Thirty and a Half Excuses - Denise Grover Swank

Thirty and a Half Excuses

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2013-09-10
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 683 Ratings)


***Named Best of iBooks 2013***

Book three in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling Rose Gardner Mystery series.

Life in Henryetta, Arkansas is turned upside down with the arrival of a televangelist, but it’s the death of a little old lady on Rose’s street that catches her attention. The Henryetta police deem her death natural causes, but Rose suspects foul play and so does an unlikely supporter– the president of the Busy Body Club, her eighty-two year old neighbor Mildred.

But Rose is in the middle of opening her nursery with her sister Violet, who’s separated from her husband Mike, as well as stalling her boyfriend Joe’s family, rich socialites who are determined to meet her. Along with her multiple encounters with Fenton County’s new assistant DA, Mason Deveraux III, it’s just another day in the life of Rose Gardner– chaos.


  • Wonderful

    By Big Fish Fan58
    Loved this series. Every book great.
  • Still learning how to write dialogue.

    By Boopany
  • Just wow!

    By Hlgpooh
    An Emotional Roller Coaster! I love seeing how Rose is continuing to grow and become a stronger person. I was heartbroken for Rose at the end of the novel, but am grateful she has a best friend and a new independence that will help her survive. As I was going through a range of emotions, I realized the skill Denise has a writer to make her characters come alive so the reader experiences the emotions along with them. Another great installment in the series.
  • 5 Heartbreaking Stars

    By bengalfan78
    30 and half excuses is the book that broke my heart and ripped it out for good measure. expect some tears when this one ends. Rose has learned that her boyfriend Joe has been keeping a huge secret. Joe is not some police officer from Little Rock, but a Simmons and son to the most powerful and richest man in all of Arkansas. Rose is nervous that this will put a wrench in her relationship with Joe, but Joe naively feels he can keep his two worlds separate. Not only is Rose dealing with Joe family she also learns that her new friends Mason also has a connection with Joe, that once again shows Rose that Joe is not all he claims to be. Not only does Rose have to deal with her love life, there is a murder on the lose and Rose's visions have once again put her in danger. As danger and trust collide, Rose will not only have to fight for her life, but she will have to fight for a love she never thought she could have. But Rose learns sometimes love is not enough.
  • I want more!

    By Dagmabbit
    I want more! I can't stop reading. I love Rose and Joe... The end of this one is killing me...
  • A must read!!!

    By Hushpuppy53
    Please do yourself a huge favor and read this while series, you will thank yourself in the end!!!! Rose seems to always get into things with out even trying! You will look forward to what is going to happen to her next!!!
  • Intriguing!

    By Sierra82614
    There are not enough good things to say about these books. Worth every penny, interesting and captivating.
  • Love it!!

    By Bri Kallstrom
    Yet another amazing addition to the rose Gardner series! I am completely hooked, I have highlighted so many areas of this book that I absolutely am in love with!! Go Denise!!
  • Great

    By Grandma PNR
    Love the series. Great read
  • Three books in three days, new record

    By Mel_007
    Let's just say it was a great book. But sadly this time I was able to tell who the murderer was from the beginning. Also I kind of figure it out what was going to happen between Rose and Joe. So in that end it was a little predictable (3 stars). Nevertheless I'm looking forward to read the the sequel and I'm definitely curious to see how the story ends.