Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Skye's the Limit


Hi! My name is Skye Denison, and like my biographer, Denise Swanson, I’m a school psychologist. It had been a hard school year—don’t ever volunteer to help with a Halloween fundraiser sponsored by Prom Moms—and you can imagine how much I was looking forward to June. That is, until my California cousin decided to have her over-the-top platinum wedding in my hometown. Scumble River, Illinois was so not ready for living buffets and wedding cakes that cost more than the cars most people around here drive. And it only got worse when the bridal consultant was murdered.

Some of my critics have complained that I don’t have a backbone because, in the past, I’ve let my mother guilt me into doing stuff I don’t want to do. But I’ll bet a lot of you have mothers that know how to play their daughters like tightly-strung violins, and I’ve gotten much better at saying no to May. Unfortunately, this time my ailing eighty-six-year-old grandmother was the one using emotional blackmail on me. Really, who can say no to that? Which is how I ended up not only being my cousin Riley’s maid of honor, but also her fill-in wedding planner.

Still, I might have been able to handle the wedding without too much stress, if I hadn’t also been helping solve the murder—I’ve been acting as a psychological consultant for a couple of years now. But I think the straw that really broke the camel’s back was the engagement ring I was carrying in my purse—that and the fact that my ex-boyfriend chose this time to declare his undying love. With all that drama, even chocolate and new shoes weren’t enough to keep me calm.

13 comments:

  1. Those Prom Moms are a hoot! Denise, I want to know how much mail you get for Wally vs. Simon. Are readers equally split on who Skye should choose? And even though Skye makes a decision at the end of this book, you still leave it a bit open--you're sneaky!

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  2. hey Skye,

    I did enjoy your adventures as a wedding planner, a maid of honor and a sleuth. Which one would you have preferred to do, if you only had one choice?

    I'm not sure how I feel about your decision, even though you did leave us to wondering.

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  3. Oh goodness. SKye finally makes a decision. Now this I have got to read soon. I hope it is Simon.
    Annette

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  4. I think octogenarian grannies would be VERY hard to turn down! At least you handled well all the different hats you had to wear.

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  5. My maternal grandma didn't ask for much, or very often, so when she did it was always a big deal to make sure we accomadated her. If she (or my mother or mother-in-law) were like the character Marie Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond", that would be a whole 'nother thing!! :)

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  6. Enjoyed the book and very happy with Skye's decision.

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  7. Ah, Prom Moms, Band Moms, Dance Team Moms, school play moms ... I am SO glad that's all behind me. A school setting like yours is just rich with motives, isn't it? :-)

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  8. Thanks everyone for commenting.
    Heather, most readers I hear from are on Team Wally--I'd say 75% or better.
    Dru, I think Skye would pick school psych if she could only do one thing.
    Leann, I am very glad to be only writing about the drama rather than living it anymore.

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  9. ACK!! Ok, first a note to Kelly - I got a paragraph into your post and had to stop; I haven't started Skein of the Crime yet!
    I'll go back and read it when I've finished the book.
    As for you, Skye - I don't envy you in the LEAST. Wedding planning isn't my thing, I tell 'em to go to the Justice of the Peace and have a small reception later.

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  10. There's nothing like grandmotherly guilt to spur one to action ... Love ya, Skye!

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  11. Hello Skye - we have two things in common! First, we share the name of Denison (although I have two 'n's) and secondly ... being guilted by family into doing things. i can't wait to hear more about your cousin Riley's wedding!

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  12. Sounds like lots of drama Skye. Guilt can be a powerful motive.

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  13. Weddings and guilt-tripping mamas? Sounds like life is murder. I look forward to the messy details, Skye.

    MJ

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