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

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

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by Juliet Blackwell
     
 

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Bed-and-breakfast—with a side of ghosts.

Word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, and she’s having a hard time maintaining a low profile. She decides to embrace her reputation for the chance to restore a historic house that calls to her. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted bed-and-breakfast,

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Bed-and-breakfast—with a side of ghosts.

Word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, and she’s having a hard time maintaining a low profile. She decides to embrace her reputation for the chance to restore a historic house that calls to her. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted bed-and-breakfast, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls to enhance the house’s paranormal charm.

The catch: Mel has to spend one night in the house to win the project. During the spine-chilling sleepover, the estate gains another supernatural occupant when someone doesn’t survive the night. 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.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries

“A wonderful new series.”—Fresh Fiction

“Juliet Blackwell’s writing is like that of a master painter, placing a perfect splash of detail, drama, color, and whimsy in all the right places!”—Victoria Laurie, New York Times bestselling author of the Psychic Eye and Ghost Hunter mysteries

“Cleverly plotted…Blackwell’s series has plenty of ghosts and supernatural happenings to keep readers entertained.”—Library Journal  

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451238849
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Series:
Haunted Home Renovation Series, #3
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
153,567
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for the Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries

“A wonderful new series.”—Fresh Fiction

“Juliet Blackwell’s writing is like that of a master painter, placing a perfect splash of detail, drama, color, and whimsy in all the right places!”—Victoria Laurie, New York Times bestselling author of the Psychic Eye and Ghost Hunter mysteries

“Cleverly plotted…Blackwell’s series has plenty of ghosts and supernatural happenings to keep readers entertained.”—Library Journal

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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Murder on the House: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
cjmaine More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book and the series. It was a fun book
mistyJW More than 1 year ago
As good as the other two I read in the series. Not quite finished yet but am enjoying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was somewhat disappointed after reading the other books
Lwing More than 1 year ago
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.
springfield40 More than 1 year ago
Very good book--fun series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as interesting as her 1st 2 mysteries. Full of filler.
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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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HeatherStaniszewski More than 1 year ago
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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