BOOK TOUR: Review of “Descendants of the Rose” by Juliette Harper

Descendents of the Rose by Juliette Harper

A review by Maria.

I would like to thank author Juliette Harper for giving me the opportunity to read and review another one of her novels; Descendants of the Rose, the first book in the Selby Jensen mystery series.

Selby Jensen might officially be a private investigator; unofficially her job is to hunt monsters. Nevermind the fact that she’s buisness partners with a vampire and best friends with a ghost. While she takes care of any monsters that come her way, she is secretly hunting one in particular; the werewolf that killed her husband. She wishes her husband had become a ghost because she still has questions about his death. Her husband’s old police partner doesn’t have any answers for her either. Now Selby’s newest case is at someplace she least expected to find evil: a Catholic school.

Selby is fun, opinionated, feisty and trying to move on with her life after her husband’s death. But she can’t move on until she solves his murder. She’s brave, smart, resourceful and has plenty of supernatural characters to help her in solving mysteries.

Helen was Selby’s best friend and died when they were 25 years old. She hovers around Selby and they’re still best friends. Being dead hasn’t stopped her terrible shopping habit, and she changes outfits on a whim. Helen is also keeping a secret from Selby. Shelby’s husband Dex didn’t actually pass on like Selby assumed when he died. Dex is stuck around as a ghost, loving Selby from the afterlife without her knowing it.

Johnny is a vampire and Selby’s business partner; was the comic relief of the book. Johnny harbors a huge crush on Selby and he’s full of flirty to outrageous comments.

Miss Mary Ruth is far from the regular school nun. She has a secret past involving magic and witchcraft on the way to finding her religion. Her past makes it so she doesn’t balk at the idea of her school containing some kind of spirit, or that she’ll need help with getting rid of it. Mary Ruth makes a great, spunky new addition to the Scooby gang; and provides a new person for Johnny to crush on.

This book was very different than Harper’s Lockwood Legacy and Study Club Murder mysteries. It still had the feel of a mystery but this time with strong paranormal aspects. The book was about the same length of previous Harper books, roughly 150 pages and was a very fast, entertaining read.

I look forward to reading more Selby Jensen mysteries in the future!

My rating: 4.5 /5 stars.

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Welcome to my tour stop for Descendants of the Rose by Juliette Harper! This is the first book in the Selby Jensen Paranormal Mysteries series and the tour runs July 20-31. Check out the tour page for more information.

Cover of Descendant of the Rose by Juliette HarperAbout the Book:

Selby Jensen’s business card reads “Private Investigator,” but to say the least, that downplays her real occupation. Let’s hear it in her own words:

“You want to know what I do for a living? I rip souls out. Cut heads off. Put silver bullets where silver bullets need putting. You think there aren’t any monsters? . . . I have some disturbing news for you. You might want to sit down. Monsters walk among us. I’m looking for one in particular. In the meantime? I’m keeping the rest of them from eating people like you.”In this debut novel of her new paranormal mystery series, Juliette Harper, author of The Lockwood Legacy books and The Study Club Mysteries creates a cast of characters, most of whom have one thing in common; they don’t have a pulse. The dead are doing just fine by Selby, who is determined never to lose someone she loves again, but then a force of love more powerful than her grief changes that plan.Join Selby Jensen as she and her team track down a shadowy figure tied to a murder at a girls’ school. What none of them realize, however, is that in solving this case, they will enter a longer battle against a larger evil.

About the Author:

Juliette Harper

Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Descendants of the Rose is the first installment of Harper’s debut Selby Jensen Paranormal Mystery series.

Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan, worked as a journalist and university history instructor before becoming a full-time freelance writer in 2002.

Juliette Harper is also the author of The Lockwood Legacy, a nine-book chronicle of the lives of three sisters who inherit a ranch in Central Texas following their father’s suicide. Four of the novels are currently available: Langston’s Daughters, Baxter’s Draw, Alice’s Portrait and Mandy’s Father.

And don’t miss her hilariously funny “cozy” Study Club Mysteries, a light-hearted spinoff of The Lockwood Legacy. The books, set in the 1960s, take on the often absurd eccentricities of small town life with good-natured, droll humor. The first book, You Can’t Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet is available with the second, You Can’t Put a Corpse in a Parade, coming in Summer 2015.

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BOOK TOUR: Review: “You Can’t Get Blood Out Of Shag Carpet” by Juliette Harper

You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet by Juliette HarperA review by Maria.

I’d like to thank author Juliette Harper for letting me read and review her novel, You Can’t Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet: A Study Club Cozy Murder Mystery.

Wanda Jean’s husband died on their shag carpet with a knife in his chest. Now local police are looking only at Wanda Jean as the killer. But not if her friends in the Study Club can help it. Club President Carla Wyler sets the club to work trying to find the real killer in their small town.

This book was a short read but it went slowly. There were was a huge cast of characters to keep straight, a different time period as the setting, and many, many different mysteries and secrets kept in town.

The novel was set in the 1960s and the differences in the time from then and now were amusing to read. I thought the author did a good job capturing that time period down to the smallest details from whispering about the Kennedy elections and cross-dressing, to perms and cat-eye glasses.

This was a southern mystery. The town seemed very backward, but it also could have been the time period. Carla and the club are very pro feminist rights and have quite a bit of futuristic ideas, but are also easily shocked by “bedroom activities” and the subject of homosexuality. It was interesting to watch these women uncover all of the mysteries in their small town.

Carla was a fascinating forward thinking character. She wasn’t afraid to stand up for her rights and the rights of other women. Even though her Study Club didn’t actually study anything, they still explored a vast range of political, social, and religious issues. I liked how much she educated other members, but never tried to change them, and applauded who they were – hairdressers, nurses, and housewives alike.

This book was very different from other Juliette Harper books I have read in the past. Where most of those were romantic suspense books, this was very much a novel for women and about women, with a mystery tying it all together.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to more mysteries in this series.Blog-Tour-You-Can-Get-Blood-out-of-Shag-Carpet

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

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Wanda Jean Milton discovers her husband, local exterminator Hilton Milton, dead on her new shag carpet with an Old Hickory carving knife sticking out of his chest. Beside herself over how she’ll remove the stain, and grief-stricken over Hilton’s demise, Wanda Jean finds herself the prime suspect in the case. But she is also a member of “the” local Study Club, a bastion of independent Texas feminism 1960s style. Club President Clara Wyler has no intention of allowing a member to be a murder suspect during her administration. Aided by her younger sister and County Clerk, Mae Ella Gormley; Sugar Watson, the proprietress of Sugar’s Style and Spray; and Wilma Schneider, Army MASH veteran and local RN, the Club women set out to clear Wanda Jean’s name — never guessing the local dirt they’ll uncover in the process.

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Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. You Can’t Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet is the first installment of Harper’s debut cozy Study Club Mysteries, an hilariously funny look at the often absurd eccentricities of small town life. The second book, to be released in coming months, is called You Can’t Put a Corpse in a Parade.

The droll series, set in the 1960s, is a light-hearted spinoff of Harper’s Lockwood Legacy a nine-book chronicle of the lives of three sisters who inherit a ranch in Central Texas following their father’s suicide. Three of the novels are currently available: Langston’s Daughters, Baxter’s Draw, and Alice’s Portrait. The fourth book, Mandy’s Father, will appear in Summer 2015.

And don’t miss Harper’s first foray into the world of the supernatural, Descendants of the Rose, Book 1 in the Selby Jensen Paranormal Mystery series. The second Selby Jensen book, Lost in Room 636 is also scheduled for a Summer 2015 release.

Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan, worked as a journalist and university history instructor before becoming a full-time freelance writer in 2002.

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Review: “Baxter’s Draw” by Juliette Harper

Baxter's Draw by Juliette HarperA review by Maria.

I would like to thank author Juliette Harper for giving me the opportunity of continuing to read and review her Lockwood Legacy series with the second book, Baxter’s Draw.

Baxter’s Draw picks up not long after the first book Langston’s Daughters left off. The sisters: Kate, Jenny, and Mandy are now living on the ranch together and caring for each other as sisters again. Jenny and Mandy are both in relationships. But the sister’s still have questions about their father’s life and death. Now archaeologist Jake Martin enters their lives to study the land they own up in Baxter’s Draw.

This book delved even deeper into the mystery and violence than the last book. Questions still surround their father’s death and the body count since. Now the stakes are even higher for the sister’s with someone watching their every move. The danger was intense and kicked up a notch in Baxter’s Draw. The mystery kept me guessing as a reader.

Family was a recurring theme as the sister’s start relying on each other more. I really enjoyed their relationship as well as their banter. It was real and heartwarming. The girls also get to know more about their father and shed light onto the cruel and unloving man they knew.

Kate was the central sister in this novel and this book delves more into her independent and loner nature. She has an attraction with Jake and it’s nice to see that friendship blossom. She’s a strong, smart and brave woman and I enjoyed having her as the main character in this book. However, her romance was very much downplayed while Jenny’s and Mandy’s relationships were holding most of the romantic side of things in this book.

On a funny note, I kept noticing in both Baxter’s Draw and Langston’s Daughters that the author seemed very fond giving all of her male characters names beginning with the letter J. Sometimes it was confusing as a reader since I would get the names mixed up, especially now that all three love interests are introduced in this book. However, the author choose to draw attention to it herself by having Kate refer to the men as “the three Jays.”

This book was a short southern romantic suspense novel building again on the ties of family. With two books under my belt on this series, I have enjoyed them immensely.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

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