Up Shute Creek - Denise Grover Swank

Up Shute Creek

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2018-11-06
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 5
From 217 Ratings


Book four in the New York Times bestselling Rose Gardner Investigations series. 
Rose Gardner feels like she’s up a creek without a paddle. Her sister is dying, her secret boyfriend, James Malcolm, is struggling to protect the county underworld from an upstart drug dealer, and her ex has moved back to town with a bee in his bonnet and a mission to root out corruption in the county. To make matters worse, Neely Kate is in dire straits too—the past she’s spent years trying to forget has finally caught up to her, with horrific fallout. They’re in the thick of danger, and everyone’s quick to tell them they’d do best to hunker down and keep to themselves.
But mysteries have a way of finding Rose and Neely Kate. A mother contacts them about finding her missing teenage daughter the same day they find a different young woman stranded by the side of the road. They know they should turn down the case, just as they should ignore the signs that the woman with the broken down car is running from something, but for Rose and Neely Kate, curiosity will always have a stronger call than danger. 
Reading order:
Family Jewels (Rose Gardner Investigations #1) 
Trailer Trash (Neely Kate Mystery #1)
For the Birds (Rose #2)
Hell in a Handbasket (Rose #3)
In High Cotton (Neely Kate #2) 
Up Shute Creek (Rose #4)
Untitled (Neely Kate #3)--Late Spring


  • DGS Takes Readers’ Emotions on a Rollercoaster!

    By Jessicamfo
    As an avid reader of everything Rose and NK, I feel like they’re my own personal friends. I’m always cheering for them and for how I want their lives to turn out—including love interests. I won’t give any spoilers, but I’ll just say that Up Shute Creek took me on quite an emotional ride and left me hanging upside down at the edge of the biggest hill! I can’t wait for more!
  • Another amazing book!

    By Rinny0525
    Denise’s books always leave me wanting more and “Up Shute Creek” was no exception. It was funny, spicy and sad. Emotions all over the place. I don’t know how she does it but each book is better than the last. Another great addition to one of my favorite series. And that ending?!? Can’t wait for the next book!
  • Don’t bother

    By Hayward777
    I couldn’t get past the first chapter. Every page, when it wasn’t a descriptive sex narrative, introduced yet a new character, sometimes four new characters in one sentence. Too many characters, too much nipple kissing.
  • An Amazing Ride

    By Lanette W.
    DGS knocked it out of the park again with this book! The perfect ride of entertainment and emotions. With every book I love the characters and their stories even more!
  • Right in the feels... as usual!

    By Nichelle91215
    I really just can’t get enough of these books. Just when I think I have it figured out... BAM! She throws another curve ball, which I love!! Always tugging at my heartstrings, too... can’t wait for the next. ❤️
  • Amazing as per usual

    By Aclaxton
    Denise has done it again and Up Shute Creek is another terrific addition to the Rose Gardner series. We begin the book with the introduction of Rose’s newest “stray” Carly. (Okay, we actually begin with some Rose and James and uh, yum, but the mystery plot begins with the introduction of Carly.) I really enjoy her character and think she’s a great addition. I like that we have two mysteries going between Carly’s appearance and Rose/NK’s latest PI case involving a missing woman. The plots progress well with lots of twists and I look forward to seeing where some of those twists take us in the future. Mystery plots aside, I don’t know if I can even properly articulate my emotions throughout the book. They were all over the place, which is a sign of a great book to me! We finally get to see NK and Rose have a big conversation they’ve needed to have. We are gifted with more NK and Jed being the absolute most adorable couple ever. Joe turns a huge leaf between NK’s previous novel In High Cotton and this book and I’m straight loving him now. Violet has won me back over as well and I’m both looking forward to and not looking forward to seeing her storyline progress. And then there’s James. Sigh. I allllmost wrote him off in this book and he made me scream out loud in anger at him multiple times, but ultimately I’ll love him forever. Finally, Denise goes and leaves us with a 4500 ft drop of a cliffhanger that left me in actual tears and feeling heart broken, yet hopeful. I’m dying for more. Needless to say, I highly recommend Up Shute Creek, as well as all of Rose’s books.
  • Best one yet

    By emu326
    I have read this series from the very first Rose Gardner book and this was the best one yet. I can’t wait for the next one and now understand why we had to wait so long between books.
  • Great book!

    By Denise Niecee
    This is another great book by Denise Grover Swank. I read the book in 3 days. I can hardly wait for the next book to come out.
  • Wow

    By brittster22
    This book is my favorite dgs book yet. I’m worried it marks the beginning of the end for the series, however it’s totally worth it.
  • Amazing

    By Tara21659
    Denise Grover Swank never ceases to disappoint! This book is amazing and reminds me a lot of the earlier books. Rose and James’s relationship leaves readers hopeful for the future. Neely Kate shares her dark past with Rose. Rose is learning that she no longer can separate herself with lady and she is thinking about that in every decision she makes and it honestly makes her stronger than ever. I love the person that Violet has turned into be. And I have fell in love with Joe in this book, he has turned into the Joe McAllister we fell in love with in the beginning! All in all this book is a great read as is the whole Rose Gardner series!! Definitely did not disappoint!!