Friday, August 10, 2012

Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons Book Tour: review and giveaway


Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons
Series: A Rose Gardner Mystery, Book 2

Author: Denise Grover Swank
Genre: mystery romance
Published June 29th 2012

Summary: 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.


About the author: Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.

Denise is the author of the bestselling urban fantasy series, The Chosen. You can find out more about Denise and her other books at or email her at

Denise Grover Swank Online: Website | Facebook | Goodreads

Review: As shown in The Chosen series, author Denise Grover Swank can pen a gripping urban fantasy. With Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons she proves she can write an engaging romantic mystery as well. Southern gal Rose is a hoot to read about. Spunky, funny, and downright entertaining, Rose is a modern day Lucille Ball complete with loads of zany--like having a vision while relieving herself in, of all places, the men's room. See, I said she's zany! Life is complicated with Rose--what with the murder of her mother and her boring job at the DMV. A summons for jury duty is viewed as a means for a welcome break from a week of the mundane. But as I said, Rose's life is complicated and there's that 'vision' she has about the guy on trial and now she has to figure out a way to prove his innocence. What's a gal to do?

Swank has crafted a memorable character with Rose and surrounded her with quite a cast of supporting players. The mystery takes some interesting twists and turns and was always intriguing. I haven't laughed so loud and so much while reading in a long time. Rose's antics, her relatives and friends, and her cleverly scripted lines kept me glued to my ereader. I could give you twenty-nine and half reasons to read this series--it's that good.

Rating: 4

Cover comment: Vibrant, fun, offbeat, and there's that doggie too. This cover screams Rose!

Book source: I received a promotional ebook copy of this novel for my honest review during a book tour.

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  1. Thank you for taking part in my blog tour for Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons! I'm glad you laughed!!! I had so much fun writing that book.:)

  2. I like the sound of this book and series. Look forward to reading it. It's almost as someone lives a normal humdrum life gets a little excitement. Like I could be that girl.

  3. The blurb sounds amazing and I love that cover! Thanks for the giveaway!