A Ghostly Light (Haunted Home Renovation Series #7)

A Ghostly Light (Haunted Home Renovation Series #7)

by Juliet Blackwell

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A Ghostly Light (Haunted Home Renovation Series #7) by Juliet Blackwell

In the latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Give Up the Ghost, it will take a beacon of ghostly intervention to guide contractor Mel Turner to the truth...
 
Dangerous tides ahead...
 
When her friend Alicia hires Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay, Mel Turner can’t wait to get her hands dirty. Alicia plans to transform the island property into a welcoming inn, and while Mel has never attempted a project so ambitious—or so tall—before, she’s definitely up for the challenge.
 
But trouble soon arises when Alicia’s abusive ex-husband shows up to threaten both her and Mel, and later turns up dead at the base of the lighthouse stairs. With no other suspects in sight, things start looking choppy for Alicia. Now, if Mel wants to clear her friend’s name, she’ll need the help of the lighthouse’s resident ghosts to shine a light on the real culprit...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101989357
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Series: Haunted Home Renovation Series , #7
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 82,795
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for the New York Times bestselling author of the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series, including Give Up the Ghost and Keeper of the Castle. She also writes the Witchcraft Mystery series, including A Toxic Trousseau and Spellcasting in Silk, and, together with her sister, wrote the Art Lover’s Mystery series as Hailey Lind. The first in the series, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the novels Letters from Paris and The Paris Key. 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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Chapter One

The tower reached high into a gray sky. A faint glow-dare I say a ghostly light?-seemed to emanate from the lighthouse's narrow windows. Probably just a trick of light, the afternoon sun reflecting off curved stone walls.

Just looking up at the tower through the cracked bay window made me dizzy.

"I'm thinking of calling the inn 'Spirit of the Lighthouse.' Or maybe 'the Bay Light,'" said Alicia Withers as she checked an item off the list on her clipboard. Alicia was big on lists. And clipboards. "What do you think, Mel? Too simple?"

"I think you need to figure out your plumbing issues before you worry about the name," I replied. That's me, Mel Turner. General contractor and head of Turner Construction.

Also known as Killjoy.

Alicia and I stood in the central hallway of the former lighthouse keeper's home, a charming but dilapidated four-bedroom Victorian adjacent to the lighthouse tower. The structures had been built in 1871 on the small, rather unimaginatively named Lighthouse Island, located in the strait connecting the San Francisco and San Pablo bays. Not far away, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge loomed, and barely visible to the southwest was the elegant new span that linked Oakland to Treasure Island and on to San Francisco. The nearest shoreline was Richmond, with San Rafael-and San Quentin prison-situated across the normally placid, though occasionally tempestuous, bay waters.

It was a view to die for.

Lighthouse Island's foghorn and lamp had been staffed by full-time keepers and their assistants and families for decades, the flashing light and thunderous horn warning sea captains of the bay's surprisingly treacherous shallows and rocky shoals. But the humans had long since been replaced by less costly electronics, and the island's structures had fallen into disrepair.

The house itself had once been a beauty, and still boasted gingerbread trim and a cupola painted an appealing (but now peeling) creamy white. Also in the compound were a supply shed, the original foghorn building, and a huge cistern that collected rainwater for the keeper and his family on this otherwise dry rock. The only other structures on the island were the docks and lavatory, located in a small natural harbor to the east, which were still used occasionally by pleasure boats seeking refuge from sudden squalls-and by those interested in exploring Lighthouse Island, of course.

"I'm just saying," I continued. "There's a lot of dry rot to contend with before you start inviting guests to your Lighthouse Inn."

"Oh, you," Alicia said with a slight smile, which I answered with a big one.

I had known Alicia for quite a while before spying an iota of good cheer in her. She was still a serious, hardworking person but had relaxed a lot since I first met her on a historic restoration in Marin. We had bonded late one night over a shared love of potato chips and home renovation television shows. And then we quite literally kicked the butt of a murderer, which had definitely improved her attitude.

"I'm sure you know I haven't lost sight of the all-important infrastructure," continued Alicia. "But I need to register my domain and business names, so no, it's not too early to think about such things."

She whipped out a thick sheaf of lists and flowcharts and handed them over. I flipped through the papers. There were preliminary schedules for demolition and foundation work, electrical and plumbing and Internet installation, Sheetrock and mudding, overhauls of baths and kitchen, and installations of moldings and flooring and painting and light fixtures.

I raised my eyebrows. "Thanks, Alicia, but I usually work up the schedules with Stan, my office manager."

"I know you do, but I was up late one night thinking about everything that had to be done, and figured I might as well get the paperwork started. I based these on your schedules for the job in Marin, you see? I can e-mail everything to Stan so you can rearrange it as you need, and plug in the actual dates and the like. I hope you don't think it was too presumptuous-I couldn't help myself. Ever since Ellis agreed to back me on this project, I can hardly sleep I'm so excited!"

Several months ago Alicia's boss, Ellis Elrich, had asked me to evaluate "a property" he was considering. It wasn't until he told me to meet him at the Point Moro Marina that I realized this would be no ordinary renovation: It was Lighthouse Island, and the Bay Light.

I-along with much of the population of the Bay Area-had watched over the years as the historic Victorian-era lighthouse descended into greater and greater decrepitude. Every time my family drove over the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, my father would shake his head and grumble, "It's a damned shame." Mom would shush Dad for swearing in front of the children-"Little pitchers have big ears, Bill"-but, craning her neck to watch the sad little island as it receded from view, she would add, "You're right, though. Someone really ought to save that place."

Never did I imagine that, decades later, I'd be that person.

But historic renovation was my business, and Alicia's boss was filthy rich. Which was a very good thing, because this lighthouse was in need of a serious infusion of cash. I already had in hand the architect's detailed blueprints, as well as the necessary permits and variances from the city and county, which had also promised to fast-track the code inspections. The Bay Light's renovation would be a highly unusual public-private partnership that cash-strapped local officials had agreed to in the interest of saving the historical structures. I was impressed at the city's eager participation but didn't ask too many questions. Ellis Elrich had a way of making things happen.

"So, here's what we're thinking," Alicia said, making a sweeping gesture around the former front parlor. "We take down this wall, combine the space with the smaller drawing room next door, and make this whole area the bar and restaurant."

"It's not very large," I pointed out, comparing the blueprints in my hand to the existing floor plan.

"It doesn't have to be. There will be at most ten overnight guests, so only five small tables are required for their meals-or we might just do one big table and serve everything family-style, I haven't decided yet. And visitors won't be that frequent-there aren't that many people who stop in at the yacht harbor, and even with our boat ferrying people over from the mainland, it will still take some planning to come to the island. It's not as though we have to take into account foot traffic! So I'm thinking we'll be at capacity with about twenty guests for drinks and dinner. But for those that make it, we'll be a gorgeous little oasis in the bay."

Alicia sighed with happiness.

I was pleased for my friend, but experienced enough to be a wee bit jaded. At this point in a renovation, most clients couldn't see past the stars in their eyes and the longing in their hearts. Starting a historic renovation was a lot like falling in love: a blissful period of soaring romantic hope and infatuation that lasted until the grueling realities of sawdust and noise and confusion and delays-not to mention mounting cost overruns and unwelcome discoveries in the walls-brought a person back to earth with a resounding thud.

"We'll keep the bare bones of the kitchen, but include updated fixtures and some expansion, of course. But we'll make the study and part of the pantry into a first-floor suite for the live-in manager-"

"That would be you?"

"Oh, I dearly hope so, if I can find a replacement to serve as Ellis's assistant. I can't leave him high and dry."

"But he wants this for you, right? Isn't that why he's bankrolling the project?"

Alicia blushed. "Yes, he does. Ellis is very . . ."

"Sweet," I said when she trailed off.

She nodded but avoided my eyes. Now that she had loosened up a little and was no longer the tight-lipped martinet I had first met, Alicia was charming. The scar on her upper lip and another by one eye-relics of difficult times at the hands of her abusive (now-ex) husband-only served to make her pretty face more interesting. The wounds on her psyche were another matter altogether, but through therapy and a whole lot of emotional hard work, Alicia had made great strides toward healing.

And now, unless I was mistaken, she had developed a serious crush on Ellis Elrich, her boss and savior. Ellis was a good guy, surprisingly down-to-earth for a billionaire. Still, the situation seemed . . . complicated.

Oh, what tangled webs we weave.

"Anyway, that will leave three guest suites upstairs, each with an attached bath. And one in the attic, awaiting renovation. Oh! Did I tell you? The attic is full of old furniture, and there's a trunk of old books. There are even the original keeper's logs!"

"Still? No one took them after all this time?"

"I suppose that's the advantage of being on an isolated island. Can you imagine? We can put some on display to add to the historic maritime ambiance!"

I smiled. "Of course we can. I can't wait to look through everything. You know me and old books." Me and old everything, actually.

"We might be able to create one more bedroom in the foghorn building, unless we decide to turn that into a separate office. The problem, though, is the noise."

"What noise?"

"The foghorn still sounds on foggy days. It's not the original horn; it's an electronic version. But still, it's loud."

"How loud?"

"Really loud."

"That could be a problem. So, what do you want to do with the tower itself? The architect hasn't specified anything here."

"That-"

She stopped midsentence and her face lost all color.

"Alicia?" I glanced behind me, but didn't notice anything out of place. "What's wrong?"

"I thought I saw . . ."

"What?"

"Nothing," she said with a shake of her auburn hair.

I turned back to scan the scene, paying careful attention to my peripheral vision. Fervently hoping not to see a ghost. Or a body. Or both.

Because I tend to see things. Things that would make many people scream, run, or faint dead away. Not all the time, but often enough for it to make an impression. Due to my profession I spend a lot of time in historic structures, so it probably isn't surprising-for the open-minded, anyway-that I've been exposed to more than a few wandering souls who aren't clear on the veil between our worlds.

The fact that I trip over dead bodies, on the other hand, is . . . disturbing.

For me most of all, I should add.

Happily, in this moment I saw only the debris-filled main parlor of the old Keeper's House. My mind's eye began to imagine the space filled with vivacious guests sharing meals and stories, children holding cold hands up to the fire in the raised stone hearth, perhaps a calico cat lounging on the windowsill. The visitors warm and happy, safe from the chill winds blowing off the bay, the occasional mournful blast of the foghorn or flash of the lamp atop the tower adding to the dreamy atmosphere, to the sense that they were a world away from a major metropolitan area, rather than minutes. Alicia was right; with Ellis's deep pockets and Turner Construction's building skills, the inn could be magical. Would be magical.

Who's the romantic now, Mel Turner?

"Let's . . . I think we should go, Mel," Alicia said, her voice tight.

"What's wrong, Alicia? Are you okay?"

"I'm fine, it's just . . ." She walked toward the front entry, its charming beadboard paneling buckling in the center, and led the way out to the deep wraparound porch. Thick wooden boards had been laid over rotten sections of the porch floor to allow safe passage to the steps. "I think I'm just spooked."

"Did you see something . . . ghostly?" I asked, surprised. Alicia had never mentioned being sensitive to the supernatural.

"No, it's nothing like that. It's-well, I'm a little jumpy. I received a letter not long ago."

"And?"

"It was from Thorn."

"Thorn?"

"Thorn Walker. He's . . . he was my husband. Thorn's my ex-husband."

"How did he find you? I thought you changed your name, covered your tracks."

"I did," Alicia said with a humorless laugh. "Ellis hired a lawyer and a skip tracer, and they helped me to create a new identity. But . . . it's all my fault. I haven't been as careful as I needed to be, and have let my guard down lately. When Ellis bought this island and announced plans to renovate the buildings and open an inn, I was photographed next to him. The photo appeared in several news outlets-it seems everyone loves stories about historic lighthouses! What was I thinking? Thorn's not stupid. I should know better than anyone that when he puts his mind to something, he can be quite determined."

"What did Ellis's security team suggest?"

She didn't answer.

"Alicia? Did you show Ellis the letter?"

She remained silent, heading down the shored-up porch steps, past an old no trespassing sign, and into a cement courtyard that had been built on a slight incline to funnel rainwater into the underground cistern. Back when these buildings were constructed, access to fresh water would have been a priority. Living on a virtually barren rock wasn't easy, and similar challenges had ultimately closed down Alcatraz, the famous federal penitentiary that still held pride of place on another island in the bay, much closer to San Francisco. When everything had to be brought in by supply boat, priorities shifted.

There would be no pizza delivery while on this job.

In fact, any and all construction supplies-lumber and concrete, nails and screws, equipment and tools-would have to be brought to the dock by boat and hoisted up with a winch.

The prospect was daunting, but exciting. I had been running Turner Construction for a few years now, and while I still enjoyed bringing historic San Francisco homes back from the brink, I had been itching for a new challenge. For something different.

And this was a lighthouse.

Still, one aspect of this renovation gave me pause: The lighthouse tower was several stories high, and ever since an altercation on the roof of a mansion high atop Pacific Heights, I had found myself dreading heights. Where once I wouldn't have given a second thought to scrambling up a tall ladder or hopping out an attic window to repair loose shingles, now the very idea made me quail. I told myself I was being silly, and that these feelings would dissipate as the memory of the attack faded. I would not let fear stop me.

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A Ghostly Light (Haunted Home Renovation Series #7) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The term page Turner aptly describes this book. Had to find out the ending before I could put it down. Greatly enjoy this series. Has it all ghosts, mystery, fab story to be unravelled, family, fun and the unexpected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome could not put it down Awesome, could not put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mel Turner, family and friends, keep me guessing! I can't wait for the next book! Mystery, history, a little mayhem thrown in and I know I'm in for a good time!
TheCozyReview More than 1 year ago
A Ghostly Light: Haunted Home Renovation Author: Juliet Blackwell Publisher: Berkley Mel loves renovating old properties in the San Francisco area, so when her friend Alicia hires her company, Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the Bay, she can’t wait to get started. Alicia wants to transform the island property into a paying Inn, saving the history of the lighthouse and its former residents. No one thought that murder would get in the way. Alicia’s abusive ex-husband, Thorn shows up and is promptly killed, leaving Alicia as the only suspect. Of course, there are a few other problems with the renovation of the lighthouse beside the police investigation into Thorn’s death. First, the project is a colossal undertaking that will take time and lots of money. Second, Mel has recently become terrified of heights and is doing her best to hide the fact from her clients and crew which makes her job almost impossible and her life a nightmare. Last but most definitely not the least, some of the former residents are still living on the island and in the lighthouse, which wouldn’t be an issue if they were alive. Mel has little choice if she wants to finish this project, she has to find out who killed Alicia’s ex, and help the ghost in the attic find peace. If she fails the project will be ruined, and her friend will end up in prison for a murder she didn’t commit. -- Mel Turner is a memorable character filled with ambition and determination but has a softer side as well, one where she is fearful of failing in her relationship with boyfriend Landon and losing the love of her step-son Caleb. Her friends are colorful and loyal as well as entertaining all on their own, especially her ghost hunter mentor, Olivier. The characters are highly relatable; the reader can easily see their family and friends within the pages of this book. Juliet Blackwell is a talented story teller who again shows that she can create interesting and well-rounded characters as well as exciting plot lines. The location of San Francisco Bay is wonderfully detailed in a way that makes it easy to see and feel the city and the lighthouse even if the reader has never been to the city. The small island where the lighthouse is located will come to life as the reader imagines the keepers and their families living and working on the lonely island in a time long past. This book is a delightful fast read with several twists and turns that will keep the reader not only turning the page but surprised by the outcome. The reveal of the killer is very emotional and may even bring a tear to the eye of many readers. Happily, this book is recommended to anyone who enjoys a good mystery that is plot driven with characters that are charming and memorable. I received an ARC of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not her best but i still enjoyed it
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
As always, there is a very interesting setting, diverse characters, readable history, a murder that kept me guessing, and at least one busy ghost! Book 7 is an excellent addition to the Haunted Home Renovation series!
KittyCalico More than 1 year ago
I love this series and this book was great! Thank you so much Ms Blackwell!
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
This lighthouse holds more than just light. A Ghostly Light by Juliet Blackwell this is one of my favorite series. I truly love the mix of history, home renovation, paranormal, mystery and the quirkiness of San Francisco and the bay area. The world that Ms. Blackwell has created by mixing fact and fiction is so believable. Honestly, I would like to hire Turner Construction just to be a little part of this world. I really think that Mel is shining in this addition. It’s nice to see her with her new man Landon. She is so happy. She still has things to work on (such as her recent fear of heights but don’t we all. She is finally working through all of her jobs: ghost, construction or murder. Landon is extremely supportive. It’s so sweet. Mel has two mysteries to solve: the recent murder that her friend has been accused of and the mystery of the lighthouse ghost. Ms. Blackwell does such a great job keeping the whole thing moving through the past, present and glimpses of the future. I adored the lighthouse history that was included with the story. The treasure maps were so thoughtful. What a wonderful way to teach and entertain your child, so much better than handing them a cellphone to play with. I found this quote online and thought it was such a great fit for this story. “Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.” ~E.P. Whipple My rating is 5 stars, of course. If you haven’t read the other books you should try the first book in the series, Home Renovation or you can just start with this one. I guarantee you will want more. Mel and her entourage are worth your time. If you would like to see other reviews like this one, check out BaronessBookTrove.com.
BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
This lighthouse holds more than just light. A Ghostly Light by Juliet Blackwell this is one of my favorite series. I truly love the mix of history, home renovation, paranormal, mystery and the quirkiness of San Francisco and the bay area. The world that Ms. Blackwell has created by mixing fact and fiction is so believable. Honestly, I would like to hire Turner Construction just to be a little part of this world. I really think that Mel is shining in this addition. It’s nice to see her with her new man Landon. She is so happy. She still has things to work on (such as her recent fear of heights but don’t we all. She is finally working through all of her jobs: ghost, construction or murder. Landon is extremely supportive. It’s so sweet. Mel has two mysteries to solve: the recent murder that her friend has been accused of and the mystery of the lighthouse ghost. Ms. Blackwell does such a great job keeping the whole thing moving through the past, present and glimpses of the future. I adored the lighthouse history that was included with the story. The treasure maps were so thoughtful. What a wonderful way to teach and entertain your child, so much better than handing them a cellphone to play with. I found this quote online and thought it was such a great fit for this story. “Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.” ~E.P. Whipple My rating is 5 stars, of course. If you haven’t read the other books you should try the first book in the series, Home Renovation or you can just start with this one. I guarantee you will want more. Mel and her entourage are worth your time. If you would like to see other reviews like this one, check out BaronessBookTrove.com.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, as I do the series. This story not only has Mel solving one murder but also trying to figure out the back story of the ghost who already resides on the island where Mel and her crew are renovating. I love the characters in this book Mel is a strong woman who does what has to be done. The unity of family and friends is a huge plus. Her relationship with her dad is real and I love how he loves to cook and the more the merrier to his table. I had a few chuckles as Mel picked on the one ghost, which he deserved. The mystery of who murdered Alicia's abusive ex-husband was good but I really loved the mystery of the ghost of a woman who is already on the island. The story behind that had me fascinated and I couldn't wait to read more as Mel discovered her story. I eagerly await the next in this series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
A lighthouse, murder, and ghosts, oh my! Another fabulous Haunted Home Renovation Mystery! When I started reading cozy mysteries, I didn’t know there were para-cozies dealing with ghosts, and witches. I love the traditional cozy so much I couldn’t even think about read one with a paranormal element. But then I did, and I loved it, and I have read more like, A GHOSTLY LIGHT. It seems as though I like a cozy with a ghost from time to time. And author Juliet Blackwell helps play a part in that. A GHOSTLY LIGHT was a fascinating book that I couldn’t put down. From the vivid descriptions of the lighthouse, to the murder and investigation, meeting the ghosts, and the great reveal, as well as a surprise last couple of sentences, everything about this story worked from the way it flowed, to the suspense, and the mystery, Ms. Blackwell has written tale to beat.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Ahoy mateys! What do you get when you combine murder, a haunted lighthouse, buried treasure maps, and a copy of "Treasure Island"...the latest adventure in the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery. Mel Turner is looking forward to working on her friend, Alicia's, construction project to renovate the lighthouse and buildings in the island compound into a charming inn. But she did not anticipate interference from pesky ghosts, or the need to investigate a murder on the island because her friend may be charged with the crime. As always, there are clues and suspects galore before the final solution is revealed, keeping the reader guessing to the end. I love the relationships that Mel has with her friends and family, and with each book, we learn more about Mel's ghostly ability and her coping mechanisms. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Ghostly Light is the seventh book in the A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. Alicia has contracted with Mel Turner to renovate a lighthouse and convert the keeper’s house into a B&B. Mel is surprised when she sees Alicia coming her way with a burly bodyguard and soon learns that Alicia’s ex-husband, Thorn who has been abusive in the past, has learned where she is. A little later Mel heads to the lighthouse to see if she can overcome her fear of heights. As she starts up the circular stairway, she meets the dead body tumbling down the staircase. A short time later Alicia walks down the same stairway. Based on the past history of Alicia and Thorn, she becomes the prime suspect. Mel feels that Alicia is innocent and sets off to find the killer. There are three boaters on the island protesting the privatization of the island. Also, a new member of her crew, Waquisha, appears to be hiding something and Mel needs to find out if she might have known Thorn at some time. When Mel goes to the historical society to see if there is any record of a female falling/jumping from the walkway, she finds that the material dealing with the lighthouse has gone missing. In addition, Mel and others have been finding what are thought to be “treasure maps”. They appear to be real but has someone gone to a lot of effort to slow up construction. Mel is able to call on a cast of enjoyable and believable character, including her new love interest, Landon. Paranormal mysteries aren’t really my thing, but Blackwell blends just enough into the story, to make it that much more enjoyable. I will be watching for the next book in this exciting series.
maniacalnemo More than 1 year ago
Loved it! The characters are like old friends, glad to spend time with them again. I highly recommend this series.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Ghostly Light by Juliet Blackwell is the seventh book in A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. Mel Turner, general contractor and head of Turner Construction, is starting a new project. Mel is working with Alicia Withers to turn the beautiful old Victorian Bay Light lighthouse and the keeper’s lodge into an inn (with restaurant) on Lighthouse Island. Alicia deserves happiness after escaping from abusive ex-husband, Thorn Webster. Mel and Alicia are touring the keeper’s house when Alicia goes still and pale. Thorn Webster steps inside the cottage and wants to speak with Alicia. Buzz, the security guard, escorts Thorn back to the dock, but Mel knows they have not seen the last of him. A little while later, the pair are at the lighthouse with Alicia at the top (Mel is having issues with heights since her last recent brush with death). Mel hears Alicia scream and then Thorn tumbles down the stairs. Alicia arrives on the scene with blood on her hands. Unfortunately, Alicia becomes the prime suspect in Thorn’s death (she had a good motive). Mel knows she did not kill Thorn and sets out to find the real culprit. Matters are further complicated by a couple of ghosts. Thorn is now haunting the island (and being a literal thorn in Mel’s side) and a female ghost in the lighthouse who has issues with men. Can Mel help find closure for the ghosts and capture Thorn’s killer? It looks like rough seas ahead for Mel in A Ghostly Light. A Ghostly Light is an entertaining paranormal cozy mystery. The book contains good characters and the beautiful setting of San Francisco. Mel is a nice, strong female character with foibles that make her feel real. Mel is having issues with heights since her brush with death on a roof in the last novel. She is trying to overcome this weakness, but it is slow going (especially since she refuses most suggestions). I did feel that it was a little overplayed in the story. It was mentioned a few too many times. I enjoyed the humor provided by Mel’s family. It lightens up the story. Mel has such a great, diverse family (very lifelike). I am rating A Ghostly Light 4 out of 5 stars. The writing is good (as always), but the pace was a little slow. There is quite a bit of information (historical facts, character backgrounds) injected into the story that slowed down the flow. Included in A Ghostly Light is the murder, ghosts, treasure map, protestors, Mel’s issue with heights, Landon not being liked by all family members, various construction projects, and Mel needing a dress for the ballet. There is some repetition of information (needed to be eliminated). The identity of Thorn’s killer was a cinch to figure out. I could discern it before Mel left Lighthouse Island after the murder. The mystery of female ghost was appealing, and I was curious to see how it would unfold. I especially liked the treasure (something I would cherish). A Ghostly Light is the seventh book in the series, but you can read it alone. Readers are given all the necessary details needed to enjoy A Ghostly Light (though I have enjoyed reading all the books in A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series). I look forward to the next book in this engaging series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow and boring