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Hell in a Handbasket

(Rose Gardner Investigations #3)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,135 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Third book in the New York Times bestselling Rose Gardner Investigations series.

They say the road to hell is paved in good intentions, and Rose Gardner can't shake the notion she's headed there in a handbasket. She feels responsible for the death of a woman she tried-and failed-to save with her visions, and though she intends to do the "right" thing and tell James Malcolm
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 371 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by DGS (first published April 13th 2018)
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Brandy Barber
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC for a honest review. I am having problems putting my feelings into words with this book. I feel that over the years Rose has became a friend. You know you are reading a good book when you are in the book. I don't see the words I see what is happening. This book has all the emotions covered. I Laughed. I cried, I got so mad I could have reached in the book and hit someone upside the head. I felt the torn love Rose has to put herself through to find a life that makes her happy. ...more
Ashlee Thatcher
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This All I can say is it was 100% worth the $45 I dropped on coffee today Dunkin Donuts because I couldn't put this book down.

Exciting, emotional, suspenseful and a whole lot of twists and turns. Denise's writing has a way of pulling you into her reality, and forgetting your own.
Rose & Neely Kate are asked to investigate a murder by the prime suspect to clear her name. As they investigate Rose is pulled back into the Fenton County Underworld and forced to once again become the Lady in Black to prevent a war between rival gangs.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I’ve decided Ms. Swank can do no wrong where Rose Gardner and her world are concerned. Each book is fresh, fun and completely addictive! I’m not usually a big mystery fan but every single book in this world is on auto-buy-pre-order-I-can’t-wait-any-longer status. They really are that fun to read!
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rose and Neely Kate are back and, as usual, trouble follows close behind. This time they’re drawn in when asked to help solve the murder of a woman who had been publicly feuding with their client the day before. The different factions of the crime world still are jockeying for position, Rose thinks about continuing her now exposed role as the Lady in Black, and she struggles to decide how to respond to James’ proposed relationship. Meanwhile, she and Neely Kate deal with other personal issues, n ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow Oh Wow Oh Wow!!!

So much happens in this book it kept me glued till I finished. Some I loved, some not so much. But what I loved the most was getting back to catching up with these guys and seeing what they have been up to. Denise has characters that make you think they are real, and you want to be apart of their world. I'm not sure I like the path Rose is taking, but I really enjoy solving the mystery with her and Neely Kate. There are some twists and turns, and just when you think you know
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that leaves you speechless, with your jaw laying slack on the floor. To say this book is an emotional roller coaster is an understatement. There were so many emotions that I still can’t adequately explain how good this book is. Although I did not like everything that happened in this installment of the Rose Gardner Investigation series, I loved the book.

DGS has a way of crafting characters and events in such a way that the reader cannot help but become completely imme
Elisa Hordon
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know I’ve said it so many times before... ‘This Rose book was the best one ever’ lol but I do love that I get to keep saying that I really do I mean who doesn’t love a series that just keeps getting better and better.

Rose and Neely Kate have a new investigation or maybe a couple of investigations or maybe they overlap or maybe they don’t lol it’s all a bit of a jumble of who is working for who, who is after who and who is related to who or who is sleeping with it’s just the who’s
Nicki Pipes
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read this book so I had big expectations. And it completely blew me away! I love every Rose Gardner book but this one is officially my favorite! I refused to put this book down and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I laughed, I cried, and even squealed a few times.

Rose and Neely Kate working together on a case is always entertaining but this book pushes it even further with Rose using her Lady in Black neutrality to do good. There is a bit if a surprise from Mason
Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
Series Reading Order, per author:
1. Family Jewels, ★★★★☆
2. Trailer Trash, ★★★★☆
3. For the Birds, ★★★★☆
4. Hell in a Handbasket, ★★★☆☆

This was what I’d wanted, right? To be a mediator in the turbulent crime world and help achieve the kind of lasting peace that would keep Fenton County citizens safe.
This isn't my favorite book in the Rose Gardner world. The action and exposition felt really unbalanced; the first 60% of the book felt like an ETERNITY. Not to mention that I felt like I had read this
Teresa Sambrook
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can I say.... This was a perfect book. I love Rose, this series, and Denise’s writing style. This book brought many emotions about the characters that you forget they are fictional. You want to swear at them, cry with them, laugh and go on questionable activities with them.
Anyone who read “For the Birds” is dying to read this book. If you haven’t then you pick up “Family Jewels” and start Rose Gardener investigation Series or go all the way back to “Twenty-Eight and Half Wishes” Rose’s fir
Laila Nelke
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG this book was something I thought I was ready for but Denise had proved me wrong!!! I wasn't! I've been pulled into whirling maelstrom of events and emotions. All kinds of emotions. There were moments in tears then laughter and love and then straight to terrific heart pounding heartbreaking moments. My head is still spinning and I have huge book hangover now. The only thing I'm able to say is I loved this amazing book, another great Rose's story! There is no need to tell how much I love thos ...more
Anna's Herding Cats
Oh my gosh. This series (original and spin offs) are all so dang good. Hell in a Handbasket was full of mystery, turmoil, heartbreak, an impossible romance. It kept me riveted and sad to see it end.

The Gist: Rose's world is not simple. From an ill family member to loving the wrong man, keeping up with work and a new case to investigate-- a lady from church being framed for her cousin's murder-- it keeps her busy. And trying to decide what to do next with so many areas of her life.

I continue to
Shawna  Wood (A Girl and Her Books)
Denise never ceases to amaze me with this series! every time I read a new book in this series it's like returning home for a visit. I have fallen in love with these cast of characters and can't help but laugh, cry and cheer with them as they make there way through their crazy lives.

Hell in a Handbasket had it all! From shocking revelations, controversial decisions and tragic loss, made for one heck of a read. This series always keeps me on my toes and I never know what to expect from one page t
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It just keeps getting better!

So this book came out at the perfect time. I'm sitting here home from work sick, pick up my Kindle and see this nugget on there since I preordered it a million years ago. Once I started, I didn't put it down until I finished it!

This book was the one where you get a whole lot of answers and sets up a trajectory for Rose that may end in ruin or, even though it's hard to see how, a truly happy ending.

James, Mason, Joe, Neely Kate, Violet - all these subplots from earlie
5 Stars... Rose and the gang embark on another mystery leading them into the heart of the criminal world and to a host of unsavory entanglements... We continue to witness an empowered Rose as she walks the fine line between her dualing selves and learns to embrace her true self and the man she loves... The chemistry between Rose and Malcolm is a great mix of passion and sweetness; two people who balance one another and at the same time challenge one another’s patience... I simply love immersing ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO MUCH MORE than I had hoped for !!! Rose Gardner has grown so much from the shy, backward girl in 28 1/2 Wishes. Rose is strong, independent and fearless, yet sometimes reckless to a fault. What a gift to watch this metamorphosis and take this ride along side her. Nothing is easy for Rose as she tries to be the neutral zone in the Henrietta crime world. There are so many twists and turns. So many emotions, both good and bad. When some one from Rose's past comes back to town, it ro ...more
Jamie-Kay Whatley Raney
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Did not disappoint!

I had so many emotions swirling around before I even began this latest installment. I was excited, nervous and worried all wrapped in just the anticipation stemming from the last book. This book did give the most sought after answer to the main question from the previous book, which surprised me. That was one of the things that had me nervous, her answer, but also if it would even get answered yet. I feel like this book is a building block for even better and more mysterious t
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, actualbook
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have never ever been so worked up after a Rose book. NEVER EVER...and come on we have had some crazy cliffhangers.
I continue to pray Denise never tires of writing about Rose and her wild adventures in life.

This build up with James has shocked me...I really never saw myself cheering for him and Rose. BUT the Rose in this book is so far from our first book it is almost scary. And I like it. And after this book I am now their biggest cheerleader. She needs a man to like him for so many reason an
Laura Martinez
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book from the beginning. I cannot form words to say how bloody awesome this books is!! I’m still blown away by everything that transpired.
Trust me, you do not want to hold off on reading this book. It is that GOOD!!
Ruthie Parrish
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Is there such a thing as a 10 star review? This book deserves double the stars! So much wonderful.... I’m not sure what to say that could convey how hot, amazing, thrill ride, edge of your seat.... I may need a cigarette... or vodka...without it containing major spoilers! Read. This. Book!
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap. Talk about a whirlwind of emotions with this book. Rose and Neely Kate are hired to investigate a murder. But that leads Rose once again to the seedier side of Henryetta. She has to make some pretty big decisions about what she wants to do with her life and who she’s meant to be with. With nonstop action and some pretty deep emotions this is another great book.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Denise surpasses expectations once again with Hell in a Handbasket. This new addition to the series was non stop edge of the seat excitement. I devoured every single page. I am in awe of this ladies imagination and I am in love with Rose Gardner’s world!!
Allison Knoppe
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. I laughed, I cried, I got mad, I got heart was in a flutter from start to finish. Once I started I literally didnt stop until I completed the book. Denise is amazing at making these characters come to life and writing in a way that you feel you're right in the action and guessing until the end!
Samantha Malstrom
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I say this almost every Rose Gardner book I read, but this is my new favorite book in the series! The action was amazing, the writing is amazing, the story line is amazing, and there were so many twists and turns in this book that I just did not see coming but I absolutely loved!! There is absolutely nothing that I disliked even a little bit in this book. Not one page, not one sentence, and not one word. It was phenomenal and had everything I hoped for and more. And the emotions! I was not just ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I've missed the world of Rose Gardner. The series just keeps getting better and better. "Hell in a Handbasket" finds Rose trying to sort out what to do with her feelings for James. Additionally, Rose is dealing with her sister's terminal illness causing her to agree to attend a church picnic after she swore she would never step foot in those premises again. If course it's pretty hysterical when two women break out into a good fight when one wins the best chicken contest.

When one of the wo
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do not preorder books.
I do not pause reading one book when another that I'm excited for comes out.
I do not reread books.
I do not stay up late reading and want to block out the rest of the word for the whole book.
Denise Grover Swank's Rose Gardner books are the exception to all of this.

It's been almost four years and over a dozen books since I got involved in Rose's world and I was hooked from the first book. Now, this gang feels like people I know and I'm so excited to check in with them every
linda houghtaling
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

As much as i read, as many authors as I've read. Rose Gardner is the favorite by far. What is not to love? She has come from nothing. Her words. She has visions. She been used for the visions . She has fallen in love with three different men. But the most amazing thing with this book here. Is the fact she has finally seen she truly loves James and deserves to be with him. It starts out like ever other story of hers. There's a murder. Two cousins fighting at a church picnic. Over fried c
Sandra Lancaster
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy Hell is all I kept repeating as I read this book. Add to that the Holy Hotness factor and I'm suffering a major book hangover that is going to last for quite some time. I laughed, cried and screamed at characters. That's how it is when you read one of Denise's books. She pulls you into the story and you become so engrossed, you feel like you are right there living it.

It was emotional, suspenseful and kept me guessing about everything until the end. I just love Rose and am excited to contin
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Rose Gardner Investigations (4 books)
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  • For the Birds (Rose Gardner Investigations, #2)
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