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Murder on the House: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (Haunted Home Repair Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – December 4, 2012


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  • Series: Haunted Home Repair Mystery (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451238842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451238849
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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  

About 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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Juliet Blackwell has been fascinated with witchcraft, alternative healing, and spirits of all kinds ever since her favorite aunt visited and read her tea leaves...with astonishing results.

Blackwell is the New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mystery series, which features a misfit witch with a vintage clothing store in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood; and of the Haunted Home Renovation series --in which Mel Turner, a restorer of historic homes, finds ghosts behind the walls. Under the pseudonym Hailey Lind, Juliet penned the Art Lover's Mystery series with her sister Carolyn--including the Agatha-nominated Feint of Art. Arsenic and Old Paint is the latest in that series.

Juliet's father always counseled her to get a job that would pay a lot of money, but instead she studied, painted, and worked with newly arrived immigrants. As an anthropologist, she studied systems of physical and mental health care all over the world, and taught Medical Anthropology at SUNY-Albany. As a social worker, she worked in elementary schools in rural New York and with refugees and immigrant populations in San Jose, California, where she also taught English as a second language. She operated her own painting and design studio in Berkeley for twelve years, and worked on historic restoration/renovation throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in Arizona, New York, and New Jersey.

Juliet has spent time in Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Italy, the Philippines, and France. She now lives in a happily haunted house in Oakland, California, where she continues to paint, in addition to writing every day. She served two terms as president of Northern California Sisters in Crime, and sat on the board of Northern California Mystery Writers of America. She worked as a "house captain" for the Rebuilding Together organization for six years. She is now a tutor for the Second Start adult literacy program at the Oakland library, and volunteers for the Alameda Food Bank. Blackwell is the proud mother of a beautiful son and the foster mom to her neighbor's pets...especially a black cat named Oscar.





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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By nancydrew123 on January 29, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A ghostly bed-and-breakfast. Could it get any better? I really enjoyed this book. I was able to follow along even though this is the first book in this series I've read. I liked the historical background Juliet Blackwell brings to the story. It was spooky at times... staying among ghosts all night in the hotel in order to win the bid. The mystery moved along and had a few twists and turns. I love home renovation and I loved the mix of the mystery and renovation. Quirky cast of characters and a ghostly murder makes this a must read! I'm going to read the first 2 books in this series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book of Secrets VINE VOICE on January 7, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
MURDER ON THE HOUSE was a spooky little cozy mystery, and I loved every minute of it! Though I haven't read the first two books in this series, I was able to jump right into this one with no problems. The main character Mel and I felt like longtime friends.

Mel Turner is a contractor, specializing in the restoration of older homes in San Francisco. She can also see and sometimes communicate with ghosts that dwell in these places.

The new owners of a Victorian house want to hire Mel for both her restoration and "ghost whispering" abilities. They want Mel to convert the home into a Bed & Breakfast, but first she has to spend the night in the house to see if she's up to the challenge. But, things don't go so well. Someone ends up murdered in the house, and Mel's hoping the ghostly residents will help her figure out the culprit.

Truly I enjoyed everything about this book. It was the perfect blend of ghost story and clever mystery, with a cast of interesting and likable characters. I also loved the author's rich descriptions of the San Francisco Bay area - really drew me into the story.

I would highly recommend MURDER ON THE HOUSE to fans of paranormal cozy mysteries. 5-stars!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cathy G. Cole TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First Line: What makes a house look haunted?

The word is out. General contractor Mel Turner has been named "California's most promising up-and-coming Ghost Buster" by Haunted House Quarterly. An Indiana couple has an arrangement with the owner of the historic Bernini House to buy it and turn it into a haunted bed-and-breakfast. Only two contractors are still in the running for the project: Mel and Josh Avery of Avery Builders. The couple has a novel idea for choosing their contractor. Mel and Josh have to spend the night in the house, and the one who stays in the house longest wins.

Mel already knows the house is haunted because she met and spoke with the spirit of a little girl who died a century ago. Armed with that knowledge, she brings an entourage of friends to the sleepover. Unfortunately the house gains another ghostly occupant when someone doesn't survive the night. Somehow Mel has to cajole the reticent spirits into revealing the identity of the killer, and as she tries, she risks becoming a permanent (if ethereal) resident of Bernini House herself.

I enjoy this series for many reasons. Blackwell treats her readers to a bit of the history of the San Francisco area in these books. This time it's the colorful and vibrant Castro District. Readers also get a good idea of just what a general contractor does during the renovation of historic homes. The plots are fun, too. In this third book, the elderly woman who owns Bernini House is the type of woman who makes a habit of promising people things in order to get what she wants. These promises wind up adding many names to the suspect list.

As in any cozy mystery worth its salt, it's the cast of characters that keeps me coming back for more.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Busy Bea on December 20, 2012
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I have read all Haunted Home Renovation books and up until this one I couldn't wait for the next. Juliet Blackwell has changed her content from haunted to home repair. I am sure she is quite an authority on old homes but taking up the entire book with renovating has me skipping over a lot of pages to see where the story is and where it is trying to go. It lacks continuity and jumps around leaving characters out for pages and then when they come back it is necessary to stop and think who and how their character is intrical to the story. Will not stop reading her but hope she uses this information and clears up her book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By caragon6 on January 7, 2013
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Ms. Blackwell once again flawlessly crafts the perfect mystery. We meet up with Mel Turner in San Francisco's historic Castro district to see about renovating a "haunted Victorian" The story beautifully mixes the history of San Francisco and its architecture so that you can clearly see all of the past and present. The story immediately grabs you as you meet all the characters from the house's history and how Mel perfectly snoops out all the details to solve the mystery. I don't want to give anything a way, but it was one of the best reads.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jjelizalde on December 4, 2012
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Murder on the House is the third installment in the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. This series just keeps getting better and better! This is a wonderful paranormal mystery series by writer Juliet Blackwell. Her writing is impeccable, the story fun and utterly readable. Don't miss this one!
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