief, Wally Boyd.So, I opened this volume with excitement...Skye and Wally are getting married...but what will the clever author, Denise Swanson put in their way? There has to be some issues or crimes or, goodness me, Skye's Mother to interfere with the smooth calm ceremony. Yes, you've guessed from the title...The Librarian.The temporary librarian of Scumble River, Illinois, is certainly one to make an impression upon the local citizens. Not a very good one either. Although Yvonne Osborn appears to have walked off a fashion runway, her personality would not win her any title. Yvonne was a person who saw black and white and believed in fairness, honesty, and justice. She never worried about doing or saying the 'right' thing, as she just couldn't 'not' do the correct option. This attitude had cost Yvonne her first marriage, troubles with her husband's business partner, and almost cost her daughter her university dreams. So, was it any surprise that Yvonne popped up dead? Nope. However, since we are fans of this gentle series, we know the journey to justice will be filled with humor, suspense, twists, and turns as the locals come out to help the crime fighting duo...One of the best under-stories running through this novel was the unprecedented quietness of Skye's mother. We know she has a huge, warm, and loving heart, but oh Nellie, this goose dressing woman is a schemer and interferer....what is she up to? Do not read the ending first as the twist is just too delicious to spoil.This book was filled with wedding issues and humor and yes, a good murder mystery. Some would say it was a 'chick-lit' book, but, come on now, this book is a cozy and what can make you feel more cozy than a setting of Christmas weddings? Now, if there would be a crime on the Honeymoon??? Just saying!

  • Anastasia
    2019-03-26 23:19

    Murder of a Stacked Librarian by Denise Swanson is the 16th book in the Scumble River mystery series. Temporary librarian, Yvonne Osborn is rammed and pushed off the road and into the river and drowned on Christmas Eve. It is a week before Skye and Wally's wedding and they rush to solve the murder before leaving for their honeymoon. Another great installment in this addictive series. It is just as fun reading about the wedding preparations and other happenings in Scumble River as solving the murder. The Dooziers at the wedding were so funny and outrageous. Fun and entertaining as always.

  • Liz
    2019-04-04 23:09

    I love Denise Swanson's writing. The week before Skye and Wally are to be married, the new librarian is murdered. Between the Christmas season, avoiding Skye's mother and trying to solve the murder Skye wasn't sure the wedding was going to come off. As always the characters of Scrumble River always make the mystery interesting. I love that Skye took everything in great style and helped to solve the murder of course, rather than become a Bridzilla. It was either help, or no wedding. Great plot twist along with the family get togethers.

  • Sherri Stephens
    2019-04-22 21:25

    I love Denise's Scumble River Mystery series. I especially enjoy that her main character isn't stuck in a rut ie never making a life altering decision. Being a librarian I had to read this one and I was not disappointed. With all the chaos of a wedding, a pain in the tail house ghost,and yet another murder to solve Skye rose to the occasion. I can't wait for the next one and hope she keeps up the fabulous work. If you like cozy mysteries this is a MUST READ series!!!

  • Susan Earle
    2019-04-12 04:20

    Wally and Skye are finally getting married! But the murder of the town's temporary librarian almost derails their big day. As they work together to solve this crime, the last-minute details and problems of their wedding also get ironed out, and the town is once again saved from Uncle Dante's political maneuverings. The reader is treated to an engaging read with just the right amount of laughs. (The Dooziers as wedding guests is laugh out loud funny!)

  • Beth Britnell
    2019-03-31 23:22

    Dreadful. A fairly good mystery was found buried in a mountain of exposition, tedious detail, and the relentlessly dull minutia of the heroine's life. If she so much as scratched her nose, that detail was included. 60% backstory, 30% product placement and other unnecessary detail, and the rest was the actual plot.

  • Jenn
    2019-04-01 21:27

    This series is cute and I enjoy every fluffy minute of them. Skye annoys me sometimes. She's very...stuffy? All the "son of a buck"s get to me after a while. I don't know...some of the dialogue is just awkward and weird. But I still love reading this super fluffy series for sure.

  • Hillary Rounds
    2019-04-22 22:08

    I thought it could have gone better. It was really slow to get up to the climax and really short to get to the end. I did not like reading this book, hence why it took so long to read.

  • Linda
    2019-03-27 21:15

    This was a great entry in the series. The mystery was good and I even solved it before Skye. I laughed, I cried and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Amber
    2019-04-13 04:19

    The one that got me started. Re-reading February 10 - February 23.

  • Joan Spry
    2019-04-04 22:27

    While I would not call Skye a Bridezilla, I really didn't like her much for most of this book. Although she constantly says that she knows his job is important, she seems to want a husband who works 9 to 5. She is upset when he is 15 minutes late in picking her up. Nothing important, just crime scene evidence to be collected before it is too late. Then there was her jealousy and feelings of insecurity. She wasn't exactly a happy bride.In another book, Sky says that her Uncle Dante has finally found his niche in life and is a really good mayor. Yet he is constantly doing underhanded things that would line his pockets at the expense of the town. When he fakes a heart attack in this book after not getting his way, I hope that the attack is for real and we are finally rid of him.Then there is Sky's mother, May. As the series continues, she becomes more interfering and obnoxious. Although she loves her daughter, she sure has a funny way of showing it. She shows very little consideration for Sky's feelings. What mother would scheme to be on her daughter's honeymoon cruise?BFF Trixie frequently shows the maturity of a 12 year old.Why do I keep reading these books when the characters so often annoy me? I dunno. I guess the characters are like family, you love them is spite of their shortcomings.

  • Marian
    2019-04-11 00:02

    Spoilers for the killer.Seriously...... So the moment the partner appeared on page, I knew he was the killer. If the ex husband was shady enough to have his daughter cheat on the SATs, it's not really a stretch to assume he's in business with a shady dude. Also, uh, this was confirmed by Yyvonne's new boyfriend so why the hell did we not investigate that earlier? Seriously, each time they struck out with a suspect, I'd shout to the cat, "HANK!" or whatever the business partner's name was. :P Over and over and over. Honestly, when Wally had a shitfit over the ex having an alibi and the wife mentioning Hank (was his name Hank?) showing up late and acting weird as hell, I was screaming, "For crying out loud, the partner!" Which was painful as I have a cold and a cough that is making talking miserable. Having read the book after this one before, I knew why May was acting so suspiciously.

  • Keela
    2019-03-25 01:15

    This entry into the Scumble River series is 90% wedding minutia and 5% mystery. And I do mean minutia. Detailed, repeated descriptions of everyone's dress/suit, who ate what at the rehearsal dinner, the layers of the wedding cake, etc., etc. The remaining 5% is dedicated to passing references to scheming Uncle Dante, Skye's ongoing "ghost problem", the obligatory Simon "love triangle" and Skye's overbearing mother. These "subplots" are obviously just filler in this very, very thin story. This could've been a short story or novella.

  • Helen
    2019-03-29 05:24

    I love this series, as the main character has a similar job to mine. However, in this book she is on holidays and about to get married to the police chief when the town's relief librarian is murdered.OK, I did pick the murderer before she did, but till a good read, with characters I've come to know and enjoy.

  • Margaret
    2019-04-01 21:03

    Well-done light reading. I will be looking for other books in this series.

  • Cecelia Solomon
    2019-04-11 21:09

    Finally, the wedding!

  • Carol Fillmore
    2019-04-09 04:09

    Review coming soon

  • Jess
    2019-04-01 02:08

    Romance, a wedding in the winter, and Christmas all around. Sounds straight out of a Hallmark movie doesn't it? Until you throw in a car wreck, attempted and committed murder. Though not exactly a movie with Candace Cameron Bure (or Lacey Chabert), this novel does have plenty of humor, family, and friendships. Despite these elements, the novel still feels like a murder investigation and the characters still get heavily involved with the case - there's plenty of human touch in other words. A week before Skye's wedding, the town's temporary (super strict) librarian is murdered. Skye and her fiance then find themselves with their hands full trying to figure out who the culprit is. Since I haven't read any of the previous books I can't speak on their relationship outside of what I infer from reading this novel but their relationship feels natural. It feels as if they could become a duo/team that works together to crack cases in future books. I liked how even though there's a murder, the wedding remains front and center of the whole story. There's so much balance it almost doesn't even feel like a novel but rather a real life tale. This is my first read in the series so if you've read the others you will more than likely be even more elated with how things play out (the wedding feels like a very climactic moment and will be for those who've been through the ups and downs of relationship before coming to this point). The one thing I wasn't too fond of was the paranormal element that was included and hopefully in future books this element is not present. If you're into laugh-out-loud moments, you will be pleasantly surprised. They are scattered throughout. The story line feels fresh because the writer writes as if she is excited to tell the story. There's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end but it will just make you excited to read the next installment.

  • Tamara
    2019-04-05 03:20

    Review originally posted: Traveling With TIt’s almost Skye’s wedding- which should be the happiest day of her life. Except the groom is spending more time at the police station, Skye’s worried about fitting in her wedding dress and a murder needs to be solved so Skye can relax on her honeymoon- that is, if she can find time to get married with the chaos of life of Scumble River!Skye is busy finishing the planning for her December wedding and really second-guessing getting married at Christmas holidays- what with all the normal holiday events, a wedding to plan has made Skye busier than a bee! Wally, her groom, is also busy at work- and a murder of librarian- a beautiful lady with a moral code that always points due north, is complicating matters further in Scumble River!Skye, even with the wedding planning, takes on her role as a consultant to the police with relish. Wally and Skye team up to narrow down a list of suspects who wished the beautiful and shapely Yvonne harm- and conclude quickly that Yvonne was targeted because she was a firm believer in following the rules. As suspect by suspect is crossed off the list, Skye worries the case will not be solved before they have to leave for the honeymoon- which might mean the case may never get solved.Not only is Skye worried about the case, but her wedding cake turns into a disaster (could this be a bad omen?!), the ghost at her house is still preventing her and Wally from amorous activities, and May is being suspiciously quiet- which makes Skye worry what she has up her sleeve! Last but not least, Skye becomes aware that Simon, her ex, might be involved with another lady- and she feels amiss. Is there a slight green eyed monster in Skye?Do Skye and Wally solve the case in time? Does the wedding happen with out any problems? Will Skye have packed the right type of clothes for her honeymoon? And just what does May have up her sleeve and should Skye be worried? All these and more questions will be answered in Murder of a Stacked Librarian!Traveling With T’s Thoughts:If you are a fan of the Scumble River series by Denise Swanson- you’ll enjoy this book. Skye is on the road to a happy life with Wally (or is she?!) and the antics and happenings of Scumble River are enough to keep a cozy mystery fan happy and entertained.Denise Swanson writes a humorous story with a cast of characters that are known and loved by many. Enjoyable, funny, and a good mystery!*This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Lesa
    2019-04-24 00:25

    Romance, a winter wedding, Christmas celebrations with the family. If it all sounds like a holiday romance,guess again. Not only does Denise Swanson pull off all the romantic elements in her latest book, she manages to pull off murder as well. I hope Murder of a Stacked Librarian hasn't landed on the New York Times Best Seller list because of the victim. No, can't be. I'm sure it's because mystery and romance are combined in Swanson's new Scumble River mystery.School psychologist Skye Denison knew she could only get away for a honeymoon in the summer or at Christmas. The whole time she's hiding out in the library, Skye thinks she might have made a mistake picking Christmas. But, then, she wouldn't have been there when Yvonne Osborne was fending off the gym owner who was a little too pushy when he wanted her to go out with him. She might not have known about his threat when Yvonne's car goes over a bridge on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, it isn't long before Skye and her fiancé, Police Chief Wally Boyd, realize there are a few people who weren't happy with the hot librarian. And, "The only thing worse than nobody having a motive is when everybody has one."Well, I don't know. Right now, with her emotional pre-wedding jitters Skye can think of things worse than murder. "Was she prepared for all the missed holidays and lonely nights?" She is marrying the police chief. But, why didn't he tell her about the sexy woman at the shooting range? Then, there's Skye's pushy mom, May, who never did like Wally as a husband for her only daughter. May seems strangely subdued right now. And, then there's the ghost that haunts Skye's house.Denise Swanson manages to combine mystery, holidays, and a wedding in he charming sixteenth novel in the Scumble River series. As always, the story is filled with family, friends, and a little humor to accompany the murder investigation. And, no matter how funny some of the scenes are, and how involved the characters get in the case, Swanson doesn't forget to add the human touch to the case and the romance. Skye and Wally do want justice for the victim. And, even in the midst of a case, they keep their love and the wedding plans front and center. It's those touches that bring readers back to the series.

  • Amy
    2019-04-11 04:15

    School psychologist Skye Denison is thrilled to be tying the knot with her longtime partner, Wally Boyd. Wally is the police chief in their tiny town of Scumble River, and Skye often works with him as a psychological consultant for the police department. Their wedding is planned for a few days after Christmas, so in addition to the stress of their impending nuptials, they also have to deal with the stress of the holidays. But everything comes to a grinding halt when the town's interim librarian is killed, and Skye and Wally have to pin down the murderer before the evidence trail goes cold. Can they juggle Christmas, their wedding, and MURDER?Haha, that last sentence totally should have been the tag line for this book. Nothing amazing, but a good book to read if you're sick or depressed and just need to escape. I've been reading a lot of ghost stories that make me kind of jumpy, especially when I'm in the house by this was a nice palate cleanser. The ending dragged on a bit - you find out who the killer is, but then you have to read about Wally and Skye's stupid wedding. Which is maybe appealing to some readers, but I'm definitely not into all the trappings of a traditional wedding. Mostly, though, once I know who the killer is, I'm ready to be done with the book. Also, it kind of pissed me off that the main reason Skye and Wally wanted to solve the crime quickly was so they could leave on time for their honeymoon. They didn't seem to care that much about the poor librarian, and that made them seem kind of shallow.Oh! The FUNNIEST thing about this book is the cover: It's an open book with "OVERDUE" stamped on the inside in big red letters. Does an "OVERDUE" stamp actually exist? Probably not, because it would be totally pointless. And if we DID stamp all our books that were overdue at one time or another, they would all be completely defaced in about two seconds. I think the graphic designer should have done a little more research before he or she submitted this cover.

  • Libtechgurugoddess
    2019-04-04 21:06

    For my mystery book club we were reading cozies and I opted to read book #16, "Murder of a Stacked Librarian", of the Scumble River mystery series by Denise Swanson. I had read the title in a list of forthcoming books and it gave me a real chuckle. So, even though I hadn't read the preceding books in the series, I read this one out of order, just based on the title, though I normally can't stand to do that.For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Scumble River is a small town somewhere in Illinois. Our protagonist is Skye Denison and she's a school psychologist who also consults for the local police department. (Spoilers! In case you're already planning to read the series, starting with book #1, don't read the rest of this paragraph.) The setting of this book is Christmastime and Skye is preparing for her wedding to the local police chief, Wally Boyd. My impression, after reading this book, is that this may well be the final book in the series, since it's somewhat of a romantic cozy and this is a happy ending. Once you marry off your main characters, you kind of loose momentum, right? But, you never know!Half of the town is related to Skye in some way and not all of them are good guys. The other half of the town seems to be a bunch of eccentric loonies. Both groups cause some angst and ruckus in the story. The premise is that the town's sexy new temporary head librarian, named Yvonne Osborn, has just been murdered. We learn that Yvonne had a very strict sense of right and wrong which leads to lots of gossip about various annoyed townspeople, and many red herrings for Skye and Wally to follow up on. The list of suspects is "piling up faster than late fees on an overdue book". The last sentence is a good example of why I really liked this book--it has all sorts of word play mainly revolving around library and book allusions. Other examples are all the chapter titles: the opening chapter is "By the Book" and the final one is "Checking Out". Fun book, I'd recommend the series based on this one!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-19 02:06

    Wow, what a book. I enjoyed every part of it, even to the last words. I have read five books in The Scumble River series and plan on reading the others. This is the Sixteenth book in the series. If you love a good cozy mystery with some romance mixed in, you will love this book and the series. I think Mrs. Swanson has did a fantastic job on The Scumble River series. She brings her Characters alive. You feel like you are right there with them. You will even get to have the Dooziers back with you again in this book. This family will make you laugh till you cry. If Skye invites the Dooziers to her wedding will they ruin everything? Skye Denison is the school psychologist and is planning her holiday wedding to Wally Boyd, the police chief. Which is to take place right after Christmas. If her fiancé Wally can find the time in between a murder that happens in Scumble River a week before Christmas. The town's sexy temporary librarian Yvonne Osborn is murdered and the list of suspects keep piling up and even the town's Mayor becomes a suspect. Yvonne was disliked by a lot of people in Scumble River. She was strict and went by the rules. There was something that someone did not like about her to murder her. Skye is also having a few problems with her wedding arrangements .Skye is also the police departments psych consultant. She and Wally are working together to try and solve this murder before they leave on their honeymoon . I love the way Mrs. Swanson has Skye and Wally working together on this murder case. There are a lot of suspects and things with the Wedding arrangements that get in their way. Will they be able to solve Yvonne's murder on time so they can get married or will they have to be put on hold ? I loved this book and can"t wait for the next one .

  • bella
    2019-04-01 23:02

    It's Christmastime and Skye Denison is preparing for her wedding. Her life is a whirlwind of arrangements as she tries to make sure both Christmas and her wedding go off without a hitch. However when the librarian is found murdered just before Christmas, Skye discovers something else on her to-do list: solve a murder before she says her vows!I can't believe this is the 16th book in the Scumble River mysteries. I've read every single one and loved them more and more with each instalment. I've enjoyed watching Skye's journey, especially her romantic adventures over the years. It's with much affection that I was looking forward to Skye's walk down the aisle.Along with the mystery, Denise Swanson swept me up in wedding fever, as I shared Skye's stress about her perfect day going terribly wrong. I loved all the details that went into Skye's wedding, especially the wedding cake topper that Skye chose!!The mystery itself was great. Quite often the murder victim is someone mean and there are a lot of suspects with motives. In this case the librarian, Yvonne, had a great sense of right and wrong, and she was fond of trying to enforce people's actions to lean towards the "right" and naturally quite a few people in Scumble River were upset with her views. Unfortunately her need for "rightness" in the world led to her death. This sure left a lot of people with interesting motives!!Fans of Scumble River will absolutely adore this latest instalment. It was a thrilling read that kept me up late into the night and I can't wait for the next book in the series. If you haven't discovered this series yet, pick up Murder of a Small Town Honey, set aside many wonderful hours of reading time and discover a first-class mystery series.

  • Amy Lignor
    2019-04-17 05:02

    The featured player in this incredible series is school psychologist, Skye Denison. It is right before Christmas and Skye is a busy woman, planning a family holiday while at the same time organizing her own wedding to Police Chief Wally Boyd. The couple is thrilled to finally be getting married, and are a very beloved duo in their hometown of Scumble River. Many times over the years Skye has worked with Wally as a consultant for the Police Department. As their wedding looms along with Christmas plans, Skye’s mind is more than a bit frenzied. The last thing she needs is more anxiety. Unfortunately, all her plans must come to a screeching halt when the town’s librarian is killed, and Skye and Wally must turn away from happy planning in order to find a murderer before the trail goes cold. The victim, Yvonne Osborne, was not exactly the most popular person in town, so it’s no wonder when suspects begin piling up as Skye and Wally try to deduce who would benefit the most from Yvonne’s death. Seems Yvonne had high hopes for the town library, but her ideas apparently upset many of the citizens. So as Skye worries about everything from a holiday meal to whether or not her wedding dress will fit, a wealth of would-be murderers must also be investigated so she and Wally can somehow find a way to ride off into the sunset for a much-needed and well-deserved honeymoon.This is a good novel that will keep all mystery lovers occupied for a day-long reading fest. The citizens of Scumble River are quirky and secretive just like any small town in the U.S. of A.. Wally and Skye are extremely likable and are definitely the Nick and Nora Charles of a location most all people can identify with. Enjoy!Until Next Time, Everybody,Amy

  • Eleanor Jones
    2019-04-14 02:02

    This latest installment of Skye's adventures won't disappoint! In fact, for those of us who have read the Scumble River books in order (and I hope you have, too) it's been a long time coming. Let me be clear that I don't think the characters are real (!) but I feel like I know Skye very well and have followed her journey to a pivotal point in this book that has been a long time coming. I am happy for her (again, the not-real thing kicks in here...).The thing I like about these books is that the characters really are delightful and even the ones who are over-the-top remind me of people I've known (or would like to know). There are a lot of hidden gems, too, in the commentary and dialogue. I always find several laugh-out-loud moments that sneak up on me. And I particularly admire the strong female lead character who sticks to her convictions without being at all stuffy. Best of all, I have no sense that the storyline is tired or that the author has grown bored with writing it. That's a bit of a trick to pull off after all these books!I also appreciate the bit of a cliffhanger at the end that no doubt will lead to a new adventure that's a bit different--and one I think that will offer ample opportunities for Denise Swanson's sense of humor and creativity to shine. Really, I can hardly wait! I think we're off in all kinds of new directions now that Skye has reached this point in the storyline.In short, hooray!