"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."
This is book two of A Rose Gardner Mystery series, after highly enjoying book one (see below for review) I had to read this immediately. I really enjoy Denise Grover Swank's writing style, it seems to flow well and both books held my interest. The main and supporting characters were fun and well thought of. I would highly recommend reading the first in this series first, which in my opinion was just a "smidge" better than the second. I still really enjoyed Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons, it was a great cozy and I can not wait to read more from Denise Grover Swank.
4.5 out of 5 stars. Recommend to adults who love cozies!!
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes
"For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen– do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own. Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all. Winner of The Beacon 2010 Unpublished Division, Mainstream Category"
Special Thanks to AToMR and Denise Grover Swank for providing both books in exchange for honest reviews. I am so grateful that I signed up for this tour. I absolutely LOVED both books. Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes was an wonderful cozy that I devoured in one sitting. Denise Grover Swank has made a new fan! Both books were fast-paced, easy to read and interesting. I have actually caught myself saying "crappy doodles" every now and then since reading the books.
Highly enjoyed! 5 out of 5 stars!
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