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It all began innocently enough, when Skye in search of a social life in Scumble River, recently joined the GUMBettes-the ladies auxiliary of the men's Grand Union of the Mighty Bulls, Scumble River's premier social club. But then Skye ended up wrapped in wallpaper, and the club leaders, Barbie and Ken Addison, ended up dead. Barbie and Ken appeared to be living a dream life It all began innocently enough, when Skye in search of a social life in Scumble River, recently joined the GUMBettes-the ladies auxiliary of the men's Grand Union of the Mighty Bulls, Scumble River's premier social club. But then Skye ended up wrapped in wallpaper, and the club leaders, Barbie and Ken Addison, ended up dead. Barbie and Ken appeared to be living a dream life, but then who would want to kill such living dolls?


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It all began innocently enough, when Skye in search of a social life in Scumble River, recently joined the GUMBettes-the ladies auxiliary of the men's Grand Union of the Mighty Bulls, Scumble River's premier social club. But then Skye ended up wrapped in wallpaper, and the club leaders, Barbie and Ken Addison, ended up dead. Barbie and Ken appeared to be living a dream life It all began innocently enough, when Skye in search of a social life in Scumble River, recently joined the GUMBettes-the ladies auxiliary of the men's Grand Union of the Mighty Bulls, Scumble River's premier social club. But then Skye ended up wrapped in wallpaper, and the club leaders, Barbie and Ken Addison, ended up dead. Barbie and Ken appeared to be living a dream life, but then who would want to kill such living dolls?

30 review for Murder of a Barbie and Ken

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Mini Review: This is my second favorite cozy mystery series and I am always excited to come back to Scrumble River with the gang! There's something so wholesome and charming about these characters and the mysteries are always headscratchers. That to me makes for a fantastic read! I hope to read quite a few more in this series during the summer as I honestly can't get enough of them! PS: You may notice more "mini reviews" this summer as I am trying to read more books on my TBR that are general Mini Review: This is my second favorite cozy mystery series and I am always excited to come back to Scrumble River with the gang! There's something so wholesome and charming about these characters and the mysteries are always headscratchers. That to me makes for a fantastic read! I hope to read quite a few more in this series during the summer as I honestly can't get enough of them! PS: You may notice more "mini reviews" this summer as I am trying to read more books on my TBR that are generally older.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the fifth book in the Scumble River series. Skye has recently joined a ladies auxiliary club that her boyfriend, Simon, encouraged her to join. At one of the events the club has, she gets a free month of Instant Gourmet products from the hostess. When her and her father go to pick up the items, Skye discovers the woman, Barbie, and her husband, Ken, dead. Police chief Wally Boyd asks her and Simon to try and gather inside information about other members of the club to see if they had mot This is the fifth book in the Scumble River series. Skye has recently joined a ladies auxiliary club that her boyfriend, Simon, encouraged her to join. At one of the events the club has, she gets a free month of Instant Gourmet products from the hostess. When her and her father go to pick up the items, Skye discovers the woman, Barbie, and her husband, Ken, dead. Police chief Wally Boyd asks her and Simon to try and gather inside information about other members of the club to see if they had motives. There was so much packed into this book. Simon's mother returns to town and we learn more about their relationship. I loved to see Skye's students, Frannie and Justin, finally getting more confident in themselves. The mystery was ok. I wasn't expecting who the killer was. The only thing that I didn't like was how Simon treated Skye in parts of the book. He expected her to join that fancy club when it should be obvious that she wouldn't want to. Other than that I really enjoyed the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    Simon is more likable (finally). May is not a helicopter mom (thank goodness). I'm liking how this series was real time when it came out and she continued keeping it set in the same time period. Some things discussed in the books are not politically correct now but you can definitely see how writing has changed in the last 15-20 years. I'm off to the next one.... Simon is more likable (finally). May is not a helicopter mom (thank goodness). I'm liking how this series was real time when it came out and she continued keeping it set in the same time period. Some things discussed in the books are not politically correct now but you can definitely see how writing has changed in the last 15-20 years. I'm off to the next one....

  4. 5 out of 5

    N

    I was expecting a black comedy, but this is just straightforward small-town chick lit with a murder mystery thrown in. Main character Skye, the world's worst psychologist, tries to solve the mystery while: - telling her boyfriend to be nice to his abusive mother - settling for a tiny office in which her clients can't even sit properly - signing up for a multi-level marketing scam - stopping herself from crying after finding two mutilated bodies, because her tears might upset her dad - voluntarily at I was expecting a black comedy, but this is just straightforward small-town chick lit with a murder mystery thrown in. Main character Skye, the world's worst psychologist, tries to solve the mystery while: - telling her boyfriend to be nice to his abusive mother - settling for a tiny office in which her clients can't even sit properly - signing up for a multi-level marketing scam - stopping herself from crying after finding two mutilated bodies, because her tears might upset her dad - voluntarily attending family dinners where the women are made slaves to the men (and not in a cute way either) - letting some teenagers convince her to spy on her friends having sex - asking the police to let her boyfriend look at evidence, instead of their team of experts - using a calculator from her purse when there's a computer right in front of her - freeing herself from society's expectations about weight, becoming fat on purpose, then incessantly judging other women for not dressing and behaving exactly like her I really wish the killer would have gone the extra mile and offed Skye as well. Also, just how many murder mysteries are there in this series? And every single death takes place in that same tiny village? It's a miracle Scumble River is still inhabited.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I like this series as a whole pretty well, but a few things bugged me in this one. One, a teenager says, (paraphrasing) "Have you seen what they do in those popular music videos?" Is she 80? Two, the information from a computer sure sounded like it was saved on floppy disc. Really? This book was written in 2003! Three, Sky dated Simon for 8 or 9 months. They broke up. Then they dated for 5 or so more months. (I haven't read the books that this happened in, but they summed it up.) They just recen I like this series as a whole pretty well, but a few things bugged me in this one. One, a teenager says, (paraphrasing) "Have you seen what they do in those popular music videos?" Is she 80? Two, the information from a computer sure sounded like it was saved on floppy disc. Really? This book was written in 2003! Three, Sky dated Simon for 8 or 9 months. They broke up. Then they dated for 5 or so more months. (I haven't read the books that this happened in, but they summed it up.) They just recently had sex for the first time. For reals? Is SHE 80?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    Skye Denison's eyes popped open as a scream ripped through the elegant living room. There is so much going on in this fifth book of the series. Skye has joined a ladies social club at the insistent of Simon. She ends up being pressured into also joining a multilevel marketing scheme involving a pricey food service. One of the biggest events is the arrival of Simon's flamboyant mother, Bunny. Skye's little cottage is much to small to house such a huge personality. Bunny's arrival almost makes Simo Skye Denison's eyes popped open as a scream ripped through the elegant living room. There is so much going on in this fifth book of the series. Skye has joined a ladies social club at the insistent of Simon. She ends up being pressured into also joining a multilevel marketing scheme involving a pricey food service. One of the biggest events is the arrival of Simon's flamboyant mother, Bunny. Skye's little cottage is much to small to house such a huge personality. Bunny's arrival almost makes Simon more bearable. Barbie and Ken, the victims, seem to have it all but we soon learn some disturbing things about them and the social clubs. I guess you never really know what is going on in a small town! I certainly understand Skye's dismay at being roped into the home party. Barbie certainly puts on the pressure to buy the pricey meal service. Frannie and Justin are coming into their own with the school newspaper. I enjoy watching them grow. There is not as much information about the schools in this installment but I'm sure we will get back to it. Wally was a little too lenient with Skye's nosiness and sleuthing. Sky certainly gets an eyeful that leads to more suspects in the murder. I am really enjoying this series and look forward to reading more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    #5 in the Scumble River series. I really think that, if I could give half stars, I would rate this one 2 1/2 stars. In this installment, Skye gets roped into participating in an Instant Gourmet party, hosted by Barbie. Skye buys a week's worth of foods, and when she goes to pick them up, she finds Barbie, and husband Ken, dead. There was less involvement of school activities and students, and more of the murder. To complicate things, Simon's mother, who Skye thought dead, comes to town to reconci #5 in the Scumble River series. I really think that, if I could give half stars, I would rate this one 2 1/2 stars. In this installment, Skye gets roped into participating in an Instant Gourmet party, hosted by Barbie. Skye buys a week's worth of foods, and when she goes to pick them up, she finds Barbie, and husband Ken, dead. There was less involvement of school activities and students, and more of the murder. To complicate things, Simon's mother, who Skye thought dead, comes to town to reconcile with 'Sonny Boy', but she doesn't seem to have a clue (or a dollar) that Simon wants nothing to do with Bunny. Why only 2 1/2 stars? Mostly because Skye seems to be taking over the investigation, with Chief Wally's blessing. OK, I get that it is a small town, but no one is going to share to that level. And she gets the chief to go along with her in interrogating a suspect. Nope, this one was a bit disappointing, especially since I had enjoyed the prior 4 in the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    Very interesting

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    Murder of a Barbie and Ken (Scumble River Mystery #5) Denise Swanson murder/mystery. I have to admit I do love Denise Swanson and the Scumble River Mystery books. Funny, fast paced, good clean read. Some may say a bit cheesy, but I find it is just what I need when I want a break from my daily routine. Skye Dennison is the local school psychologist, self proclaimed investigator of crime in her home town of Scumble River Illinois. She is dating Simon the local coroner/funeral director. Skye finds he Murder of a Barbie and Ken (Scumble River Mystery #5) Denise Swanson murder/mystery. I have to admit I do love Denise Swanson and the Scumble River Mystery books. Funny, fast paced, good clean read. Some may say a bit cheesy, but I find it is just what I need when I want a break from my daily routine. Skye Dennison is the local school psychologist, self proclaimed investigator of crime in her home town of Scumble River Illinois. She is dating Simon the local coroner/funeral director. Skye finds herself along with her beau Simon, joining the local elite social group. Once in this club she ends up ordering home food products from Barbie Addison. She goes to Barbie's house to pick up her food, and finds both Barbie and her husband dead, with bows tied around their throats. As Skye begins her investigation she finds that half the town had a problem with Ken, a prominent doctor. So many people with a motive for murder. Add to this she has an uninvited house guest, and severe Midwest winter. Her life is in danger, as she digs deep into the lives of her fellow citizens to find the killer.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    Series books can become redundant. This is not true for the Scumble River Mysteries. I also break up the series with other books to change the speed. The main characters, mainly Skye Deninson, school psycholigist in a small ends up investigation murders. Usually because she stumbles upon a dead body. Denise Swanson has a way of providing details at the beginning of the back that the main character went back to at the end. I didn't notice it in the previous books but something I am going to pay c Series books can become redundant. This is not true for the Scumble River Mysteries. I also break up the series with other books to change the speed. The main characters, mainly Skye Deninson, school psycholigist in a small ends up investigation murders. Usually because she stumbles upon a dead body. Denise Swanson has a way of providing details at the beginning of the back that the main character went back to at the end. I didn't notice it in the previous books but something I am going to pay closer attention to in the next book. As always Denise Swanson sends Skye on some interesting adventures in the search for the truth. I am also slightly biased to cozy mysteries anyway. Mostly life can very stressful and humorless sometimes. Cozy mysteries are a nice distraction. Where as if you get into a intense murder mystery, which also good books to read, after a while I start missing the humor. So if you looking for a laugh and want some adventure in a small town. This has been a good series for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This is a cozy, quick-paced mystery about a woman sleuth, school pyschiatrist, that is fun to read. Each time you pick up a book in this series, you feel like you are meeting up with old friends. Even though there is a murder involved, it is a clean and wholesome book. This murder was of a high school girl cast as the lead in Sleeping Beauty in the High School play. The book stands on its own and there is a definite conclusion. These are attributes that I prefer when reading a series. Ms. Swanson . This is a cozy, quick-paced mystery about a woman sleuth, school pyschiatrist, that is fun to read. Each time you pick up a book in this series, you feel like you are meeting up with old friends. Even though there is a murder involved, it is a clean and wholesome book. This murder was of a high school girl cast as the lead in Sleeping Beauty in the High School play. The book stands on its own and there is a definite conclusion. These are attributes that I prefer when reading a series. Ms. Swanson has done a great job with this series and I plan to read more! I would recommend them to anyone that is interested in this genre.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I forgot how enjoyable this series is. Another good read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Skye Dennison is the school psychologist in Scumble River, Illinois. There is a high snowstorm underway so Skye is taken back when there is a banging on her front door. Opening the door, she find herself with a big shock....It is her boyfriend, Simon Reid’s dead mother??? Turns out she is very much alive. Skye’s Uncle Charlie’s motel was booked so he brought Mrs. Reid who prefers to be called “Bunny” to stay with Skye. Having enough problems dealing with “Bunny”, Skye’s Dad picks her up to run errands. The Skye Dennison is the school psychologist in Scumble River, Illinois. There is a high snowstorm underway so Skye is taken back when there is a banging on her front door. Opening the door, she find herself with a big shock....It is her boyfriend, Simon Reid’s dead mother??? Turns out she is very much alive. Skye’s Uncle Charlie’s motel was booked so he brought Mrs. Reid who prefers to be called “Bunny” to stay with Skye. Having enough problems dealing with “Bunny”, Skye’s Dad picks her up to run errands. They are in for a big shock!! Arriving at Barbie and Ken Addison’s home to pick up Skye’s Instant Gourmet order that Skye had gotten roped into buying, no one answers the front door. Skye goes around to the lower entrance. She discovers Ken and Barbie DEAD. Who would want to kill this successful, well off, perfect couple?? There are a lot of surprises ahead for Skye and the community about the type of social activities occurring in the area. The school newspaper has started and two teen reporters add ingredients to the mix of well fleshed out, quirky, small town characters. This is book # 5 is in the Scumble River Mysteries series. It can be read as a stand alone.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lena H.

    Barbie and Ken Addison seem to have the perfect life, but they come to a brutal end and it's up to Skye Dennison to figure out who did them in. All the usual characters make an appearance, Skye Charlie, May, Wally, Justin, Frannie, and Simon are joined by Bunny, Simon's long-absent mother. I read books 4 and 5 one after another and they kind of blended together for me so parts of some of the subplots were a bit hard to follow. Other than that I enjoyed this one a lot. The investigation led Skye Barbie and Ken Addison seem to have the perfect life, but they come to a brutal end and it's up to Skye Dennison to figure out who did them in. All the usual characters make an appearance, Skye Charlie, May, Wally, Justin, Frannie, and Simon are joined by Bunny, Simon's long-absent mother. I read books 4 and 5 one after another and they kind of blended together for me so parts of some of the subplots were a bit hard to follow. Other than that I enjoyed this one a lot. The investigation led Skye into an interesting new set of characters and circumstances. We also see Skye's relationship with Simon develop. A lot of people have commented that they think Skye is immature but I think it's actually the opposite. People think Skye should do what she wants and say what she thinks but as a trained psychologist she approaches things from a different angle, considering the person she's dealing with and what they think and feel and how she can handle situations without alienating people (especially the kids) or making situations worse. That's probably how we should all be approaching others and I think it's nice to read about a character who handles life a little differently.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura Nelson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, this was...a thing. A lot of interesting juxtapositions in this novel, my favorite being page 11 when Skye notes "nothing exciting happen here" in reference to Scumble River, the town she lives in. Except for you know ...the 18 million murders that have taken place in the last little bit that she is Nancy Drewing the shit out of. I get the Chief of Police has a thing for Skye, but why isn't she number one suspect as he discovers all of these bodies in this old-fashioned small town? The ici Well, this was...a thing. A lot of interesting juxtapositions in this novel, my favorite being page 11 when Skye notes "nothing exciting happen here" in reference to Scumble River, the town she lives in. Except for you know ...the 18 million murders that have taken place in the last little bit that she is Nancy Drewing the shit out of. I get the Chief of Police has a thing for Skye, but why isn't she number one suspect as he discovers all of these bodies in this old-fashioned small town? The icing on the cake of this incredibly unbelievable plotline was the Eyes Wide Shut party where the secrets of the town are...ahem...exposed. super easy read, but probably not visiting Scumble River anytime soon.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alice Teets

    I had never read any of the Scumble River Mystery series by Denise Swanson, but that did not keep me from enjoying this Thanksgiving themed entry! Skye is a school psychotherapist, and, when her boyfriend Simon joins the GUMBs (think the Rotary gone rogue), she becomes a member of the GUMBettes. When two members of the group are found dead, by Skye and her father no less, she is thrust into another mystery. It seems that no one really liked the victims, and the list of suspects just keep growing I had never read any of the Scumble River Mystery series by Denise Swanson, but that did not keep me from enjoying this Thanksgiving themed entry! Skye is a school psychotherapist, and, when her boyfriend Simon joins the GUMBs (think the Rotary gone rogue), she becomes a member of the GUMBettes. When two members of the group are found dead, by Skye and her father no less, she is thrust into another mystery. It seems that no one really liked the victims, and the list of suspects just keep growing. Skye is asked to investigate, but someone really doesn't want her sticking her nose into this mystery! This was a fun read, like Janet Evanovich-lite, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I will definitely be reading more in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    I enjoyed this one a bit more than the others. Skye is still not a likable character for me, although she is a bit less arrogant in this one. I just can't find a member of the cast of characters that I like enough to have a buy in with the series. But the mystery was more interesting for me in this one, but that made the book better for me. And I'll keep going to the next one because I committed to the series (but I know I won't finish the 12 I committed to read). I enjoyed this one a bit more than the others. Skye is still not a likable character for me, although she is a bit less arrogant in this one. I just can't find a member of the cast of characters that I like enough to have a buy in with the series. But the mystery was more interesting for me in this one, but that made the book better for me. And I'll keep going to the next one because I committed to the series (but I know I won't finish the 12 I committed to read).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liz Oconnell

    Swanson continues this series following the cozy theme. In this book, Skye's father is with her when two bodies are discovered. She has attended a party for made up meals. The murder complicated her getting the meals she paid for. I wondered about her getting the meals, but Swanson explained it. After reading ahead I am realizing that I think oh no she forget this detail and its going to bother me, but she ties up all her loose ends. As I have said in other reviews this is a cozy mystery. It rem Swanson continues this series following the cozy theme. In this book, Skye's father is with her when two bodies are discovered. She has attended a party for made up meals. The murder complicated her getting the meals she paid for. I wondered about her getting the meals, but Swanson explained it. After reading ahead I am realizing that I think oh no she forget this detail and its going to bother me, but she ties up all her loose ends. As I have said in other reviews this is a cozy mystery. It reminds me of a series you might find on the Hallmark Mystery. I am still enjoying these books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Allison Ann

    Scumble River is definitely not the place to live, there are way too many shady people there. The mystery wasn't particularly interesting this time around and the happy happy love that Skye is suddenly getting from men who were complete and utter assholes back in Book 1, is annoying. Yes people can change, but they generally don't. Didn't enjoy this as much as earlier books. Scumble River is definitely not the place to live, there are way too many shady people there. The mystery wasn't particularly interesting this time around and the happy happy love that Skye is suddenly getting from men who were complete and utter assholes back in Book 1, is annoying. Yes people can change, but they generally don't. Didn't enjoy this as much as earlier books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Whi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Barbie's best friends' husband is the killer. Sex scene is unnecessary, unexpected (how big is this town exactly??), and, yeah, well, either make it realistic or leave it out. Somehow I don't think that's how those go. A little disappointed that the two students are "taking up her slack" but has some hilarious scenes and is still good overall Barbie's best friends' husband is the killer. Sex scene is unnecessary, unexpected (how big is this town exactly??), and, yeah, well, either make it realistic or leave it out. Somehow I don't think that's how those go. A little disappointed that the two students are "taking up her slack" but has some hilarious scenes and is still good overall

  21. 5 out of 5

    anonymae anonymae

    I read this series to learn how certain writing errors effect a readers experience of a story's narrative. I also read this series to learn about creative similes. I read this series to learn how certain writing errors effect a readers experience of a story's narrative. I also read this series to learn about creative similes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Belva Shelor

    Such a fun series. Makes me laugh out loud. Main character is a school psychologist, oh the predicaments she gets in.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Love the relationship developments that are beginning to occur in this series! A fun mystery with good sleuthing adventures!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I don't like reading these out of order, but I had to request it from a farther away library. It did clear up a few of the things that were mentioned in later books. I don't like reading these out of order, but I had to request it from a farther away library. It did clear up a few of the things that were mentioned in later books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    A fun read although I wasn't fond of some of the characters! A fun read although I wasn't fond of some of the characters!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    I wasn't sure what to expect with this but it was a very nice fun mystery. I wasn't sure what to expect with this but it was a very nice fun mystery.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I never appreciate a "heroine" who lets people walk all over her and the ending was a bit too neat. I never appreciate a "heroine" who lets people walk all over her and the ending was a bit too neat.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Good

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    3 - Good

  30. 4 out of 5

    Candylynnbluegmail.Com

    Great mystery love the characters! A quick read!

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