Welcome to another Spotlight Saturday. Each week, I spotlight a book I’m reading at the moment.
Title: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (a Rose Gardner Mystery)
Author: Denise Grover Swank
â€œIt all started when I saw myself dead.â€
For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad, even before she sees a vision of herself dead. Sheâ€™s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someoneâ€™s toiletâ€™s overflowed, but sheâ€™s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isnâ€™t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.
Rose realizes sheâ€™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. Sheâ€™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 wonâ€™t help with number fifteenâ€“ do more with a man. Joeâ€™s new to town, but it doesnâ€™t take a vision for Rose to realize heâ€™s got plenty secrets of his own.
Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and theyâ€™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 isnâ€™t her biggest worry after all.