Friday, September 9, 2016

Pets. Yeah or Nah?

Skye Denison Boyd from Denise Swanson’s New York Times bestselling Scumble River mystery series.

Hi! My name is Skye Denison-Boyd. I just added that third name five months ago and am trying to adjust to married life. My cruise ship honeymoon (Murder of a Needled Knitter) was awesome, even if I had to solve a murder to keep my mother out of the ship’s brig, and finding out that I brought back something better than your average souvenir was the icing on the cake. But I admit that pregnancy and my job as the Scumble River school district psychologist has been a little tougher than I expected. Especially finding a dead body in the high school pool. (Murder of an Open Book)

Not that I don’t love my profession, but the end of the school year is a tough time in public education. The both the kids and the staff are antsy and there’s pressure to wrap up everything on a high note. Which is why I decided to try an innovating new counseling technique, pet therapy, with my socially awkward third and fourth grade boys group.

I got all the right permissions—principal, parents, insurance company—but then a school board member stuck his nose in and tried to call a halt to the sessions before they even started. And it didn’t help matters that this bozo was determined to oust

Luckily, the elementary principal stood up to the jerk and he wasn’t able to pull the plug on the pet therapy. Unluckily, he was dating the teacher of some of the kids in my group.  Worse yet, he’s gunning for my godfather, Charlie Patukas’ position as school board president.

Which means, I’ll reign in my inclination to smack this guy in the nose and avoid him as much as possible. After all, as long as no one gets murdered, I guess the rest doesn’t matter. Just keep your fingers crossed for me that no bodies turn up. I am not in the mood to be investigating a murder.

If you’re interested in Skye’s next adventure, read all about it in Murder of Cranky Catnapper, which debuted September 6. It can be preordered at 


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PS. If you like a sizzling romance, my newest one, Sinfully Delicious, also came out on Sept. 6
Take one smoking-hot top chef who thinks food should be a sensual adventure, add a venture capitalist who has struggled with her weight since she was a teenager, and mix well. Is this a recipe that sizzles, or is he just another craving she must resist? 

--New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson writes the Scumble River and the Devereaux’s Dime Store mysteries and the Change of Heart and Delicious Love romance series.


  1. I am eagerly looking forward to reading the new Scrumble River book, Murder of a Cranky Catnapper! I have enjoyed this series since the first book. Love Skye Dennison's activities and antics. Where I work, which is a mental health facility, we added pet therapy, 2-3 yrs ago. It has done wonders for the patients and the staff!

    1. Dianne, I love that your facility has pet therapy!

  2. Love the Scrumble river series.
    Can't wait for this one to become

  3. You have to love when a character says, "As long as no one gets murdered..." LOL I'm betting she doesn't get her wish. Sounds like a fun story and the idea of pet therapy is great!

    Thanks for sharing Skye (Denise)

  4. I love the Stumble River series. Pet definitely are the best!

  5. I love the Stumble River series. Pet definitely are the best!

  6. I love pet therapy and the dog reading programs.