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Family Jewels (Rose Gardner Investigations #1)
     

Family Jewels (Rose Gardner Investigations #1)

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by Denise Grover Swank
 
The New York Times bestselling first book of the new Rose Gardner Investigations series, a spinoff series of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best selling Rose Gardner Mystery series.

Trouble always comes to those who court it. Rose Gardner's ability to see glimpses of the future has gotten her into hot water time and again, but so have

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The New York Times bestselling first book of the new Rose Gardner Investigations series, a spinoff series of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best selling Rose Gardner Mystery series.

Trouble always comes to those who court it. Rose Gardner's ability to see glimpses of the future has gotten her into hot water time and again, but so have her curiosity and her sense of daring. Those very qualities helped her defeat the most powerful man in Arkansas--a man so adept at hiding his crimes there was no way to defeat him inside of the law--but her success came at a steep personal price. Now she's throwing herself into her landscaping business, trying to live a life that's as orderly as one of her gardens.

Rose's best friend, Neely Kate, is struggling with her own losses, so when she suggests they help a local man find a missing necklace, Rose agrees. It'll give both of them a welcome distraction, and besides, it's a simple investigation. What harm could befall them? But things that should be simple rarely are. In seeking out the necklace, Rose and Neely Kate find themselves in the thick of a power struggle in the Fenton County underworld, one that could dethrone Rose's friend James Malcolm, the surprisingly moral king.

The last thing Rose should do is court more trouble, but she's not the type to step away from a friend in need--and she's also not so sure she wants an orderly life.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940156806522
Publisher:
DGS
Publication date:
11/29/2016
Series:
Rose Gardner Investigations , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
4,945
File size:
818 KB

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Family Jewels (Rose Gardner Investigations #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AshleeT 7 months ago
It took me a while after reading this to form any review that was more eloquent than "Holy sweet mother of all that is holy, everyone needs to read this book!" Rose is back, but entering into a new chapter of her life - she is single, free from under the thumb of JR Simmons, and learning who she is while no longer in constant danger....but the question becomes does Rose like the safe, secure lifestyle she is trying to embrace, or does she like the adventure and lure of a good mystery? When Skeeter Malcolm comes a calling, and Neely Kate convinces her to take on the case of a missing necklace Rose has to decide if she likes playing is safe, or likes the excitement of a life a bit less common place. As always, this is a well written book, will have you on the edge of your seat flipping pages and begging for more. And, while I say this a LOT, I really do think this is my absolutely favorite Rose book in existence, which is saying a lot!
Born2Read 7 months ago
This is a fan-freaking-tastic follow up of the Rose Gardner Mystery Series. I fall more in love with Rose with every book. I have watched her grow from an innocent, naive girl into a strong, brave, independent and loving woman. She has a heart of gold and will do anything to protect those she loves. She is struggling with fallout from past decisions; wanting to move forward and live a calm, normal life. But that isn't the Rose way and she soon finds herself in the middle of crazy, humorous, yet dangerous situations. As usual, Neely Kate, her best friend, is right there alongside her. I love the relationship that they have. They are always there for each other, no questions asked. Denise always draws you into the book so you feel that you are right there along with the characters. I have been reading Rose for the past 4 years and will continue to do so as long a Denise Grover Swank will write her. Just wish she could write faster, lol. I will be anxiously waiting for the next book. Everyone should read this book and the entire back books.
Bongela 7 months ago
Back in Black 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*****
Anonymous 5 months ago
While this is a somewhat differesnt storyline, it does continue a well written series in a pleasing manner
Anonymous 5 months ago
Anonymous 7 months ago
An amazing start to what I already know will be an amazing series. This book was a roller coaster of emotions for me and I couldn’t put it down until I finished. I will be impatiently waiting for the next book to come out because I am definitely hooked. I hope Denise Grover Swank keeps writing about Rose and her friends for a very, very long time.