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If Walls Could Talk (Haunted Home Renovation Series #1)

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Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line.

At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man-and not end up a construction casualty herself......

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Overview

Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line.

At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man-and not end up a construction casualty herself...

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"This is the first entry in the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series and it promises to be a load of fun." —-RT Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451231819
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Series: Haunted Home Renovation Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 154,460
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (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 January 8, 2011

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    Rockin' new start to a new Home Restoration Mystery series!

    I'm a follower of Juliet Blackwell's Withcraft Mysteries, and sometimes after falling in love with one series by an author I find myself having a hard time getting into an author's new series, but NOT so with If Walls Could Talk. The mystery kept me guessing & Mel is a very likable character that the reader can easily identify with. The slight paranormal element of Keith (ghost) just added an extra layer of intriguiment. I was a little worried about another home restoration series coming out amidst numerous other series of the same, but Ms. Blackwell carved out her own niche!

    If you like this series you may also enjoy: Sarah Graves, Christy Evans, Jennie Bentley.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    This is the start of a new paranormal amateur sleuth series filled with ghosts, unknown villains, a great heroine

    Since her mother died, Melanie Turner took over her depressed father's San Francisco Bay construction business; specializing in restoration of historical homes as her dad could no longer run the firm. Matt Addax hires Mel to restore a run-down mansion so he and his partner can flip it for a nice profit. After an all night party, Mel enters the house to see Matt's partner Kenneth dripping in blood.

    He was shot with a nail gun and someone cut off his hand with a motor saw. There is blood all over him and he dies shortly after arriving at the hospital. He told the nurses before he died that Matt didn't kill him, but he also said it was Matt's fault. Matt goes to jail leaving Mel to complete the renovations. She sees the ghost of Kenneth and he informs her he doesn't remember the time prior to his murder. Someone believes Mel found buried jewels and her house, car and storage room are ransacked. Someone is looking for them. To get rid of the ghost and to keep her family, friends and employees safe, Mel investigates only to be in the same perilous situation that Kenneth faced before he was killed.

    This is the start of a new paranormal amateur sleuth series filled with ghosts, unknown villains, a great heroine, and a man who warned her not marry her ex husband. Mel has "insider" information from the other side. Mel does not trusting the cops who have focused on Matt only so she risks her life to investigate. With a nod to the Ghost Whisperer in a murder mystery setting, Juliet Blackwell provides a fun entertaining opening act.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Good light read

    good light reading

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    It's uneven and I'm Undecided

    I liked parts of this, disliked others. i really don't think nail guns work like that... I MIGHT reda the next in the series. I'll defintely read Blackwell's other series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    One of the Best Cozies Out There

    After a difficult divorce, Mel Turner yearned to drop her stress and responsibilities and dreamed of living a solitary life in Paris. She figured if she didn't eat, she could live there happily for years. Plans never quite pan out the way we hope and Mel's were no different and she's now responsible for the management of Turner Construction-her father's business.
    When contacted by the teenage son of aging rock star and friend, Matt Addax, with a plea for help she finds Matt passed out in the middle of his newest project, a Pacific Heights mansion in dire need of renovation. Matt has no idea what he's doing as he dabbles in flipping real estate, so when he begs her to take over, Mel can't refuse. It's not your typical mansion, however. Not only is it a mirror image of the one next door, it's haunted, and not by just any ordinary ghosts.
    Kenneth Kostow, Matt's obnoxious and unscrupulous business partner, has recently met a bad end-injured at some point after the alcohol infused do-it-yourself demo party-and is now the one clanging around. When his deathbed declaration seems to implicate Matt, it's not long before Matt's arrested, but he couldn't possibly have done it. Could he?
    Everyone is suspect when this renovation becomes a crime scene and when CAL-OSHA employee, Graham Donovan-a man who sparks hot memories from the past-becomes involved, Mel finds that she has someone she trusts enough to tell about a strange box she finds inside one of the walls. The old cigar box is filled with fake, historically-significant money and a diary. However, it's become the least of her worries, Mel's been seeing Kenneth's ghost, but can only hope that she's hallucinating.
    This heart of the gold rush residence has a past, which includes a possible hoax; field of jewels, family disgrace and suicide. But not everyone believes the jewels were a case of deception and several are hell-bent on finding them and who better to watch than the woman in charge.
    This book is filled with quick wit and chuckles throughout and one of the best cozy reads out there. If having ghosts in my house meant this many zany characters were involved, I'd say, "Bring'em on!"
    Reviewed by Shannon Raab for Suspense Magazine

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    I would buy other books by this author

    I love mystry books and I did enjoy this book. I will read the next one if there is a next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Highly Recommend!

    This was a great, quick read. Really captures your attention and holds the reader all the way to the end. Can't wait until the next book comes out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Enjoyed this book

    A little different twist. I'll read the next one

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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!

    This first book was fun and kept me engaged. I particularly liked her characterization and the background she gives to the main character, Mel Turner. (Juliet obviously knows her way around home renovations!)
    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Great cozy mystery!  Nothing better than curling up with a good

    Great cozy mystery!  Nothing better than curling up with a good nice mystery for a cold rainy day.  Only half way thru this and love the writting, charactures and plot so far.  However . . . entire series are 5.99 and less at Amazon . . . what's up with that BN?  Give your readers a deal too!  I've now purchased the entire series and can't wait to keep on reading.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Good Read

    Fun book to read, I really enjoyed it.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Recommend for light reading

    Good book for a cozy rainy day, of which we have had many lately. Fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Great to get to know another interesting woman with a very inter

    Great to get to know another interesting woman with a very interesting career. I've read some others by Juliet Blackwell and will look for more.

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