Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons

Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons

by Denise Grover Swank


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ISBN-13: 9781475089578
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/25/2012
Series: Rose Gardner Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
MALoesch More than 1 year ago
***This book was given to me as part of a book tour in exchange for an honest review*** I love a good murder mystery, especially if it has a dash of humor in it, and I have to admit that being a southern writer myself, I tend to be drawn to tales set in the South. Perhaps that's why Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank entertained me as much as it did. I had put off reading it for some reason, and now that I've gotten to review it, I really can't wait to read more from this author! Here's the synopsis of Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons from the book blurb: When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she’s lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux, she’s picked as a juror on a murder case. As the trial progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men’s restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there’s not a cotton picking thing she can do about it. Or is there? As if things weren’t bad enough, Rose’s older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis. Violet insists that Rose stop seeing her sexy new boyfriend, Arkansas state detective Joe Simmons and date other men. Rose is done letting people boss her around, but she can’t commit to Joe either. Still, Rose isn’t about to let the best thing in her life slip away. First things first, this book is actually the second in the Rose Gardner series. I typically don't like to read sequels if I haven't read the first book, but one of the great things about Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons, is that I didn't need to read the first one. The author did a fabulous job of integrating in the back story without making me feel like I'd missed anything. That's actually quite an accomplishment! If anything, it made me want to go back and read the first book. Rose is a nice, if somewhat naïve, girl who is just finding her place in the world. All her life she's had psychic visions which have been a plague to her, though they sometimes get her into entertaining situations. She comes across as a very relatable woman who manages to stumble into trouble, which drives her police detective boyfriend, Joe, crazy. I really liked Joe! He was that right mix of protective, jealous, sweet and endearing. Think about a snack that is both salty and sweet and you've got his character. There were some fun situations and characters that helped drive this tale along. I love the "poisoned" casserole brought in by a jury member and the fact that the Judge is outraged because Rose doesn't know about Angela Lansbury and Murder She Wrote. Some of the character names cracked me up too, like Bruce Wayne Decker. Lots of Batman references there. I also thought that Violet, Rose's sister who is suffering from a mid-life crisis, was a strong character representing what many people go through when unwanted change comes along. The story is fast paced and with so much humor, it was easy to read and enjoy. I did figure out who the murderer was, but it wasn't until close to the end. It didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. All in all, I could probably list twenty-nine and a half reasons why you should read this book! I look forward to checking out the first book in the series and reading the follow up to this one.
bsparkler More than 1 year ago
Darling. That's what I call Rose. I have thoroughly enjoyed both of the books in the series and am beyond escatic about the 3rd book coming out next Tuesday, 9/10!! These are adventurous, funny, whitty, romanctic... suspensful... what else more do you need in a read. What I like about this series is the that they do wrap up at the end, however, there's enough of a cliffhanger that makes you anticipate the next. Great, easy read - highly recommend for a good, feel good, read!
readerjenny More than 1 year ago
Love Rose even more. I am so excited for the next book to come out! What a great author.
cr8asmile More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I read it several months ago and I can still tell you things that happened to Rose. Very touching and heart warming. Her story made me laugh and cry. Well done.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
The Rose Gardner Mystery continues in Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons. This time around, Rose is on the other side of the crime, as a juror, instead of the victim. Her new situation is normal enough, until a vision tells her the man on trial is innocent and she decides to bring the truth to light. Rose is liberated from her strict mother, but still seems to have a hard time adjusting to the real world. She constantly puts herself in danger while investigating, but thankfully her beau, Joe Simmons, protects her when he's in town and she captures the loyalty of assistant DA Mason Devereaux. Amateur sleuths putting themselves in danger is to be expected, but Rose wouldn't know danger until she's right in the middle of it. Rose's naivety was at first, cute and subject to reader sympathy, but at this point it seems as though indecision about her future and relationship with Joe is clouding her judgement in other areas of her life. There are so many layers to this story that sometimes makes it feel drawn out. There's tension between Rose and her older sister, Violet, Joe's secret past and family is slinking its way into his relationship with Rose, and Rose can't decide whether she wants to shake things up in her life or not. All of these other issues mixed in with the main mystery makes it hard to focus on the central mystery. Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons still has all the southern charm and humor of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, but it just doesn't quite surpass it overall. Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons is the second book in the Rose Gardner Mystery. An easy and fast read with humor, mystery and romance. Denise pens her novel with just enough action to keep you captivated. Now I need to read the first book (Twenty-Eight and a Half Reasons) to see what I missed, and I'm looking forward to her third installment which is coming 2013. I highly recommend this to all who love a good mystery/romance story with a touch of humor. This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
Sigh!! I love a good love story, and this was a good love story. I especially like the 29 reasons Rose should move to live with Joe. I want someone to write a list for me ;) . (Although I can’t complain, my Business Manager husband wrote me a poem). This story is delightful, enjoyable, funny (love the snarky comments between Rose and Mason), sad, tense (it is also a mystery), funny again (love the next door neighbor), and sexy. I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
NovaReylin on LibraryThing 5 months ago
As sequels goes this one is great. Actually Denise Grover Swank puts enough in the book that you could probably read this without even reading the first. It holds its own that well. Although there are some things, like Joe¿s last name that you wouldn¿t understand but the story itself does not seem like a sequel other than already being in love with the characters.Downside to Twenty Nine and a Half Reasons? Only that Rose makes some seriously bad choices but I had to remember, Rose grew up very sheltered. She doesn¿t know normal things that the outside world, ALL of the outside world, knows. And because of that her choices seem bizarre but are actually due to the way she was raised. Also, I¿m on the fence about Joe. Do I like that guy? I¿m not sure yet. He keeps hurting her (I won¿t say too much) and wants to push her to do things she¿s not ready for and I just want to punch him! I know he is probably just doing what he thinks is right but it¿s driving me crazy! But that¿s what a good story is supposed to do, so even though this is a negative for me for the book, it¿s also a positive. What can I say? I love to hate that guy!I think it¿s a very easy, well put together story with great characters that have some serious issues! A fabulous read and even being mystery, once again I loved it! The plot was well played out and kept me guessing, which I love! I kept looking for clues to what had happened and just when I was about to give up Denise Grover Swank threw me a bone. There¿s just enough intrigue to make you want to keep reading. I hated putting this book down when I had to, and I didn¿t unless I absolutely HAD to, much like the first.Fun, quirky, definitely not a serious read and I loved it!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I wasn’t sure how things would end with Rose and Joe... I won’t say as I don’t want to spoil it for other readers. The story was good, characters are interesting. I hope Violet doesn’t turn into her Mother!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely entertaining! I read the first book and then this! Can't wait to read the next!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You'll never regreat reading this whole series. Highly recommend. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me reading til 2:30am. 238 pages. Kept me from page one to the end, riveting. To me it didn' t end, leaves you hanging & I hate that kind of book. Started to give 2 stars, would have given 5 except for non ending. Won't buyMore by the writer for that reason ... GJRA
SamanthaLM More than 1 year ago
Book 2 is as good as the first! Another suspenseful and intense mystery that was full of surprises! It is well-written and makes you want to read on and on. Rose’s character is so good-hearted you can’t help but love her and her friends are all lovable all in their own way! This is another great book in an amazing series!
HLGPooh More than 1 year ago
One name: Neely Kate. LOVE THIS BOOK! Rose continues to emerge from her shell and reinvent herself in the second book of the Rose Gardner mystery series. At jury duty, she meets her new BFF, Neely Kate and they are a force to be reckoned with. I can't wait to read the next book and see where their adventures take them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Felt like I was reading Betty Boop goes to court. Not believable. If I read "crappy doodle" one more time......
crashdeedee More than 1 year ago
When an author writes the second book of a series, sometimes it is hard to repeat the success of the first book. No need to worry about that with this book. Rose is getting used to being an independent woman and it starting to speak up for herself a little more. Not only is Rose living on her own, she has her first boyfriend, Joe Simmons. Making her own choices, consequences be damned, leads to her making friends outside the protective bubble of her sister, Violet. While serving jury duty, Rose has a vision that the defendant, Bruce Wayne, is innocent. Knowing what it is like to have the good people of Henryetta thinking the worst of you, Rose takes it upon herself to find the true killer. A new mystery and sexy assistant district attorney, Mason Deveraux III, turns Rose's life upside down. A great follow-up to an excellent book 1.
AshleeT More than 1 year ago
You would think that a day in the court house couldn't lead to too much trouble, but if you are Rose Gardner you somehow just run head first into it. Rose continues to become more assertive and she continues to learn to believe in herself, in her abilities, and that sometimes doing the right thing isn't always the easy thing. Along the way she makes new friends, causes a little havoc, and continues to show us that the road to happiness is only paved by ourselves.
LindalovestoreadLR More than 1 year ago
I'm kind of torn on this one. I'd really like to give it 2 1/2. The story is not bad, but if the somewhat annoying anyway heroine says, or thinks, "crappydoodles" one more time, I might throw my nook across the room. I read the first book in the series, and obviously liked it enough to buy this one, but I don't know if I will finish it
Born2Read More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Rose Gardner Mystery Series and is a terrific follow up. I highly recommend this series and all of Denise Grover Swank's books to everyone. It has romance, wit and humor, but actually tells a great story. Rose is growing and becoming a stronger person in this book. I love watching her evolve. A Must read
KarenPen More than 1 year ago root for Rose Gardner!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rose is so unlucky and querky it is unbelievable. Never the less, a fun read. You can't help but laugh out loud.
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mageemae More than 1 year ago
I really love Rose Gardner series. Wonderful read.