Slightly confusing story for a first time reader

Come Homicide or High Water (Welcome Back to Scumble River Book 3)

By: Denise Swanson

Rating: 4 of 5

This is the third in a new reboot of an older cozy mystery series. It is the first one that I have read. It was definitely confusing to walk into the middle of this story, because that is how this book reads. You really must need to have read earlier books to understand the dynamics of the characters and their relationships.

I say that because there were good guys and bad guys. The good guys, school psychologist, Skye Denison-Boyd, and her husband Wally, who is the chief of police, do a lot of bad-talking about various other characters. I am sure that they deserve it but if starting the series with this book, it doesn’t make as much sense as it should. It was unnerving to have these two professionals acting so unprofessionally and making so many snarky comments about others, at work, and on an on-going basis.

Skye is the mother of twin babies but seems to be out and about quite a bit of the time. She is relying on other to take care of her children while she goes and investigates murders.

The murder whodunnit was interesting but the story was difficult to follow without having read the earlier books. I’m sure that for fans of this series, this book is a welcome addition.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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