Thursday, June 21, 2018

Family Jewels by Denise Grover Swank (Rose Gardner Investigations, #1)

Family Jewels
by Denise Grover Swank

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Series: Rose Gardner Investigations - Book 1
Publisher: DGS (November 29, 2016)
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Trouble always comes to those who court it. Rose Gardner’s ability to see glimpses of the future has gotten her into hot water time and again, but so have her curiosity and her sense of daring. Those very qualities helped her defeat the most powerful man in Arkansas—a man so adept at hiding his crimes there was no way to defeat him inside of the law—but her success came at a steep personal price. Now she’s throwing herself into her landscaping business, trying to live a life that’s as orderly as one of her gardens.

Rose’s best friend, Neely Kate, is struggling with her own losses, so when she suggests they help a local man find a missing necklace, Rose agrees. It’ll give both of them a welcome distraction, and besides, it’s a simple investigation. What harm could befall them? But things that should be simple rarely are. In seeking out the necklace, Rose and Neely Kate find themselves in the thick of a power struggle in the Fenton County underworld, one that could dethrone Rose’s friend James Malcolm, the surprisingly moral king.

The last thing Rose should do is court more trouble, but she’s not the type to step away from a friend in need—and she’s also not so sure she wants an orderly life.

Family Jewels by Denise Grover Swank
(Rose Gardner Investigations, #1)

Family Jewels (Rose Gardner Investigations, #1)The FAMILY JEWELS are missing…

Denise Grover Swank clearly has a knack for creating quirky characters that are endearing, feisty and folksy, because that is what she did with Rose and her BFF, Neely Kate!

A landscaping entrepreneur, there is a bit of a sleuth in Rose and being asked to find some family jewelry will send her on dangerous path to trouble, deceit and maybe a little romance, too! Now caught up in a local underworld power struggle, Rose will need the help of the “King of Crime,” who she just may have a soft spot for, because he really is a "good" bad guy.

Not having read the series from which this is a spinoff, I was at a disadvantage, but that said, I was entertained, chuckled a little and found out that the citizens of Fenton Count, Arkansas aren’t as small town pure as they seem!

Rose may find she is better suited to detective work than planting posies! A light, fun read, for sure!

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