Center Stage

Center Stage

By Denise Grover Swank

  • Release Date: 2016-03-15
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 130 Ratings
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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.


  • 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
  • A nice, light read

    By uprise24
    I don't usually enjoy light reading, but must say I enjoyed this book. It won't win a Pulitzer Prize, but it gets my vote. If you don't enjoy it, look me up and I'll give you five bucks😉
  • Love it.

    By Jackkirb
    I couldn't put the book down! All the characters fit so well together.
  • Center stage

    By Leanne Angela
    Awesome!!! Another fun female character, tough, independent, smart, beautiful!!! Ready to start book two in the series!!!
  • Truly Center Stage

    By gypsytoo
    Enjoyed this so much! Am awaiting Act 2, I'm sure that it won't disappoint. Questions still have to be answered about memories, as well as complicated relationships, but I'm sure they will come.
  • I can't wait for next book

    By Pumketa
    I loved it and I couldn't put it down so many questions with the need to be answered ASAP. Magnolia came home after 10 years because she didn't have any other option. You will discover little by little the reason why magnolia left in the first place. I loved how the story is developed, the characters, the mystery the need to find out what really happened to Magnolia that made her leave everything just to forget. I can't really wait for the next book. If you like mystery, friendship, family and romance this is your book!