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Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons (Rose Gardner Mystery Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Denise Grover Swank
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Book Description


Second book in the USA Today bestselling Rose Gardner Mystery series.

"Readers will enjoy this lighthearted romantic suspense novel with a dash of comedy. The characters are memorable, the pace is fast and the dialogue is witty." RT Book Reviews


When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she’s lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux, she’s picked as a juror on a murder case. As the trial progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men’s restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there’s not a cotton picking thing she can do about it.

Or is there?

As if things weren’t bad enough, Rose’s older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis. Violet insists that Rose stop seeing her sexy new boyfriend, Arkansas state detective Joe Simmons and date other men. Rose is done letting people boss her around, but she can’t commit to Joe either. Still, Rose isn’t about to let the best thing in her life slip away.

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (#1)
Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons (#2)
Thirty and a Half Excuses (#3)
Falling to Pieces (Between the Numbers novella #3.5)
Thirty-One and a Half Regrets
Thirty-Two and a Half Complications
Picking up the Pieces (Between the Numbers novella #5.5)
Thirty-Three and a Half Complications (November 4, 2014)

Product Details

  • File Size: 599 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475089570
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bramagioia Enterprises (December 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FBXF4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong second part of Rose Gardner's adventures July 1, 2012
By North
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Rose Gardner, at 24, is starting to live her life free of her mother's oppressive and manipulative presence. She still has to deal with nosy neighbors, her job at the DMV, her sister Violet, whose life suddenly seems to be out of control, and her brand new relationship with boyfriend Joe, the state cop.

When called for jury duty, she shows up to the court house, late, frazzled, missing a heel and in dire need of a bathroom. As the ladies' is been cleaned, she uses the men's bathroom and hears a phone conversation that convince her that the accused man is innocent of the murder he's being tried for.

I love this series. It's a fine mix of mystery and romance, with characters so real they jump out of the pages. It's full of great lines, written with a quirky sense of humor that's just perfect. Rose is strong without being rude or overbearing. Joe is a passionate character, somehow in awe of his feelings and not quite comfortable with the way trouble follows Rose.

I really appreciated that, although sex is clearly part of the heros' relationship, the author did not find it necessary to describe the how-to or who does what to whom. I also liked that the relationship is given time to evolve and that not everything is magically solved in the last ten pages.

I'll keep reading !
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than the First July 12, 2012
By Pamela
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** spoiler alert ** What can I say except this book is just as good as "Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes." Actually, I think it's even better. I can't find any fault with it - not the story, the characters, nothing. I just loved it.

Denise Grover Swank is a very talented writer and if you haven't read any of her books, you're missing out on some terrific reads.

Just like the first book in the Rose Gardner series, this one has mystery, adventure, romance, and humour all thrown into the mix. I thought the scenes in the courthouse were hilarious, especially her exchanges with the judge. Rose and Joe are still together; however, I think there's going to be some competition for Rose's affection coming soon. Don't underestimate Rose. She may be quirky but she's also very sharp.

I cannot wait for the third book in the series. I just hope we don't have to wait too long.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed October 24, 2013
By TeeCee
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After reading Twenty Eight and a Half reasons I was looking looking forward to the second book only to be disappointed by Rose s stubbornness and stupidity. Repeatedly warned by her cop boyfriend, the court , and her family to "stay out of it" she continually puts,herself in dangerous situations and has,to be rescued.Her boyfriend Joe to be is constantly driving back and forth from his job in Little Rock to protect her from the bad guys,or get her out of jail for snooping when she is thrown off a jury. While her state investigator boyfriend is incredibly patient and loves her you wonder how much more he can take of her foolhardiness. Her sister Violet is,having a,mid life crisis and has turned Mrs. .Crankypants There are a few humorous situations but they don t save the book.I just got tired of the "do something dangerous/stupid/illegal-get rescued-cry and get upset and say I won t do it again-then do it again " cycle. "
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crappy Doodles! November 27, 2013
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I enjoyed the first book in the series (Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes) which was a Kindle freebie. I purchased this second volume in the Rose Gardner Mystery Series, as I wanted to see how the relationship between the main character (Rose) and her boyfriend (Joe) progressed. I didn't expect much, overall the books are easy reads and lighthearted, despite being mysteries and dealing with some unpleasant situations. However, I had to dock it a complete star on the incessant over-use of the phrase "Crappy Doodles" alone. In the first book, Rose is very sheltered and naive, which she seems to grow out of in a hurry. By the second book, she's barely a shadow of who she once was - except for that extremely annoying phrase (Crappy Doodles) when she gets flustered, which is often. While the character grows and starts using swear words, the usage of *insert annoying phrase here* doesn't seem to fit with her new persona. I believe that the author was trying to show the reader that Rose was a simple and innocent girl, but it just didn't flow with the way Rose was maturing. It was extremely juvenile and kept me from connecting to Rose. It's also a pet peeve of mine when an author uses a phrase over and over - it shows a lack of creativity. The book was a fun little read otherwise (if you can get past the fact that it's completely unbelievable), and I will finish the series by reading book 3. I can only hope the author has eased up on the "Crappy Doodles" this time around.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Eye Rolling... September 29, 2013
By PamT
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Unbelievable story line for me. I couldn't wrap my mind around the constant chaos that followed Rose while she took it upon herself to investigate the murder trial she was a juror on and the wake of dead bodies and criminals she left behind her. For me, each encounter was more far-fetched than the one before and her usual response was "crappydoodles". Really? Crappydoodles? Count me out as a follower of this series.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyed July 1, 2012
By S. West
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Totally enjoyed Twenty Nine and a half reasons... Laughing at parts and edge of my seat in others. Wonders how on earth one woman could get herself into so much trouble, and still keep her wits about her..
Keep them coming Denise Grover Swank, can't wait for the next....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Awesome every book so far has been exciting can't put it down reading
Published 19 hours ago by Elizabeth Sandhagen
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love
I love this series so much! I have read them all so far and can't wait for the next one come November!!
Published 1 day ago by LRaeW
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
I really enjoyed the story that I had to read all off them
Published 2 days ago by Leanne Jacka
5.0 out of 5 stars again I enjoyed the books very much
again I enjoyed the books very much .I just ordered another one.. I think you'll enjoy them
Published 4 days ago by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read
Published 4 days ago by lconvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating and naive
Rose is one of the most frustrating and naive females I have ever met are read about ever

she drives me nuts and if my sister tried some of the crap her sister violet... Read more
Published 4 days ago by John Kane
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't upgrade with audio
Purchased this after reading the 1st book in the Rose Gardner Series. I typically upgrade with Whisper-Sync so I can listen to my books at work. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mary E. Mozinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just love this series, just have to keep getting the next book, sooo hooked
Published 6 days ago by jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Rose wins again.
I wanted to take my time reading this book.Couldn't happen.A real page turner. That Rose, what a character.
Published 7 days ago by suzinquzin
4.0 out of 5 stars On to read the next in line!
Enjoying this series....Wish it did not spend so much time repeating the first book. Great carry over of characters.
Published 7 days ago by K. Moore
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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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