I really enjoyed this first book...I love her Scumble River series so not surprised. This story moves along really well...my only 'fear' is that the author will create the same lame and frustrating love life triangle that she does in the other series...you can see the set up already. Otherwise, great start to a new series!
"Little Shop of Homicide" is Denise Swanson's (author of the Scumble River mystery series) first installment in a new mystery series. This one is set in a small town in Missouri, and the main character runs an old-time five-and-dime store. The characters are likable and fun. I especially liked Devereaux's feisty grandmother.
The mystery in this story was well-done. However, I would have liked a bit more time spent on development of Devereaux's store, and a little less time spent on Devereaux's indecisiveness about her love life.
Fun book, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next one in this series.
This is a new series by Denise Swanson. This new series is about a woman named Devereaux Sinclair. She buys the old Dime Store in her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri.
Meet Devereaux Sinclair. She just moved back to her hometown to take care of her grandmother. She purchased the old time five-and-dime store. She is just settling in when she is accused of murder. It is a small town and she is trying to fit back in and wants to keep things about the murder accusations quiet. She is going to need the help of good friends to clear her name. Her grandmother feels she will need more than her friends to help her, meet Jake, a US Marshall on injury leave.
I cant wait for the next book. I want to know which love direction Swanson is going to take Dev on.
This is a quick easy read and I look forward to the rest of the series. I hope that this series has just as many colorful characters as Swanson other series does.
Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries
1. Little Shop of Homicide
2. Nickeled and Dimed to Death
Dev opens shop in her small hometown after a scandal with her former employer. She is the prime suspect in the murder of her former boyfriend's fiancee. A fiesty granny, two loyal friends and a hunky US Marshall help clear her name. 3.5 stars
This first in the Devereaux's Dime Store series was a fun, easy read that I couldn't put down - finished it in one sitting.
The reader is introduced to Devereaux Sinclair who has had her fair share of troubles beginning with her father being arrested for a drunk driving homicide, her mother running off and leaving her in the care of her Grandmother Birdie, and finally her boss in the investment business being arrested for embezzlement.
Devereaux (Dev to her friends) buys the local dime store and sets up shop. Her ex-boyfriends fiancee is found murdered with items from one of Dev's gift baskets. The police immediately suspect her mostly because the officer in charge lost his retirement to her old boss and is holding a grudge.
With the help of her two best friends Poppy and Boone and the unexpected arrival of hunky Jake Del Vecchio a U.S. Marshall on leave due to injury, Dev sets out to clear her name.
The mystery was entertaining and the characters especially Grandma are funny and provide a few laugh out loud moments.
I have not read any of the Scumble River mysteries by this same author but will look into them. I thoroughly enjoyed this Dime Store mystery and am looking forward to the next installment.