A Devereaux"s Dime Store Mystery
Book Title: Little Shop of Homicide
Author: Denise Swanson
Published By: Obsidian
Date Published: March 6, 2012
Recommended Age: Adult
I got the book from the library.
Devereaux Sinclair has left her fancy job and moved back to her small town in Missouri to buy the town’s five and dime store. She was commissioned to make a gift basket for her ex-boyfriend by his fiancé, Joelle Ayers. When Joelle Ayers was found murdered in her hotel room by articles from the gift basket Dev Sinclair is the prime suspect.
Denise Swanson is the author of the popular Scumble River Mysteries, and now she has given her readers a new series. Swanson has done a wonderful job creating another world for her readers to fall into. I like how Swanson interweaved Dev’s past into the story line so the reader would know why the Detective was keen on thinking Dev was the only suspect he should look at.
I also liked the sarcastic humor the characters have and how Swanson paints the scenes. It makes the reader feel as if she is right there in the town, at the Five and Dime store or the parish playing Bingo. I just didn’t like the weird names the characters had. They were kind of out there. Then there was the U.S Marshal coming to Dev’s rescue with all the sexual tension seemed to be straight out of a romance novel. Taking all that into account, I gave Little Shop of Homicide four stars and a grade of B. If you have read the Scumble River Mysteries and liked them, I recommend Little Shop of Homicide. If you haven’t read the Scumble River Mysteries but do like mysteries, I recommend you read the Scumble River Mysteries and Little Shop of Homicide.
Adult Content: Sexual tension, Adult Subject Matter, Heavy topics
Violence: some violent descriptions