When ex-Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid's Cat's Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Read more...
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When ex-Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid's Cat's Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Bunny's scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers in Scumble River always spells trouble....
Meanwhile, Skye is convinced that her house is haunted and is afraid her fiance, police chief Wally Boyd, won't move in until the ghost moves out. But ghost-hunting takes a back seat when Skye is called to the bowling alley, where a riled up contestant is choking a cat show judge for insulting his feline. Skye breaks up the scuffle, but the next morning the judge's dead body is found, strangled with a cat toy. Now Skye must solve this purrplexing mystery--and show a devious killer that her sleuthing skills are the cat's meow.
- ISBN-13: 9780451237811
- ISBN-10: 0451237811
- Publisher: Berkley Books
- Publish Date: September 2012
- Page Count: 272
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
Series: Scumble River Mystery #14
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-07-16
- Reviewer: Staff
Murder threatens to disrupt the wedding of school psychologist Skye Denison and her police chief fiancé, Wally Boyd, in Swanson’s well-crafted 15th mystery set in Scumble River, Ill. (after 2011’s Murder of a Creped Suzette). Skye’s previous boyfriend’s colorful mom, Bunny Reid, plans to rake in extra money by hosting a combination cat show and cat fanciers’ speed-dating event at her bowling alley, but Skye’s discovery of the strangled corpse of the abrasive show judge in the bowling alley’s basement puts a damper on the proceedings. Meanwhile, Skye wants to exorcise the pesky spirit of her home’s former owner, but she’s distracted by her reporter friend, Spike Yamaguchi, who’s in town investigating rumors of government corruption—and Wally’s appointing her as his backup security for a storage unit auction that ends in unexpected conflict. From normal to nutty, the folks of Scumble River will tickle the fancy of cozy fans. Agent: Laura Blake Peterson, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)