Book: If Walls Could Talk Series: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #1 Author: Juliet Blackwell Date of Publication: December 7, 2010 Publisher: Signet Source: Owned Rating: 4.5/5 Beans
Since she took over her father’s construction business, Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line.
At her newest renovation project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bed end with power tools. Mel hopes that by tracking down the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man.
Mel’s only clue is an odd box she discovers inside a wall at the job site. If she can make sense of its mysterious contents, she might be able to nail a killer – before she becomes the next construction casualty…..
This book is everything that encompasses a main type of book I love: mystery with a bit of paranormal and a touch of romance. It was really a pleasure to read and I found myself reading it in a single day, one of those books you don’t put down except for in an emergency. A gripping tale of historical interest as well as home renovation, diamonds, lies, and dogs!
Melanie Turner is forced into helping out the ghost of a colleague whom she did not like as a living man, but seems to be much more agreeable and even apologetic for his life’s behavior as a ghost. While it takes Mel by surprise that she can see spirits, we later learn that her mother could as well, which becomes more and more clear as we get more flashbacks from her childhood. The mystery itself had me guessing up until the end, when I nearly had to slap myself in the face for not realizing the answer, at least to half the issue…
Juliet Blackwell did a wonderful job keeping me turning the pages throughout this story and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next. This book received 4.5 beans from me and I would highly recommend this for any of my fellow mystery lovers out there!