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- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (March 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06WP33Q7X
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Mystery at Maplemead Castle: A laugh-till-you-cry cozy mystery (The Chapelwick Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The spirits who are haunting Maplemead Castle are a trio of circus performers who comprised a love triangle when they were alive. Bewitching trapeze artist, Britannia, her besotted Italian partner, and her ringmaster husband are doomed to repeat the events of the night when they all perished over and over again, and the American couple who just bought Maplemead wants the troublesome ghosts gone so that they can rent the castle out to a film crew. They call in Melody "I See Dead People" Bittersweet and her team of ghostbusters as well as Melody's ex, fame-hungry TV personality Leo Dark, and his twin sidekicks. To say that Melody is not thrilled to have to share the job with Leo is an understatement, and she's further peeved when Fletcher Gunn, the reporter who's intent on proving she and Leo are both frauds, is assigned the story.
I think one of the things I enjoyed most about this book was how the author peeled off more layers of the Leo and Fletch characters and gave the reader greater insight into what makes them tick. At various times throughout the story, they're emotionally vulnerable and we see that beneath their quips and bravado they have hearts. I like that both men are flawed and multi-dimensional; sometimes they're jerks and make Melody's life miserable and other times they step in and do the right thing. Although Melody seemed to finally get closure on her breakup with Leo and she took a few steps forward with Fletch, the author still left the door open for Melody/Leo and presented a pretty compelling reason as to why Melody/Fletch will never work. So, there's no clear romantic end game for Melody, which is fun for me as a reader. I go back and forth rooting for both guys.
These books are such a wonderful blend of humor, pathos, thrills, and chills, and I love that the author always surprises me. I keep thinking about Melody and her adventures long after I've finished the stories and I can't wait to see what happens next in the series!
Last summer we read The Skeletons of Scarborough House which not only had us laughing out loud, but also left us with a sweet taste in our mouths! We wanted more where this had come from, so when our fairy godmother granted our wish with this follow-up in the Chapelwick series, we sighed. For those of you who are prepared to take on Ms French’s highly creative storytelling, we can’t recommend her latest ghostly tale narrated in mystical surrounding enough. It’s pure entertainment and titillated our imagination in such a way we wondered whether the author has a sixth sense or even in cahoots with her characters! Her Brit humour borders on the ridiculous but at the same time, verges on reality. Peculiarities in the vocabulary had us grabbing for our dictionaries after asking each other whether we knew the definitions. Suffice it to say, neither of us could suss out a word or two and had to resolve our quandaries by consulting the internet!
“You want me to out-fembot the fembots?”
Weird and wonderful; we were hooked lock, stock and barrel in the depths of haunting scenarios. It is difficult to describe in a review where many so-called characters are either ‘drop-dead’ gorgeous, or scare the living daylights out of the two spiritually prepared experts and have them running for cover! More importantly, what was brought to our attention from the beginning of the story and needs be mentioned is how Ms French has cannily written a standalone without making it repetitive for those who have read the first book. She’s gone to a lot of trouble to recap on the goings on for the new reader; names. . . there are a few bizarre ones, and places are easily put into context and not the slightest bit confusing! That being said, we do recommend reading The Skeletons of Scarborough House to get the whole phantasmal experience.
“Can’t offer you a cup of tea, I’m afraid, young lady, on account of the fact that we’re dead and the ruddy servants can’t hear a word we say.”
Melody is special in more ways than one. If she won our hearts in book one, in book two she could do no wrong. Alas, our heroine doesn’t consider herself to be exceptionally worldly in the running of her personal or professional life since her gift seems to be more of a hindrance than a help. Relying on her motley crew to guide her through thick and thin; they’re adorable, all superbly described—eccentricities included, and all have their jobs cut out for them. And if her gran isn’t knocking back a glass or three of bubbly or her mum isn’t tempting Melody with sweet delicacies, they’re giving her advise at Blithe Spirits.
“To love a Bittersweet woman is to love her. It’s our gift and our curse, Melody.”
How Melody’s dodges Fletcher, a reporter who’s been assigned to her latest case, had us in fits. She has no filter around him, targets herself for his amusement and has trouble controlling her libido. And then she’s got to deal with her foe, Leo Dark. Besides rubbing her up the wrong way, she also has to put up with his entourage of hangers-on. Being down-to-earth in a business like hers is nigh on impossible, but that doesn’t stop her being ambitious and totally lovable.
“You’re the queen of mixed messages.”
“And you’re the king of bad intentions.”
“Only where you’re concerned.”
There were a couple of moments in the story where we felt it lost its momentum. Because of this, our reading pace slowed down a tad; however, our impatience was probably due to the fact that we couldn’t wait to see if Melody and Fletcher would get their acts together. Do they? Don’t they? Not telling, but we will say in the hot department, these two guys’ chemistry sizzled off the pages. Told in first person in present is our fave storytelling technique and seeing as we’re suckers for banter, we couldn’t have asked for more. It’s abso-freakin’-lutely brilliant! Fast comebacks hilariously expressed and humour hovering on the brink of sarcasm overflow between all the well-developed characters. Ooh, and Lastat, pug extraordinaire, most certainly deserves pride of place on the cover! We’re itching to get our hands on book three Ms French! Bravo!
“Life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or gin and tonic. I prefer the gin myself.”
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