Dead Bolt (Haunted Home Renovation Series #2)

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Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners who insist on sticking around- along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops...

The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house, and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found ...

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Overview

Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners who insist on sticking around- along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops...

The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house, and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty. Now she must restore the building-and her reputation-before it's too late.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Blackwell’s smooth, seductive second mystery featuring San Francisco historic house contractor Melanie Turner (after 2010’s If Walls Could Talk), something otherworldly is interfering with Mel’s work on Jim and Katenka Daley’s 1890s Queen Anne Victorian. Mel must also contend with the elderly neighbor across the street, Emile Blunt, who’s determined to buy the Daleys’ house, even though it’s not for sale. Mel’s father, himself a former contractor, tries to smooth things over with the crotchety Emile, only to find him shot dead the next day. Desperate to save her character and her renovation from a murder, Mel may have to dig the truth up about yet another ghost before all is said and done. The return of divorced Mel’s old crush, green building expert Graham Donovan, adds romantic interest. Cozy fans will want to see a lot more of the endearing Mel. (Dec.)
-Library Journal
"Cleverly plotted with a terrific sense of the history of the greater Bay Area, Blackwell's series has plenty of ghosts and supernatural happenings to keep readers entertained and off balance."
-Publishers Weekly
"In Blackwell's smooth, seductive second mystery featuring San Francisco historic house contractor Melanie Turner (after 2010's If Walls Could Talk), something otherworldly is interfering with Mel's work on Jim and Katenka Daley's 1890s Queen Anne Victorian. Mel must also contend with the elderly neighbor across the street, Emile Blunt, who's determined to buy the Daleys' house, even though it's not for sale. Mel's father, himself a former contractor, tries to smooth things over with the crotchety Emile, only to find him shot dead the next day. Desperate to save her character and her renovation from a murder, Mel may have to dig the truth up about yet another ghost before all is said and done. The return of divorced Mel's old crush, green building expert Graham Donovan, adds romantic interest. Cozy fans will want to see a lot more of the endearing Mel."
Library Journal
San Francisco-based Melanie Turner (If Walls Could Talk) is no ordinary contractor. Her renovations veer to spooky, haunted Victorian houses, and you might call her a ghost buster. But the specters in this current job are more malevolent, suggesting that some crimes remain unresolved. When a neighbor turns up murdered and former tenants of the house aren't being forthright, Mel knows there is unfinished business in this place. She would just like to live to see the murderer caught. VERDICT Cleverly plotted with a terrific sense of the history of the greater Bay Area, Blackwell's series has plenty of ghosts and supernatural happenings to keep readers entertained and off balance. Sue Ann Jaffarian's "Ghost of Granny Apples" series is a good match. Blackwell also writes as Hailey Lind.
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"Cleverly plotted with a terrific sense of the history of the greater Bay Area, Blackwell's series has plenty of ghosts and supernatural happenings to keep readers entertained and off balance." —-Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451235305
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Series: Haunted Home Renovation Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 116,918
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for a mystery author who, together with her sister, wrote the Art Lover's Mystery series as Hailey Lind.

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration and performance. Sands's characterizations are rich and expressive and her narrations evocative and intimate. She has also won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for her narration of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    In Blackwell's paranormal mystery novel, general contractor Mela

    In Blackwell's paranormal mystery novel, general contractor Melanie Turner's latest restoration job involves a historic Queen Anne Victorian in one of San Francisco's neighborhoods. The owners have decided to reside in the basement while the work is done, making things more difficult for the crew. But when strange things begin to happen around the site, the owners threaten to cancel all restoration plans for fear of disturbing the ghosts who live somewhere on the property. It's soon clear that the ghosts aren't the only ones disrupting the work in progress. The neighbors aren't happy with the noise associated with the project either. When Mel's father discovers a body across the street, Mel is tasked with the duty to finish the job on time, do some ghost busting, and restore her reputation.

    Melanie Turner is one of the most exciting, sharp, and hysterically funny heroines in any book series I've read. A new and inventive twist on the ghostly paranormal mystery genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    a chilling paranormal locked in house whodunit

    There are few females in Melanie Turner's occupation, but the general contractor relishes taking over Turner Construction from her retired dad. Currently she leads the restoration of the Cheshire House a historic Queen Anne Victorian house in San Francisco. Every house has problems in the renovation, but this one includes Jim and Katenka Daley who insist on residing in the basement apartment while the renovations occur.

    Mel also has the ability to see and hear ghosts. She believes there are many spirits roaming Cheshire House. Initially the ghostly occupants play harmless pranks like handprints on a very high ceiling and footprints in which only Mel the medium can see them. However, not all the spirits resting in Cheshire Inn are benign; one who is malevolent has the skill to make people do what it wants them to do. When cantankerous neighbor (and former resident) Emile Blunt is found dead, a former resident of Cheshire House when it was a boarding house, Mele believes there is a link between the murder and the spirits. Although she understands the lethal risk that no other living person on the project does, Mel must find a way to coax the ghosts to move on and out of Cheshire House while finding out who killed Emile.

    The second Haunted House Renovation Mystery (see If Walls Could Talk) is a chilling paranormal locked in whodunit that will frighten even the Ghostbusters let alone readers. Mel is a courageous strong person who though scared feels she must complete the project which includes ridding the house of its otherworldly occupants. Dead Bolt is a terrific paranormal amateur sleuth.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

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    I just completed my 2013 New Year's resolution of reading Juliet

    I just completed my 2013 New Year's resolution of reading Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Home Renovation Series by December 31st!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this ghostly mystery! In addition to my reasons for enjoying her last Mel Turner story, this one brings forward some of the work and secondary characters from her first book. Some series lack this continuity and this hurts their believability after awhile.
    I highly recommend this book and look forward to the others. Also, check out her Witchcraft Mystery Series! Happy New Year!

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Good Read

    Really enjoyed tis series. This book was fun to read.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Recommend if you read book one of the series.

    Juliet keeps you wondering, which makes you want to curl up and just finish the book with a nice warm cup of tea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    I liked the first one better

    but this was pretty good.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

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    *****A perfect light humor and quick wit mystery, with a dash of scare!******

    I LOVE this series! they are delightfully packed with humor, wit and good old fashioned spooks all tied up in a mystery! A quick read but a guarantee not to disappoint! No more needs to be said, just read the book!

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Good entertaining read

    I am enjoying this series - it's a nice quick read - entertaining and funny

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    Posted June 15, 2012

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    Im Katie Monroe. I just joined today. Im 15.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

    My second book by Juliet Blackwell, read first book "
    If wall could talk" very good book. Dead Bolt book was very good I couldn't put the book down and turn the pages fast enough.
    Dead Bolt made laugh, gave chills up my back and scared a little.
    I highly recommend these 2 books, very well written and interesting by chapter 1 in both books.
    Good job Juliet

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    Highly recommend

    Paranormal mysteries are great reads but this one surpasses most. You can't help but love the "lady construction boss" with her weird fashion sense and hope that she winds up with Quinn, the hunk. What makes this series great is the development of all the characters main and side, and the clarity in which Ms. Blackwell writes. I love the characters and the plots, "it's all good!"

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

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    Loved Every Word Of This Haunted Cozy

    I was first drawn to this series because I used to build and remodel houses, then I enjoyed these wonderful characters and couldn¿t get enough. Mel Turner is a take charge kind of gal, very organized, meticulous and not afraid of much except maybe getting her heart broken. She also has a special gift that at times is as much a curse as a blessing. With traits like these readers can¿t help but care about her as we take each step right along with her, up those attic stairs or home to her Dad, Stan and Caleb, or even into those confusing romantic situations. She is funny and smart, the kind of friend you would want to tag along with, even when she¿s off trying to get a family of ghosts to move along and out of the house she desperately wants to finish renovating.

    This book is fun, entertaining with perfect amounts are mystery, mayhem and haunting characters. I loved every word!!

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