Thirty and a Half Excuses (Rose Gardner Mystery #3)

Thirty and a Half Excuses (Rose Gardner Mystery #3)

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by Denise Grover Swank
     
 
***Named iBooks Best of 2013****

Third book in the USA Today bestselling series!

Life in Henryetta, Arkansas is turned upside down with the arrival of a televangelist, but it's the death of a little old lady on Rose's street that catches her attention. The Henryetta police deem her death natural causes, but Rose suspects foul play and so does an

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***Named iBooks Best of 2013****

Third book in the USA Today bestselling series!

Life in Henryetta, Arkansas is turned upside down with the arrival of a televangelist, but it's the death of a little old lady on Rose's street that catches her attention. The Henryetta police deem her death natural causes, but Rose suspects foul play and so does an unlikely supporter– the president of the Busy Body Club, her eighty-two year old neighbor Mildred.

But Rose is in the middle of opening her nursery with her sister Violet, who's separated from her husband Mike, as well as stalling her boyfriend Joe's family, rich socialites who are determined to meet her. Along with her multiple encounters with Fenton County's new assistant DA, Mason Deveraux III, it's just another day in the life of Rose Gardner– chaos.

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 (#4)
Thirty-Two and a Half Complicaitons (#5)
Thirty-Three and a Half Shenanigans (#6)
Rose and Helena Save Christmas (#6.25)
Ripple of Secrets (novella) (#6.5)
Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments (#7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148696834
Publisher:
DGS
Publication date:
09/07/2013
Series:
Rose Gardner Mystery , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
10,767
File size:
6 MB

Meet 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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Thirty and a Half Excuses (Rose Gardner Mystery #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
APratt0414 More than 1 year ago
I was very fortunate and very lucky to have been given a copy of this book to beta read for Denise.  I really and truly LOVE this series so much and I cannot believe that I got to be a part of the process for it!!  Anyway, if you haven’t read this series, then READ NO FURTHER!! You will need to read the others first before you read this one.  There may be spoilers here and I can’t help if I reveal something to you that you don’t know from reading the other books. Rose Gardner has survived the last 2 books and “adventures.”  She is still relatively in one piece and her relationship with Joe is still in tact.  But, Joe has to go off on an undercover assignment and leaves Rose to her own devices.  Rose and her sister Violet have recently opened a flower shop together and have a potentially very big client to impress, Reverand Jonah Pruitt.  He is the new pastor at the New Living Hope Revival Church and has given Rose and Violet a very large contract for landscaping at the church.  But there is something odd about Jonah and Rose isn’t so sure she wants to take his business, especially after Joe says to steer clear of him.  However, she can’t very well pass up the sale as it could be huge for their flower shop.  And, as if that’s not enough, old ladies on Rose’s street are dying and wouldn’t you know it, she gets mixed up in the mystery.  Since Joe is out of town, she’s relying on Assistant District Attorney Mason Deveraux III for help when she needs it, despite Joe telling Mason to stay away from Rose.  With all of this going on, Rose’s sister going through a divorce, Joe talking about having Rose meet his parents, you know that shenanigans are about to ensue! I truly believe that this is the best Rose Gardner book to date. It is suspenseful, funny, dramatic, heart wrenching and full of surprises, not all of them good ones.  Denise has created such an awesome group of characters that mesh so well together that the reader can’t help but be invested in them and their lives.  Even grumpy old curmudgeonly Mildred would be welcome around the dinner table if I were able to invite them all to a meal.  That would be a meal that would be remembered and go down in the record books in my opinion! But, I predict that there will be some grumbling and even backlash from some of Rose’s readers for some of the things that happen in this book.  I do, however, believe that these things are happening for the greater good of the series and for the characters in the book.  I believe that they are necessary for each character to evolve and mature into the people they are meant to be.  Each of these characters has already matured in each of the books, with Rose doing most of the growing.  I do hate the fact that I read this book early and I have to wait so long for the next one to come out!!  I give this book and this whole series 5 books (I’d give them a million plus if I could!).
TerryMitchell More than 1 year ago
Denise is a mad genius! She shocked and surprised me so many times in this book! I love that about her writing and it keeps me going back for more! This is by far the best in the series and was an awesome page turner for me! I could not decide who I wanted to side with through much of the story…I love the Rose and Joe side…however I do think Mason is becoming a quick favorite for me. This book did not disappoint in keeping me guessing and even cussing over some of the twists in this book…Love that! I am quickly picking sides when it comes to so many characters; I think it’s because of how well Denise develops her characters. It is one of the things I love about her writing, that in the way she draws you in and then hits you like a truck with her sneaky twists! In saying that, things are never what they appear and Denise has quite a knack for reminding us in her writing. I often find myself really questioning why I dislike someone in all her books as I find later they had the best intentions and I totally judged them too quickly. As is the case with many of the characters in this book! This is by far my favorite in this series and I am completely irked that I have to wait to read the next book!!
erpearson More than 1 year ago
Do you know what it's like to literally ride an emotion rollercoaster? You will after you read Denise's third installment of the Rose Gardner mystery series.  My word, the emotions I went through were more than I could count. I love Rose so much and I just love watching her grow. She has grown into herself since book number 1 and I am so proud to be a part of that development. I absolutely,  100% am in love with her beau, Joe. I am his biggest fan and the journey of his true colors in this story is phenomenal.  without giving away spoilers..let's just say my heart was so conflicted when it came to him. I adore Mason as well and his friendship (key word friendship) is something to be in awe of. The character relationships throughout this story are beautiful and heart breaking and near perfect all at once.  This is more than just a must read; it's a perfect read. Get your Rose on boys and girls!!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I'm on my third book in this series and i love every bit of them! My only regret is i didn't find them three years ago when they came out!
HLGPooh 7 months ago
I love seeing how Rose is continuing to grow and become a stronger person. I was heartbroken for Rose at the end of the novel, but am grateful she has a best friend and a new independence that will help her survive. As I was going through a range of emotions, I realized the skill Denise has a writer to make her characters come alive so the reader experiences the emotions along with them. Another great installment in the series.
AshleeT More than 1 year ago
Who knew one girl could get in so much trouble? As Rose begins to struggle in her relationship with Joe she continues to be thrust into the path of the new assistant DA. Trying to sort through her relationship troubles is only compounded by a new business venture and, you know, more murder and mayhem in Fenton County. And, of course, Rose is right there in the middle, along with her new best friend Neely Kate. Rose's continued growth into independence is taking it's toll on her relationships, but her deep seeded sense of right and wrong leaves you wishing for a friend like her. You will be cheering her along, and your heart will speed up with each adventure, and break with each betrayal. And you will be left wanting more.
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I am enjoying witnessing Rose mature and become wiser and stronger. What a treat from when we first met her.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone else feel like they are heartbroken and weigh a million pounds at the end of this book?
JennRG More than 1 year ago
I read all the books in this series thus far and am patiently (not) waiting for Thirty-Three and a Half Shenanigans!! I absolutely LOVED this series...it's wonderful! Rose has made me laugh out loud, cry and exclaim in shock!! I read these books one after the other in a matter of a week while on vacation!! I couldn't get enough of this series and am officially a fan of the wonderful Denise Grover Swank!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can hardly wait for next book to come out!!
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I love the characters in the Rose Gardener books. I was so excited to know that the author is writing more. The book is a charming , easy read and picks up right where the other left off. Can't wait to read more!
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Loved this series. Well written, wish you weren't left hanging at end of each book until next book to finish story. Even so looking forward to next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all three books in the series and can't wait for the new book to be released!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
read all three books in series. I just loved the story line and fell in love with the characters. I need to start a new book and have to "mourn" this series first. I can't wait to find out how Rose ends up. I'll be watching for the new book in January.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It will be hard but, I'll patiently wait for the next book to find out what happens...
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I need a team Mason tee shirt stat!