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A Ghostly Light (Haunted Home Renovation) Mass Market Paperback – June 27, 2017
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Praise for the New York Times bestselling series
“Juliet Blackwell sits firmly on my list of must-read authors...[Her] writing is like that of a master painter, placing a perfect splash of detail, drama, and whimsy in all the right places.”—Victoria Laurie, New York Times bestselling author
“A winning combination of cozy mystery, architectural history, and DIY with a ghost story thrown in.”—The Mystery Reader
“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
“This series is exceptional.”—Kings River Life Magazine
“One of the most exciting, smart, and funny heroines currently in any book series.”—Fresh Fiction
“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, including Give Up the Ghost and Keeper of the Castle. She also writes the Witchcraft Mystery series, including A Toxic Trousseau and Spellcasting in Silk, 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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Top customer reviews
A murder takes place early in the book when body comes tumbling down the steps of the lighthouse. It is not an accident as there is a knife in the body. Mel's friend who hired her for the job is a main suspect. There are several ghosts on the island.
I pre-ordered this book as I like the series very much. When thinking about why I like it above some other cozy mysteries, there are several reasons. First is the character of Mel Turner. She is nontraditional and humorous. I really like the family scenes when Mel, Caleb (her stepson) , Mel's boyfriend, Stan (a family friend) and Doug/Dog gather for a meal in Mel's dad kitchen. Mel's dad can really cook up a storm. There is always room for anyone else who drops in. Many do drop in and they are always welcome. It has a very cozy family feel to it.
I did not have the mystery solved as to who the murderer was and other questions about what happened to a five year old boy from the past until the author disclosed it. The book is a light paranormal. I think all series are best when read in order but I think you could jump in with this book and not feel lost. The author does a good job of updating the readers. I am looking forward to the next book.
The problem is that there are side stories that pull away from the main mystery. The author seems to be setting up the next book, or at least a new chapter in Mel's life. Frankly, it took away a bit from the story of the island. However, the island story (which other reviews have already talked about, so I'll not go into it here) is fairly straightforward, so perhaps the story of the Oakland house is meant to help us prepare for what is coming up in Mel's life, which is soon to take on some interesting twists, if the end of the current story is any indication.
If you enjoy this series, then you'll probably like this book, but not love it. It's more a prelude to the next book, which will probably be great.
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