Jan 20, 2011

Review--If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell


Since she took over her father's construction business, 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 renovation 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 tracking down the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man.

Mel's only clue is an odd box she discovers inside a wall at the job site. If she can make sense of its mysterious contents, she might be able to nail a killer--before she becomes the next construction casualty...

**Yeppers, another book in 1 day!!

I totally loved Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries, so I decided to give her new series, A Haunted Home Renovation a try. If Walls Could Talk does not disappoint! It's my favorite kind of mystery with nicely blended paranormal aspects intertwined with the mystery.

Mel is a different character than what we normally see, a 38 year old divorcee living with her father while she runs the family business. She herself is an oddity in a sense because she is a woman working in what people think of a man's field by renovating houses.

But her latest job takes a wrong turn when one of her coworkers dies...but then his ghost comes back to say he was murdered and it wasn't an accident. So things get a little intense, not to mention poor Mel thinking she's losing her mind by seeing a ghost!

The mystery was seriously good, there were a ton of suspects, at least to my eye. So it was so hard to figure out who actually done it! That's what I love about a good mystery, to be turned around so many times you don't really know who did it! When watching the shows on TV I can always spot who the killer is based on my own personal theory. Irrelevant.

Moving on...the mystery was good. The characters were good as well. Mel has a great dad and an interesting family history that she learns about during this strange occurrence. And there is a dog in the book as well that was kind of cute.

There was a bit of a love interest as well, but the plot didn't really focus on it. The romance wasn't apart of the mystery. But there was definitely romantic tension between Mel and a certain character. Well, there was actually 3 total that I can immediately think of, but only 1 was meant to "grab our hearts"...or at least in my opinion!

Looking forward to seeing where this series continues to go next. The only thing that nagged at me was there wasn't enough "ghost time". The ghost pops up here and there during the investigation and there were a few other "creepy" moments, I just wished there would've been more!

Overall I give it 4/5 stars. There was also a sneak peek at her next Haunted Home Renovation Mystery that is currently untitled and is set to release in December this year. Such a long wait--which is why I didn't tempt myself with reading it! 

A good mystery if you liked Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries or Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye Mysteries or Ghost Hunter Mysteries.

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