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Last Diner Standing

(Rose Strickland Mystery #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  699 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Rose Strickland is having a blue Christmas. Her friend is arrested for attempted murder, her sexy bad guy crush is marked by a hit man, and her boss is locked in an epic smackdown with a rival diner. Determined to save those she loves, Rose embarks on an investigation more tangled than a box of last year's tree lights. With her eclectic gang at the ready, Rose stumbles ...more
Paperback, First, 296 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Henery Press (first published July 17th 2012)
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Larissa Reinhart
Terri L Austin delivers the goods in her second Rose Strickland mystery. The first -- DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS -- gave us a hilarious, thrilling romp as we got to know diner waitress Rose, her missing stoner buddy Axton, her anime-loving friend Roxy, and the sexy, dangerous Sullivan. All are back in the sequel. In LAST DINER STANDING, at work, Rose finds herself in the middle of a diner war. At home, her family is giving her the cold Christmas shoulder for not towing the country-club line. ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grittier than a cozy; very well done.
Having read the first book in the Rose Strickland Series last week, I was right away hooked onto it, and couldn’t wait to read the next one ‘Last Diner Standing’. You can guess, that I had really high expectations about it, but they were all justified.

Just like the first installment, ‘Diners, Dives & Dead Ends’ focuses on its main character Rose Strickland navigating the crime world of Huntingford City. This time Rose is trying to prove the innocence of her friend Janelle, who is accused of
No sophomore slump for Terri L. Austin! I loved the first book in the Rose Strickland series over the summer and was very excited to get an advance reader copy of this one. I've read other series where the second book didn't live up to the first, but that was absolutely not the case here. Austin's characters are realistic and lively, and we get to know Rose and her crazy gang of friends better in this story, which throws our amateur sleuth into a new case on page one, when her friend is arrested ...more
When her good friend is accused of attacking her ex-husband and putting him in hospital fighting for his life, she calls in Rose to investigate and uncover the real culprit. As she investigates she uncovers a plot to kill Sullivan, the town's crime boss and the guy she is desperately trying to not be attracted to. With all the clues suggesting that the cases are linked they team up to solve the crime, catch the hit man and get her friend out of hot water.

Last Diner Standing isn't the greatest
Brooke Banks
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

Tried of the same old trite cozy mysterious? Of the never ending love triangles that weeble wobble til it drives you crazy? Of the ridiculous plots with lack luster logic in a town where every knows everyone? Of heroines that claim independence and having moxie when all they do is faint and flutter their eyelashes? Of Ms. Perfect Gorgeous with a crew that devotes entirely to her but she never does things for other people and you question how

LAST DINER STANDING was better than Austin’s first book, DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS, but there’s only 5 stars to give. Anyway …

Rose Strickland is awakened by an early morning call from her study-buddy from her first book, Janelle, with bad news—Janelle is in jail accused of putting her ex, Asshat, into a coma. As we learned in the first book, Rose’s loyalty to those who make the cut into her small circle of friends knows no bounds. She goes into action to help clear her friend’s
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admire Rose Strickland so much. She was born into a wealthy family, but veered off onto her own path, much to her family's dismay. Or at least her mother's. Rose keeps to her path. Yes, she works at a diner. Yes, her friends are a bit (a lot) quirky. Yes, she's taking classes when she can. She's making her way the way she wants to go.
The diner is a challenge since the owner wants to move on to more than just breakfast and lunch to keep in competition with the joint down the street that has
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Had the book for awhile and hasn't had a chance to get to till the other day and so loved it. Again all around fun read and mystery to solve Rose is a great girl full independence and never ending drama following her lol. Sullivan has become more hotter in this book and has more appearance involvement with Rose and love how they feed of each other vibe knowing there's more to explore. Fun reads girls and that sidekick Roxy and Axe love them. I miss waitressing and all the gossip a dinner can off ...more
Paula  Phillips
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After the first book , you would have thought that Rose would have just stuck to two things - her job as a waitress at the local diner and finishing her Bachelor's Degree after all these years. She does try but when she gets a phone call at 3am in the morning from her friend Janelle, informing her she has been arrested for the attempted murder of her ex-husband known as Asshat aka Sheikh Johnson she feels compelled to help. Now Rose along with her ex-boyfriend $450 a hour lawyer Dane will try ...more
Diane Vallere
Rose Strickland, diner waitress/amateur sleuth/righter of wrongs finds herself helping out a friend who's accused of putting her man in a coma. The cast of characters from Diners, Dives & Dead Ends return, though some not for long. Rose's determination is fierce, whether she's battling bad guys or handling changes at the diner that take an equal toll on her. And getting to watch how Rose handles her attraction to the hot, not-completely-on-the-up-and-up Sullivan adds an extra dimension to ...more
Samantha March
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terri L. Austin is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Last Diner Standing

This is a mystery series not to miss! I read and absolutely loved the first in Rose Strickland’s series, Diners, Dives & Dead Ends, and was really looking forward to the second. It was great to meet back up with Rose and her crew –– Roxy, Axton, Ma, Sullivan–– welcome some new faces, and follow our feisty heroine as she gets involved in a new crime. This one revolves around her friend Janelle, but sure enough Sullivan
Joni Stevens
Another exciting Rose adventure. I enjoyed this book as much if not more than the first book, Diners dives dead ends. I really enjoy the friendship Rose, Ax, Roxy and Janelle have. Maybe I'm partial to the author since we live in the same city, she really captures the normalcy of living in Missouri. I feel like I can relate to these characters. My Bff and brother are just like Roxy and Ax. I LOVE JANELLE AND HER CRAZY FAMILY. Henry is definitely growing on me, he is a Jack of all trades for ...more
Lynn Farris
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite new writers is Terri L. Austin. Her debut novel, “Diners, Dives and Dead Ends’ made my 2013 list of Best Books for Book clubs. I liked that it forced us to look at our definition of success, explored complex family dynamics and considered many moral issues.

The same great cast of characters is back in ‘Last Diner Standing’ and family dynamics still take center stage. In it she looks at the people that we consider our family. For Rose Strickland, the main character, she really
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a brilliant second installation into the Rose Strickland series. Often authors drop the ball on book two after a wonderful first book, but not in this case.
All our favorite characters were back . Each one felt like an old friend. With the exception of the mother who you just love to hate! We laughed , we cried, we were on the edge of our seats. The mystery was a good one with twist and turns and fun plot unpredictability. I was very entertained and think anyone who reads this charming
Esther Somorai
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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I won this book through Goodreads, first-reads giveaway. Thank you.

First of all, I liked the basic mystery aspect of this story and how the characters present themselves good or bad; whether committing the crimes or investigating the crimes, depending on each characters' role in the story. It was a fast read and really kept my interest. The only thing I didn't care for was some of the bad descriptive language or phrases used, but still not nearly as bad as in some books.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't be happier with the way this one ended! I love the direction things are going between rose/sullivan. I also like the fact that sullivan is who he is with no apologies and rose is ok with that. she might not agree with some of his choices but she cares about him in spite of that and knows that he cares about her in return. this is enough for her and i found that refreshing. can't wait for the next one!
Gail Richardson
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WON AT GOODREADS FIRST READS (GOODREADS.COM) Not only a good mystery, but a very funny read!! Terri Austin has captured these characters to a T!! They are quirky and yet believable. And I agree with Rose, Joe needs to lay of the brownies....LOL!!! You must putthe Rose Strickland Mysteries on your TO READ list and keep them there!!!
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!! I haven't read the first one but I'm definitely going to buy it. This book is a different kind of mystery. It get a little confusing at times with all the suspects, but its fun. The action never stops. And the characters are great. I'm looking forward to the next Rose Strickland Mystery.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed Last Diner Standing, the second in the Rose Strickland series. Terri Austin does a fantastic job of keeping the suspense going, the laughs coming, and the bad guy a total surprise! I hope that there will be a third installment soon and can't wait to find out what happens next.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hysterical! Mystery in the fashion of Stephany Plum.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
What good Cozy Mystery series. The Last Diner Standing, was even better than the 1st book. Fun, fast read full of well written characters. Looking forward to reading the next book.
Sarah Wolfe
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I hated finishing this book because I didn't want it to end. I am eagerly anticipating the next novel.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun little get away from your reality read. I love reading a book that makes me laugh out loud and this series has done that for me on several occasions.
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
I loved this book just as much as the first!
Bonnie Drummond
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Diner Standing of the ( Rose Strickland Mystery book#2) by Terri L. Austin will leave you wandering what will happen next. Rose has a lot on her plate that she is trying to handle by her self. Now she's trying to help one of her BF'S from not going to jail for life buy looking for the person or person's who put one person in the hospital and another dead. On top of all that she has to deal with her mother's disappointed in her and last but not the end she has to find out *WHO PUT THE ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy so much that I immediately put the next book on my WL. The characters were great and very diverse. Entire scenario was believable.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
total thrill ride, you never know what's going to happen next...
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Love this series!
Jane Reads (Jane in SC)
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Last Diner Standing is another really fun read in Terri L. Austin's Rose Strickland Mystery series! (Click here for my review of Book 1, Diners, Dives & Dead Ends.)

{NOTE: Diners, Dives & Dead Ends has a surprise ending, and the surprise ending is mentioned at the beginning of Last Diner Standing. If you haven't read Diners, Dives & Dead Ends and you don't want the surprise ending spoiled, be sure to read it first, then read Last Diner Standing.}

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Rose Strickland Mystery (4 books)
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