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Murder on the House: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (Haunted Home Repair Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback]

Juliet Blackwell
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (4 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451238842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451238849
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.4 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Murder on the House Bed-and-breakfast--with a side of ghosts. Word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, and she's having a hard time maintaining a low profile. She decides to embrace her reputation for the chance to restore a historic house that calls to her. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted bed-and-breakfast, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roa... Full description

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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder on the house 18 May 2014
By debbie
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Like the story line, lots of detail almost to much, the twist at the end was a nice surprise as I like a happy ending
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 8 Jan 2014
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I love this author, all her books are fabulous. I feel like I know San Francisco, even though I have never been. I love her characters, story lines and history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 30 Sep 2013
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If you want some total escapism, and have some time to yourself for a good read - This is definitely the book for you. A real page turner that is difficult to put down - would totally recommend. When are the next ones arriving???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun 31 Dec 2012
By Oygen
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For a light hearted fun read this was excellent. I have read the first two in the series and recommend them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky and Ghostly... 29 Jan 2013
By nancydrew123 - Published on
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A ghostly bed-and-breakfast. Could it get any better? I really enjoyed this book. I was able to follow along even though this is the first book in this series I've read. I liked the historical background Juliet Blackwell brings to the story. It was spooky at times... staying among ghosts all night in the hotel in order to win the bid. The mystery moved along and had a few twists and turns. I love home renovation and I loved the mix of the mystery and renovation. Quirky cast of characters and a ghostly murder makes this a must read! I'm going to read the first 2 books in this series!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy Blackwell's Haunted Home Renovation series 27 Jan 2013
By Cathy G. Cole - Published on
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First Line: What makes a house look haunted?

The word is out. General contractor Mel Turner has been named "California's most promising up-and-coming Ghost Buster" by Haunted House Quarterly. An Indiana couple has an arrangement with the owner of the historic Bernini House to buy it and turn it into a haunted bed-and-breakfast. Only two contractors are still in the running for the project: Mel and Josh Avery of Avery Builders. The couple has a novel idea for choosing their contractor. Mel and Josh have to spend the night in the house, and the one who stays in the house longest wins.

Mel already knows the house is haunted because she met and spoke with the spirit of a little girl who died a century ago. Armed with that knowledge, she brings an entourage of friends to the sleepover. Unfortunately the house gains another ghostly occupant when someone doesn't survive the night. Somehow Mel has to cajole the reticent spirits into revealing the identity of the killer, and as she tries, she risks becoming a permanent (if ethereal) resident of Bernini House herself.

I enjoy this series for many reasons. Blackwell treats her readers to a bit of the history of the San Francisco area in these books. This time it's the colorful and vibrant Castro District. Readers also get a good idea of just what a general contractor does during the renovation of historic homes. The plots are fun, too. In this third book, the elderly woman who owns Bernini House is the type of woman who makes a habit of promising people things in order to get what she wants. These promises wind up adding many names to the suspect list.

As in any cozy mystery worth its salt, it's the cast of characters that keeps me coming back for more. Mel is hard-working, talented, and funny, and I love how she tries to adjust to her new ghost buster status. Her father, her stepson Caleb, her friends... Mel is surrounded by an interesting mix of people who add a lot to the enjoyment of the book. The paranormal angle is well done, too. Since Mel deals primarily with old houses that have lots of history and colorful owners, most people would expect a ghost or two to pop out of the woodwork. Depending on their dispositions, they can either give Mel a lot of help or be frustrating hindrances.

If you love mysteries that take place in wonderful old spooky houses and have a good cast of characters, I definitely recommend Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Home Renovation series.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spooky Cozy Mystery 7 Jan 2013
By Book of Secrets - Published on
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MURDER ON THE HOUSE was a spooky little cozy mystery, and I loved every minute of it! Though I haven't read the first two books in this series, I was able to jump right into this one with no problems. The main character Mel and I felt like longtime friends.

Mel Turner is a contractor, specializing in the restoration of older homes in San Francisco. She can also see and sometimes communicate with ghosts that dwell in these places.

The new owners of a Victorian house want to hire Mel for both her restoration and "ghost whispering" abilities. They want Mel to convert the home into a Bed & Breakfast, but first she has to spend the night in the house to see if she's up to the challenge. But, things don't go so well. Someone ends up murdered in the house, and Mel's hoping the ghostly residents will help her figure out the culprit.

Truly I enjoyed everything about this book. It was the perfect blend of ghost story and clever mystery, with a cast of interesting and likable characters. I also loved the author's rich descriptions of the San Francisco Bay area - really drew me into the story.

I would highly recommend MURDER ON THE HOUSE to fans of paranormal cozy mysteries. 5-stars!

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Long and boring 20 Dec 2012
By Busy Bea - Published on
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I have read all Haunted Home Renovation books and up until this one I couldn't wait for the next. Juliet Blackwell has changed her content from haunted to home repair. I am sure she is quite an authority on old homes but taking up the entire book with renovating has me skipping over a lot of pages to see where the story is and where it is trying to go. It lacks continuity and jumps around leaving characters out for pages and then when they come back it is necessary to stop and think who and how their character is intrical to the story. Will not stop reading her but hope she uses this information and clears up her book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crafted to Perfection 8 Jan 2013
By caragon6 - Published on
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Ms. Blackwell once again flawlessly crafts the perfect mystery. We meet up with Mel Turner in San Francisco's historic Castro district to see about renovating a "haunted Victorian" The story beautifully mixes the history of San Francisco and its architecture so that you can clearly see all of the past and present. The story immediately grabs you as you meet all the characters from the house's history and how Mel perfectly snoops out all the details to solve the mystery. I don't want to give anything a way, but it was one of the best reads.
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