Monday, December 14, 2015

Give Up the Ghost by Juliet Blackwell

If you are looking for perfect rainy day reading I recommend you dig into Give Up the Ghost by Juliet Blackwell. It is part six in the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series, and filled with so many reasons to love it; ghosts, a Victorian mansion, psychics, a heroine filled with spunk and a dog named Dog...

From the back of the book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Keeper of the Castle, San Francisco contractor and ghost whisperer Mel Turner must solve a murder mystery at a haunted mansion in the Pacific Heights...

San Francisco millionaire Andrew Stirling wants to sell his Victorian mansion, but ghostly music, the squeaking of a long-disappeared weathervane, and an angry ghost keep running off potential buyers. After a famous psychic is called in, she informs the Stirlings that their multi-million-dollar renovations to “update” the home have left its resident ghost extremely agitated. So contractor Mel Turner is engaged to track down and replace some of the original features of the house.

But when the beautiful psychic is found stabbed, it appears someone had a very human motive for murder. Now Mel must use her ghost whispering gift to uncover the secrets of the haunted house on the hill, and her sleuthing skills to catch a killer.

My thoughts:

I have a soft spot for anything that has a paranormal slant so falling into this story was easy. Mel was really a fun heroine and quirky enough to adore. This was my first book in the series and I was able to follow along without feeling like I was missing anything. I did really like the (I assume) new character Landon and I hope he shows back up in the next part!

The mystery was fun and even though I did not solve it before the reveal, I loved the way it unfolded. Following old clues to solve a new murder was really neat. The setting, the mansion in particular was really interesting for me. I also liked the little side ghost story as well.  I recommend you grab a copy and jump right in! I enjoyed it so much I will be looking up other works by this author, as there was a teaser in the back for part of another series.

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