Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes : Rose Gardner Mystery

  • by Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by Frances Fuller
  • Series: Rose Gardner Mystery
  • 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

**A humorous southern mystery**
For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.
Rose realizes she's wasted 24 years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: 28 things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She's well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won't help with number 15 - do more with a man. Joe's new to town, but it doesn't take a vision for Rose to realize he's got plenty secrets of his own.
Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they'll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn't her biggest worry after all.
Winner of The Beacon - 2010 Unpublished Division, Mainstream Category


What the Critics Say

"Though much of the book is light-hearted and occasionally outright hilarious, the author sneaks in a few home truths along the way that will hit you where it counts, like how even someone's best intentions can box you in." ( Everybody Needs a Little Romance)
"This was one of those books that I kept telling myself one more page, then I need to put it down. Instead I found myself tearing through the book instead, needing to know the outcome." ( Just Jump Book Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Story good, narration painful

The book is a combination of irritatingly stupid moments, a lead character that needs to get a grip and a really good story arch. Add that to a horribly twangy yet characterless narrator and I found it a struggle to complete but the tale kept me there.
If you can get passed the narrator's voice I think you should enjoy the story but that narrator nearly killed it for me. Be warned!
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- Liza1044

Worth a listen

Quite light hearted, I like the main characters and enjoyed the story.
The narrator was quite good most of the time but managed to make a few very odd mispronunciations.
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- mollyeyre

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-08-2012
  • Publisher: Bramagioia Enterprises