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.
(Let's face it. Who isn't a sucker for a romantic wedding? In fact, Swanson's wedding scene was so beautiful, it brought a tear. And, it isn't often I cry over a mystery. Maybe I can get away with saying I cried because the victim in Murder of a Stacked Librarian, rather than I cried at a wedding in a mystery. What do you think?)
Denise Swanson's website is www.deniseswanson.com.
Murder of a Stacked Librarian by Denise Swanson. Obsidan. 2013. ISBN 9780451416506 (paperback), 272p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.