My name is Skye Denison and I’m a school psychologist in rural Scumble River, Illinois (population a bit over 3000). I like to say that my hometown is seventy-five miles south of Chicago and seventy-five years behind the times. At thirty-six, I never thought I would still be living here. In fact, after making a rather regrettable valedictorian speech, I left town and never intended coming back—except for brief family visits.

Unfortunately, stuff happened. Things were going pretty well at first. I graduated with a B.S. in psychology from the University of Illinois, then did two tours in the Peace Corps, obtained my graduate degree, got my first job as a school psychologist in New Orleans, and became engaged to a guy whose family could trace their roots back to French royalty. That’s when the stuff hit the fan.

After losing my job, maxing out my credit card, and being jilted, I moved back home with my tail between my legs. I’ve been back six years, and boy has my perspective change. I love my job working for the Scumble River school district. It’s a challenge covering the elementary, middle, and high school, but since a school psychologist does everything from psych evaluations to counseling to consultation, no two days are alike and the kids are awesome.

A while back, I was hired as the psychological consultant to the Scumble River police department. I think it’s because of my training, but it could be because of all the dead bodies I’ve stumbled across. The chief’s philosophy might be, if you can beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Speaking of the chief, my personal life has improved, too. I had a few rocky times, and it was tough choosing between two fantastic guys, but I’m engaged now and that means I’ve made up my mind. Right?
You can read more about Skye in MURDER OF A CREPED SUZETTE, the fourteenth book in the Scumble River mystery series. However, if you like to start at the beginning, the first book in the series is MURDER OF A SMALL-TOWN.

Skye’s adventures are written by Denise Swanson who was a school psychologist for twenty-two years, grew up in a small town, but has never found a dead body. Visit Denise at

** To celebrate the release of MURDER OF A CREPED SUZETTE, I’m giving away one copy of the book, thanks to the publisher. To enter, you must leave a valid e-mail address in the comment box with your comment. Please break it up using (at) and (dot), like domain(at)host(dot)com. This is only open to US addresses at the publisher’s request. Contest ends on October 15th at 6pm EST. Winner will be notified by e-mail and has 2 days to respond. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. **

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