For the Birds - Denise Grover Swank

For the Birds

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2017-07-11
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
5 Score: 5 (From 223 Ratings)


Book two in the New York Times best selling Rose Gardner Investigation series. 

Book two in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Rose Gardner Investigations series.

Rose Gardner is trying to build a new normal. One that leaves the Fenton County crime world—including James “Skeeter” Malcom, the current king—behind. Her best friend and roommate is a big part of that effort, but Neely Kate is busy building her own life anew. She disappeared for a few days, scaring the spit out of Rose—which is why Rose finds it impossible to deny her when she suggests they look for a missing parrot. Only this time Neely Kate isn’t interested in the reward money; she’s set them up to work with a cranky private investigator known as Kermit the Hermit. Rose sees it for what it is: another bid for them to become private investigators.

If nothing else, it’s a good distraction…until one of James’s nemeses, Buck Reynolds, comes calling for help. James’s brother has gone missing, and Wagner is number one on the crime king’s suspect list. Only, according to him, he’s innocent. 

Rose had promised herself she was through with the crime world, but she wants to see his James’s brother safe. Besides, can she really say no when she might be the only one who can keep order in the county?  

Reading order:
Family Jewels (Rose Gardner Investigations #1)
Trailer Trash (Neely Kate Mystery #1)
For the Birds (Rose Gardner Investigations #2)
In High Cotton (Neely Kate Mystery #2)


  • Great stories

    By Ballhitter
    I have read the entire series of 281/2 wishes and can’t wait for the next one to come out. These stories keep you in suspense and cliff hangers at the end and again I can’t wait to see what the next one holds. Will Rose and James end up together or at the end of the two weeks will she tell him no because her niece and nephew need her since Violet is dying and Mike has already told her he didn’t like her choices in friends and didn’t want her circle of friends to be around his children????? Great writing, great stories and entertaining plots. Please let Rose make a decision that will make her happy as she has been alone and hurt enough.
  • This is the best of the Rose Gardner stories

    By Coloradogal
    To truly enjoy Rose and her friends you need to start at the beginning with the Rose Gardner Mysteries. I totally am hooked on that series and the following series Rose Gardner Investigations. Denise takes you on a ride with this book…and loving every minute of it. The characters are so well drawn, the story plot will cause you to laugh and to cry and to love every minute of it. When we finish you will be so sorry to put it down!
  • Mason and Rose

    By Skajsnxcx
    Loved the mystery serious. Couldn't put them down read them all in a week, but I think she she should be with Mason. He treated her as an equal and even let her go to let her figure out what she wanted even if it broke him. Joe is a "first love" who she loves but he's not the one for her. Skeeter to me isn't believable. He's a Murder and a criminal when you get down to it and yes he has a soft spot but what are they going to do settle down and have babies while daddy is out running the underworld and pushing drugs? Don't get me wrong he is a great character as is Jed, but how can she be madly in love with Mason and agree to marry him then just move on to skeeter no prob....
  • WOW!!!

    By WeMomma
    Fantastic book!!! I love Rose and Skeeter together!!!!! About time. Another great addition to this must read series.
  • Loved it

    By Starrx3
    I neeeeeddddd the next book already omg! I love Rose, she's my hero
  • FOR The birds

    By Werepup453
    Wow, Denise has given us, yet again, an amazing read. She has given us great lovable characters, that make us laugh and cry. I have love seeing how she has made the characters grow.
  • Rose & Joe

    By Board Grand
    I loved the book, however, VERY disappointed that Rose and Joe aren't getting back together!! Not happy that Rose and Skeeter are an item!!!! After talking to other readers, they are not happy as well. We want Rose and Joe back together!!!!
  • Nail biter!!

    By Laura-01
    This is my favorite book in the series so far!! Absolute favorite. This series is so captivating that it is seriously a nail biter. I couldn't wait to see what happens next and I could not put the book down. It is definitely a page turner and that's what I love about Denise's books. I absolutely love Rose's world and there were definitely several "bombs" that were dropped in this book. Love it!!
  • Love this series

    By Mep61
    I loved the original Rose Gardner Mystery series and I'm glad to see Rose and Neely Kate's adventures continue. Thank you Denise for keeping them going and keeping us so entertained and intrigued.
  • My favorite author...

    By Jami Caven
    ...she did it again! She wrote an immaculately written book that has everything you could ever want: humor, romance and mystery. I have loved every single one of her Rose Gardner books (including the NK book as well) and it never ceases to amaze me how they keep getting better and better. I laugh, I cry and no author has ever or will ever make you love/hate the characters so much that you feel you know them in real life. My husband and I even joke that I'm always in a particularly good mood when I'm in the middle of reading one of these books. TRUST ME.. you will NOT be disappointed. It is totally worth the money and time to read all the books from the beginning (16 books, I believe). I have yet to find another series I love so much so I have decided to go ahead and reread them all again. Something else I have never done with a series. So go ahead and indulge. Fall in love with these books as I've done. No reason for me to keep all this sweet book bliss to myself. ***My ONLY complaint now is having to wait until February when the next book comes out. I'm on the literal verge of losing my mind just thinking about having to wait that long. I would definitely not mind at all being sent chapter by chapter to help keep my sanity in line (*wink wink*). So thank you Denise for these wonderful books and keep em' coming baby! =)