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- Print Length: 292 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (July 14, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01G60UYYE
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Skeletons of Scarborough House: A hilarious cozy mystery (The Chapelwick Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Okay, let me tell you a little bit about the premise of the book. The aforementioned heroine not only sees ghosts, she can communicate with them, as can her mother and grandmother. Wanting to do her own thing with her unique ability, Melody decides to offer her ghostbusting services to the good folks of Chapelwick, the English hamlet where she resides. She does this with the help of her sassy BFF and an introverted intern bequeathed to her by a man who can’t pass on until he knows his son’s taken care of. For her first job, Melody has to rid an old house of three ghostly brothers, one whose century-old murder has never been solved. She’s not the only ghost whisperer on the case, though. Leo Dark, Melody’s ex who dumped her to become a TV star, has a camera crew on the scene, and he plans to exorcise the house first to score ratings and media attention. Melody also has to contend with sexy reporter Fletcher Gunn who is out to expose her as a fraud.
How Melody outwits all those working against her, bonds with the murder victim and his alleged killer, and tries to fight her feelings of attraction toward both Leo and Fletch is all part of the fun! I laughed so much while reading this book, but then I had tears streaming down my face during the final chapters because I was so touched by how Melody helps the Scarborough brothers find peace. This was a really great story, told with imagination, humor, and just the right amount of poignancy. Oh, and for the record, I am firmly on Team Fletch and am hoping to see his relationship with Melody progress as the series continues. The characters have so much chemistry together; their scenes crackle with electricity!
Read this book! That’s not a recommendation; that’s an order. ;)
relaying messages from the dead to the living. Only Melody doesn't want to do that, she wants to help the living by assisting the dead to move on. And yes, she sees dead people. She starts an agency called The Girls Ghostbusting Agency comprised of herself, her BFF Marina, and a young man named Arthur that she hires on as a favor to his deceased father. Melody's first case is Scarborough House and finding out what's keeping the ghosts there from moving on. There's also an undercurrent of romance between Melody, Fletch a sceptical reporter, and Leo Dark, Melody's ex/competitor.I loved every bit of this book, but then I love cozy mysteries, watching ghost hunting shows, and psychic mediums on TV. To me this was a fun amusing read that left me wanting more.
This book has a fascinating concept. The youngest female of a ghost-talking family decides to branch out on her own and opens a 'ghost hunting' business. Instead of just passing on messages from the dead, she, Melody Bittersweet, is going to help ghosts move on to the afterworld.
For this, of course, she needs a staff. Her first hire is a part-time Secretary and Administrative assistant...Glenda Jackson. Glenda works for Melody's Mom and Gran at Blythe Spirits. Next is her best friend and fellow investigator, although she can't see nor hear any spirits, Marina. Marina also provides the needed cookies each day. Thirdly, Melody hires a young man, Arthur, who came highly recommended by his dearly departed Father, Big Arthur. Yes, a ghost recommended his son. And, you come to realize 'Artie's' value rather quickly.
This novel is the first of a new series and I loved it during the last quarter of the book. The premise was terrific, the characters were well developed, the ending was amazing...yes there is a but for me...I found myself bogged down with all the sexual fantasies of Melody. Also, tired quickly of the language used. I guess it was meant to be 'funny,' however, if you are over 30yrs, you find yourself paging through the constant sexual urges of Melody. To me, they were over done.
The ending...that was spectacular. I found myself in tears as the ghosts reconcile themselves to what happened to them...the new found family...oh my. And, the exciting chase to the murder weapon and murderer was terrifically penned.
I feel Ms. French will develop the genre 'Cozy' better as time passes. Her novels show wonderful promise.
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