In High Cotton - Denise Grover Swank

In High Cotton

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2018-07-31
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 424 Ratings

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Second book in the USA Today bestselling Neely Kate Mystery series, a spinoff from the Rose Gardner Investigation series. 

Neely Kate’s life is finally coming together. She’s living and working with her best friend, Rose. Her newly discovered brother, Joe, has decided he’s done hiding that she’s his sister, and her new boyfriend, Jed, is everything she could have dreamed of and more. 

Only things aren’t going as well as she’d hoped. 

Neely Kate is still keeping secrets from Rose. Joe wants to introduce her as his sister at a high society dinner even though she doesn’t know the difference between a soup and a dessert spoon.  And Jed is spending more and more time away from her and won’t tell he what he’s up to. She’s worried he’s changed his mind about them, not that she’s surprised—can you build a relationship on digging up a body together?  

Now someone’s calling Neely Kate about her Ardmore secrets, and her sister Kate might be locked up on a psych ward, but she has a few surprises of her own. Neely Kate can’t help wondering if it’s time to come clean about her past with the people she loves. 

The dead body that turns up in her basement might be the kick in the pants she needs. Because the truth will set you free, or if you’re Neely Kate, land you in hot water. 


  • Amazing

    By J0987643115794,74
    Thrilling. From beginning to end.
  • Wonderful

    By Tinasb
    This is wonderful
  • Answered big questions

    By HElizabethH07
    I will start this review by saying I enjoy a lot of Denise’s books, not just Rose. But Rose is the one I read first, and she got me hooked. Before reading the Rose Gardner series, I was sort of a book snob. I thought “classics” were the only books worth reading. When I was pregnant with my five year old I couldn’t read enough. I loved mysteries and decided to try a series starter-Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes. I instantly loved Rose and how relatable she was. I loved how I couldn’t put the books down. Soon, Rose felt like an old friend. It was fun to see her grow and make new connections with people. Fast forward to this year...I read this book late nights while nursing my newborn (again lol) and it was just what I needed. I don’t look forward to many things as much as I wait for a new release of these books. I loved that Kate was a big part of the story and we learn more about what she’s doing behind the scenes. Neely Kate is my favorite character and I can’t get enough of her! This book provided her with some closure that she waited for, for a long time now. I have a feeling it’s leading up to a new chapter of her life that she deserves! I tried to read slowly but I finished this entirely too fast.
  • Fantastic!

    By Sweetsballer
    I cannot say enough about how much I love this storyline and view from this characters side. She has so many aspects and hearing her story just fills gaps! It truly is another great addition to this Rose Gardner series!
  • Better and better

    By stooooooooopppppppp wnicknames
    The Rose Gardner series and Neely Kate series gets better and better with every book. I’m reading a book a day and still cannot get enough! Even when my eyes hurt I push through because the suspense and mystery is so intriguing. I recommend these books to everyone. They’re addictive. Don’t start reading them if you have anything important to do, I can pretty much guarantee you won’t get to it.
  • In high Cotten

    By Cris2306
    Another favorite I feel like I have a personal relationship with Neely Kate. Can’t wait for the next one
  • High cotton -perfect name

    By haele520
    Neely kate is my favorite character! I love how strong she is amidst her insecurities. I can’t get enough of her. Can’t wait to read the next book!
  • Once again AMAZING!

    By Hushpuppy53
    As always Denise does not disappoint! I am so happy she put Jed and Neely Kate together as a happy couple! I absolutely love them together and can’t get enough of them. This had everything suspense, love, crime and so much more! I HIGHLY recommend all of Denise’s books she is a remarkable writer who never disappoints.
  • Boring

    By twoyummykids
    This is by far the least interesting of Denise Grover Swank’s books. It is repetitive and slow. The characters are poorly developed in this book, and the story line is thin. I do not recommend this book.
  • WOW! Neely Kate and Jed…total WOW!

    By Coloradogal
    I love this series...the Rose Gardner and Neely Kate series...they are tied together in a story line. This book focuses on Neely Kate, and loving this character I was glad to see Denise Grover Swank focus on her. One thing I love about these books is the characters grow as people...well, at least most of them do. This book is a mystery as well as a romance...and I love her boyfriend Jed...and the focus on him in this book. I recommend this book and the entire series. You really need to read the entire series in order --- otherwise it will not make a lot of sense. But this series is so worth the money and the time. I cannot recommend this book or this series too much!