Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank

Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank
Publisher: Crooked Lane
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (282 pgs)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

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.

Rose has more problems with her visions. Last time, they helped her stay out of prison but she’s not excited about having more. They just cause trouble.

This is the second book in a new series by Ms. Swank. She writes a good mystery and they tend to remind of Ms. Evanovich’s style. There’s humor, smart remarks, and Rose is always having problems with life.

She’s still working at the DMV. She still hates it. When she gets called for jury duty, she forgets about it. As she races off to report in, she has to call work, find a place to park, get money for the meter and jog to the courthouse. Unfortunately, she has no change. The flower shop won’t give her change, she has to buy a flower to get it. Then she gets a parking ticket while she’s in the flower shop. To add to her wonderful morning, she can’t use the women’s toilet because it’s being cleaned, so she sneaks in the men’s. She has a vision and hears a conversation in there she wishes she hadn’t.

You can see the author’s humor and feel Rose’s frustration and embarrassment. She’s new at love, wants to help the innocent jailed man, and can’t decide if she wants to move away from home. With all this going on and Rose fumbling along, it’s a fun read. It’s busy, odd things happen in court and away, and the murderer is coming after Rose. She’s trying to figure out love, learning to be friends with a male attorney and has found a girlfriend at the courthouse. Now she just to keep herself together. Rose is good at solving murders. Now if she can just learn how to do the best for herself… I can’t wait to read the next one in this series.

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