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Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

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by Denise Grover Swank

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First book in the USA Today bestselling Rose Gardner Mystery series!

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


First book in the USA Today bestselling Rose Gardner Mystery series!

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Winner of The Beacon – 2010 Unpublished Division, Mainstream Category

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) January 9, 2014

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Rose Gardner Mystery , #1
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Meet the Author

Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She writes urban fantasies without vampires and werewolves. She also writes romantic comedy mysteries set in the south. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.

You can find out more about Denise and her other books at www.denisegroverswank.com or email her at

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Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
HollyDollyHS More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I could not get enough of it! I never wanted it to end, and I can't wait for more Rose adventures!!!
Billyeggs More than 1 year ago
I love this book and I love the main character. Rose is fun, real and I was rooting for her the whole way. Look foward to more from this author and more of Rose!!!
MeganShorty More than 1 year ago
This book is such a delightful story and it is truly full of Southern charm and humor! I loved reading of Rose's transformation from a timid and beat-down girl into a beautiful and confident young woman, no longer afraid to stand up for herself and no longer willing to stand on the sidelines and watch her life pass her by. She is a character that you cannot help but root for. Also, you cannot help but root for her and Joe's developing relationship- while she may not have been your typical damsel in distress he was very much so a knight in shining armor, doing everything in his power to keep her safe (even if it was something as simple as changing her lock) and putting her safety before his own. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Denise is such an amazing author and I am so happy to have happened across her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rose is one in a million!!! Muffy is a keeper too!!!
babsped More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters and setting. It was a bit slow in some parts. The whole series would make a great movie for cable. Would recommend for a rainy day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed a lot, I was suprised to find myself crying, i couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have found a new arthor. It is funny & grabs your attention. I can't wait to read what happens next
AverysBookNook More than 1 year ago
Rose is by far one of the most interesting characters I have read of in quite some time. I love that she didn't let herself be dragged down by her history, as many characters would had they been in her position, she always had such a positive outlook on life. Also, she is the sort of character you cannot help but root for and want to befriend in the hopes that some of her positivity will rub off on you. Furthermore, I very much appreciated that Denise was able to give us Rose's history in little bit and pieces (from all sorts of characters, like her sister, aunt, etc.) as opposed to more large information dump- it just made the book flow so much more naturally and made everything seem so much more real. It becomes evident as you read the book that Denise doesn't dilly-dally in her writing, that she writes everything with a purpose, which, too, makes the book flow all the more naturally and makes it a literal page-turner- keeping you engaged (and on the edge of your seat) the entire time while reading it. However, I must admit that the ending did throw me off a bit. I just felt that so much happened in the last bit of the book that I had a hard time keeping track of everything. When I thought the storyline was going in one direction it would go in the complete opposite therefore resulting in me having to reread a bit of the end (but this could have totally been my fault since I literally read this book in one sitting and therefore was most likely tired/ past the point of comprehension by the time I came to the end). All in all, I highly recommend this book to those looking for a funnier read, albeit a funnier read with quite a bit of action. I cannot tell you how many times I burst out in laughter while reading this book. Also, I challenge you to not start talking in a Southern accent after finishing this book, with all of the characters constantly dropping their "g's" and saying things like "crappy doodles".
winey_mommy More than 1 year ago
It's true. I could NOT put this book down. I was hooked from the moment that I opened the book. Rose is hysterical, witty and a woman that I wouldn't mind being. It starts with Rose working at her every day job working @ the DMV when a man approaches her counter. She has a vision of herself dead on her sofa (well, her mama's sofa due to her living with her mama) and this man that walked up to her counter holds the key to her vision. Her mama is not an easy woman to live with and has pretty much ran Rose's life forever. When her mama winds up the one dead (don't worry, I didn't spoil anything! this is found on the back cover) Rose has to figure out how to live her life how she wants without her mama ruling her life. This book is filled with suspense, love, a hilarious accent that you'll find yourself reading in, and a page turner that will stay by your side until you've finished it. Denise Grover Swank will not disappoint you in her first Rose Gardner mystery. I am anxiously awaiting the second novel!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Deleting this one from my eReader. Don not like this type of series.
AshleeT More than 1 year ago
Who knew a day working at the DMV could end with this much drama? One touch, one flash of the future, and Rose's whole life changes just like that. Escape in perhaps the worst way possible from abuse, finding love (or is it lust?), and a whole mess of trouble starts Rose on the journey to becoming an independent and strong woman in her own right. The books is a fast-paced, page turning masterpiece that will have you grabbing up the whole series as fast as you can add them to your cart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't usually review books after I read them, but this was one I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters are interesting and witty. The story kept me turning pages. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.
SJMusk More than 1 year ago
This was a fast paced read but a little to many farfetched situations.  It was okay, can’t make up my mind whether to read the rest of the books in the series.
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Rose, the heroine, is a bit clueless, but in a loveable fun way. Her situation makes you understand her and feel for her. However, she does do some dumb things. Overall, I think this was a great start to a new series and look forward to reading some more of these mysteries.
MommaBear8837 4 months ago
I "discovered" Denise Grover Swank when I got "Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes" free for my Nook. By the time I was done, I was HOOKED! I have now voraciously read most of my way through the series and all I can tell you is it just keeps getting better. Lovable (and not so lovable) characters (who sometimes slip from one list to the other) continue to grow and evolve and plot lines with fun and surprising twists and turns all bundled up in an entertaining small southern town (complete with the requisite neighborhood busy-body) make this whole series impossible to put down. I read a lot... I mean, a LOT... and I can honestly say that this series and author has quickly become one of my favorites - DEFINITELY recommended!
Anonymous 4 months ago
What a great read. Kept me interested all the way through. Highly recommend.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I found a new series! Had to buy #2 because I haven't had enough of Rose. I loved this character ?
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I really enjoyed this book kepted me on suspense
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Young woman kept very sheltered by a mean mom. Meets a guy who is cop by trade. Lots of quirky things within the story. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read ! lighthearted but very entertaining! I'm hooked read 1st 3 in series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 240 page free book of a repressed young woman living in a Southern small town where everyone knows everyone or think they do. Abusive mother who calls her a demon child because she has visions, til the day she rebels, then makes a to do list, then finds a body and becomes a suspect, then meets her hunky neighbor. It's quirky revelation and action and mystery on the way of completing her bucket list, and the visions keep coming. She will not waste her time crying, then she crys, then she breaks down sobbing, curls into a ball crying, leans over crying, sobs against his chest, sobs while running, crys leaning against a wall.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Loved the characters - somewhat quirky but fun and likable. Can't wait to read more of this series! Highly recommend! Only gave 4 stars because I didn't think someone just coming out from such a sheltered life would have done some of these things.