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Scarlet Rose, the once remarkably beautiful, queen of the burlesque scene in 1960s Toronto, has aged into a decrepit bitter alcoholic, living on welfare and her daughter’s handouts—a daughter she forced into the adult entertainment industry at the age of sixteen to support the family. Now in 1983, Scarlet’s wealthy ex-husband has been found tortured and murdered in a hotelScarlet Rose, the once remarkably beautiful, queen of the burlesque scene in 1960s Toronto, has aged into a decrepit bitter alcoholic, living on welfare and her daughter’s handouts—a daughter she forced into the adult entertainment industry at the age of sixteen to support the family. Now in 1983, Scarlet’s wealthy ex-husband has been found tortured and murdered in a hotel room, and her twenty-two-year-old daughter Fiona, must help the police find the killer. While Fiona navigates her way through the dark recesses of her family’s history, uncovering shocking secrets that threaten to destroy her, Scarlet Rose employs the skills she learns in Sun Tzu’s The Art Of War, fixating on making a new life for herself using other people’s money. But when she befriends a lonely American woman sitting on an inheritance, greed that knows no bounds, cold-blooded murder and identity theft, might just prove to be Scarlet’s undoing.Praise for The Truth About Scarlet Rose:“The Truth About Scarlet Rose begins with a scene full of menace and eroticism. It is a compulsively readable crime novel that packs a lot of punches. Julia Madeleine is an accomplished author who sketches characters deftly and then draws you into their inner lives. They are inner lives worth reading about. This is a novel that is full of suspense, that is about the loss of innocence and the cost of freedom. Julia Madeleine has written a great page turner, I highly recommend it.” - Richard Godwin, Author Of Apostle Rising."The Truth About Scarlet Rose is a gripping, atmospheric and powerful thriller with dark shades of noir and even traces of the Gothic." - Paul D Brazill- Guns Of Brixton, 13 Shots Of Noir, Drunk On The Moon, Brit Grit.“When Madeleine tells you cops all have “those eyes,” you believe her. The stripper mama’s boa may be soft as a baby kitten, but the truth about Scarlet Rose will be told.” –Cindy Rosmus, editor Yellow Mama Magazine"Sure “The Truth About Scarlet Rose” has drugs, strippers and violence but believe it or not, that’s not why I find myself waking up early to sneak in one more chapter before work. I do it to spend more time with it’s central character Fiona and her whack family. At its core is a wonderfully twisted dysfunctional as hell family drama, and one hell of a great read. This is my favorite kind of whodunnit, the kind where whydunnit is just as interesting." - Josh Stallings, author of Beautiful, Naked & Dead and Out There Bad“Julia Madeleine’s ‘The Truth About Scarlet Rose’ is a humdinger of a story, a hugely intelligent crime thriller, and a subtly, smartly paced drama with sinister overtones. The prose is mesmerizingly fluid and coolly disarming, much like her protagonists, who saunter across the page knowingly and confidently as the plot gracefully unfolds, masterfully insinuating themselves into the readers’ consciousness.Madeleine takes the familiar tropes of the crime genre and shakes them down, devilishly navigating us through a noir reality of irrepressible modernity, and staggering us with complex characterizations of people caught up in spider-web of intrigue and danger. But her writing, her plot, her people, are imbued with an undeniable empathy, and it’s this which is her most striking accomplishment as a crime novelist. Madeleine is a rising star in the crime firmament, and rightly so.” – Frank Duffy, author of Mountains of Smoke...

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The Truth About Scarlet Rose Reviews

  • Sheree
    2019-03-22 02:14

    3.5 starsSick, twisted and darkly entertaining.Sylvia Dalton is a washed up, conniving, bitter crone fixated on her past as dancer and stripper, Scarlet Rose. A more loathesome, vile creature I'm yet to read about but Julia Madeleine's ability to vividly portray Sylvia's warped psyche made for page turning reading. I couldn't wait for Sylvia to get what was coming to her but I kept turning the pages in morbid fascination.Fiona, the daughter Sylvia forced into the adult entertainment industry at 16 is devastated when Sylvia's ex-husband Charlie and the closest thing Fiona had to a father is murdered. Fiona's miserable, dysfunctional upbringing hasn't hardened her and despite functioning with the use of 'pharmaceuticals' she's a woman with heart and morals striving for a better life while chained to the futile hope of her mother's love. As the murder investigation progresses, a dysfunctional family unravels further, lies and secrets are revealed, as is Sylvia's true character, and no amount of sad, tormented history can explain her depravity. "You want to call being born without a soul an illness?”The Truth About Scarlet Rose isn't for the faint-hearted; not much joy, nothing sugar-coated, this is one wild, twisty ride.

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-20 21:35

    The Truth About Scarlet Rose is a story about a once beautiful burlesque stripper, who has a dark psyche, deep hidden secrets and a penchant for getting what she wants at all costs. The reader first meets Sylvia Dalton, aka Scarlet Rose in the prequel Scarlet Sins. In the prequel, Sylvia Dalton is a beautiful Montreal born girl, who has had a hard life and was desperate to escape from her very dysfunctional family. At sixteen years old, she devised a plan to get pregnant by her boyfriend, and she assumed that he would go along with her plan and marry her. Unfortunately, she gave up her virginity to a boy that had wanted to wait but gave in to her feminine wiles, only to refuse to marry her because he thought that they were too young, and he wanted his bride to be a virgin. Pregnant and without any support system, Sylvia runs away to Toronto, where at seventeen years old she gives birth to her baby daughter Fiona in a home for unwed mothers. When they try to force her to give up her daughter for adoption, she leaves the home and rents a room, becoming a cocktail waitress in a nightclub to support herself and her baby. While working at the Lux nightclub she becomes fascinated with the burlesque dancers, and is discovered by Carlo, an entertainment agent, who introduces her to the burlesque / stripper world and gives her the stage name of Scarlet Rose. Scarlet Rose is a beautiful woman, she always had wanted to be famous, and the stage provided that for her, she was adored and sought after by all the men who came to see her perform. Now eighteen years old, Scarlet Rose falls in love with one of her admirers, Charlie Reynolds, an older man twelve years her senior. She moves in with Charlie within a few months of meeting him, and eventually marries him when she becomes pregnant with her second daughter, Suzanne. Married life is anything but rosy for Scarlet Rose, she finds out that Charlie is a gambler, heavy drinker and womanizer. Unhappy and bitter, she turns to murder ...Fast forward to 1983, Sylvia is now a shadow of what she used to be. At the age of thirty-nine, her faded looks make her look fifty. The one thing that hasn't changed is her cold, hard, controlling, and ruthless personality. She has always put herself number one, while blaming her "ungrateful" children for everything that has gone wrong in her life. She has always used guilt to control them, her cruelty knew no bounds, and she was incapable of giving them love and compassion. Sylvia lives on welfare and the handouts from Fiona, her oldest daughter, who she made go into the stripping business when she was sixteen years old to help support the family. When Syvlia's ex-husband Charlie is found brutally murdered, his step-daughter Fiona is determined to find out who had murdered the man who she cared for and considered to be her best friend. Filled with suspenseful drama and more twists and turns then a roller coaster, the reader is taken on an journey into the dark side of deeply held family secrets, betrayals, greed, sex, drugs and murder that is one hell of a thrill ride. The Truth About Scarlet Rose is the type of dark murder mystery suspense thriller that keeps the reader turning the page as they try to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. This storyline is cleverly written, the reader is drawn into the dark psyche of a very troubled woman and her equally dysfunctional family. There are so many fascinating characters, each are complex and have interesting stories of their own, but the author masterfully interweaves the characters lives and pulls the reader into the story as they try to keep up with them through all the drama and suspense. The Truth About Scarlet Rose is a disturbing psychological thriller that will not disappoint hardcore mystery murder suspense thriller fans! Disclaimer: At the request of the author, a Kindle edition of the book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.Virtual Book Tour Event: On Friday, April 27, 2012, author Julia Madeleine participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot... http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  • April
    2019-04-01 22:10

    Once again the story-telling talent of Julia Madeleine shines through with vividness and suspense-filled clarity.The Truth About Scarlet Rose is a story of a woman with little to no morals. She has treated her children horribly, focused all attention and need on herself and now that her kids are grown, she fills them with guilt because it was their fault that her life is nothing. Scarlet is no better than a monster, in my opinion. Fiona, Scarlet's oldest daughter, has been forced into the life of a stripper from the age of sixteen - yes, by her mother. Fiona has also been supporting her mother since that tender young age and in return, has received only hatred from Scarlet. When her ex-stepfather, Charlie comes back into the picture, Fiona finally finds peace and comfort with someone who truly cares about her. When Charlie's brutally murdered body is found, however, Fiona's life is sent into an even worse tailspin than it was before. She is determined to find out who the murderer is, why her mother is acting even stranger than normal and exactly who this strange young man, who appears claiming to be Charlie's long lost son. The questions continue to pile up and secrets threaten to boil over.Filled with twists, turns, secrets, deep anger and emotions, The Truth About Scarlet Rose is a story that will keep you reading long into the night. I found myself deeply attached to Fiona, yearning and aching for her to find happiness. Also, I found myself absolutely despising Scarlet. I had read Scarlet Sins prior to this story, which gives a lot of background into the person Scarlet is - her early life and why she is how she is. However, even with that knowledge, I was shocked and stunned with how she treated those around her as well as her twisted mind.I truly love Julia Madeleine's writing. She never ceases to engulf me withing the worlds that she creates, the characters and the scenarios. Her writing is smooth, intense and gratifying. I found myself hooked on the storyline of The Truth About Scarlet Rose, feeling with the characters and trying to get even deeper into their minds - particularily the mind of Scarlet. With The Truth About Scarlet Rose, readers will enter a deep, dark, disturbing and dangerous world filled with sex, drugs, murder and psychological mind games. This is a story that will stick with the reader long after the final word has been read.Favorite Quote: But there were shadows within her that she could feel on the edge of her thoughts. Dark shadows that whispered to her. They were waiting for her, waiting to sneak up on her and take her down when she least expected it.

  • Donna McBroom-Theriot
    2019-04-04 05:32

    For those who enjoy murder, mayhem, and suspense, they will find this book appealing. Personally, I did not enjoy the book. I have discovered this is not a genre I enjoy. I trudged through it because I wanted to be fair in my assessment of the book, as well my curiosity needed to be assuaged. I had to see if the villain was caught and if there was a happy ever after ending. The challenge with reading on a Kindle, it is not as easy to “flip” to the last page as it is with an actual book. I enjoyed the book in the beginning, but toward the middle, it seems to start dragging on and on. I needed a quicker ending. As I indicated before, the genre is a little out of my element of comfort. Julia Madeline wrote a book about things we would rather not acknowledge. Much to our dismay, there are actually dysfunctional families like Scarlet Rose’s. They are people who have fallen into lives of exotic dancers, prostitutes, drug addicts, gangs or forced their children into these lives. They have lost their hope in achieving a better life. That may be another of the reasons I didn’t particularly care for the book. It brought to the surface things I don’t care to think about, not because I am prejudice about them, but because I can’t save them all, and that is what my humanness would want to do.Scarlet Rose is a sinister woman without heart. She is full of malice and self-righteousness, and steeped in greed. How anyone escapes her unscathed is beyond me. Who would turn their sixteen year old daughter into an exotic dancer so that she didn’t have to work, and then manipulate her loyalties. I know that this happens and it makes my skin crawl. Having said that, I did feel that the book was well written. The characters were believable; and I did not find any grammatical errors. Although I did not enjoy the book, I feel safe in saying that I do believe it will find its targeted audience and they will enjoy the book. That is evident in the praise that this book has garnered.

  • Sandie
    2019-04-04 04:35

    In her day, Sylvia had it all. Men adored her and flocked to see her dance. She was a stripper known as Scarlet Rose and she basked in the admiration. After all, it was no more than her due; she was made to be rich and adored.But life doesn't always turn out the way a young girl dreams of. Now, Sylvia is middle-aged, fat and dumpy, living on handouts from her daughter, Fiona. She was dragged down by motherhood, kept from what she knew was her rightful place by the demands of three kids. Now that they were grown, they owed her. She put Fiona out as a stripper and prostitute at age sixteen. Suzanne escaped to the streets and drug addiction while her son is in prison. There there was her angel, her baby, another son who was kidnapped when he was four, perhaps by a former lover, perhaps by a stranger. He is now back in town, ready to be reunited with his vision of a perfect mother and willing to do Sylvia's bidding.When her use of her son goes awry, Sylvia flees town, forced once again by a cruel world to figure out how to survive. Never mind that she tried to force her son to kill her daughters, ingrates that resented supporting her lavish ways. She should have been able to get enough money from her schemes to live as she wanted. Now, she will have to figure out a new way to get her dreams, and in Sylvia's world, if you stand between her and what she wants, your life has a short shelf life.Julia Madeleine has created a woman in Sylvia who the reader will not soon forget. Totally self-absorbed, the picture of narcissism, she blunders from situation to situation, using others to meet her goals and fulfill her self-image of what life owes her. This book is recommended for readers of suspense novels.

  • Dana Burgess
    2019-04-03 00:28

    This was an interesting book to finish reading on Mother's Day: a day when we venerate mother's and their many virtues. As a mother, Scarlet Rose (aka Sylvia) doesn't really have any virtues. In fact on pg 205, Scarlet's daughter Suzanne describes her mother perfectly as "the Cruella de Vil of mothers." She forces her eldest daughter, Fiona onto the stage as a 'dancer' at the age of 16 to support her addictions, and basically allows all manner of evil to befall all of her kids without a thought. Despite this, and fighting addictions of their own, Fiona and her sister Suzanne grow up to be strong, independent women. My heart went out to them. Even with all of their faults - and they had plenty - I was on their 'team' from the start.Julia Madeline has written a gritty novel from the seedier side of life. She has forced the reader to confront certain truths: that dysfunctional families are more prevalent than we want to admit; that drug addicts, exotic dancers and all manner of others that our society tries not to see, are real people with lives and hopes and feelings and loves; that there is evil in the world. the truth about Scarlet Rose was one of those novels that left me examining my own prejudices and thought processes. It made me remember that survivors and women of strength may not look like lawyers or soccer moms. And, on top of all this, it is a fast paced, involving read. I couldn't put it down.

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    2019-04-12 02:39

    I really enjoyed this black, bleak little debut novel. There are no spoilers in the review that follows. Julia Madeleine has assembled an interesting cast of needy characters in a suitably dark setting. Enter the world of Fiona Dalton: where child becomes parent; where manipulation is currency; where nothing is quite what it seems and no-one is really who (or what) they appear to be.One thing is certain: Fiona’s stepfather Charlie has been murdered. While who murdered him may seem clear early on (or does it?), unravelling why and how will take longer. What are the secrets in Fiona’s life and will her mother ever take responsibility?While I found aspects of this story predictable, I was swept up by Ms Madeleine’s descriptive prose. I was engaged, enraged and sometimes outraged by her characters and kept turning the pages wondering exactly how this story would end. Well, the book came to an end but aspects of the story are still active in my imagination.

  • Benoit Lelièvre
    2019-04-03 02:24

    The scope and the ambition of THE TRUTH ABOUT SCARLET ROSE are remarkable. It's a family story, a women story like you will not find many. Sylvia, also known as Scarlet Rose is a character that will follow you like a bad dream long after you will read the last words of the book. I'm not gonna lie, it could have been a little leaner, but to its merit, THE TRUTH ABOUT SCARLET ROSE is a novel that doesn't compromise. It's a thriller/drama/family drama that dares you to take it or leave it. I loved it, got involved with those characters and their struggles something fierce.

  • Mini
    2019-04-03 00:19

    I received an email update from goodreads that had a review of this book. I liked the premise so I downloaded it. I have to say, finding these gems are one of my favorite things about the Kindle.I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were likable, even the "bad guys". And while there was quite a bit of dysfunctional living, it didn't make me cringe. Sometimes when reading about drug abuse and child abuse, I just can't take it. But this author hit my sweet spot.I also downloaded the prequel and will enjoy it just as much I am sure.

  • Rory Costello
    2019-04-18 04:23

    I like to think of this as "Baby Jane Hudson meets Tom Ripley." Sylvia Dalton is one of the most entertaining monsters I've encountered in quite a while. The vituperation she heaps on her family members is horrifying and funny at the same time. What a harpy! Then she shifts into a different gear for the book's second half, which is reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's work. And the whole thing winds up with a hell of a twist.

  • Lynnette Phillips
    2019-04-02 02:34

    Julia Madeleine has become the psychological thriller mistress of dark secrets and twisted psyche. Once again she shares her talent for sculpting tangled plots and complex characters as she reveals the truth in this irresistible tome.

  • Michele
    2019-04-18 02:20

    Wow. This books grabs on and doesn't let go. It's fast paced and hard to put down. I was surprised over and over. Great read!

  • Jen
    2019-04-16 02:22

    Read my review here:

  • Lynn Bornath
    2019-04-12 01:31

    Well-defined characters, a good sense of place, and a couple of surprises in the story. Read the full review.

  • Kimmi Bailey
    2019-04-01 23:25

    I so loved this book...the only thing I wished could have been different was the ending...but other then that the book was a wonderful read...

  • Sara
    2019-03-31 21:20

    I think it is about a merchant that have three beautiful daughers