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Rose Gardner Mystery Box Set #1 [Kindle Edition]

Denise Grover Swank
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)

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Book Description

USA TODAY Bestseller!

Box set of the first three books and novella in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Rose Gardner Mystery series.

When Rose Gardner decides she's done frittering her days away at the DMV, she turns Henryetta, Arkansas upside down as she navigates life, love and the investigation of a murder every now and then.

TWENTY-EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES: When Rose sees a vision of her murder, she’s done frittering her life away and makes a list. Her sexy neighbor Joe offers to help yet refuses to cooperate with #15-- do more with a man. But time’s running out and suddenly dying a virgin in the county jail becomes the least of her worries.--winner of the Write Touch Readers' Award 2012

TWENTY-NINE AND A HALF REASONS: Rose thinks a jury summons means a morning off from work, until she sees a vision of the murderer in the men’s restroom: a huge problem since the murderer isn’t the one on trial. If that weren’t enough, Rose is caught between her sister Violet and her new boyfriend Joe. Henryetta, Arkansas just got messier. --USA Today Bestseller

THIRTY AND A HALF EXCUSES: While Rose and Violet open their nursery, an elderly woman on Rose’s street dies. The police rule her death from natural causes, but Rose and her cranky neighbor Mildred disagree. --iBooks Best of 2013

FALLING TO PIECES: (novella) Rose struggles with heartbreak with the support of her new friends while Joe gets support from someone in his past.


Then read THIRTY-ONE AND A HALF REGRETS: January 9, 2014

Product Details

  • File Size: 2804 KB
  • Print Length: 914 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DGS (December 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009U4MUDC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Rose August 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my all-time favorite book series by Denise Grover Swank. I can assure you book 1 will draw you in. The mystery. The characters. The plot. A little southern version of murder she wrote meets nancy drew for 2013. Rose isn't your average girl like you think. Her life is pretty extraordinary. In book 1 you get to find out a little about her and her background. In book 2 you become vested, wanting to know more, and the suspense is amazing. DGS is a skillful author; she knows exactly what she is doing. From making a list on a walmart receipt to serving a jury. You will not be disappointed in this series. I can assure you, book 3 will keep you wanting for more. Once you done with them the novella is a nice little surprise from Denise. and once done with the box set, don't forget book four (31 and half regrets is now available from a January release) Happy Reading!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly engrossing September 5, 2013
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I really like this series and I'm looking forward to the third book. Rose is a different kind of character and I enjoy seeing how her mind works and how she handles new situations.

Unlike some of the reviewers in the reviews of the second book as sold individually, I actually liked the second in this series better than the first. I had a rough start with the first book because of the horrible way Rose's mother treated her and the way she just took it. Fortunately that only lasted briefly and then I slowly really got into it. I'm glad I kept going.

Although I like Joe and Rose together, I was really happy to see some legitimate potential competition arive for Rose's affection with Mason. Joe seems to be moving into controlling boyfriend territory and after all she's been through, Rose needs to be free to do her own thing without having to report to someone or worry about pleasing someone else for a little while. Mason is definitely able to get to her, although she's too inexperienced to realize exactly what her annoyance with him means. I'm hoping that relationship is explored in greater depth in future installments.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Fantastic! Great! Awesome! Come read as Denise Grover Swank's character Rose grows. Her words weave a beautiful story, filled with love, betrayal, mystery and most of all growth. The chacters are deep and diverse, not superficial and predictable. Rose is one of my favorite heroines. Not because she a gun-wielding harda** but because she's real and struggles and makes you want to fight for her and stand for something. She really is a leader in follower's clothing and watching her grow into herself is awesome. Beyond that the story line keeps your interests peaked with the perfect amount of emotion and surprise. HAPPY READING!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read!! January 12, 2014
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I rarely post reviews on books because i read so much. Every once in a while i find a book i have to post something about. This is one of them. This is the first time i have read this author and i really enjoyed these books. I read them all in one night staying up until 2:30 in the morning cause i could not put them down. I pretty much cried all the way thru the novella. The books are so well written you feel like you know the characters personally. I cannot wait to read the next one. I am not going to give any description of the book here because that's done by amazon. You don't want to spoil the books. I just wanted to say what good books they were and encourage more to read them. :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopelessly Devoted September 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I owned this set on my Nook, but when I switched to a Kindle I HAD to have my Rose Gardner on it, so I bought it again! I have posted separate reviews for each of the books listed in this volume. Those are copied below.

Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes:
The whole reason I'm addicted to this series, and Denise's work as a whole, is because of THIS book. I got the book free from Apple around the new year, and devoured the series over the duration of a rare vacation. I didn't bother entering contests or trying to find out how I could get the rest of the series free. I dished the dough and I'm ever so happy that I did!

I immediately identified with Rose. I was over the moon when she stood up for herself, actually fist-pumping the air in response! I have an overbearing mother and we've had similar bouts on more than a few occasions. I've had a list of my own since I was a teen, and sadly very few of those items have been marked off. The whole story was a whirlwind roller coaster, a fun one at that. Rose is a right bad-a and while she tends to make questionable decisions about her safety, she's totally lovable. We could be friends! I'd have some stories to share about "visions" and such (watch out, world!)

I had Joe "McAlister" and Daniel Crocker pegged from their first introduction, and it could not have been clearer as the story progressed. However, I'm fine with that because Denise's ability to tell a story is fabulous. And I'm a critical thinker. So there.

This book may serve as a stand-alone if you don't want to get involved with a series, but you'd be doing yourself a major disservice if you do not continue reading the Rose Gardner Mysteries. I LOVE this series and I hope you do too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for a long plane ride.
Aside from getting tired of the "crappy doodles" swearing (swearing?), the stories were well plotted and the characters amusing. A good read for a long plane ride. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by R. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisty good fun!
You really never knew what to expect from Rose Gardner and I loved that!! There's just enough mystery and hilarity to keep you glued to the pages!
Published 7 hours ago by Jamonica Maria Disser
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down!
I absolutely love this series!I have done nothing all weekend but read it. The box sets are CHEAP so go and get both now. The only thing I hate is I am TEAM JOE! Read more
Published 3 days ago by stay at home mom of 2 - 7 & 9
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel that I could relate too.
Once I started reading I couldn't stop. I can totally relate to Rose. She made me laugh and cry. Fortunately or unfortunately the emotions were totally relatable. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series. Already reading book number 7. Ready for number 8 to come out.
Published 5 days ago by Barbara J. Vetor
3.0 out of 5 stars You never finish
Characters and story started out great but you just have to buy another book and then another. I got caught up in the story and read all seven plus the novellas and I now find I... Read more
Published 6 days ago by L.L.Goss
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I was totally caught up in this series...liked the style of writing...Enjoyed all the characters.....the stories kept my interest.... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 13 days ago by mactnt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love it!
Published 15 days ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Good set of books
Good set of mysteries
Published 15 days ago by Kit
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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