All aboard the love train!
Just when you think Denise Grover Swank cannot possibly out-do herself…she goes and does it time and AGAIN! Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies brings together just about everything the series to a head. It’s fast-paced, stressful, and, at times, heart wrenching. For me, this installment’s theme was facing the consequences of your actions. By the end, even everyone who wins still loses…and I love it!
The meat of this book is about publicly outing JR Simmons as the monster he is, while trying to prove Rose’s innocence. As always with the Rose Gardner Mysteries, there’s layer upon layer of passion, sub-plots, and deceit. Rose as the Lady in Black is in full bloom and proves to be an unstoppable force. Neely Kate reveals more about her very colorful past and I’m VERY eager to learn more. I’ve got my own theory about her, but this isn’t the place for theories! Joe sets out to take down his father. Mason’s life is still very much in danger. Skeeter Malcom is a very welcome anti-hero with a heart of gold. Kate and Hilary are still as trustworthy as the average politician who promises you the world and gives you nothing. Not only is there a mysterious benefactor for Rose, there’s also a shady stalker.
Why did I call my review the love train? It’s simple: everyone (including the bad guys adoration of her Lady in Black persona) loves Rose. She’s got no less than four men desperate for her in one way or another.
My only two gripes are 1) The tidbits we’re fed about Violet, Hilary, and Kate are STILL dangling in the air with no resolution at the end of this installment; and 2) While JR has been captured, little happened to solve the smaller mysteries that make up the mythology of the series. At the end, I still wanted more, even though this is the longest novel of the series. However, that’s entirely okay! I trust Denise’s vision for the series. I am certain that the 9th novel with be every bit as action packed and satisfying.
Finally…both #TeamJoe and #TeamMason need to brace themselves. 😉
Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies is one heck of a fast-paced adventure that you cannot miss. I’m sure the six-month wait for Thirty-Six and a Half Motives will be well worth it. Even with my gripes, they’re not enough to take away from what is most definitely a satisfying five star read. Thank you, Dense! *****FIVE STARS*****