Hell in a Handbasket by Denise Grover Swank

Hell in a Handbasket

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2018-04-17
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 5
From 148 Ratings
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Book three 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 she can’t possibly accept his offer of a relationship, she hasn’t yet mustered the strength. Worst of all, her sister is terminally ill, and there isn’t a thing she can do to save her.
When a new case falls into Rose’s lap, she eagerly shifts her attention to someone else’s problems—except it’s Henryetta, and every person, and problem, is somehow connected. The case will bring her back into contact with James, whom she still hasn’t answered, and force her to confront her past in other unexpected ways.
Meanwhile, Rose and Neely Kate find themselves playing host to an unlikely house guest. Helping the stranger may require them to become more entangled with the crime world, something Rose knows she should avoid. She and Neely Kate have the very best of intentions, but are those intentions ushering them down a path they can’t easily leave?

Rose Gardner Investigations Series
Family Jewels
For the Birds
Hell in a Handbasket
Up Shute Creek (Fall 2018)

Neely Kate Mystery
Trailer Trash
In High Cotton (July 31, 2018)


  • Hell in a Handbasket

    By Kari128
    Loved this book!!!!! Especially the two main characters, Rose and James. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
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    By Jessee808
    So good! I can’t get enough!
  • Love it!!!

    By Ddsj23
    Another brilliant masterpiece!!! Love, Love, Love the Rose Gardner books!!!!
  • Loved the book

    By Blesan28
    Rose Gardner hands down are my fave books - going all the way back to Twenty Eight. If you are looking for easy reading that models you on your toes, please read this series.
  • Denise does is again!

    By PRC-88
    I’ve got one bad thing to say about this book.. IT ENDED TOO SOON! I couldn’t put it down!
  • Enjoyable

    By Kat1959 22
    Rose and Neely Kate are a guilty pleasure for me. I try to savor the stories, but find myself finishing them in just a couple of days. Great fun vacation reading. Love it.
  • Awesome Read

    By Bhs0616
    This was such a great story to continue the series. I love Rose's strength and personality. I think she has finally ended up with someone that makes sense for her right now. I read through these books so quick because they are amazing stories and I cannot wait for the next one! Awesome writer!
  • Denise did it AGAIN!

    By NC Running Mom
    Denise Grover Swank is a genius. It's hard not to sit and devour her books in one sitting, but I tried to take my time with Hell in a Handbasket. The twists in this and the plot that played with my emotions... I couldn't have dreamed up better! WOW! Can't wait for the next book!
  • Absolutely Amazing!

    By Hushpuppy53
    I can not say enough great things about this author and this book! Once again Denise does not disappoint her readers! I LOVED this book and LOVED the ending!!! I can’t wait to read the next installment in this awesome series!!!!
  • Phenomenal!!!!

    By popcorn22
    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 reading the emotions in this book, I was feeling each and every one of them. I was yelling my enthusiasm while Rose stood up for herself. I was smiling at jokes and sarcastic parts. I was bawling like a baby when I felt the emotion of Rose and other characters with both happy and sad tears. I feel emotionally attached to this character and feel invested in her future and even if something were to happen in the books that I didn’t like, I know I am in Rose’s life for the long run. Hell in a Handbasket is just as good, if not better, than the books that got me hooked back in the Rose Gardner Mystery series. There are no dull moments or repetitive parts in the book whatsoever. Denise Grover Swank keeps me amazed at how well she keeps the story going, while being realistic and entertaining, book after book, and how obsessively I wait for the next book to come out each time. I hope this series never ends because I will never be ready to say “Goodbye” to Rose Gardner.