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
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ReadingNook Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Ever since I read the first book in this series, I was dying for more, and this book did not let me down either. I never thought mysteries were a genre that I could love as much as I love this series. In fact, Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes made my Top Ten list for 2011, and I have a feeling Book Two will make my list for this year as well. Denise Grover Swank just has a writing style that keeps you turning the pages, and sucks you right into the story from page one and dosen't stop until the last page. Her books are always read in a few short sittings, because I get so engrossed in the story, that I don't even realize how much i've read.
Rose's character is one my favorite literary characters EVER, honestly. She's brave and fearless, but real and relatable. I love the romance between Joe and herself, and find that they balance themselves out very well. All the characters are very well-rounded and well-developed which makes the story move as smoothly as it does.
The mystery is great too, There not super predictable and even though sometimes I figure out who it is before the characters themselves do, it's not clique and obvious from the beginning, There's still a lot of figuring out clues. I think the mix between the romance and the mystery are what keeps the story moving forward and in such a way that keeps the reader engrossed in the book.
Denise Grover Swank is an astounding writing, and now having read three of her books she's quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Passing by her books would be a disjustice if you like anything Chick-Lit or Mystery.