Rita’s Review: Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons

FrontCoverJPG_KindleRes.3833756If you read the title from my review last month, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, you will probably like Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank. Although there really isn’t much mention of said reasons, it has the same feel as the first book. The same cast of characters appears in this story, as well as some new friends for Rose.

When Rose gets a summons for jury duty and is chosen, things take a turn for the worse. She has a vision and knows that the person accused of murder in the trial, is not guilty. Her run-ins with the Assistant DA and the judge will keep you amused, and as usual, Joe shows up to bail Rose out of trouble.

This is an easy, quick read, although in my opinion – not quite as good as the first. But see what you think….and let me know.


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If you enjoy legal thrillers, especially ones with some sex and humor, then you must read The Jezebel Remedy by Martin Clark.  Lisa and Joe Stone are law partners in a small Virginia town.  They have been successful and happy for twenty years.  Most of their cases deal with minor issues and they have learned very well how to navigate small town politics.  Joe works with one client who particularly annoys Lisa.  Lettie VanSandt files frivolous lawsuits and changes her will almost weekly.  Although she is the town’s eccentric, Joe and Lisa are shocked when she dies while she is apparently cooking meth.  Another shocker is that at the time of her death, a will is in place which leaves everything to Joe.  When a nephew shows up (who was occasionally an inheritor), Joe turns everything over to him.  A drug company shows interest in one of Lettie’s “poultices”.  Then all the legal maneuvering begins and Joe is facing disbarment.  What if Lettie is still alive?  A twisty plot and colorful character make this a great read.


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Rita’s Review: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

28.5-coverThis 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.


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