Friday, January 12, 2024

Sophia Rose Reviews Swat for Dummies by Gail Koger


Today Sophia Rose returns with her review of Swat for Dummies by Gail Koger #2 in her Deputy Gemma Stone series. Read on to see what she thought.

SWAT For Dummies by Gail Koger

#2 Deputy Gemma Stone

Romantic Comedy

Publisher: Self

Published: 12.18.23

Pages:  135

Rating: 4 stars

Format: eARC

Source:  Author

Sellers: Amazon

ADD TO: GoodReads


GoodReads Synopsis:

Just call me Calamity Jane, wherever I go, trouble soon follows. Which makes my job as a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy a bit hazardous. From chasing down a bank robber to dealing with a cat burglar or handling Sun City’s seniors who are crazy as June bugs and horny as hell. My personal life is complicated. Off duty I’m a ballroom dancer. Detective Sergeant Dante Delgado is my new dance partner. My relationship with him puts me in the crosshairs of a dirty cop with homicidal tendencies. Can we stop him, or will we become his next victims? Law enforcement isn’t for the fainthearted. Are you brave enough to enter my world?

Author’s I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for way too many years and this novella contains some of the wilder incidents that occurred.


Sophia Rose's Review:

Gemma Jones smashed into my life with her deputy capers in Stilettos and Sniper Rifles.  I could not wait for the next installment in her law enforcing adventures, SWAT For Dummies and my anticipation was amply rewarded.


SWAT For Dummies is the second entry in the Deputy Gemma Jones blend of comedy and romantic suspense.  This could be well appreciated out of order or standalone, but why miss the first encounter of Gemma with Dante or the seniors on Viagra and definitely not to be missed is her ride or die best bud, her tireless sergeant or her quirky, capable family.


In SWAT For Dummies, Gemma’s regular patrol day is interrupted when she realizes something hinky is going on within the Sheriff’s Dept and it has a connection to her new boyfriend, Dante’s past- the unsolved murder of his folks.  Between 911 response calls that have her tangling with the crazy citizens and even nuttier pets, Gemma and her posse must stop the corruption.


The mayhem and hijinks are laugh out loud funny and even more so knowing Gail Koger was basing the call outs on many real and wacky 911 calls.  Dante’s sultry dancing leaves me needing a tall glass of ice water.  And, the overall fun and entertainment of Gemma’s law enforcement adventures are the spice of life and left me impatient for book three.


Author Bio:

I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for thirty-one years and to keep insanity at bay, I took up writing. Not to worry. The insanity isn’t catching – much. Other than the addiction to chocolate and the twitch in my left eye, I’m good. I’ve had my weird but true stories published in newspapers and magazines.

Visit her on her Website or on Facebook

Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, piano-playing, and gardening. Road trips and campouts, museums and monuments, restaurants and theaters are her jam. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

As a lifelong reader, it was inevitable that Sophia would discover book blogs and the joy of blog reviewing. Sophia is a prolific reader and audiobook listener which allows her to experience so many wonderful books, authors, and narrators. Few genres are outside her reading tastes, but her true love is fiction particularly history, mystery, sci-fi, and romance. Though, sorry, no horror or she will run like Shaggy and Scooby.






  1. I had so much fun writing this and I have plenty of wacky calls left - like five pages worth!! Thanks once again for the awesome review.

    1. I'm having a blast reading these. A pleasure to share my thoughts on them, Gail. :)

  2. A nice short read! I love it when a story makes me laugh. I'll have to look into this author!

  3. Yes give me some.comedy
    I miss that in books these days

    1. I agree! A good laugh out loud comedy between the more serious ones to break the high drama. :)