- Series: Haunted Home Repair Mystery (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (December 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451235304
- ISBN-13: 978-0451235305
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dead Bolt: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (Haunted Home Repair Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – December 6, 2011
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"Cleverly plotted with a terrific sense of the history of the greater Bay Area, Blackwell's series has plenty of ghosts and supernatural happenings to keep readers entertained and off balance." — Library Journal
"In Blackwell's smooth, seductive second mystery featuring San Francisco historic house contractor Melanie Turner (after 2010's If Walls Could Talk), something otherworldly is interfering with Mel's work on Jim and Katenka Daley's 1890s Queen Anne Victorian. Mel must also contend with the elderly neighbor across the street, Emile Blunt, who's determined to buy the Daleys' house, even though it's not for sale. Mel's father, himself a former contractor, tries to smooth things over with the crotchety Emile, only to find him shot dead the next day. Desperate to save her character and her renovation from a murder, Mel may have to dig the truth up about yet another ghost before all is said and done. The return of divorced Mel's old crush, green building expert Graham Donovan, adds romantic interest. Cozy fans will want to see a lot more of the endearing Mel." — Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for the New York Times bestselling author of the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. She also writes the Witchcraft Mystery series 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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In this book, Mel is coming to grips with her new found talent: seeing and communicating with ghosts. Her company is restoring a gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian, and she is frequently on site. A lot of unexplainable events - handprints on the ceiling, tools disappearing as soon as they are put down, small accidents -have Mel wondering if there are ghosts residing in the house, but nothing has appeared to her. To make things even more complex, the family that owns the house is living in the basement apartment. The wife confides to Mel that she is frightened. Then the neighbor, a taxidermy practising upholstered, is shot, and Mel's father is named a person of interest. Mel has no choice but to become involved.
The author's knowledge of San Francisco, it's culture, and it's architecture is evident. Her knowledge of restoration construction is impressive. But it her ability to write a well crafted story that I enjoy most.
This is the second book in the series. Mel is working a Queen Anne Victorian home for a software developer and his Russian wife, Katenka, and baby, Quinn. Katenka is scared because of strange noises she hears and the workman noticed tools and other objects have moved. There a door that a Deadbolt on it. If a person gets near the door, the ghosts become active. Mayhem occurs in another part of the house. Mel is still learning about her gift and attempting to learn more about. I high!y recommend this book and series.
the Cheshire House. The house is located in San
Mel has her hands full....the new owners insist on living
in the basement of their house during the renovation,
the owners wife senses a shadow, handprints appear
on the ceiling, wet front footprints are seen. It appears
the house is haunted!!!
Combine ghosts, murder, blackmail, shaded hidden past
with mystery, suspense, humor and shades of romance
for an enjoyable, quick read.
This is the second book in the Haunted House Renovation
Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone.
Mel has a dog named Dog. There are several cats in the
story. The murdered man besides reupholstering furniture
was into taxidermy. Very interesting story.
Melanie (Mel) Turner is running the family General Contracting firm for a restoration of a Victorian house with a history. And, boy does it ever have a history, complete with ghosts and voices and accidents...even a possession.
Mel is learning that she has her Mother's knack of communicating with ghosts. It is truly coming in handy at this time for a Queen Anne Victorian Home with a young family that refuses to leave during the reconstruction.
A neighbor who is a "PITA" (read book for translation,) is found shot in the chest by Mel's Father as he goes to intercede for his daughter. Mel knows he is innocent but it is up to her to prove it!
I love this series. I love the fact that historic facts are blended in with the storyline.
Treat yourselves to a great read.
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Author is very interesting good plot line very imaginative characters