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- Publisher: Bookouture (July 14, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 14, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01G60UYYE
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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.
Author: Kitty French
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths, Supernatural, Ghost, Psychics
Reviewed For NetGalley and Bookouture
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Melody Bittersweet inherited her ability to see and communicate with the dearly departed from her mother who received it through her mother. She has decided to use her talent commercially and has opened The Girl Ghostbusting Agency in Chapelwick. Her first assignment is Scarborough House, occupied by three brother's ghosts, one of which was the victim of murder by one of his elder brothers, which was never solved.
Melody is determined to help the brothers move on, but she must contend with
her ex, Leo, has chosen the house for his next episode for his television show. There is also a reporter who will stop at nothing to prove she and Leo both are frauds. Each man has designs on Melody.
With scenes that evoke a wide range of emotions humor, sorrow, fear and more. The characters are multidimensional and fit together in the story. With a fast paced plot, Kitty French has brought readers a funny yet suspenseful story. I rated "The Skeletons of House" 4.5 out of 5 stars.