Murder on the House (Haunted Home Renovation Series #3)

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Bed and breakfast—with a side of ghosts.

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 reputation, however, for the chance to restore an historic house that calls to her. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted B&B, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls to enhance ...

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Overview

Bed and breakfast—with a side of ghosts.

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 reputation, however, for the chance to restore an historic house that calls to her. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted B&B, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls to enhance its 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 supernatural occupant—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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  • Juliet Blackwell & Victoria Laurie
    Juliet Blackwell & Victoria Laurie  

Editorial Reviews

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Building contractor Mel (short for Melanie) Turner's construction firm is known for quality work on historic San Francisco homes, but she's also developing a reputation for being the up-and-coming ghost buster for the region as well. Part of the bidding process for a renovation on a sprawling home situated in the colorful Castro district requires Mel and the competing firm's representative to spend the night—just so they can experience the ghostly environment. The ghosts definitely distract them, and tragically, at the same time, someone kills the elderly owner in the garden. Now, everything is upended with a very real murder case, abundant suspects, and an unresolved history that only Mel can rectify. Clearly, though, the killer isn't done, and Mel is getting in the way. VERDICT Blackwell's third entry in this series (after Dead Bolt) is a charming cozy. This top-notch light paranormal successfully mixes San Francisco history with a tremendously appealing ghost buster at the helm.
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"This book read like a charm. Juliet Blackwell has a knack for weaving supernatural and mysterious elements into a beautiful story that the reader just cannot put down." —-Girl Lost in a Book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451238849
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Series: Haunted Home Renovation Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 147,528
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for a mystery author who also writes the Witchcraft Mystery series and, along with her sister, wrote the Art Lover’s Mystery series as Hailey Lind. The first in that series, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. As owner of her own faux-finish and design studio, the author has spent many days and nights on construction sites renovating beautiful historic homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Well, Juliet sure has another winner on her hands and I'm so gla

    Well, Juliet sure has another winner on her hands and I'm so glad I came upon all of her wonderful books and I can't wait for the next adventure Mel gets into!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    Murder on the House is the third installment in the Haunted Home

    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!

    1 out of 1 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!

    This was my third read and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first two. Juliet's character development, realism, and continuity make for wonderful story telling. Sometimes, you almost feel that you're at the kitchen table in Fruitvale with Mel. her father, Stan, and Caleb.
    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 this book and the series. It was a fun book

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    In Blackwell¿s paranormal mystery novel, the word is out on cont

    In Blackwell’s paranormal mystery novel, the word is out on contractor, Mel Turner—she can communicate with the dead. When an impressive historic home comes up for restoration, Mel sucks it up and embraces her new found identity as a “ghost buster.” The new owners want to turn the house into a haunted bed and breakfast and they invite Mel to spend the night and make contact with the other side. During the unnerving night, an elderly woman is found dead and while Mel attempts to speak to the dead—a killer hiding in plain sight closes in.

    A cleverly plotted story with a great deal of detail regarding the history of the greater Bay Area—smooth, seductive—I can’t wait for the next installment.


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  • Posted May 21, 2013

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    I enjoy this author a lot

    I live in a house more than 100 years old, so old house renovation appeals to me, add paranormal and mystery and I'm pretty happy. I've enjoyed this series, it's fun and holds your interest with an interesting mystery wrapped in the other features. It isn't great literature, but I read for fun and these books hold my interest and I never put them down at the end disappointed. I keep coming back and getting to know the characters better. I think that's enough from most cozy series and this fits in paranormal too, what more could you want? I was pretty sure what had caused the death of the ghost family and turned out to be true, but that wasn't the real mystery so it just made me feel bright.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Book 3

    As good as the other two I read in the series. Not quite finished yet but am enjoying.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    Juliet has done it again by writing an entertaining story that I

    Juliet has done it again by writing an entertaining story that I could not put down. The mystery kept me turning the pages as I had to know what was happening next. Melanie is a great character and I like that with each book we continue to learn more about her and her friends. This was a fun read and one of the best thus far and I can’t wait for the next book in this wonderfully crafted series.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    A ghostly bed-and-breakfast. Could it get any better? I really e

    A ghostly bed-and-breakfast. Could it get any better? I really enjoyed this book. I was able to follow along even though this is the first book in this series I've read. I liked the historical background Juliet Blackwell brings to the story. It was spooky at times... staying among ghosts all night in the hotel in order to win the bid. The mystery moved along and had a few twists and turns. I love home renovation and I loved the mix of the mystery and renovation. Quirky cast of characters and a ghostly murder makes this a must read! I'm going to read the first 2 books in this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    OK Just OKay Just OK Just okay

    I was somewhat disappointed after reading the other books

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Very good book--fun series

    Very good book--fun series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Heart and Soul RULES

    1. No fighting. If there is a disagreement, come to me.

    2. No one goes outside if it is storming. Too much risk of somebody getting fried.

    3. All hurt or sick animals get treated by me or a med animal, no exceptions. I don't want you to die.

    4. Large animals (dragons, horses, etc.) will stay outside unless it is storming or special circumstances. Sorry, too much chance for disaster.

    5. NO EVIL ANIMALS!!! I don't want someone coming here and killing everybody. If you dare come anywhere near here, you WILL be driven off.

    6. If you follow the rules, you will be rewarded by various things. If you disobey, you will not be able to go outside for a short period of time.

    Thanks!!!

    5.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

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    Bed-and-breakfast¿with a side of ghosts. Mel Turner has a wa

    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 .




    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!!

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    I love Juliet Blackwell's writing. Her books are very entertain

    I love Juliet Blackwell's writing. Her books are very entertaining and you can get lost in them to escape the real world for a short time. Many of her books have been there to help me through rough times in my life. She is a wonderful author. If you have not read any of her books- you are really missing out!

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