Descendants of the Rose by Juliette Harper

Descendants of the Rose (Selby Jensen Paranormal Mystery #1)Descendants of the Rose by Juliette Harper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Selby is a private detective, if you believe her business card that is. She’s really a paranormal investigator of sorts. Along with her best friends, Helen – her best friend in life, and now death, is a spirit, and Johnny who is a vampire, she finds cases and does her bit to make the world a safer place, all the while hunting her husband’s murderer. Selby gets wind of a case at a girl’s christian school, a voice phenomenon was caught on a students iPod, and it sounds a little bit worse than just a bored spirit. What Selby finds while taking on this case, is a little bit of closure, some truths and possibly a new best friend, of the living variety.

I’m quite familiar with Harper’s writing, I came across her Jinx Hamilton series a couple of years ago and I have to admit, at first I wasn’t too impressed, but it ended up being an absolutely fantastic series that completely enthralled me. So I knew to give this one a chance if at first it wasn’t grabbing me. However, I did not have that problem. The story grabbed me from the word go, and I thought it was fantastic.

Selby is a lot different personality wise than Jinx, so if you’ve read the other series, be prepared for that. It was a bit of a shock because I am SO used to Jinx and her care free, easy going ways. Selby is angry, she’s crass, she runs her mouth like there’s no tomorrow, and she does not give a damn what you think. I. FREAKING. LOVE. HER. I loved how different this character was to previous ones. She has a killer backstory that tugs on the heart strings as the love of her life was torn from her way too soon. She’s no stranger to grief. Her best friend was also taken too early. The only difference being, her best friend Helen is still around to swap stories with, her husband is not. Johnny is a nice addition, though I feel he took a bit of a backseat in this story, but when I think about it, it kind of fits his character. He’s a loner, he keeps to himself, so it kinda made sense that he wasn’t a front runner here. I thought Ruth’s character was brilliant, it really goes to show that there is more than meets the eye with some people. I have to be honest though, my favourite character? ERNEST! I freaking LOVE the inclusion of this guy and I’m so glad that it seems he will be a regular player in the series. The banter between Ruth, Selby and Ernest had a smile on my face every time. SUCH GOOD CHARACTERS!

The story was well written, the mystery was well executed and all loose ends were tied up, just the way I like my mysteries. I love that nothing is given away before it’s time in this one, and the flow was there from start to finish. I found this to be very fast paced and I sped through it, yeah, it’s not over long, but still. Some books, no matter how short they are can just drag so badly, this one does not.

I loved the way the story ended up. And I especially loved the character of Fidelio, he was a great addition to the story that just gave it another dimension. I really enjoyed the last conversation that Selby had with him, it made me smile. The dialogue in this story worked really well. I absolutely adored any interaction between Selby and Ernest, which I pretty much said above.

There’s honestly not too much that I can say about this book to be honest, I just really enjoyed it. It was a strong start to what I think will be a really entertaining and fun series. If Selby grates on you at first, give her a chance. She irked me a bit at the start because of her attitude, but I soon fell in love with her character. She has reasons behind what she does, how she reacts to things and what she says, and I find that was an incredibly believable dimension of her.

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