Murder of a Needled KnitterMurder of a Needled Knitter by Denise Swanson features Scumble River Police Chief Wally Boyd on his honeymoon cruise. He’s here today to chat with us about this upcoming trip.

I love my new wife, school psychologist Skye Denison-Boyd, to distraction, but her friends and family can be a bit overwhelming. Skye is a gorgeous curvy armful of delight with a heart as big as my native state of Texas. She’s smart and funny and makes me feel like I’m the luckiest man in the world. Our passion for each other is off the charts, and now that we’re finally married, and her resident ghost, Mrs. Griggs has put the seal of approval on our relationship, I plan to spend the rest of my life finding new ways to—nope, not going there. I probably shouldn’t have had that last glass of champagne on the flight from Chicago to Florida. Or maybe I should have turned down the mimosa our steward had ready for us when we got into our suite just now.

Okay. Back to the one little flaw that might gum up the works of our happy life-Skye’s family. She’s a lot closer to them than I am to mine, although I am getting along better with my dad and cousin since I convinced them that I’m never returning to Texas and never taking over the family oil business. But it’s a doggone shame that Skye’s people tend to be so smothering.

I have to admit, when she told me how hard it was to stand up to her mother and keep her independence, I figured it wouldn’t be a problem for me. Or I should say, I thought that way until a few minutes ago. We had just boarded the ship and were waiting for the elevator to take us to our suite, when Skye turned whiter than a bowl of rice, pointed to the staircase behind us, and said, “I just saw my mother.”

I assured her she was just overwrought from the past week—celebrating Christmas, putting on a wedding, and solving a murder would stress anyone out. But I’m a mite worried that my darlin’ could be right. I’m trying not to think about it, hoping Skye was mistaken, but my gut tells me that my mother-in-law is on our honeymoon cruise.

Well, even if May is onboard we can always lock ourselves in our suite so as long as no one gets murdered, I’m sure we can still enjoy our trip.

You can read more about Wally and Skye’s honeymoon, in Murder of a Needled Knitter, the 17th book in the “Scumble River” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is Murder of a Small-Town Honey.

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Meet the author
A former school psychologist, New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson spent twenty-two years working in the public school system. She realized her experiences were actually excellent research for mysteries. Denise also writes the Devereaux’s Dime Store series, the third book, Dead Between the Lines, debuted in March. Find Denise at, on Facebook and on Twitter.

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