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Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons

Rose Gardner Mystery #2
Narrated by: Frances Fuller
Series: Rose Gardner Mystery, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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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.

©2012 Denise Swank (P)2014 Denise Swank

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Love love love

I'm loving these books. I'm secretly hoping for a change in the next one though. I love Rose but have my heart set elsewhere for her... let's see what happens ...

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  • John
  • 30-07-15

Good for the genre

This second book in the Rose Gardner series is good for the niche into which it falls in the "cosy" genre (plucky small town heroine investigates in her own and gets herself into hilarious trouble). This type of book often seems too "precious," but the author rides the line well. The narrator's twang no longer grates as it did with the first book, but I was distracted by mistakes, such as one time when she said "detective" when "defendant" was clearly meant, and mispronunciations ("incarcenation" instead of "incarceration").

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  • Stephanie E. O'Neill
  • 06-06-15

Meh, Leaves Something to Be Desired

This wasn't nearly as interesting or engaging as the first book. The narrator speaks at about a quarter of the speed and mispronounces a ton of words, if not uses the wrong ones altogether. The story seems a bit forced. I'm not sure I'll continue the series.

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  • J.C.D.
  • 15-03-16

CUTE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a light and frothy romantic suspense that doesn't require too much concentration. It's enjoyable and entertaining.

What other book might you compare Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons to and why?

Most Janet Evanovich books.

Which character – as performed by Frances Fuller – was your favorite?

Rose - she's a lovable airhead.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, it was enjoyable not heart-wrenching.

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  • Jennifer Longdail
  • 06-03-16

Amazing Series

This is a fast paced series. No luls or struggling to get through.
As a matter of fact, it's very hard to make yourself take a break from listening or reading.
This is a highly addictive series with good strong characters, laugh out loud situations, crying out loud moments and edge of your seat drama unfolding time and time again.
I love Rose...she's funny and fun, maddening and goofy, brave and reckless, innocent and inventive and just plain interesting.
wonderful narration too!

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  • Southern Bibliophile
  • 12-07-15

Meaningless Apologies

Her stories are very entertaining, however, naiveté will only last for so long b4 her behavior jus comes across as a plot mechanism to get her in trouble in order 2b rescued. Knowingly causing loved ones 2 worry, then a useless apology after the act is dishonest & manipulative.

I'd still recommend the series and will read the 3rd bk but I really hope the author plans on having Rose use common sense when deliberating her future actions.

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  • Dana J
  • 21-10-19

Suspenseful, Cute, Sassy, Romantic, Action Filled

These books have it all! Highly recommend reading. Rose is such a complex character. Shes sassy, brave, funny, smart. I love dynamic between her and Joe.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-04-19

Mystery?!

Rose made so many bad decisions and showed herself to be clueless in so many situations I’m not sure how she solved anything. And her “curse” word is so ridiculous that I can’t even bear to share it. Between the farcical decisions made by Rose and the over the top performance, I’m so happy I didn’t pay for this. The time spent listening was overpayment enough.

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  • Books at Tiffany's
  • 19-03-19

Adorable

These books are super cute and fun.
The narrator isn’t that great but keep going the narrator will change with book 4! I changed the speed to 1.25 and it helped tremendously.

DGS Summer books are great as well.

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  • Laura
  • 22-02-19

Head over heels I love this series.

This novel was a great follow up to what happened in twenty-eight. I fell head over hills with Rose and Joe and the addition of Neely Kate was good for Rose. I love the friendship that Rose & NK have right now especially since Violet can be difficult at times.
This novel had so many twists and turns and had me guessing who the real murderer was.
Onto the third book to see what other chaos Rose gets into.

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  • Oh Good Grief
  • 15-12-18

Story is good - narration SO DISTRACTING

Who is this narrator’s editor? Narrator mispronounces most words with more than 4-5 syllables. If it were not so annoying it would be comical