"Where in the world is Wally Boyd?"
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted September 24, 2017
Mystery Cozy | Mystery Woman Sleuth
Skye Denison Boyd is coping with Braxton-Hicks contractions
while trying to get her intern prepared to handle the school
psychologist duties while she's out on maternity leave.
Unfortunately, these issues are about to become the least of
her worries. A devastating tornado wreaks havoc on Scumble
River, leaving everyone scrambling in its aftermath. The
dead body of a local councilman is found, but is the death
the result of foul play? Even worse, Skye's husband, Police
Chief Wally Boyd, goes missing and no one has any clue where
Can Skye and the rest of Scumble River recover from all of
What a brilliant way to reboot a series! Denise Swanson
reboots her well-loved Scumble
River Mystery series with DEAD IN THE WATER, the
first book in the Welcome
Back to Scumble River series. Denise Swanson
fast-forwards the year the series takes place, keeping the
events otherwise right in line with the original series. New
readers can jump right in on this reboot, however, as the
lives of the Scumble River residents are turned upside down.
I can't rave enough about the characters in DEAD IN THE
WATER! I love Skye and Wally and we've read a lot in the
earlier series about Skye's mom, Mae. However, DEAD IN THE
WATER gives us a better view of Wally's father and I hope
we get to see a lot more of him as well as Quentin.
The Doozier clan makes an appearance in DEAD IN THE WATER
and you'll want to go back and read the original series
just to see all the crazy shenanigans the Red Raggers tend
Denise Swanson perfectly captures the atmosphere that
surrounds a natural catastrophe in DEAD IN THE WATER. I read
DEAD IN THE WATER as Hurricane Irma approached Florida and
am writing this review in the rebuilding aftermath. While
DEAD IN THE WATER isn't about a hurricane, the book digs
into the heart of the emotions and miscommunications that
can ensue after a natural disaster wreaks havoc.
Denise Swanson is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors
and DEAD IN THE WATER is yet another hit from her. I love
that Denise Swanson has remained true to the heart of the
Scumble River characters and atmosphere in her reboot of the
series. If you love quirky characters combined with a darned
good cozy mystery, then don't hesitate to give DEAD IN THE
WATER a try. You won't regret it!
The first book in a brand new series featuring New York
Times bestselling author Denise Swanson's beloved Scumble
River setting and characters, Dead in the Water is a
gripping mystery that won't let you go until you've
turned the last page.
A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder―oh my! Scumble
River may never be the same.
For school psychologist Skye Denison, there's certainly
no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her
small hometown of Scumble River, she can't see how the
community will ever recover―especially since town
councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the
But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief
husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating
Zeke's death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play.
Did Zeke really die in the storm, or was he murdered? And
could Wally be next on the criminal's hit list?
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