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Publisher's Summary

Ten years ago Magnolia Steele fled Franklin, Tennessee, after an incident that left her with hazy memories and a horror of the place where she had been born and bred. Though her abrupt departure destroyed most of her treasured relationships, she vowed never to return...until she has no choice. When Magnolia's breakout acting role in a Broadway musical ends in disgrace, there's only one place she can go. She finds herself on her momma's porch, suitcase in hand.

Drama follows Magnolia around like a long-lost friend. She reluctantly agrees to help her momma's catering company at a party for a country music star, only to find herself face-to-face with a sleazy music agent from her past. After a very public spat, Magnolia finds not only him dead but herself center stage in the police's investigation. Now she must scramble to prove her innocence, relying on the help of acquaintances old and new.

But the longer Magnolia stays in Franklin, the more she remembers about the big bad incident that chased her away. The past might not be finished with her yet, and what she doesn't remember could be her biggest danger.

©2016 Denise Grover Swank (P)2016 Tantor

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Slow story initially, wish book was a bit longer

The book had a bit of a slow build, but gets much better towards end. I wish the author went into a bit more detail with the mystery side of the story.

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  • Ian
  • Northmead, Australia
  • 06-18-16

Well Written Mystery ... and country music.

What did you love best about Center Stage?

It's well written, flows naturally and doesn't feel contrived.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

If it was another author I probably would have thrown the book out the window. But for Denise Grover Swank I'm willing to hold off on my final judgement.

What does Elise Arsenault bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Has a reasonably good vocal range but struggled a little with male characters.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Loved it, can’t wait to read them all

Love these books, so far I’ve listened some of Denise Grover Swanks books and so far have loved them all! I won’t lie, they are a tad predictable but they are really good! :) her characters are so likable, and it’s easy to get invested! Can’t wait to listen the next in this series!

And one more note, I really love the narrator! She has such a soothing voice and she’s good at inflection. Makes it easy to listen too and like I said earlier...easy to get invested!

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Horrible!

This book made absolutely no sense. The characters are so overly dramatic that I spent most of the listening time rolling my eyes. I held on to the end hoping it wouldn’t be a complete disappointment, but it was.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 12-25-17

Surprisingly good

This is the first book By this author that I have enjoyed. I already bought the next 3 bioks in the series. Elise Arsenault did a good job bringing the characters to life.

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What happened?

Fairly good story but there was no real ending . Left a lot of things Unanswered

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DGS Books

I love this narrator on this books I think she did awesome. DGS did it again. I can't wait till next next book!

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What the actual f***

I LOVE This author!! I have read many many many of her books and they are all very good as is this one. The only reason I'm even doing a review is because of the ending...no holds barred it fucking sucks, your gonna be pissed the hell off! You will put in at very least a whole day of listening and be left hanging, it wouldn't be so bad if I knew there was another book coming soon but nope there's no "others in this series". I'm sorry but this book was good but the ending just FUCKING sucked!!

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 06-09-17

Don't go down to the woods today

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It had good flowing dialogue and s couple of storylines intermingled to give it a mystery of good whodunnit proportions. Only pity is after an exciting and page turning read it ended in a cliff hanger, however I look forward to the next two books . Lord of the Rings was a trilogy !!