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4.43  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  18 reviews
During Death Valley’s great wildflower bloom of 2005, retired cowboy actor Rigg Dexon gives a rootless woman a gift that will change her life forever: the deed to The Mystery House, a century old shack long thought to be the hiding place of a legendary emerald known as The Juliet. Willie Judy remembers Dexon from cereal commercials she watched as a kid, but now she’ll spen ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published March 11th 2016 by Pandamoon Publishing
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May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Rebecca Gransden
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Death Valley takes centre stage, as the harsh landscape transforms into one covered in radiant blooms. This juxtaposition between the unforgiving necessities of a life of survival and the impulse to seek a flowering of better things is a central theme running through the novel. The narrative flits between a numerous cast of characters, creating an effectively grand panorama. Fitting to this open landscape is a character who serves as an anchor—an ageing actor, well known for starring as a cowboy ...more
Tawnysha Greene
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing story of myth, legend, and the dark side of the American Dream, The Juliet is a novel that will stay with you long after you've reached the last page.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. It has a weirdness and a humor to it that makes in one of the more unique books I've read. Dead cowboy actors, cursed emeralds, old houses, teeth... so many teeth.. I liked the suspense built up by the odd chronology of the book, jumping through different time periods as it tells the story of these strange characters (creepy twins? Check.) and The Juliet. The characters are quirky, yet not so far off that it's difficult to believe they're real characters. It's a difficult feat to ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved the setting in this book. Death Valley is a dangerous place and not easy to live in. A great amount of characters, great plot twists, a great journey, well-established, and well thought out. A must read book for any and all journey seeking fans everywhere.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where to start…

This was an odd one. Though the description above focuses on only two characters, the book itself is more about the history of the jewel and ALL of it’s owners, not just Rigg & Willie. The entire lifetime of the Juliet is shown, along with all the despicable things people did to each other in order possess the gem.

I will say, the novel hopped around quite a bit in the Juliet’s history, going back and forth between all the owners’ stories at once, instead of running a direct timeli
Elgon Williams
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've actually read The Juliet twice, now. The first time it was a fairly well-polished manuscript. Most recently I've finished a late ARC that is pretty close to the finished product. As good as the original manuscript was I promise you it only became better. That's neither here nor there because you'll be reading the best version of all, the published one.

Ms Scott's characters must exist somewhere, I'm certain of it. They have to because they are as lifelike as that scruffy looking guy who walk
David Olimpio
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Laura Ellen Scott has some great lines in here, which is one of the many things that make it a pleasure to read. Here are a few my favorites:

"The crowd pulsed towards the exit like an unhealthy bowel movement."

"His spine grew warm, sending a fat tendril of well-being into his skull."

"The flakes were fat and slow, resisting their own gravity, as if they knew how lost they were."

While this is a book about a jewel, about murders, about mystery, it's also a book about performance vs. genuine feeling
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From my book blurb: "Toward the beginning of The Juliet, we're introduced to a character who is 'a dull knife trying to slice the world open to see if there was anything interesting inside.' Sadly for her, Laura Ellen Scott has already cracked that world and scooped out all the interesting bits. Scott sifts out the oddities, the quirks, the unpolished stones in our lives, and makes them charming and beautiful--true precious gems. Her ability to continuously evoke wonder and delight in the dark s ...more
Cheri Champagne
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I’ve got to start off by saying that I truly admire Laura Ellen Scott’s ability to create such a detailed and inter-woven plot. I am in awe! Not only was the story told in such a remarkable way, but also, the flow of her sentences and fantastic imagery made this a smooth and enjoyable read.

Laura Ellen Scott’s characters are spectacular. They popped from the pages and came to life; I could swear that even the narrative voice in my mind changed with each character.

I absolutely loved this boo
The flipping time stream and the large cast of characters, as well as the delightfully droll language, kept me engaged well past my bedtime. The emergence of Lily Joy as a pop culture meme, and the recurring mention of the flowering desert, provided a grounding element of realtime. This was a very entertaining read!
This story revolves around the hunt for a cursed emerald called The Juliet. Rigg, a retired cowboy actor, has deeded the mystery house house to Willie, a woman who has been going through some hard times. When the Mystery House turns out to be the scene of a crime, Willie is forced to learn the truth about Rigg’s past, the mystery house, and the emerald, Juliet.

This story focuses on two characters - Rigg and Willie. Rigg is a retired actor who arrived at Centenary, Nevada, a ghost town in Death
Raima Larter
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable read. The main "character," if we can call it that, is actually an inanimate object - an emerald, known as "The Juliet," that changes hands several times throughout the story and is said to carry a curse. The story ranges over a couple of centuries and multiple locations, but is centered in a ghost town in death valley, Centenary, where actual ghosts seem to live, and where the Juliet is apparently hidden. I loved the Centenary scenes and the allusions to actual folks w ...more
Elite Group
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
The Jewel, The House, and the Treasure Hunt

What is The Juliet? It’s an emerald, but it’s also much more. It’s cursed … or at least that’s what legend would have us believe. In contemporary day, Rigg Dexon, an old cowboy, lives in The Mystery House. Tourists would sometimes make their way to his door looking for The Mystery House. He’d lead them astray telling them the house had to be burned down years before because of some ‘Hantavirus’. He’s aware of what they really want. “They were looking f
Jason Huebinger
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Vacations, however brief, alter the spirit.” Of the many quote-able moments in this book (and there are many), this is the one that resonated most with me as I believe it encapsulates the experience of reading THE JULIET. This novel is like a vacation: there are strange places and times, exciting and unique moments, and interesting people that stick with you long after the end of the trip. And though the story literally spans over a decade, you always feel present because of Scott’s vivid detai ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Juliet is a masterful blend of stories of the unfortunate owners of the ‘cursed’ gemstone called The Juliet tied together by the gemstone’s most recent owner, retired cowboy actor Rigg Dexson. The cowboy actor currently resides at the Mystery House in the former mining town of Centenary, NV. The story jumps from the gilded age on the east coast to 50’s LA noir to Centenary when it was a boom town in the early 1900’s. Laura Ellen Scott masterfully weaves all of these settings plus a few more ...more
Matt Coleman
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best comparison I have thought of for this Rubik's Cube of a novel is an adult version of the YA complex puzzle mysteries like The Westing Game or Holes. There is the same feeling of exhilarating confusion--this constant guessing of what might be around the next corner ... and the frustrating glee of always being wrong. Take it from someone who is not typically a fan of either westerns or time-jumping story arcs, I loved every minute of this gritty mystery. It reads almost like a caper novel ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so wonderful, you guys. Scary and funny and poignant and weird and utterly engrossing. Fantastic characters in a fully realized world. Prose that made me stop and go back just so I could enjoy the sentences a second time. And the story is so well crafted. When I reached the end, it seemed inevitable, and yet I was still totally surprised. Goosebumps achieved. Highly entertaining. Will read again.
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