Twenty-eight and A Half Wishes

Twenty-eight and A Half Wishes

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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 twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight 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 fifteen -- 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.
Publisher: New York :, Crooked Lane,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ♭2011
ISBN: 9781629533759
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Swank Denise
Characteristics: 280 pages ;,25 cm.


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This was a fun fast read. Rose is a likable character who has lived her entire life under the thumb of an abusive, domineering mother. When her mother dies and she becomes the prime suspect, all Rose wants to do is clear her name and keep crossing items off her list of things she wants to do before she dies. This is a charming mystery that keeps the reader turning pages until the very end. This novel is full of action and fun. I look forward to reading book two in this light, fun, mystery series.​

Feb 20, 2016

In the beginning, Rose's naïve personality was somewhat endearing, and made for a few laughs. However, as the story progressed, her gullibility became less and less believable, escalating from charming to downright frustrating. As the central figure for this narrative, Rose herself is likeable yet unappealing all at once. The overall plot seemed implausible, relying entirely on coincidence and Rose's "visions" to help her solve the case - a plot in which many aspects were eventually explained in a lackadaisical manner. If you're looking for a lighthearted read with a bit of romance and suspense, I'd recommend checking this out.


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