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Since word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, it's been difficult to maintain a low profile. She embraces her new reputation, however, for the chance to restore an historic house in San Francisco's Castro District. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted B&B, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls Since word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, it's been difficult to maintain a low profile. She embraces her new reputation, however, for the chance to restore an historic house in San Francisco's Castro District. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted B&B, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls to enhance the paranormal charm. The catch: Mel has to spend one night in the house to win the project. But during the spine-chilling sleepover, the estate gains another spectral inhabitant—when someone doesn't survive the night. And as Mel tries to coax the resident spirits into revealing the identity of the killer, she risks becoming the next casualty of this dangerous renovation.


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Since word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, it's been difficult to maintain a low profile. She embraces her new reputation, however, for the chance to restore an historic house in San Francisco's Castro District. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted B&B, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls Since word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, it's been difficult to maintain a low profile. She embraces her new reputation, however, for the chance to restore an historic house in San Francisco's Castro District. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted B&B, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls to enhance the paranormal charm. The catch: Mel has to spend one night in the house to win the project. But during the spine-chilling sleepover, the estate gains another spectral inhabitant—when someone doesn't survive the night. And as Mel tries to coax the resident spirits into revealing the identity of the killer, she risks becoming the next casualty of this dangerous renovation.

30 review for Murder on the House

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the third book in the haunted home renovation series. Mel Turner has an opportunity to renovte a historic home and to restore it to what it once was. All previous contractors were scared off the project because of ghostly activity. So if Mel wants the job, she and another contractorwho also wants the job have to stay in the house overnight. Whoever lasts the longest gets the job. But when their elderly host is found at the bottom of a well, Mel takes it upon herself to find out who kille This is the third book in the haunted home renovation series. Mel Turner has an opportunity to renovte a historic home and to restore it to what it once was. All previous contractors were scared off the project because of ghostly activity. So if Mel wants the job, she and another contractorwho also wants the job have to stay in the house overnight. Whoever lasts the longest gets the job. But when their elderly host is found at the bottom of a well, Mel takes it upon herself to find out who killed their host. I always love revisiting this series. The mystery was well done. I didn't figure out who the killer was until the end . I loved the idea of a haunted bed and breakfast. I loved the interaction between Mel and Graham. I love the characters and can't wait to read more .

  2. 5 out of 5

    SheriC (PM)

    Another enjoyable entry in what is now my favorite cozy mystery series. The MC is still feisty, the murders are still mostly off-screen and not very gruesome, and Dog still doesn't have a name. Plus, I like the little tidbits about historic home restoration. I was able to figure out the mystery of the older deaths pretty easily from the clues given, but there were enough suspects for the current murder mystery for the final reveal to be satisfying. There's some light romance, and I find the who Another enjoyable entry in what is now my favorite cozy mystery series. The MC is still feisty, the murders are still mostly off-screen and not very gruesome, and Dog still doesn't have a name. Plus, I like the little tidbits about historic home restoration. I was able to figure out the mystery of the older deaths pretty easily from the clues given, but there were enough suspects for the current murder mystery for the final reveal to be satisfying. There's some light romance, and I find the whole trope of the MC obviously being far more attractive than she thinks she is annoying, but still would recommend. The author slips in a little commentary on the role of immigrants/undocumented workers in the construction business and the challenges they face and some truly unsavory business practices they are subjected to. Audiobook via Audible. The performance by Xe Sands really enhances this story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    In this book we find Mel Turner biding a renovation job in San Francisco Castro district. The house has a history of ghosts and the new owners plan on creating a haunted bed and breakfast establishment. Mel needed to spend a night in the house in order to win the bid. A young girl, Annabelle meets Mel as she enters the house for the first time. Mel is startled to learn that Annabelle does in the 1800's. The night, Mel and her competitor, Josh are spending the night, the owner of the house, Mrs. In this book we find Mel Turner biding a renovation job in San Francisco Castro district. The house has a history of ghosts and the new owners plan on creating a haunted bed and breakfast establishment. Mel needed to spend a night in the house in order to win the bid. A young girl, Annabelle meets Mel as she enters the house for the first time. Mel is startled to learn that Annabelle does in the 1800's. The night, Mel and her competitor, Josh are spending the night, the owner of the house, Mrs. Bernini is found dead in a well. Mel seeking answers for death explores several avenues. The owner of the house is in dispute. The toy room is usually locked but whenever it is open the ghosts are busy. Can ghosts hurt or kill a person? Mel needs an answer before in order to win the contract. I highly recommend this book and series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Another fun, cozy mystery. I really like the historic & construction details which blend well with the murder mysteries, both old & new. The ghosts are there, but not relied on too much. I like that the MC is still kind of skeptical about the whole thing. She knows she can see ghosts, but doesn't put a lot of faith in either her abilities or their help. There's also a bit on illegal immigrants that I found well done. The MC's love life is getting a bit old, but at least she kept her hands off th Another fun, cozy mystery. I really like the historic & construction details which blend well with the murder mysteries, both old & new. The ghosts are there, but not relied on too much. I like that the MC is still kind of skeptical about the whole thing. She knows she can see ghosts, but doesn't put a lot of faith in either her abilities or their help. There's also a bit on illegal immigrants that I found well done. The MC's love life is getting a bit old, but at least she kept her hands off the tools most of the time. The author does very well with the higher levels of construction, pretty poorly with the actual hands on use of tools. Some of the timing of pieces of construction are also a bit off, but not terrible. Anyway, it's a fun read. I highly recommend reading these in order since there are recurring characters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diana • Book of Secrets

    MURDER ON THE HOUSE was a spooky little cozy mystery, and I loved every minute of it! Though I haven't read the first two books in this series, I was able to jump right into this one with no problems. The main character Mel and I felt like longtime friends. Mel Turner is a contractor, specializing in the restoration of older homes in San Francisco. She can also see and sometimes communicate with ghosts that dwell in these places. The new owners of a Victorian house want to hire Mel for both her re MURDER ON THE HOUSE was a spooky little cozy mystery, and I loved every minute of it! Though I haven't read the first two books in this series, I was able to jump right into this one with no problems. The main character Mel and I felt like longtime friends. Mel Turner is a contractor, specializing in the restoration of older homes in San Francisco. She can also see and sometimes communicate with ghosts that dwell in these places. The new owners of a Victorian house want to hire Mel for both her restoration and "ghost whispering" abilities. They want Mel to convert the home into a Bed & Breakfast, but first she has to spend the night in the house to see if she's up to the challenge. But, things don't go so well. Someone ends up murdered in the house, and Mel's hoping the ghostly residents will help her figure out the culprit. Truly I enjoyed everything about this book. It was the perfect blend of ghost story and clever mystery, with a cast of interesting and likable characters. I also loved the author's rich descriptions of the San Francisco Bay area - really drew me into the story. I would highly recommend MURDER ON THE HOUSE to fans of paranormal cozy mysteries. 5-stars! Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandie Laughner

    By the time I finished Chapter 1, I was hooked!! I literally couldn't put this book down!! This is the 3rd book in Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Renovation series. I won't bother to repeat the blurb~~ Who couldn't love a story that has a female construction/renovation company owner who can see and talk to ghosts; who also uses power tools power tools, and is comfortable with guns. Interesting characters, a cool dog, yummy food, old haunted houses, and ghosts!! Plus a murder and a touch of romance~~ By the time I finished Chapter 1, I was hooked!! I literally couldn't put this book down!! This is the 3rd book in Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Renovation series. I won't bother to repeat the blurb~~ Who couldn't love a story that has a female construction/renovation company owner who can see and talk to ghosts; who also uses power tools power tools, and is comfortable with guns. Interesting characters, a cool dog, yummy food, old haunted houses, and ghosts!! Plus a murder and a touch of romance~~ all of the above makes for a great cozy mystery!! I started reading this book on Saturday morning and I finished it up 24 hrs later. I didn't do much anything else~~ how could I?? I was entangled in the pages!! :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dani(elle)

    3.5 but it gets bonus points for being against ICE

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    I loooove a good paranormal mystery! Juliet Blackwell and Victoria Laurie are definitely my top favorites in that category! Although, Darynda Jones's books do get shelved there too, so hell yeah, she needs to be included there as well! But moving on...Juliet Blackwell writes two amazing paranormal mystery series; Witchcraft Mysteries & Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries. Murder on the House is her third installment in the latter. Mel Turner is definitely not your average heroine. In fact, it's bec I loooove a good paranormal mystery! Juliet Blackwell and Victoria Laurie are definitely my top favorites in that category! Although, Darynda Jones's books do get shelved there too, so hell yeah, she needs to be included there as well! But moving on...Juliet Blackwell writes two amazing paranormal mystery series; Witchcraft Mysteries & Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries. Murder on the House is her third installment in the latter. Mel Turner is definitely not your average heroine. In fact, it's because she's your average woman, that makes her so different. Although in these paranormal mystery series, your heroine isn't a leather clad vampire would can kick ass with a katana! (As my last read had!) Mel is your thirty-something-year-old divorcee, running her father's home renovation business that truly is a family business. But lately, the places she goes to renovate and restore to their historical glory have been otherwise occupied by ghosts! And if that weren't enough, a murder usually happens soon after. It's like Murder She Wrote all over again, no matter what house or building Mel is determined to restore, a murder happens. It's even mentioned by the leading investigator in this one! Kind of funny, but nice that it's acknowledged, even with Mel herself. In this one, a couple is determined to turn a house into a haunted B&B. Although, there are many complications. Past construction workers have run out on the job because the house is haunted, ghostly children frightening them off. Yup, children ghosts, freaky, right? And it's the playroom in particular that gets the most ghostly occurrences--come and play with us. (Hee-hee, couldn't resist!) The soon-to-be owners, for it's not quite official yet, have a stipulation, Mel and the competition from another renovators company have to spend one night in the haunted house. Whoever lasts the longest gets to be the company to restore the house--although it makes you wonder what would happen if they both lasted? Unfortunately, there's no need for that question, because the legal owner of the house, a little old lady, is found dead at the bottom of a well that same night. Now Mel is determined to figure out who done it. There are too many questions that she can't quite answer. Could it be the ghosts? Can ghosts kill people? She's not quite sure of that herself, but it's clear that somebody was there that night and did the poor old woman harm. To make matters even more difficult, it seems Mrs. Bernini, the woman who was the true owner of the house, promised the house and all its property to quite a few people. Which means, there are quite a few possible suspects to the murder. And honestly, it was quite the challenge to figure out who-done-it. I had an inkly of a suspicion, but didn't really consider him to be the murderer in truth. Turns out I was right on that matter, but I still never pegged the real murderer down. This was a highly enjoyable read! What one calls a "cozy mystery" and it's definitely a fun read! There's still some romance going on as well, for Mel has caught the eye of Graham, the "green" construction consultant. And then there's Zach, a man who is definitely her junior in years, but there's not a real spark between them. Just flirty moments. Plus, Zach did kidnap her...and then there's Graham. A man who is quite more like Mel herself than she realizes. I like that the romance just happens in spurts and doesn't take central focus of Mel's life, but Graham is definitely integrating himself into her life now, whether she's ready or not! If you're a paranormal fan and are looking for a good mystery with just a hint of romance, then this is definitely a series for you! I'd recommend this really to any paranormal mystery fan! Overall Rating 5/5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Casceil

    The first hundred pages or so of this book are pure fun. After that it slows down a little, though it never really drags. The author seems to wrap things up rather abruptly at the end, and I felt like one of the characters seemed to have had a personality transplant. But all in all, I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one, due out in July.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    A good ghost story than built suspense right up to the somewhat disappointing climax. I'm not sure what happened but the ending seemed rushed and a bit flat. A solid ending would have easily netted this book 4 stars but lacking that I am going with 3.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Pretty much on par with this series as a whole. Nothing special in and of its self, but for some reason, that I can't quite put my finger on, I always enjoy this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    What can I say. Another cozy mystery enjoyed till the end. This series is indeed cozy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Bed-and-breakfast—with a side of ghosts. Mel Turner has a way with ghosts and people are starting to talk. So much so that the new owners of a historic house have contacted her not only to restore the house but to use her abilities to encourage the ghosts thought to be there to roam about. They want to open a haunted Bed & Breakfast. In order to win the contact she must stay overnight in the house with another prospective contractor and the elderly caretaker, who also is the previous owner. The sl Bed-and-breakfast—with a side of ghosts. Mel Turner has a way with ghosts and people are starting to talk. So much so that the new owners of a historic house have contacted her not only to restore the house but to use her abilities to encourage the ghosts thought to be there to roam about. They want to open a haunted Bed & Breakfast. In order to win the contact she must stay overnight in the house with another prospective contractor and the elderly caretaker, who also is the previous owner. The sleepover comes to an abrupt halt when the estate gains another supernatural occupant. Someone didn’t make it through the night. Mel hopes that she can get the resident spirits help her find the killer before she becomes another victim and joins them in their ghostly world . Dollycas’s Thoughts These stories first drew me in because of my house construction background but now in addition to that it is the history woven into the story. Juliet Blackwell blends the history with the mystery to give us readers an excellent read. That the house the story is based on could actually have been haunted just added to the story. I could hear the creaks and the groans and the marbles bouncing down the stairs – sent shivers up my spine. Mel is a spunky protagonist and seems to have no fear most of the time but even this set of ghosts took their toll on her. Her life is not turning out the way she planned. She wanted to take off for Paris but her dad needed her so she came home. She enjoys restoring homes but there are days she wishes for Paris, but I think the trouble who just follow her there. Her gift now realizes would sneak up on her wherever she goes. I am glad she is sticking around San Francisco and the construction biz. Who knows who she will have haunting her during her next renovation? Murder on the House is a smart and clever mystery all cozy lovers will enjoy!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    C.

    I crave paranormal mysteries in modern, adult literature and realistic heroines of a young, vibrant forty. Even more so than in the previous novel, "Murder On The House" fixes the right atmosphere for old era ghosts. It doesn’t have the deranged quality we saw last. Better: we are treated to a classic haunting; a dose of paranormal activity revved up to a notch that Juliet Blackwell hasn’t attempted before! Her boutique witch series is highly mystical but its entities tend to be gargoyles or dem I crave paranormal mysteries in modern, adult literature and realistic heroines of a young, vibrant forty. Even more so than in the previous novel, "Murder On The House" fixes the right atmosphere for old era ghosts. It doesn’t have the deranged quality we saw last. Better: we are treated to a classic haunting; a dose of paranormal activity revved up to a notch that Juliet Blackwell hasn’t attempted before! Her boutique witch series is highly mystical but its entities tend to be gargoyles or demons; angles I dislike. This home renovation project thrusts such direct spiritual encounters onto the pages, Mel Turner’s newfound perception isn’t required! Other than seeing and hearing an inhabitant from the past; the trademark atmosphere, like inexplicably locked doors and toys tumbling down a staircase, are in clear evidence to Mel’s friends. She and another firm are invited as overnight guests, in a peculiar competition for this lucrative job. Modern elements contribute to this mystery a great deal. The other general contractor vanishes, during a sad murder that stretches the arm of culpability to additional parties. His uncle is odd - founder of their company, the estate gardener is odd and has long been coasting on favours. But present day crime tends to be of least interest to me. What absorbed me is the mystery of the original inhabitants. A whole family died and there was a feud with a neighbouring manor, regarding water rights. Juliet has become one of my favourite living authors and got an easy five stars out of me. I’m beseeching authors until a change is evident: ethereal, non-vampire literature for adults is too scarce. The authors providing it, spoil the effect by turning to comedy. This time, surroundings are charged with a freaky electricity that makes us shudder and danger too!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Murder on the House is the third book in the Haunted Home Renovation Series. The series takes place in San Francisco. Mel Turner has taken over her father's business as he recovers from the death of his wife. Mel desire to flee to Paris, find a small room and just be alone is again on hold. She is living with her dad, Stan (dad's friend) and dog. One can feel the love when the group sits around the table eating her dad's meals. Her dad loves to cook and anyone that shows up at the house is invit Murder on the House is the third book in the Haunted Home Renovation Series. The series takes place in San Francisco. Mel Turner has taken over her father's business as he recovers from the death of his wife. Mel desire to flee to Paris, find a small room and just be alone is again on hold. She is living with her dad, Stan (dad's friend) and dog. One can feel the love when the group sits around the table eating her dad's meals. Her dad loves to cook and anyone that shows up at the house is invited to eat with the family. I am not going to do a synopsis of the plot as many reviews have already done so. What I liked about this book are the characters. Mel is funny, spunky and humorous. She is divorced and cares greatly for her step son. She also cares greatly about old historic home and the proper restoration of them. It was interesting to me as reader and it did not overwhelm with technical information. Mel's friends are varied and really a lot of fun. Her family situation is full of love and brings a cozy feel to this light paranormal book. The ghosts in each book that Mel comes in contact with are different personalities. She is still learning about her ability to see and talk to them. The first part of the book took off and really had my interest. I was chuckling aloud at the antics of Mel and her friends at their overnight stay at the Bernini house. I felt the book slowed down some in the middle of the book and the ending did have a rushed feel to me. However, I do really like this series due to the characters and the content. I am looking forward to the next book as I enjoy the writing of Juliet Blackwell

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cissa

    An engaging cozy mystery, even though the victim is more sympathetic than is usual in the cozies, and many of the suspects are pretty dubious; for me, the mystery solution was not especially satisfying. Still, it's got some interesting historical tidbits, and the secondary characters, especially the recurring ones, are well-drawn and fun to get to know better. Still, in the end a lot more questions remained unanswered than were resolved. Partly that's because Mel, our first-person protagonist, is An engaging cozy mystery, even though the victim is more sympathetic than is usual in the cozies, and many of the suspects are pretty dubious; for me, the mystery solution was not especially satisfying. Still, it's got some interesting historical tidbits, and the secondary characters, especially the recurring ones, are well-drawn and fun to get to know better. Still, in the end a lot more questions remained unanswered than were resolved. Partly that's because Mel, our first-person protagonist, is making some difficult decisions about the path her life will take- but partly it's also because various situations, especially regarding the various suspects- remained unresolved by the quick and neat ending. You could probably start here in the series without missing much, except I think the 2 previous books were tighter than this one. Recommended for cozy mystery fans who don't mind a touch of the paranormal.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I think this series is taking a new direction, sort of a cross between Ghost Hunters/This Old House, and I'm looking forward to continuing on with it. Once again, the description of San Francisco's wonderful architecture and what the character needs to do to maintain the integrity, is compelling. The ghostly visitors and events were described in such a way as it made me wonder if they were 'good' ghosts, or 'evil' ones. Plus, I sometimes wondered if the real people were alive, or if they were gho I think this series is taking a new direction, sort of a cross between Ghost Hunters/This Old House, and I'm looking forward to continuing on with it. Once again, the description of San Francisco's wonderful architecture and what the character needs to do to maintain the integrity, is compelling. The ghostly visitors and events were described in such a way as it made me wonder if they were 'good' ghosts, or 'evil' ones. Plus, I sometimes wondered if the real people were alive, or if they were ghosts, too, such was the way the author wrote the characters. Kept me guessing! Loved it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    The one thing that a mystery should not be is tedious. I began skipping pages about two- thirds of the way, and didn't miss anything significant The modern mystery was uninteresting, and the historical one, while much more intriguing, was also patently obvious from the beginning. Any contractor who missed the blatant clues should have her license revoked. As with Blackwell's other works, there is an obsession with detail and annoying repetition.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine

    Murder on the House is the third installment in the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. This series just keeps getting better and better! This is a wonderful paranormal mystery series by writer Juliet Blackwell. Her writing is impeccable, the story fun and utterly readable. Don't miss this one!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan Moxley

    I really great book if you love constructing and haunted homes. Also if you love women in jobs that you find mostly men doing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Akhmal Aiman

    Rating: 3/5 stars (This is the first book I read heavily on my Kindle) This book was the best amongst the first three books in the series, but it still didn't WOW me. It has a promising storyline. I love that it's not necessarily some bad ghosts that Mel Turner has to deal with this time. I like the concept of haunted 'Bed & Breakfast' hotel where the ghosts voluntarily wanting to stay. So friendly lah the ghosts! Although the middle part was a bit slow especially with all the other stories I didn't Rating: 3/5 stars (This is the first book I read heavily on my Kindle) This book was the best amongst the first three books in the series, but it still didn't WOW me. It has a promising storyline. I love that it's not necessarily some bad ghosts that Mel Turner has to deal with this time. I like the concept of haunted 'Bed & Breakfast' hotel where the ghosts voluntarily wanting to stay. So friendly lah the ghosts! Although the middle part was a bit slow especially with all the other stories I didn't really care for. The one thing I realised that I had a problem with was Mel, the main protagonist. If you want to do a murder mystery or a detective story, make sure the protagonist is lovable, one way or the other. Because if he or she isn't, with all the interrogations that's happening, he or she would be thought as nosy & a busybody. Mel Turner is not as friendly, to be honest. She's hardworking, okay but she seems like she doesn't enjoy having company (except if she wants something from them - poor Zach). I mean, we love Nancy Drew because she's kind, young and amiable. We love Hercule Poirot because he's funny and smart. We want to love Mel Turner too. It's an okay read. P.s. Was the author trying to tell the readers that she's a pro-gun?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    This is such a highly enjoyable series! Juliet Blackwell has two series that I read/listen to, each set in San Francisco, both magical in different ways. I love both Witchcraft Mystery series and the Haunted Home Renovation series. I think I love that I learn about renovation, home general contractors, old houses, antiques. Ghosts inhabiting the renovated houses is icing on the cake. I like that Mel is taking on her role as a ghostbuster as much as she is being lead in her renovation business. Sh This is such a highly enjoyable series! Juliet Blackwell has two series that I read/listen to, each set in San Francisco, both magical in different ways. I love both Witchcraft Mystery series and the Haunted Home Renovation series. I think I love that I learn about renovation, home general contractors, old houses, antiques. Ghosts inhabiting the renovated houses is icing on the cake. I like that Mel is taking on her role as a ghostbuster as much as she is being lead in her renovation business. She doesn't seem to lose her cool, keeps all the balls in the air that she seems to be juggling. Her family is a bit on the different side, but whose isn't? She lives at home with her dad and his best friend, she stays in contact with her stepson even though divorced from his father. Mel's friends are the best! They support her in pretty much everything even if a some of what she gets into is a bit scary. The mystery is excellent, the ghosts are intriguing, the home renovation is nifty. I can definitely recommend this book, series and author.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    Mel is asked to check out a house that some people are thinking of remodeling and turning into a Haunted BnB. When she visits she meets a ghost. She is asked to spend the night along with a competitor and the owner of the house is killed during her stay. Lots of strange happenings occur in the house and she sets out to find out who killed the owner and why the ghosts are there. She is joined by several friends and she talks to the neighbors and others who knew the woman and she digs into the hist Mel is asked to check out a house that some people are thinking of remodeling and turning into a Haunted BnB. When she visits she meets a ghost. She is asked to spend the night along with a competitor and the owner of the house is killed during her stay. Lots of strange happenings occur in the house and she sets out to find out who killed the owner and why the ghosts are there. She is joined by several friends and she talks to the neighbors and others who knew the woman and she digs into the history of the house. An enjoyable "haunted" mystery. Like the reluctant ghost talker, Mel, and her efforts to understand why she has the ability to see the disturbed spirits. She has some interesting friends and she works hard at her job as a construction contractor. Really like how she is still very involved in her stepson's life and seems to be more concerned about his welfare than his parents. She always involves him in things her family is doing and helps him out quite a bit.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Hernandez

    I really like this series. Mel is definitely interesting, and I adore Graham. I do like her relationship with her step son Caleb and her father and Dog. I wish we see more of Caleb and Dog and the father but you can only put so much especially as their is a purpose to the story. In this book Mel is wanting to win a bid on a beautiful house. Only stipulation she needs to stay the night and prove their are ghosts as they want to turn this house into a bed and breakfast with ghosts. The current own I really like this series. Mel is definitely interesting, and I adore Graham. I do like her relationship with her step son Caleb and her father and Dog. I wish we see more of Caleb and Dog and the father but you can only put so much especially as their is a purpose to the story. In this book Mel is wanting to win a bid on a beautiful house. Only stipulation she needs to stay the night and prove their are ghosts as they want to turn this house into a bed and breakfast with ghosts. The current owner a lovely older lady is found dead during this sleep over. Mel is consumed with winning this bid to fix this house and an attachment to the ghosts and elder lady that she wants to know what happened. The killer was not that surprising as I had a few ideas. Overall I wish Mel would stop stringing Graham and finally open up to him.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Hanna

    ok so this is book 3 and it was really good also..Melaine has to figure out who murdered this sweet old lady who owns a beautiful old house..she has to stay in the house for 1 night in order to win the bid to renovate the place but with haunted toys and then a murder she and her friends and the other contractor Josh Avery all run out of the house freaked out..it is up to Mel to figure out who killed Mrs Bernini and why..turns out for one thing the old lady left the house to a antique collector b ok so this is book 3 and it was really good also..Melaine has to figure out who murdered this sweet old lady who owns a beautiful old house..she has to stay in the house for 1 night in order to win the bid to renovate the place but with haunted toys and then a murder she and her friends and the other contractor Josh Avery all run out of the house freaked out..it is up to Mel to figure out who killed Mrs Bernini and why..turns out for one thing the old lady left the house to a antique collector but also promised to give it to a landscaper and a pizza delivery boy and also the place is haunted by it's orignal owners..so she wounds up solving both murders and wins the bid to restore the house..another good book..

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Mel the anthropologist/general contractor/lover of all things old house is slowly edging into some kind of comfort level with her ability to see and communicate with ghosts. And that is one thread in the story. Another is her relationship with a man she is attracted to, and yet another is with her ex-stepson and his father. Besides interacting with the owners of the house she is helping to bring into code for a Bed And Breakfast she is becoming friends with the little girl who has lived there si Mel the anthropologist/general contractor/lover of all things old house is slowly edging into some kind of comfort level with her ability to see and communicate with ghosts. And that is one thread in the story. Another is her relationship with a man she is attracted to, and yet another is with her ex-stepson and his father. Besides interacting with the owners of the house she is helping to bring into code for a Bed And Breakfast she is becoming friends with the little girl who has lived there since before her death in 1912. And then there is the current murder to be investigated and all the copies of the will to be found. Great story! Xe Sands has great skills in interpreting the characters as their narrator.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    This episode in Mel's story had me hooked from Chapter 1, and I enjoyed the book immensely. Not necessarily the mystery itself, which almost seemed to be an afterthought in its resolution, but the story of the house and it's haunting. The characters were a bit more developed in this one, and comical to the max (meaning Mel has some really weird friends that I would definitely hang out with), and it looks like Graham is finally breaking through. Mel is finally coming to an understanding with her This episode in Mel's story had me hooked from Chapter 1, and I enjoyed the book immensely. Not necessarily the mystery itself, which almost seemed to be an afterthought in its resolution, but the story of the house and it's haunting. The characters were a bit more developed in this one, and comical to the max (meaning Mel has some really weird friends that I would definitely hang out with), and it looks like Graham is finally breaking through. Mel is finally coming to an understanding with her abilities and the reality of the paranormal, which I appreciate. I look forward to the next book in what is becoming a good series for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    A couple wants to open a haunted bed and breakfast and think they have found the perfect location with residents ghosts. They call Mel Turner who has a big reputation for dealing with ghosts while she renovates old mansions. Mel discovers there are ghosts in the house and yes, this would make a lovely B&B. Then tragedy happens and the woman who owns the house is pushed into the well and dies. Now who did it - the ghosts, someone she promised to give the house to of which there are a couple or …. A couple wants to open a haunted bed and breakfast and think they have found the perfect location with residents ghosts. They call Mel Turner who has a big reputation for dealing with ghosts while she renovates old mansions. Mel discovers there are ghosts in the house and yes, this would make a lovely B&B. Then tragedy happens and the woman who owns the house is pushed into the well and dies. Now who did it - the ghosts, someone she promised to give the house to of which there are a couple or ….. Mel feels she needs to solve the murder because she was there when it happened. These are fun reads, but this one lagged a little.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Trudy

    This is a whodunit set in the world of historic home restoration in San Francisco. Mel Turner is vying for a renovation contract and has an edge because she can see ghosts and this magnificent home is definitely haunted. She gets drawn into the mystery of a murder that happens while she and her friends are present in the house. I enjoyed Mel, friends, family, and neighborhood people and especially old Mrs. Bernini and young Annabelle. I was disappointed at a spoiler contained in the author's ack This is a whodunit set in the world of historic home restoration in San Francisco. Mel Turner is vying for a renovation contract and has an edge because she can see ghosts and this magnificent home is definitely haunted. She gets drawn into the mystery of a murder that happens while she and her friends are present in the house. I enjoyed Mel, friends, family, and neighborhood people and especially old Mrs. Bernini and young Annabelle. I was disappointed at a spoiler contained in the author's acknowledgement page, placed first in the book, before even reading Chapter 1. The book could have been more fun not knowing this bit of information.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Heise

    Now this is how you write paranormal cozy mystery. A quirky main character with an unusual background, lots of pertinent detail (yes, my dears, really good building contractors let loose in an older house do spot where the pocket doors have been closed off), enough spooky to be interesting but not upsetting, a cast of interesting side characters and a good puzzle. I only wished the victim had survived longer into the story, as I enjoyed them. P.S. the ghost story situation was perfect, thank you Now this is how you write paranormal cozy mystery. A quirky main character with an unusual background, lots of pertinent detail (yes, my dears, really good building contractors let loose in an older house do spot where the pocket doors have been closed off), enough spooky to be interesting but not upsetting, a cast of interesting side characters and a good puzzle. I only wished the victim had survived longer into the story, as I enjoyed them. P.S. the ghost story situation was perfect, thank you. The backstory with water rights, ethnically mixed marriages in the past, and the varied history of the house was great. The charming little-girl ghost was even better.

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