Center Stage - Denise Grover Swank

Center Stage

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2016-03-15
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 296 Ratings


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.


  • Center Stage

    By Susal55
    Fast paced, well written, with characters I would like to know in person!
  • Not for me

    By as close
    I thought this story slow to develop and to find answers. Even at the end of the book there weren’t answers. You have to read the other books. I had a hard time that she was so negative and everything and everyone was against her. Narcissistic for sure as someone called her. Not sure I’ll read more. I loved the Rose Gardner series.
  • Addictive mystery

    By Jjjack1
    This book has amazing characters, mystery, and heart. Can't wait to read the next one.
  • Wow! Where have I been?! Needs 10 stars

    By Billysangel 71
    I can’t believe I’m just now coming across this book! I’m not typically into these type of murder/mystery books but something about the way readers reviewed it caught my eye and sparked my interest. I literally felt like I was actually there in the book as a character. I thoroughly enjoyed this book—allowing me every emotional twist it could offer. I laughed, cried, felt the anxiety and anger and got on several personal levels with Magnolia. I am starting the next book and can’t wait for the third!! Excellent!

    By Bun Brrabbid Lop
    I really liked the book. All of what others have said in their reviews helped me choose to get this book. BUT, IT IS NOT A STAND ALONE BOOK! The ending leaves unanswered questions, on purpose, so that the reader is required to purchase books: 2,3, & 4. That is why I only gave a 4 Star rating. I had read another of this author/writer's book: THE SUBSTITUTE. It was great and had a happy ending. And, did not require any further books to complete the story!
  • Mystery Suspense

    By Grandma PNR
    Very good mystery with suspense, with good characters and intrigue.Really like Magnolia. Looking forward to reading the next .
  • Love this series

    By Sajae's mom
    I loved every page. You will cry,laugh,and feel tormented along side Magnolia. Each book in this series will keep you in a constant state of suspense.
  • Just awesome

    By Ifhtu
    One of the best books I read in awhile!
  • Page turning mysterious fun

    By grooviemomma
    I love DGS and this series is a hit for me! I enjoy reading as an escape from daily life so the balance of mystery, romance and humor is important to me. I don't want to work at my nighttime reading but I don't want to feel like n idiot either. Swank knows how to deliver and she treats her readers well. Magnolia is runner up only to Rose in the contemporary women sleuth category!
  • Center Stage

    By Proctorasshole
    OMG this book is definitely a bestseller. I have NEVER stopped with 300 more pages still to read and felt like I just got lucky at a Monopoly game board move to buy "Boardwalk" just to post a winning book review before I'm even finished!! You go girl because you have me laughing at intelligent creative humor and characters that seem real and keeps you spellbound. Much appreciated KSW