The first book in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling Rose Gardner Mystery series.
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.
When DMV employee Rose Gardner, the narrator of Swank's solid series debut, experiences a disturbing vision of her death, she composes a bucket list of items such as "dress like a princess" and sets out to accomplish them before it's too late. A noisy fight with her mother, Agnes, and Agnes's subsequent murder make Rose the top suspect with the police and the nosy townspeople of Henryetta, Ark., but Rose thinks that her mother was mistaken for her and fears that her sister, Violet, may be in danger. Other complications include a menacing DMV customer who keeps turning up and issuing cryptic comments, a sexy neighbor who seems to be leading a mysterious double life, a locked chest in her mother's closet, and a dog with a flatulence problem. Despite some weak plotting, readers will root for the appealing heroine.
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A very enjoyable read. I will definitely read more from this author.
This book turned me into a DGS fan!
This is the book that got me hooked on Denise’s writing!
I couldn’t stop
This is my second novel I’ve ever read. I loved it. I read the sample e-book first and at the beginning I wasn’t too interested. But the more I read kept me going and of course, I bought the full e-book! I loved the way how Rose was so sarcastic about some things - it made it more interesting and funny. The mystery just never ends too. Enjoy everyone.