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Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons: Rose Gardner Mystery #2 | [Denise Grover Swank]

Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons: Rose Gardner Mystery #2

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.
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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.

©2012 Denise Swank (P)2014 Denise Swank

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    Southern Bibliophile 07-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Meaningless Apologies"

    Her stories are very entertaining, however, naiveté will only last for so long b4 her behavior jus comes across as a plot mechanism to get her in trouble in order 2b rescued. Knowingly causing loved ones 2 worry, then a useless apology after the act is dishonest & manipulative.

    I'd still recommend the series and will read the 3rd bk but I really hope the author plans on having Rose use common sense when deliberating her future actions.

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    John Lewisville, TX, United States 07-30-15
    John Lewisville, TX, United States 07-30-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Good for the genre"

    This second book in the Rose Gardner series is good for the niche into which it falls in the "cosy" genre (plucky small town heroine investigates in her own and gets herself into hilarious trouble). This type of book often seems too "precious," but the author rides the line well. The narrator's twang no longer grates as it did with the first book, but I was distracted by mistakes, such as one time when she said "detective" when "defendant" was clearly meant, and mispronunciations ("incarcenation" instead of "incarceration").

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    Diane Schmitt 07-07-15
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    "Very entertaining"

    Swank just got better with this second book. Very funny and entertaining. The story moves along well and kinda believable.

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    Stephanie E. O'Neill 06-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh, Leaves Something to Be Desired"

    This wasn't nearly as interesting or engaging as the first book. The narrator speaks at about a quarter of the speed and mispronounces a ton of words, if not uses the wrong ones altogether. The story seems a bit forced. I'm not sure I'll continue the series.

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    Lorrie 05-19-15
    Lorrie 05-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Decent but I don't like the new voice..Rose drives me bonkers"

    Even though the narrator is the same, the voice sounds much more hoarse, almost like that of a smoker. Not similar to the naïve, sweet, and innocent voice from the first book.

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    D. Aubrey Rhode Island, USA 05-05-15
    D. Aubrey Rhode Island, USA 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Those are knees on the cover"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It seemed a bit frivolous, kind of a silly story, but I enjoyed it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Denise Grover Swank? Why or why not?

    yes


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to another one, but there is not learning happening here, a good lazy day book.

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    purplecowlover 04-09-15
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    "Great Story"

    This is the second book in the series and it is just as good as the first. You just can't help but fall in love with Rose and her visions.

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    Brandi Wirth Louisiana, USA 02-01-15
    Brandi Wirth Louisiana, USA 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the series"

    The story is interesting and keeps you wanting to keep reading. It did drag a few places and with the long southern drawl of the narrator, made it a little difficult to keep listening, but the action starts back up quickly enough to compensate.

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    mary 01-13-15
    mary 01-13-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Light Entertaining and Fun"

    This series is great for a light read/listen. Narrator does a good job with the characters. A little predictable but still entertaining.

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    Amazon Customer Casper, Wy. 01-04-15
    Amazon Customer Casper, Wy. 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "very entertaining loved it."

    Funny , sad, scary , Fast moving and it keeps you on your toes. hope. there will be a book 3.

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