One Foot in the Grave - Denise Grover Swank

One Foot in the Grave

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2020-06-30
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 149 Ratings


The third book in the USA Today bestselling Carly Moore series by Denise Grover Swank.

The dead can’t speak

After months of living in the Smoky Mountains town of Drum, Tennessee, Carly knows firsthand the financial hardship the citizens face. Still, she can’t muster the same excitement as everyone else when town patriarch Bart Drummond breaks ground on his new resort that promises more jobs and money.
But the project comes to a screeching halt when the construction crew unearths a grisly discovery—an unmarked grave. The discovery threatens Carly’s ex-boyfriend, when the authorities learn the body belongs to his old girlfriend who had supposedly left town…and Wyatt is suspect number one.
Carly’s sure Wyatt’s innocent, even if the rest of the town, and more importantly, the sheriff’s department, is ready to lock him up. Carly has moved on from Wyatt, but now he’s asking for her help to clear his name. In exchange, he’ll tell her what he knows about his father. Information that will help her bring Bart down.
But danger lurks around every corner, and as Carly puts her life on the line to help the man who betrayed her, she begins to question everything and everyone around her…especially Wyatt Drummond.  


  • Carly never disappoints

    By HElizabethH07
    I love reading through Carly’s perspective. I love her relationships with Hank and Marco. Please give us more!
  • Give me MORE of Carly Moore!!! ;)

    By c.edens
    These books get better and better. I love that we are still learning things about each character. The character development in ANY DGS book is fantastic so no surprise here that Bingham and Lula give me all the heart eyes. Wyatt needing Carly’s hell was very conflicting, but I’m glad she agrees to help. I love that Marco and Hank are still around I LOVE Hank!! Wyatt is being accused of murder, and the victim was quite the surprise to me!! And the killer? I was shocked and you will be too! Knowing that we have another Carly book coming has me ecstatic!! Counting down the days until the next release. Of course I’ll be reading it and I’m just as sure that I will love it as well. Never any complaints with a book by DGS. Her writing to me is pure genius, I’d read her grocery lists! Don’t miss out on this masterpiece!
  • Wonderful book

    By BT3103
    Denise knocked it out of the park again. This book pulls you in from the start. It keeps you in your toes trying to figure out the mystery and it pulls on your heart strings with the relationships being built. I don’t want to give any spoilers but team Marco all the way! I’m excited to see how Carly’s story progresses.
  • Such a nail biter!!!

    By Samie <3
    Another amazing DGS book! Carly is just amazing and she is so intelligent. I love how every emotion she goes through, you can just feel. There’s so many layers and so many twists and turns that you can’t put it down because you might miss something. This book was such a nail biter and I definitely did not guess the ending. If you want an amazing book that just captivates you, definitely read this series
  • Amazing!

    By Dcsmom12
    I fell in love with Rose’s world and that led me to fall in love with Carly’s. Denise is an amazing writer who can create worlds that we so desire to be apart of. We relate to the characters, become attached to them and enjoy each book that is released.
  • My Review. Cause...that’s what it is. So yep.

    I see all of these incredibly long reviews, and, of course, your girl isn’t much of a writer. So, my apologies, this will most likely be short and full of grammatical errors... This book is very captivating, and somehow captures the story in such a way, it seems as if if to be a distant dream....or is very enthralling, and it is certainly deserving of its high ratings. I do believe it sometimes is hard to keep track of what’s going on, but once you revive, it yet again becomes a captivating thriller that will make you hear bumps in the night. It’s I genuinely written, and has a good plot and ending. The ending is satisfying yet leaves off at some sort of...well....cliffhanger. It’s hard to explain, so I suggest you read it yourself! You’ll make many connections and learn many...odd things. The scariest thing will be yourself. The saddest thing will be the crack in a voice before they cry. The most anxious thing will be the whole book. Odd yet so very remarkable. I’ve written a lot more than I expected to at ten twenty p.m. but I’m not one to complain! Well, see you on the other side of the grave, friend!
  • Ahhhhmazing!

    By LLP237
    This book had me all over the place, I loved every bit of it. It had such great sentiment throughout and even brought a few tears to my eyes. Carly has to make so many tough decisions and I feel like she has really grown in this book. Very impressed and impatiently waiting for the next book in this series!
  • New secrets to reveal and oh boy we got drama!

    By cckuqui
    And we are back in Drum, Tennessee, time has passed since book 2. It's been a few months since Lula's drama and things with Wyatt... well things are still not good. The resort that was hinted before is now being constructed, which means more foot traffic at Max's bar and overall more jobs for the town and everyone is happy about it... except Carly since the man behind the project is no other than Bart Drummond and she is determined to see him dethroned. But everything comes to a screeching halt when they discover some buried bones on site. When it's known that the bones belong to no other than Wyatt's ex-girlfriend who supposedly left town before he went to jail and he is now a suspect. Even if things are still not even amicable between Carly and him, she is sure of his innocence, so when he asks for her help is a no-brainer. He offers her truths in return, which are like currency in Drum, so she decides to investigate. I have to be completely honest here, this wasn't my favorite but please do hear me out. Denise is an amazing writer, I really felt like I was reliving a real person recount of her life story. The story itself was well written and well developed. I think this book gives us a new perspective about Wyatt, Marco, and especially Bart's wife. She was a surprise, to say the least, and I think she is going to play major plot twits in the future and I looking forward to it. With all that being said... I just hated the things that happen and mostly how I felt like we got no resolution, I mean yes, we get to know who the killer is and the whys, what and how, but still everything else it's out in the open with BIG question marks. I think in the end we got 1 solution for at least 10 more mysteries to solve. And I'm sorry I do have to say this (trying not to give too much away but...) I get that labels are scary, especially if we consider Carly's situation, but I mean if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck I refuse to call it anything else even if she is not ready to admit it yet. I'm really looking forward to next book and if I can get picky, can we get to the loving? Mama needs some sugar!
  • Great book!

    By Xcvxvxbdbbd
    I loved this mystery, I couldn’t put the book down! As always DGS does not disappoint. I can’t wait for the next release in October 2020!
  • If these bones could talk

    By Jamie-Kay
    This is the third book in the Carly Moore series. Time line wise, taking place a few months after the events of the second book. So far, this may be my favorite of the series. It has an overall feel closer to the first book that I enjoyed much more than book two. The plot moves effortlessly and provides much needed answers as to what really happened to cause the riff between Wyatt and his family. Carly does continue to poke her nose into all sorts of things, but she goes about it in a smarter way this time around. Little hints are dropped that there may be more going on in Drum than Carly realized. Perhaps even things that Wyatt has tried to protect her from. I was happy to have more of Wyatt in this book and I think Carly is starting to realize that he has kept secretes for a reason. Marco has become even more of a fixture in Carly’s life and is edging to have more with her. I enjoyed the dynamic between Carly and Marco, even if I don’t want him as a love interest. It was also good to have a revisit with Hank, Max, Lula, Bingham & Ruth. I look forward to see how Carly’s story will progress in the next book.