The first book the USA Today bestselling Magnolia Steele Mystery series by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank.
Ten years ago, Magnolia Steele fled Franklin, Tennessee after an incident that left her with hazy memories and a horror of the place where she had been born and bred. Though her abrupt departure destroyed most of her treasured relationships, she vowed never to return . . . until she has no choice. When Magnolia’s breakout acting role in a Broadway musical ends in disgrace, there’s only one place she can go. She finds herself on her momma’s porch, suitcase in hand.
Drama follows Magnolia around like a long lost friend. She reluctantly agrees to help her momma’s catering company at a party for a country music star, only to find herself face-to-face with a sleazy music agent from her past. After a very public spat, Magnolia not only finds him dead but herself center stage in the police’s investigation. Now she must scramble to prove her innocence, relying on the help of acquaintances old and new.
But the longer Magnolia stays in Franklin, the more she remembers about the big bad incident that chased her away. The past might not be finished with her yet, and what she doesn’t remember could be her biggest danger.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first book in American author Denise Grover Swank’s mystery series introduces an intriguing heroine: broke, beautiful Magnolia Steele, who returns home to a small Tennessee town after leaving abruptly 10 years before. The novel reminded us a bit of Nashville—which we love—and we really enjoyed how the story twists from a mother-daughter drama into a suspenseful murder mystery. We look forward to following the rest of Magnolia’s adventures.
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A fun read that zips right along. Magnolia is quite a character and I am curious to find what comes next in her complicated life. However,
I only gave it 4 stars because I really want an ending to a story and this left me hanging with the intent that, if truly interested, I would buy the next book. I'm still mulling that over trying to decide if I want to. Does book two end the same way? Hmmm.
I love a good secret....
I thought that I was going to be let down after reading the Rose Gardener books because they were so good... but Holy Moly- Denise Swank knocked this one out of the park! I love Maggie and and looking forward to figuring out all these secrets we have just found out about! On to the next....
Good but no final resolution
I liked the book, but didn’t realize it was basically one fourth of a book, in that you have to buy the other three books to get any answers about the main mystery of the story. I hate cliffhangers.