This is the first book in bestselling author Denise Grover Swank’s new series. In Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes, Rose Gardner works for the DMV in the small town of Henryetta, Arkansas. At 24 she still lives with her domineering, overbearing mother, and one day just snaps. They argue and Rose leaves for the day. When Rose returns home she finds her mother dead, and is accused of murdering her. With prison looming on the horizon, Rose makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt, of 28 ½ things she wants to do before her life falls apart. With the help of her very good looking neighbor Joe, some of these wishes are granted. Although Joe is not quite who Rose thinks he is, he always shows up when she needs him.
This is a pretty good mystery, with a few twists and turns and a little romance thrown in for fun. It’s somewhat predictable, but an easy read. Also available is Twenty Nine and a Half Reasons by the same author.