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#BookReview – Moonlight, Roses and Murder by Jazzmyn Storm

Blurb

“Selina is a woman with a secret and she has been hiding it for a very long time. With her nieces, she runs Luna’s, a nightclub in downtown Seattle, catering to Steampunk and Goth clientele.

When someone leaves a body behind her club, she is drawn into a web of mystery and murder. Puncture marks on the body indicate a vampire might be responsible and when more women are killed, a red rose is left by their bodies. A vampire hunter with secrets of his own comes to investigate and Selina wonders, who she can trust…”

 

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Two stars

 

Who’s driving this thing?

Selina Bellrose: owner of a nightclub called Luna’s, and a covert vampire. Not much can shake Selina after all she’s seen in her hundreds of years of life, but a body drained of blood outside her club puts her on edge.

Selina is not only a business woman but a mother, who has cared for several vampire girls (who age very slowly) for a long time. While she is straightforward when it comes to her business, Selina is a devoted mother with much love for her children.

 

What’s this all about?

A dead body outside her club puts Selina high up on the list of suspects for the murder. Drained of blood almost entirely, she, law enforcement and even Interpol are certain the culprit is a vampire. As more bodies begin to pile up, Selina teams up with Interpol agent Damian to help solve the case, and they find themselves quite taken with each other.

 

Why has this book got two stars?

While the premise is great and the readers can really get behind the protagonist, the lack of tension and drama in a supernatural murder mystery isn’t easy to ignore. At several points during the story, huge secrets and revelations are made, like when Damian turns into a werewolf in Selina’s car and when the identity of the murderer is revealed. The drama is rushed, with some details mentioned so briefly and without adequate description that it is sometimes difficult to piece together what is happening.

The romance between Selina and Damian would have made a great addition to the story but it wasn’t as well executed as it could have been. There is no chemistry between them and the only indications that they are interested in each other at all come about in their thoughts, but very briefly and with no real reason as to why they feel the way they do.

The book itself unfortunately has some formatting errors, typos, a serial misuse of commas and the point of views of the character can change from one sentence to the next.

 

Should I get it?

With the help of an editor and some added punch, this book could be really good, but I don’t feel like it’s a read I can recommend at the moment. Having said that, feel free to make your own judgement!

Moonlight, Roses & Murder is available on Amazon.

 

Thanks for reading my review! Have you read this book? Let me know what you think!

 

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