Dead Bolt (Haunted Home Renovation Series #2)

Dead Bolt (Haunted Home Renovation Series #2)

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by Juliet Blackwell
     
 

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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

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.

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."
From the Publisher
"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
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101558997
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Series:
Haunted Home Renovation Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
16,389
File size:
430 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Xe Sands is an award-winning narrator known for her authentic characterizations and intimate delivery. She has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo and Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman.

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Dead Bolt 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good series - I'll continue to read them.
cjmaine More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed tis series. This book was fun to read.
mistyJW More than 1 year ago
Juliet keeps you wondering, which makes you want to curl up and just finish the book with a nice warm cup of tea.
HunEBunny More than 1 year ago
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!
Maggie59MS More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series - it's a nice quick read - entertaining and funny
DMLynn More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best in the series so far! And based on a true haunt too! It doesn't get much better than this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked 1st more than this one but still like it. This one is darker and baby involved.
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debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
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.
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