Home For the Haunting (Haunted Home Renovation Series #4)

Home For the Haunting (Haunted Home Renovation Series #4)

by Juliet Blackwell

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No good deed goes unpunished.
San Francisco contractor Mel Turner is leading a volunteer home renovation project, and while she expects lots of questions from her inexperienced crew, she can’t help asking a few of her own—especially about the haunted house next door…the place local kids call the Murder House.
But when volunteers discover a body while cleaning out a shed, questions pile up faster than discarded lumber. Mel notices signs of ghostly activity next door and she wonders: Are the Murder House ghosts reaching out to her for help, or has the house claimed another victim?
Now, surprised to find herself as the SFPD’s unofficial “ghost consultant,” Mel must investigate murders both past and present before a spooky killer finishes another job.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451240705
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Series: Haunted Home Renovation Series , #4
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 125,709
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for a national bestselling 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. She currently resides in a happily haunted house in Oakland, California.

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“Juliet Blackwell sits firmly on my list of must-read authors!”—New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie

Praise for the
Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries

A winning combination of cozy mystery, architectural history and DIY with a ghost story thrown in.”—The Mystery Reader

“A riveting tale with a twisting plot, likable characters, and an ending that will make you shudder.”—The Romance Readers Connection

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Home For the Haunting (Haunted Home Renovation Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Roberik99 More than 1 year ago
This is latest book in the series. It is great. U must read all the books. I hope there will be more books. Love to see if Mel will hook up her man. Love the details of of her restorTions and the paranormal angle as well. Very entertaining. Couldn't put down.
Possomholler More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in this series that I have read, and will not be the last. It was very entertaining and kept the reader guessing to the last page. I think anyone that likes a good mystery would enjoy reading this book. Go for it!!!!
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TessT More than 1 year ago
To be able to read all the great books and then review them, what a wonderful thing!  This is the 4th book in the Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries. Mel is still managing the family construction business and minght have decided that she does like doing it. Mel feels that it is time to give back to the community, by helping the elderly and handicapped reno their homes and make them safer and easier for them to handle. Mel and her dad challenge one another, to see who can complete their jobs first. Dad wins this one, but only because once again, Mel has discovered a body of a woman, who happens to be connected to the "mystery house" next door, where 25 years ago a man killed his eldest daughter, his wife, and tham himself. The dead woman, Linda  and her young brother were the only ones to survive. Of course Mel gets pulled into the case, this time by a police investigator, Annette. Mel and Annette are a great team and I think that we may be seeing more of Annette in the future. All of our favorites people are around, and also Mel's sister Cookie pushes herself into the middle of everything and even though she is the older sister, she behaves like a child insisting that she go every where with Mel. Even to a ghost busting class that Mel goes to. Juliet is the author of another series, the Witchcraft Mysteries, which I find equally appealing. If you haven't yet discovered Juliet, this is the perfect time to do it, run to your local bookstore or your library and grab one of Juliet's books, I don't think you'll regret it!
webspelunker More than 1 year ago
I just completed my 2013 New Year's resolution of reading Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Home Renovation Series by December 31st! I finished just before the ball dropped in NYC! This was another great story and I'm a little disappointed that I have to wait a while for the next one. As always, Juliet writes in a very economical style while developing characters and plot. I rate realism (for the renovations content, I'm still open about ghosts) Also, her shout out to Victoria Laurie's "Ghost Hunter" series is a nice cross over touch. (Can you find it?) I highly recommend this book and look forward to the others. Also, check out her Witchcraft Mystery Series! Happy New Year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was another wonderful book Juliet Blackwell. It had me guessing till the end.
Riceball_Mommy More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed learning more about Mel's family, and seeing her relationship with Graham progress. The murder was interesting and I enjoyed the multiple layers across years and watching that unravel at the end. I'm also happy to finally see one of my favorite mystery heroines befriending an officer. It seems all to common to have them at odds (or dating). I'm really enjoying that budding friendship.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Juliet Blackwell's fourth book in the Haunted Home Renovation series, Home for the Haunting is a great example of blending a mystery with the paranormal. Main character Mel Turner is fixing up a house for a disabled man, when the ghosts next door start trying to get her attention. When a murder victim ends up in an outdoor shed, Mel wonders if the ghosts have the answers. Readers who enjoy a good spooky story will enjoy this book to it's fullest. With an opening line like, "You know your job is tough, when you find yourself escaping into a Port o' Potty for a minute alone." what's not to like! What I liked: I enjoyed the little competition going on between Mel and her dad over the tv remote. Whoever finished their renovation project first got the remote for a week. It just kind of added a very normal thing to a very un-normal book. I liked all of the interactions between Mel and her family and with the group of volunteers who are helping her renovate the home of disabled man. I thought Blackwell did an excellent job making this story plausible even though there were ghosts involved. I don't believe in ghosts, at least not the kind portrayed in this novel, so it's interesting that Blackwell could so easily convince me that the ghosts next door had something on their minds. I enjoy the paranormal elements that Blackwell adds to each of the books in this series to elevate the theme and engage the reader even when it seems she making the impossible seem possible. I liked the overall theme of this one, from the past murders to the present one and how they were tied together. I thought Blackwell did a great job of keeping the reader in the dark about what was really going on. The murder victim in the shed was unexpected in a sense and there was certainly a lot of mystery surrounding the murder house and how it all fit together. What I didn't like: I don't have any complaints about this one. Mel can sometimes come off as a bit self-serving, but those attitudes were on the back burner in this and I liked it much better. I would like to learn more about Mel's gift and how it manifests itself in future books though. Bottom Line: If you like mysteries, ghosts and the combination of the two, this is a book you'll enjoy. I liked the home renovation aspects of the book as well, but felt the emphasis was squarely on the mystery in this one!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Home For The Haunting is the fourth book in the A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. Another great story in this interesting series. Mel Turner is heading up a group of volunteers to renovate the home the home of a disabled man and also to build a ramp so that he can be more self-sufficient. While getting her volunteers organized, she notices, what appears to be a girl looking out the window in the house next door, that no one is living in. Some 10-12 year old kids go by and refer to it as the "Ghost House". The story goes that the father came home and killed his wife and one of his daughters and then killed himself. The other daughter and brother were able to escape. One of the first things Mel does to send the college volunteers to cleanup the backyard, when one of them goes into a shed, he finds a dead female. it is soon learned that she is the daughter that was able to escape. She is known to be an abuser of drugs and alcohol, but Mel say things that didn't add up to a case of bad drugs. That and having seen the ghosts in the house, Mel knows that she needs to investigate. Most all the characters from the previous books are back, lesser rolls for the most part. But on the other hand Detective Annette Crawford, who Mel has worked with before, surprisingly has ask for Mel's help. Not really being believer in ghost, but previous cases have shown Crawford that Mel's ghost hunter skills might just be helpful. Another great addition to an exciting series. Looking forward to the next book.