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Book four in the New York Times bestselling Rose Gardner Investigations series. 

Rose Gardner feels like she’s up a creek without a paddle. Her sister is dying, her secret boyfriend, James Malcolm, is struggling to protect the county underworld from an upstart drug dealer, and her ex has moved back to town with a bee in his bonnet and a mission to root out corruption in the county. To make matters worse, Neely Kate is in dire straits too—the past she’s spent years trying to forget has finally caught up to her, with horrific fallout. They’re in the thick of danger, and everyone’s quick to tell them they’d do best to hunker down and keep to themselves.


But mysteries have a way of finding Rose and Neely Kate. A mother contacts them about finding her missing teenage daughter the same day they find a different young woman stranded by the side of the road. They know they should turn down the case, just as they should ignore the signs that the woman with the broken down car is running from something, but for Rose and Neely Kate, curiosity will always have a stronger call than danger. 

Reading order:

Family Jewels (Rose Gardner Investigations #1) 

Trailer Trash (Neely Kate Mystery #1)

For the Birds (Rose #2)

Hell in a Handbasket (Rose #3)

In High Cotton (Neely Kate #2) 

Up Shute Creek (Rose #4)

Untitled (Neely Kate #3)--Late Spring

Mysteries & Thrillers
November 6
Denise Swank

Customer Reviews

llennodk ,

Up Shute Creek

I just finished this book and I have to say I am an emotional mess. I was drawn in and have loved each book. I can’t put them down and have read straight through to this one. Gosh, this one has made me the most emotional. I don’t want to give away anything but that ending... my heart feels ripped from my chest. Especially after the bonus material of Violets conversation with SM. Ughhhh. I can’t praise this series enough. I’m definitely a fan for life and can’t wait for Roses next installment. Until then I’ll move on to Nealy Kate’s Dirty Money.

LRN01 ,

So good!

Just perfect. Thanks for yet another great read! Love this series.

readaddictaholic ,

As always

As always I’m completely in love with this book. Swank knows how to deliver just the goods I need! There is mystery, romance, humor and love mixed with southern charm. I’ll be bouncin’ on my toes until the next Rose Gardener mystery appears to satisfy my cravings! Hopefully with a steaming cup of James Malcom to keep me warm ;)

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