Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Crimes of the Heart

by Simon Reid

from Denise Swanson's Murder of a Bookstore Babe (coming March 1)

My name is Simon Reid and I want to report a robbery. What? You need some information first? Fair enough. Here are the facts.

As well as acting as county coroner, I own Reid Funeral Home and Bunny Lanes bowling alley in Scumble River. Yes. The two businesses are a bit of an odd juxtaposition, but even though I don’t usually admit it, I bought the alley for my mother so she’d have a job managing it and a place to live in the apartment above it. Otherwise she was going to end up in jail for forging prescriptions to obtain pain meds after she hurt her back.

Although I love my mother, it was her arrival in town that started off the chain of events that led to my losing the love of my life, Skye Denison. I met Skye when she first moved back to Scumble River, and we dated for three years. Then that summer, when I had to attend a funeral home directors’ convention in California, and Skye couldn’t come with me because she was organizing the Hundred Mile Yard Sale, everything went wrong.

Skye thought she discovered I was cheating with another woman and I stupidly refused to tell her what was really going on, so she broke up with me. The first time I tried to win her back, was when she was staying at the new spa. That didn’t work out so well because, although I did explain about the other woman, I foolishly claimed there was no such thing as a soul mate.

It didn’t take me long to regret those words, and, but by the time I did, Skye was already involved with the chief of police, Wally Boyd. Boyd was just waiting for an opening, and as soon as I was out of the picture he swooped in like a hawk and hasn’t let go.

In fact, when Skye was almost killed during a Promfest Haunted House event, Boyd asked her to marry him. She made him wait several months before she accepted his proposal, which makes me think she’s not sure.

Because of that I told her that I wasn’t giving up. And in Skye’s next adventure, Murder of a Bookstore Babe, I’m upping the ante. I vow to prove to Skye how much I love her and show her how much I’ve changed. I believe Skye and I are soul mates and the only thing between her and Boyd is a physical attraction.

I’m sure I can convince her of that, and then we’ll live happily ever after.

How about you? Have you ever lost the love of your life? Or are you the one that got away?

Denise Swanson writes the New York Times bestselling Scumble River mysteries. You can find her at and on Facebook.


  1. I love this series. I am looking forward to reading this new one from Denise Swanson.

  2. I don't think Skye is sure about Wally, either... Am curious to see how this love triangle plays out!

  3. I don't know who I favor - but I look forward to who Skye marries.

  4. Persistence, Simon! But don't go overboard. If you really believe it is meant to be, just always be there for her. That's all you can do!

  5. Simon, maybe in your line of work, you should think of a term other than "soul mates."

  6. I hope everything works out for you, Simon!

  7. Oh, Simon! How romantic! I hope you find love ...

  8. Simon, I have been pulling for you from the beginning. I always thought Skye had unfinished business with Wally and her past with him, but maybe not much of a future. I really hope it works out for you and Skye, but don't push it!

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