Deadly Summer by Denise Grover Swank

November 6, 2018

Ten years ago, Summer Butler was television’s most popular teenage sleuth. Since then, she’s hit—what gossip sites just love to call—the gutter. Nearly bankrupt, betrayed, estranged from her greedy mother, and just about unemployable, she’s coaxed into that desperate haven for has-beens: reality TV.


Winging it as a faux PI, she’ll solve off-the-cuff mysteries in her hometown of Sweet Briar, Alabama. For added drama, there’s police chief Luke Montgomery, inconveniently Summer’s first and only love.


It’s when Summer stumbles upon a very real corpse that Darling Investigations takes an unexpected twist. The growing list of suspects is a big draw to viewers, but the reality is that Summer doesn’t know whom she can trust. Someone has written this killer new scene especially for her, and unless Summer gives the role everything she’s got, it could be her last…




**** 4 Star Review ****


I had no expectations going into this book. I did know that I was looking for something not so heavy, but I also didn't want complete fluff. I can honestly say that I got exactly what I was looking for.


This book is a little romantic, a little chuckle-worthy, and a lot mystery. I enjoyed the ever growing relationships in this book, along with the mystery of what exactly was going on in the book. There was a perfect mix of great characters, personal conflict, whodunit, and small town charm to keep me turning the pages from the start.


I will admit, at first I was worried that the over the top scenarios Summer found herself in where going to be it for the book. And that kind of scared me. I didn't want that. Lucky for me, the author delivered in all other areas that mattered. The perfect combination of cliche small town, actual small town, and a great mystery made this book a winner for me. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

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