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Family Jewels: Rose Gardner Investigations #1 Kindle Edition
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Holy moly! If you’ve read the Rose Gardner Mysteries all the way through Sins of the Father, you might wonder what else there is to tell in the world of Denise Grover Swank’s fictitious Fenton County, Arkansas universe. The answer: a whole heck of a lot.
Gone is the saga of JR Simmons that loomed over everyone’s life like a heavy, black shroud. He’s little more than a memory as Rose, Joe, Neely Kate, and so many others move on with their lives and begin their path to recovery. JR might be gone, but that doesn’t mean trouble won’t stop finding Rose Gardner. At the urging of Neely Kate, her best friend, they set out on an investigative journey to find a lost necklace. What happens instead is equal parts funny and infuriating (some character actions!) A transition well worth the new moniker. The Rose Gardner Mysteries is now the Rose Gardner Investigations!
The line “friendships will be tested” never applies more than it does to this story. It seems that almost everyone has a secret or agenda they intend to keep hidden. James “Skeeter” Malcom is no exception. He’s no longer an underling of JR Simmons, but he’s still got a battle on his hands. Being the self-appointed “king” of Fenton County’s criminal world comes with a heavy crown. The question of Ronnie’s whereabouts comes with its own heartbreaking reality. Finally, a tough as nails heroine persona even comes back as a force to be reckoned with.
Family Jewels is the perfect continuation as its own series: Rose Gardner Investigations. There’s tons more to learn about Neely Kate, James Malcolm, and so many others. A hint of love is even in the air between multiple characters. For nearly three years now these characters have become my friends (heh, and enemies!) I am so excited about the prospects for this series as it evolves. *****FIVE STARS*****
To illustrate just how much I love the Rose Gardner series I will tell you what I do when a new book comes out. First, I read the new book, then I go back to the beginning and read all of the others up through the newest one. Then I patiently (or not so patiently!) wait for the next one. I can't seem to get enough! If too much time is passing before the next book, I will go back and read through them all a second time. I have read them all over and over! I never get tired of reading about Rose and company. I recommend these books to anyone who loves to read or even to those who don't. The ones who don't surely will after reading all about Rose!
Thank you to Denise Grover Swank for giving readers this gift.
The plot is suspenseful and I tore through the book. I actually bought it awhile ago but held onto it until the Neely Kate book came out so I would have two back-to-back because it's so hard to read just one. Crazy, right? Anyway, this book was funny, emotional, suspenseful and fun - the usual DGS menu of reading joy. And...she got me to change teams (sorry, Mason, not sorry). Thank you Denise for another great read!
I won't lie, I had some fears going into this book. I was afraid it would turn from Romantic Suspense to more of a cozy mystery. I should have known better! This book was everything we have come to know and love about Rose Gardner. Suspense, humor and love.
If you are new to the series, you will be able to pick up here and not worry about the past story arc, you are filled in on the significant information and if you are a reader that has read from the beginning you won't be bogged down with details from the previous books.
I was a little annoyed with Neely Kate at times, because she was keeping things from Rose that I felt Rose needed to know to further their investigation. I know what Rose keeps things from NK as well, but I know what Rose is hiding since, I am in her head. This is just a silly issue therefore I didn't take a star away.
They case felt simple but, with everything Rose touches, things begin to spiral out of control and take you on crazy twists and turns until you have no idea how things will end up.
If you have read and loved the original Rose series, you will continue to love this one. If you are just now trying Rose out, you will fall in love with her like the rest of Rose Lovers. Check it out today.
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