Book Review – You can’t get blood out of shag carpet by Juliette Harper.

You cant get blood out of shag carpet

4 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank Juliette Harper for allowing me to read an ARC of this book for an open and honest review.

This is a fantastically witty and enjoyable cosy crime! Really my sort of thing done to a T! I do love a cosy crime that doesn’t take itself too seriously and isn’t all about police procedure specifics and gore… probably why they’re called ‘cosy’ and not ‘real’ crime?

Set in West Texas and in the late 1960’s this story is just too funny while still meeting the cosy crime criteria. I can’t honestly say for sure exactly how historically accurate it is… but that really doesn’t matter. It’s not a requirement when enjoying such a book.

I will admit the humour did get laid on a little too thick in places and the plot screamed to a halt due to it – and I do like my plots to keep going – and that’s why I couldn’t give it 5 out of 5 stars. It just came across that they needed to pad it out a bit and squeeze a few more tongue in cheek moments in before we could get to the point. Not a biggie though, still a fantastic story.

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes! I have been doing so already and I really look forward to reading more from this series and possibly checking out more from this author duo. I like their writing style, their humour and their storytelling.

Would I buy this book? Yes, see above. 🙂 Cosy crimes are my favourite sub-genre of crime fiction and this book (and others in the series no doubt) would have pride of place on both my physical and virtual bookshelves.

If you are a fan of cosy crime, of light hearted humorous tales and an enjoyable read when curled up on the couch – you will enjoy this book. Loved it and definitely recommend.

Until next time,

Janis. XXOO


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