Thirty and A Half Excuses

Thirty and A Half Excuses

A Rose Gardner Mystery

Large Print - 2016
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The death of a little old lady on Rose's street catches her attention. The Henryetta police deem her death natural causes, but Rose suspects foul play.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781628999617
Characteristics: 447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: 30 1/2 excuses


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There was a lot going on in this third book in the Rose Gardner Mystery series. Rose's character continues to grow and develop as she becomes more independent. Her sister still tries to control Rose, but she is discovering she has the right to determine her own road in life, no matter what her sister wants. This is a well plotted and entertaining mystery. Rose once again stumbles into the middle of the mystery, and finds herself a target. There are some relationship issues going on with both Violet and Rose, and who knows where these may lead. Still enjoying the series, and despite what I said in my review of book 2 I am still hooked. Continuing on to book 4...​

Feb 20, 2016

Having read both of the previous books in this series, Thirty and a Half Excuses proved to be a slightly more interesting addition. Despite the fact that Rose’s irrational and irresponsible behavior hadn’t eased up at all, the overall plot was enough to keep me going. While I am still not convinced that Rose is heroine material, the one saving grace was that Thirty and a Half Excuses delved further into the emotions of the characters, providing them with much more depth than was previously offered. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of ruining the integrity of one character in particular, which seemed to come out of nowhere and felt somewhat forced in order to create a cliffhanger.

LyndaLad Oct 22, 2015

it was good novel. a little slow at first but very good read

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