In Denise Swanson's Murder of a Sweet Old Lady, the second installment in the Scumble River Cozy Mystery series, this cozy mystery has a lot of twists and turns on every page. For Skye Dennison, she had dealt with some hard blows as the school psychologist, when angry parents don't like the results she gave them. Some had threatened her, when she had been going through a hard time. When she visited her grandmother to work on their family history, she discovered that her grandmother was died and her housekeeper was missing. After she called Simon Reid, the local coroner, everyone turned their heads and blaming her for not calling them first instead of Simon. They believed she died from natural causes, when Skye had thought differently. As she snooped around to become suspicious of her relatives and their angry glares, the hits kept on coming, especially when her Aunt Minnie had one of her spells and needed to be hospitalized. Though she wouldn't back down for finding answers to the truth, she discovered a link in a couple of family photos. To make matter worse, things are tense between her and Simon as Sheriff Wally Boyd had feelings for her after his wife had split up with him. When she got closer to the truth to someone who wanted to harm her own grandmother in her family, she couldn't believe who had done it and why with a shocking ending.
This was another enjoyable cozy mystery in the Scumble River cozy mystery series. I continued to enjoy Skye and her family and felt heartache for the loss in her family. I also felt the same when she ended up in a twisted love triangle for a short while. I wish people would give Skye a break at work and at home. I'm so glad she hooked up with Trixie, her close friend from her youth. I adored the small town of Scumble River and its vivid locations and scenic settings to paint a good picture of the scene. This would hook you on the first pages and grimace and groan throughout the cozy. It would make your heart pang and twist your heart strings, too. This had non-stop action, drama, intrigue and mystery from start to finish.
Will you be on the case to solve the murder of the sweet old family?
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