[REVIEW] Descendants of the Rose

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Series: Selby Jensen Paranormal Mystery #1
Juliette Harper
 mystery, paranormal
Published: May 6, 2015
Publisher: Skye House Publishing

Purchase: Amazon

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.

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I LOVE mysteries but I'm not a huge fan of paranomal things. But paranomal-mystery? Count me in, please! 

I did not expect myself to immediately enjoy Descendants of the Rose. The first couple of chapters introduced Selby Jensen in quite an old fashion way (the character plainly talking about herself, what she went through really quickly). But it worked. It worked out nicely. It could be Juliette Harper's style that carried this opening.

One of the things I really loved in here is the mystery and how Selby goes around things. The mystery has an intriguing aspect of religious beliefs. It really grabbed my attention. Along with this is Selby Jensen herself. She's got this really strong character that really had me reading. The way she faces things is crazy but she always have her head right there. I also loved Selby's team. Oh god, they are one crazy team but that's what makes them fun. They're all distinct and quite entertaining to read. I'd say that Harper was able to combine her style of serious moments and smooth characters she established in her other book series, the Lockwood Legacy, and her nicely laid down occasional humor like that in You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet.

OVERALL, Descendants of the Rose is a great paranomal mystery and is a highly recommended read. It goes from vampires, ghosts, shape-shifters, and a whole lot more and it works. It really works. It's got a great detective and a really notable team to watch out for!

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What I Like: (1) the mystery, (2) Selby Jensen and her team, (3) the development of the mystery, (4) the occasional humor, (5) how it really grabbed my attention

What I Didn’t Like: (1) how some things just came out so quickly (I mean how certain events progressed quickly/conveniently)

~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. 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. 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 Fall 2015. 
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, will be available shortly, with the second, You Can’t Put a Corpse in a Parade, coming in Summer 2015.

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