Thirty-Six and a Half Motives

Thirty-Six and a Half Motives

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by Denise Grover Swank
Book nine of the New York Times and USA Today best selling Rose Gardner Mystery series by Denise Grover Swank.

Rose Gardner should be celebrating the arrest of her fiercest enemy, J.R. Simmons. But problems are like weeds--pluck one and five more spring up. Rose's boyfriend is on the verge of leaving her for good, her best friend, Neely Kate, is grappling


Book nine of the New York Times and USA Today best selling Rose Gardner Mystery series by Denise Grover Swank.

Rose Gardner should be celebrating the arrest of her fiercest enemy, J.R. Simmons. But problems are like weeds--pluck one and five more spring up. Rose's boyfriend is on the verge of leaving her for good, her best friend, Neely Kate, is grappling with marriage problems, and her sister has a devastating secret. To make matters worse, she discovers J.R. Simmons has not been neutralized. His network of allies and henchman extends further than she suspected, and J.R.'s so intent on revenge, his lackeys might just destroy Fenton County to get it for him.
But the girl who once spent her days alone and afraid is now a strong, independent woman with a network of her own, including Neely Kate, Skeeter Malcolm--the reigning king of the Fenton County underworld--and other loyal friends on both sides of the law. Racing against time, they must dig up J.R.'s empire by the roots, unmasking his allies and unearthing his secrets, both the behind-the-scenes manipulation he's been orchestrating in Fenton County for decades and the dark stains of his personal life.
If Rose succeeds, she tells herself the quiet and peaceful life she once dreamed of will be at the end of the tunnel. But her quest to destroy J.R. will require her to explore the person she has become, what she wants, and what that means for her future.

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Thirty-Six and a Half Motives 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
It always amazes me the emotions Denise pulls from me. One minute I'm laughing, the next I'm a sobbing mess. This is one of the best series to read!!! Thank you SO much Denise!!!
Neek67 11 months ago
Oh My Stars and Garters!!! What a Finale!!! If you have been a fan of the Rose Gardner Series, or a DGS fanatic like me, you are not going to want to miss this 9th book in the series. Everything is wrapped up for us in this instalment. We get so many answers, it's like a cheats book. So much happens with twists and turns, I could not put it down for the life of me. This book starts only five days after the last one finished. And poor Rose is still reeling from Mason needing to take some time to process all that he learnt in Thirty-Five. But unfortunately she hasn't the luxury of curling up in bed and giving herself a huge pity party, there are deadlines to meet. The other characters all have major parts in this conclusion, some I predicted, but honestly, most will give you a gasp reaction. We finally get the insight of Violet's secret, Neely Kate has some sole searching to do, Skeeter, or as I will now be calling him, James takes on a new partner. Joe learns some amazing family secrets and Mason will stop at nothing to protect Rose. There is not too much more that I can add, without giving away any spoilers. Did Denise do a good job on this completion, of course! Are you going to be happy with the outcomes, most certainly. Am I going to read the new series, The Rose Gardner Investigations, hell yes! Thank you Denise for creating a character that has developed so well over the last nine books (plus novellas), thank you for not completely closing off Rose to us, and producing a new and fun series for her and Neely Kate. And thank you for allowing us the chance to dream with Rose. One of my favourite all time series that I am going to read again and again and again.
GrannyJo44JK 11 months ago
This was a wonderful, loving, suspenseful, heartbreaking, emotional, heartwarming love story. It didn't have the ending I expected or wanted - but Denise Grover Swank wrote the perfect ending for "Thirty-Six and a Half Motives." I'm crying as I write this review, I loved this book so much. My heart is full. I'm not writing anymore because then my review would contain spoilers. Read the book, you will love it!!
Anonymous 4 months ago
This series is extremely well written, has great character development, and is clever. One of the best uses of my Nook!
caroldh4 5 months ago
Thirty-Six and a Half Motives is book nine in the Rose Gardner Mystery series by Denise Grover Swank. In every book of this series, Rose’s life has been full of love, loss, chaos, danger, friendship and laughter. In every book the situation becomes more intense, dangerous and the evil, sinister J.R. Simmons finds new ways to shock us with his black heart. This book is the finale to the series and is chock full from the start to the finish. Surprisingly, the biggest part of it takes part over one day but what a day it is. “Rose, I suspect chaos will find you wherever you go-and unfortunately for you, that chaos tends to be criminal in nature.” J.R. is in jail but does Rose get a break? No, she does not. The chaos of her life continues as J.R. finds a way to threaten her even from behind bars. But he isn’t the only threat. There are so many unanswered questions that have stacked up throughout this series and I assure you, every single one of them will be explained. Neely Kate’s life is in turmoil as well and she is currently staying at the farm with Rose. She is separated from her husband and doesn’t even know where he is. In my opinion, she is better off. We know that the attorney, Carter Hale, is interested in Neely Kate and I also thought I detected a little spark between she and Jed. Could this be a future romantic interest for her? We’ll see I suppose. Of course there is Hilary. Is her baby really Joe’s? Is it even possible that maybe Hilary has turned over a new leaf? There is also Kate, Joe’s sister. More and more evidence piles up against her. Has she teamed up with their father? What is she really after? Then there is the man who I think has become my favorite male character of the book, James (Skeeter) Malcolm. It’s been obvious for awhile that he harbors feelings for Rose and she definitely has a good influence on him. And above all of them, Joe and Mason, Skeeter is the one who really seems to respect Rose for the strong woman she has grown in to. And he is also the one that does the best job of protecting her when the going gets rough. He never holds her back but encourages her. I just love that guy. Then there is Mason and Joe. These have been the two loves of Rose’s life throughout this series. What role will they play in the final showdown with J.R. and let me warn you, it is a showdown worth waiting for. It is epic. And what role will these two play in Rose’s future? Now I have to voice my personal feelings. I have loved this series from the start as I also have anything Denise Grover Swank has written. And this book is no exception. It is well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. I have loved Rose, cried with her and for her over the course of this series. She probably took up way too much space in my heart and brain. But these are all symptoms of a well written series, to become emotionally attached to the characters. Rose’s two love interests, Mason and Joe, have been a huge part of the story line in each and every book. The fans of this series are strongly opinionated, team Joe or team Mason. SPOILER ALERT I accidentally found out prior to reading this book via a review that the author did not give Rose her HEA. She ended up with neither of these two men. It has taken me two and a half months to get up the courage to read the book knowing this. I feel so let down. When asked, the author said she had to “let the characters make the decisions that were best
JC45 8 months ago
A great thriller/page turner. The plot revolves around traveling both sides of the law to take down a crime boss.
JWReinhold 9 months ago
I fell in love with this series in Twenty Eight and a half Wishes and have followed Rose's story all the way to to this current book. I have had my heart broken, laughed out loud and watched the character Rose grow from a shy introvert to a strong woman ready to face the world and all it has to offer. Each step of the way has been an adventure I'm glad I didn't miss. Denise Grover Swank brought his character to life for me and many, many readers with her wonderful story telling abilities, excellent writing and the heart she pores into her books! Denise took us through a lot of stages as we followed the story of Rose and her nemesis JR. Introducing us to many fun and endearing character as she wove the tale of JR's depravity. In Thirty-Six and a Half Motives, Denise wraps up this final chapter with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the final pages but don't think this will be our last peek into Rose's life because Denise has many more surprise in store for us, and Rose! excellent book, excellent writing and an excellent finale...for now :-)
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Anonymous 11 months ago
I don't want to give everything away but this is a must read. I have read every book in the series and I am already wanting the next one.
Bongela 11 months ago
“It all started when I saw myself dead.” That’s how the Rose Gardner Mysteries began in Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes. How could it possibly end well for Rose Gardner and her cohorts? It’s not easy to write a review for such a phenomenal story without revealing spoilers, but I’m going to do my best. I was given the task of summing up this final installment with one word: explosive. Denise Grover Swank is at the top of her game in Thirty-Six and a Half Motives. She holds nothing back, makes some bold decisions, and by the end the fallout is unavoidable. You get the finish every character deserves in the JR Simmons saga that has ruined so many lives. All the dirty secrets and lies come to a head in one heck of a finale. Plans explode. Relationships explode. There’s even literal explosions. Every character’s true colors shine through. While you don’t get answers to everything, there are answers for: Mason’s relationship with Rose The identity of Rose’s father Kate’s real reason for pestering everyone in Fenton County Why Hilary Wilder would follow Joe Simmons to the end of the world JR Simmons’ endgame The identity of Anna and what role she plays in the bigger picture …and much more! I normally give some sort of “MVP” of the book, but in this instance everyone who mattered was most valuable. Skeeter Malcolm is swoon worthy. Jed Carlisle is one heck of a fearless protector. Joe Simmons is the guy you always want at your back. Mason is the boyfriend everyone wishes they could have. Neely Kate is the bestest of the best friends a girl could ever hope for. Maeve Deveraux is the mother all of these characters have been missing from their lives. The pacing is fast. I read the entire book in a handful of hours. There’s even a fair share of surprises that I’m not going to reveal here. I’m keeping this spoiler-free after all! Let me just say that I laughed, cried, and was left in shock MANY times throughout this 117K word masterpiece. One of my favorite quotes expresses just how I feel about the Rose Gardner Mysteries and Denise Grover Swank’s writing as a whole: “She’s taught me life is meaningless without people to share it with.” I want to share this book with the world. Where can a story like this end? You’ll just have to read it for yourself.
AshleeT 11 months ago
I am still trying to formulate a response to this book. It was, of course, amazing and so well written. It was fast passed - but I think the best thing about this series is the realism of the characters. I don't want to give anything away, but I was so, so, so happy with the way this is written because of the realistic nature of the characters, their reactions, and how they interact. It makes you want to know these people, to be in their lives (maybe without the danger!) and just get to be a part of this. And isn't that a sign of an amazing series and author? I will say this was an amazing way to wrap up this story line. So many people see this as the end, but I see this as an amazing new beginning for what looks like an amazing new chapter in the life of Rose and all her framily (that is friends who are family people, not a typo lol).
krsy001 11 months ago
~~~~~~~~WARNING, THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK YET, DO NOT CONTINUE WITH THIS REVIEW~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I don't know where to even begin with this review. Let me start at the feelings part. OK, this book is way more than 5 stars. I took my time reading this book. I didn't fly through the book like I normally do. I wanted to make sure that I read everything, that I got what was going on, and made sure that I was feeling what was being portrayed. What I am feeling from this book, is relief, sadness, happy, confusion. There was still one question that I felt never got answered. Maybe it did and I read over it, but I felt that it wasn't answered. She swears it was Joe's but, Kate was adamant that it wasn't. There was also Hilary's and Mason's connection, other than that Denise did an amazing job with finishing the series and wrapping it up perfectly. Thirty- Six will leave you in a major book hangover. Just when you think you may recover, you think about it again, then the hangover hits you. There is so many things that I want to write about, but that would totally defeat the purpose of you reading the book. You NEED to read this book. You NEED to finish the series. You WILL love this book and how it ends. Denise poured her heart, soul, body, mind, love and whatever else you can think of, she put it in this book. She loves her characters, she makes them her children, her best friend etc. She wants you to love them just as much as she loves them. If you have started this series, at the very beginning with 28 and a Half Wishes, then you need to finish the series! You will not be disappointed at all!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
I have read all the Rose books and loved them all. I was sad to see some of the characters leave but am excited to read the new Rose Investigation series. I know it will be fantastic!
BBarber 11 months ago
I can't tell you how happy I am for this book to be out. It is sad we see some things unfold but happy to see the new beginnings. The twist in this book kept me on my toes. I thought I had ideal of who was behind things then BAM different story. Rose's story unfolds and we see the awesome women she has became. This book sums up the story nice and tight with a bow and leaves room for the new books. I am glad some relationships are fixed and we see some growth in others. I really don't want to put any spoilers in this review. I just want to say if you haven't ever read this series then find the first book it is a great story you are missing. I hope everyone enjoys this series as much as I have. I looking forward to the new books and know I will not be disappointed.
jamieelizabeth77 11 months ago
Jaw-Dropping, Heart-Pounding, Tear-Jerking, Heart-Warming and Just EVERYTHING! How do you walk away from an intense series wrap-up and put your reactions into coherent thoughts--A without adding spoilers and B: still sounding semi-intelligent? I sat down at 6:30 one evening and didn’t stop reading until the wee hours of the morning because I Then I sat on it for a couple of days and read it again. I could say it was epic--it would be true. I could say it was amazing, wonderful, exciting, and fantastic--also true. But even those words seem to pale in comparison to the actual emotions I felt while reading it. Rose’s journey from the beginning of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes takes off with the line, “It all started when I saw myself dead.” And this timid, beaten-down young woman spends the entire series turning into the woman ready to declare, “I got tired of not living my life, so now I’m gonna take on anyone who gets in my way.” Rose not only grew, but truly and earnestly, blossomed over each and every book to become the strong, capable woman that shows the world in Thirty-Six and a Half Motives she not only intends to live, but to live by her own rules. J.R. Simmons is hell-bent on not only taking back what he believes Rose stole from him, but to make her pay tenfold for daring to defy him. She will need all of her friends, all of those people--who may not be blood, but they are family--to rally with her to survive the Simmons wrath. Enemies are lurking everywhere, and while she’s working so hard to protect those she loves, she’ll also need them to protect her in return. With dangers lurking in every shadow and waiting to explode, NO ONE is safe from the fallout. Don’t make assumptions when you open this book. You have no idea where it’s going. As usual, Denise Grover Swank is going to take everything you know about this series and remind you why she is a master storyteller. Are there shocks? You better believe it. Are secrets revealed? Better hang onto your hats. Will she wreak havoc on your emotions? Stock up on tissues, my friend. This book may be long, but I assure you it flies by at lightning speed. One of my favorite characters summed up what this series means to me when they said, “She’s taught me that life is meaningless without people to share it with.” Not only is this true in all of our lives, but it also sums up a world of readers who have come together for a common love of a young girl with visions and her cohorts. Rose reminds me to face what I fear, and go boldly into it, rather than back down and have regrets. THANK YOU DENISE, for sharing your characters and their stories with us, for taking us on a journey with you and them, and for taking a leap of faith all those years ago and bringing Rose to life. I’m so incredibly excited to see what trouble Rose and Neely Kate fall into in the new Rose Gardner Investigations series. We have so many adventures ahead, and I can’t wait to see where Denise takes us next!