Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies

Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies

by Denise Grover Swank

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Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies by Denise Grover Swank

Book eight in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Rose Gardner Mystery series.

Rose Gardner has survived plenty of close scrapes in the past, but her latest bit of trouble has landed her in the Fenton County holding cell on trumped up charges. The most powerful man in southern Arkansas, J.R. Simmons, is determined to put her behind bars for good and destroy everything she holds dear, including her boyfriend, Mason, and her friend Skeeter, reigning king of the Fenton County crime world. In a stunning betrayal, it seems as if J.R.'s son, Rose's ex-boyfriend, might have turned tail and joined his father.

But Rose doesn't have to face this fight alone. Her tight-knit group of friends is dedicated to helping her figure out--and foil--J.R.'s plan for ruining her, Mason, and Skeeter. But even with their support and the use of her special power, Rose is at a disadvantage. J.R. is a criminal mastermind who has been using his money, power, and web of influence to hide his conspiracies for years. How can she hope to find solid evidence implicating someone who's mastered the art of not getting caught?

Time is running out, and soon Rose realizes that reassuming her role of the Lady in Black might be her only chance at ferreting out the evidence that will save them all. In so doing, she will risk not only her life, but the possibility that her secret identity will be unveiled to all.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151009850
Publisher: DGS
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Series: Rose Gardner Mystery Series , #8
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 457
Sales rank: 45,387
File size: 771 KB

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Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't get enough of this it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Denise has outdone herself I have cried yelled and left with an overwhelming need for a drink! Rose has grown so much since the first book but I Love who she is becoming because I know there is so much more that we will find out in the next installment I CAN'T WAIT,!!!
Bongela More than 1 year ago
All aboard the love train! Just when you think Denise Grover Swank cannot possibly out-do herself…she goes and does it time and AGAIN! Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies brings together just about everything the series to a head. It’s fast-paced, stressful, and, at times, heart wrenching. For me, this installment’s theme was facing the consequences of your actions. By the end, even everyone who wins still loses…and I love it! The meat of this book is about publicly outing JR Simmons as the monster he is, while trying to prove Rose’s innocence. As always with the Rose Gardner Mysteries, there’s layer upon layer of passion, sub-plots, and deceit. Rose as the Lady in Black is in full bloom and proves to be an unstoppable force. Neely Kate reveals more about her very colorful past and I’m VERY eager to learn more. I’ve got my own theory about her, but this isn’t the place for theories! Joe sets out to take down his father. Mason’s life is still very much in danger. Skeeter Malcom is a very welcome anti-hero with a heart of gold. Kate and Hilary are still as trustworthy as the average politician who promises you the world and gives you nothing. Not only is there a mysterious benefactor for Rose, there’s also a shady stalker. Why did I call my review the love train? It’s simple: everyone (including the bad guys adoration of her Lady in Black persona) loves Rose. She’s got no less than four men desperate for her in one way or another. My only two gripes are 1) The tidbits we’re fed about Violet, Hilary, and Kate are STILL dangling in the air with no resolution at the end of this installment; and 2) While JR has been captured, little happened to solve the smaller mysteries that make up the mythology of the series. At the end, I still wanted more, even though this is the longest novel of the series. However, that’s entirely okay! I trust Denise’s vision for the series. I am certain that the 9th novel with be every bit as action packed and satisfying. Finally…both #TeamJoe and #TeamMason need to brace themselves. ;) Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies is one heck of a fast-paced adventure that you cannot miss. I’m sure the six-month wait for Thirty-Six and a Half Motives will be well worth it. Even with my gripes, they’re not enough to take away from what is most definitely a satisfying five star read. Thank you, Dense! *****FIVE STARS*****
Tess425 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing Rose story! After the cliff hanger in 34.5, I was more than ready to find out how Rose gets herself out of her current mess. She might have three men claiming to want to protect and save her, but it's really all Rose. Her brains, strong will, and fierce desire to protect the ones she loves stood out above all. It's hard to believe Rose is the same woman she was in 28.5 Wishes. I can't wait to read the next one!
aimz1972 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Rose has grown so much as this series continues! I was actually speechless when I finished this book last night! This book has so much going on that you will not want to miss and won’t be able to put down once you start. I will be going back to the beginning and re-reading all of them as so much happened here. This has to be my favorite of this series and I cannot wait for the next one!
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just, Wow....I loved this book - it picks up right where 34.5 left off and throws you into a whirlwind story that will have you flying through the pages as quickly as possible to see what happens next. The author made me feel like I was experiencing the tale along with the characters and feeling their emotions. If you are a fan of the Rose Gardner series, you will love this book. And if you're not, do yourself a favor and start the series with the first book You will be glad you did.
SamanthaLM More than 1 year ago
So good!! Thirty-Five and a Half is the crazy, action-packed book I’ve been expecting for a few books now but it turned out way better and way crazier than I thought it would!! If you’ve been following the series, you would have known a showdown with JR would be inevitable, but I guarantee you won’t expect everything that happens. I was latched on to every word and could not put it down until the book ended. The build up of the suspense just keeps growing and growing and I cannot wait for the finale of this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very much recommend this series they are all wonderful.
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crashdeedee More than 1 year ago
Gobsmacked! Gutted! Speechless! These are just a few of the feelings I had while reading this book. Denise has turned into an author that I will proudly wake up at midnight in order to read her latest release. I waited for months for this book to come out and I was not disappointed. After Rose is arrested, by ex-boyfriend Joe nonetheless, her friends gather around her to offer her support and love. Throughout the series, Rose has turned into the caregiver and the person who sees the good in almost everyone. She is the one who is always there for you no matter what and even if you don’t deserve it (I’m looking at you Violet). I’m not ashamed to say that I did get the warm fuzzies when Rose’s ragtag team of friends allowed her to be the one who did the leaning. Even with all the resources at their disposable it seems almost impossible for them to take down J.R. How can Skeeter help Rose when their friendship has been a secret from Mason? How will Mason react if he discovers Rose is the Lady in Black? Mason’s views on the world have changed in the last few months and he no longer sees everything as black or white, right or wrong, but can he forgive these lies and betrayal? I do find Rose to be a bit hypercritical because she is gutted when Joe betrays her and frustrated when Mason won’t tell her what he is working on. Yet Rose is doing a fair amount of betraying and secret keeping herself. Mason cannot tell Rose everything because his job requires confidentiality. Rose does not tell Mason everything because she is scared of losing him. There is a big difference in their motives. Saying that, I can sympathize with Rose on this. It might have been easier to tell Mason everything about Skeeter and the Lady in Black in the beginning, but once Rose fell into that spiral of dishonesty, it was even harder to stop. Readers will have many opinions on the events in this book. It is very polarizing and some may love it and some may hate it. To me, that is what makes a book and a series so successful. To garner emotions in the reader and create debates on the book is the mark of a truly gifted author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The emotion Denise brings out of me reading her books is a Rollercoaster I hate getting off of!!! I love reading her books!!!
AshleeT More than 1 year ago
Questions will be answered, hearts will be broken, and you will be left with your jaw hanging open. Rose always seems to get herself into trouble, but the support of her friends, her self confidence, and a whole lot of spunk seems to get her through, and this time is no different. Except, sometimes, when you play with fire, you get burned. Rose may finally get what she wanted, be out from under the thumb of all those who had power over her, but at what cost?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was definitely needed after the terribly suspenseful ending of the last book. Great read from beginning to end. Cannot wait for the next. Hopefully some new romances come along that seemed to brew throughout this book!
krsy001 More than 1 year ago
I am in a total complete shock. As I sit here, trying desperately to collect all of my thoughts on this book, I have decided to just write what I am feeling right now. Now many of you know that I love reading all of Denise's books because she knows how to tell a great story and leave you wanting more. Well, Ms. Swank, you have left me completely befuddled. I don't know what to write, I don't know what to say. Everything I want to write down in this review would give so much of the awesomeness in this book away. I took my time reading this one. I didn't read it in one setting because I knew that I needed to take my time and make sure I knew what was going on. That being said, I HAD NO CLUE WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. Everything that I thought would happen didn't. Everything that I thought couldn't happen, did. Twist after twist and not only that, laughs, heartbreak, funny Rose and Neely Kate moments, crying, hating, loving, you name it I was feeling it. Thirty-five picks up right where Thirty-four leaves off. You don't miss anything. From the start of this book, you knew that you were in for the ride of your life. The ups and downs that go along with every Rose book, you know at some point in time you are going to go through the grieving process. Right now I am in the baffled portion of the process. I have a HUGE glass of wine with me just to make me feel OK. (Wine makes everything OK right?). I need to read more of what is going to happen. I need Thirty-Six to come out like now. I don't like waiting at all. But, I know that Denise is going to make the next one even better than this one.