Monday, April 9, 2012

What’s Old is New

--Hannah Freeman from Denise Swanson’s new Devereaux’s Dime Store mystery series.

My name is Hannah and I’m a senior in high school. As a part of my voc tech program, I work part-time for Devereaux at Devereaux’s Dime Store and Gift Baskets. I want to get into retail when I graduate and have my own clothes boutique, and she’s taught me a lot about how to run a business. I return the favor by keeping her up on the latest trends.

Dev’s not as bad as some adults who get stuck in the year they graduated from high school and never quite adjust to modern times. In fact, Dev has changed her life a lot. She used to be some kind of investment guru before she got the dime store. She says she’s a work in progress.

In a way, it’s funny, because although Dev loves to text and search the web and hang out on Facebook, (She draws the line at getting an e-reader because she adores real books—she puts a special one in every gift basket she creates.) she’s really into antiques and collectibles. When she bought the dime store from its previous owners—ninety-two you old twin sisters—she kept all the vintage paraphernalia.

I have to admit, that although my style runs more to Hello Kitty and critter hats, some of the old stuff is kinda cool, especially the big brass cash register and the candy case and the soda fountain. But I’m sure glad that Dev added Wi-Fi and that she’s okay with the kids hanging out in her store after school.

Everything was going along pretty good, until this mean old police detective got a burr up his butt and accused Dev of murdering her ex-boyfriend’s fiancée. On the bright side,
This really hot U.S. Marshal offered to help her.

I’m pretty sure the two of them can solve the case. That is if they can keep their hands off one another long enough to concentrate on the murder.

--New York Times Bestselling author Denise Swanson’s brand new series debuted with Little Shop of Homicide on March 6.


  1. The Dime Store sound neat! I love the look of old cash registers, all brass and shiny black paint.

  2. You sound like a wonderful assistant, Hannah. Did you ever think of starting a make-your-own-clothes boutique? We have space for more shops in Threadville...

  3. Victoria--I really do like the look of some of the vintage stuff.

    Willow--what a cool idea!

  4. I bet you can find all kinds of cool things that can be used in the dime store.

  5. I love soda fountains! What a fun place the Dime Store must be. It's probably the cool place in town to hang out!

    ~ Krista