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Author: Juliette Harper
Genre: adult, contemporary, mystery, cozy mystery
Published: May 17, 2015
Publisher: Skye House Publishing
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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You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet is a cozy mystery set in Texas complete with an intriguing mystery, fun characters, and a countryside full of secrets and stories easily. Aside from that, this turned out to be a spin-off of Juliette Harper's The Lockwood Legacy series. This is set before The Lockwood Legacy series which adds a pretty interesting historical aspect to the story.
The Mystery! Hilton Milton, the local exterminator, was murdered in the his own home. Worse thing is that his wife is the main suspect. Yet the worst thing is that he's murdered in his wife's new shag carpet!
Solving the Case. I've read a couple of cozy mysteries before and at some point they get really thrilling. You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet, on the other hand, is that really amusing cozy mystery. It made me wonder it about things. The headstrong girls who'd go out of their way to prove things really absorbed me. There's a good focus on the case in hand yet the enjoyment you get from the ladies solving the case really balances out everything.
The Revelation. This part. This part. I was like, WTF? Seriously? Okay, there's no thrilling way toward this. You Can't Get Blood...'s revelation-part put me off a bit but it really complimented the feel this book gives. It's completely amusing and at some point I just laughed it off.
OVERALL, You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet is a really amusing read. It kept me intrigued as Harper slowly goes through the secrets of this countryside Texan community and reveal the murderer and his reasons. This is recommended for anyone who enjoys entertaining mysteries that would absorb you without the heart-stopping suspense.
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What I Like: (1) the really insisting, sneaky, fun ladies (they were really amusing), (2) how it really kept me thinking, (3) that revelation! (had mixed feelings but it's really just funny),
What I Didn’t Like: (1) that it's not a thriller (I'm a mystery-thriller reader, I enjoyed this but I kept on looking forward to a thriller-side somewhere but nope)
~this book was provided in exchange for an honest review~
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Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson.
As a writer, Juliette's goal is to create strong female characters facing interesting, challenging, painful, and at times comical situations. Refusing to be bound by genre, her primary interest lies in telling good stories.
Five of Juliette's series are currently available. The best-selling Lockwood Legacy, is a nine-book chronicle of the lives of three sisters who inherit a ranch in Central Texas following their father's suicide. The first three novels appeared in early 2015: Langston's Daughters, Baxter's Draw, and Alice's Portrait. The fourth, Mandy's Father, in hot demand by readers, will be available in early July.
Descendants of the Rose is the first installment of the Selby Jensen Paranormal Mysteries. The second book, Lost in Room 636, will be available later this year. Selby's business card reads "Private Investigator," but to say the least, that downplays her real occupation where business as usual is anything but normal.
And don't miss the hilariously funny "cozy" Study Club Mysteries, a light-hearted spin off of The Lockwood Legacy. Set in the 1960s, this series takes 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 already listed in the Amazon store with You Can't Put a Corpse in a Parade coming soon.
Juliette's latest creative efforts are in the short fiction arena. Her debut "Before" series is a collection of light, sweet romance stories that can be read in less than an hour. The first installment is Before Marriage with the second, Before the Affair, to be released shortly.
Fermata: The Winter is the first in a four-novella post-apocalyptic survival series. Five years after an unknown virus divided the world into the living and the dead, four survivors stumble into a winter sanctuary. Brought together by circumstance, but bound by the will to stay alive, a concert pianist and a girl from South Boston forge a friendship and a purpose to cope with their new reality.
Juliette is planning other short stories and novellas in the coming weeks and months. These pieces are available for Kindle only and will include companion shorts to her other series as well as stand-alone works.
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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