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Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway--> You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet by Juliette Harper

Welcome to the blog tour of You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet by Juliette Harper! This is the first book in A Study Club Mystery series and it's now available for sale on Amazon and Smashwords for only .99 cents!
This tour runs June 15-26 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

About the Book:
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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~Book Review~
Having read Juliette Harper's The Lockwood Legacy series, I am already in love with their writing style. Their books are fast paced, entertaining and capable to keep the reader bound until the very end.

Here too, the same can be said to be true. I loved this very funny, cozy mystery revolving around women that are members of the local Study Club. Wanda Jean is accused of her husband's murder but she was away buying groceries when he was stabbed with her carving knife. Bewildered, grief stricken and still not fully aware that her husband is dead, I was somewhat sorry to see her worrying about the loss of her new shag carpet which was ruined when her husband died on it rather than feeling the loss of her husband!

Filled with characters having confusing names (I was really confused who was who), You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet had me laughing at the antics of these ladies who are sticking together to help their study club comrade prove that she is not the killer. Slowly as they progress, it was interesting to see how a seemingly ideal town gave way to a place where people had secrets and dirty laundry hidden.

The writing style is simple, conversational and engaging. I enjoyed reading the book but still I feel that this book could have been made better. At some places, I just felt irritated with the characters who often seem to be trying too hard to be funny to the reader. Add their confusing names to the list. I was at a loss to make a picture in my mind about who was who.

The mystery is good and I loved the way the authors planned when to release the clues. 

All in all, You Can't Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet is a light, funny and cozy mystery that can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. 3.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to all lovers of cozy mysteries.

I received the book from the authors and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

About the author:
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.

One (1) winner gets a $50 Amazon Gift Card (INT), one (1) winner gets Langston's Daughters, Baxter's Draw and Alice's Portrait in paperback (US) and one (1) winner gets Descendants of the Rose in paperback (US)
Ends June 29th

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  1. I also read this book.. and I totally agree with you about the names. They were very confusing and some were just to similar. Thankfully I found this book very funny and it stopped bothering me so much. But I definitely had some trouble in the beginning.

  2. Yeah..The names stumped me. Thanks for dropping by, Maureen :)

  3. Sounds like an intriguing book

  4. Sounds like a great read.

  5. I hope you like it Nan...It is funny and entertaining :)


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