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If the walls could talk they would tell a story of a murder at a party held at a beautiful old house in the San Francisco Bay area that is going to be remodeled by Melanie Turner's construction company. Melanie has taken over the running of the business from her father. She's very talented and quite satisfied doing remodeling of historic homes, and this house in Pacific Heights is a particularly challenging one. It's very run down and a party held there had good intentions of beginning to fix a few things up, but a mishap with a power tool sent one of the party guests into the hereafter. Melanie just happens to have the ability to see the non-living and to communicate with them, so of course the young man who died at the party shows up as a ghost to Melanie. He can't remember who killed him and now it becomes Melanie's job to help this poor soul figure out who it is.
I've read the other books in this series so far, out of order, I might add, and I've found them to be highly enjoyable, filled with characters who are so likable and funny at times and often just a little quirky in a good way. Melanie certainly isn't your typical construction worker since she shows up in dressy party dresses with sparkly enhancements that catch other people's attention. But that's the way she likes to dress for a day on the job, hard hat and all. She lives at her father's where she has always lived, but her mother has passed away.
The ghost in the story is quite interesting and fun because at first he isn't sure he's dead and doesn't like the other people around him. He can't figure out what happened to him, but Melanie helps him to remember as she works on the house with her construction crew. He kinds of floats into her space when he wants to talk or ask questions and sometimes Melanie could do without the paranormal interruptions when she's working, but without her, her ghostly friends wouldn't get the help she needs. This is a very fun series that I really enjoy.
Mel is a 30- something divorcee, who, having recently taken over her father's construction business, heads up the historical renovation of a run down Victorian in the San Francisco area. Events coincide, leading her to discover that she can see and communicate with ghosts. She takes it upon herself to solve the murder of a business associate in order to clear her friend's name, and solves an age old mystery in the process.
The book is filled with details about antiques and historical houses, which I personally loved, being a bit of a history buff, but the details are fairly relevant to the story. In fact, it is the putting together of these details that allows her to solve the mystery. I did find myself having to review the names of the characters more than once, as the characters sort of come and go throughout the story. I did guess the answer to the whodunit fairly early on, but the final answer revealed relationships between characters that I didn't immediately grasp, though in retrospect they seemed reasonably obvious, given the information the author supplied.
Overall, this was a great mystery, and a really fun read.
Well, once I started, I could not put this book down; it was charming, with excellent writing and and intriguing premise. I fell in love with Juliet Blackwell's writing and now plan on reading the entire series.