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Since word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, it's been difficult to maintain a low profile. She embraces her new reputation, however, for the chance to restore an historic house in San Francisco's Castro District. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted B&B, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the haSince word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, it's been difficult to maintain a low profile. She embraces her new reputation, however, for the chance to restore an historic house in San Francisco's Castro District. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted B&B, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls to enhance the paranormal charm.The catch: Mel has to spend one night in the house to win the project. But during the spine-chilling sleepover, the estate gains another spectral inhabitant—when someone doesn't survive the night. And as Mel tries to coax the resident spirits into revealing the identity of the killer, she risks becoming the next casualty of this dangerous renovation....

Title : Murder on the House
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ISBN : 9780451238849
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Number of Pages : 325 Pages
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Murder on the House Reviews

  • SheriC (PM)
    2018-10-28 02:18

    Another enjoyable entry in what is now my favorite cozy mystery series. The MC is still feisty, the murders are still mostly off-screen and not very gruesome, and Dog still doesn't have a name. Plus, I like the little tidbits about historic home restoration. I was able to figure out the mystery of the older deaths pretty easily from the clues given, but there were enough suspects for the current murder mystery for the final reveal to be satisfying. There's some light romance, and I find the whole trope of the MC obviously being far more attractive than she thinks she is annoying, but still would recommend. The author slips in a little commentary on the role of immigrants/undocumented workers in the construction business and the challenges they face and some truly unsavory business practices they are subjected to.Audiobook via Audible. The performance by Xe Sands really enhances this story.

  • Christine
    2018-10-25 21:31

    This is the third book in the haunted home renovation series. Mel Turner has an opportunity to renovte a historic home and to restore it to what it once was. All previous contractors were scared off the project because of ghostly activity. So if Mel wants the job, she and another contractorwho also wants the job have to stay in the house overnight. Whoever lasts the longest gets the job. But when their elderly host is found at the bottom of a well, Mel takes it upon herself to find out who killed their host.I always love revisiting this series. The mystery was well done. I didn't figure out who the killer was until the end . I loved the idea of a haunted bed and breakfast. I loved the interaction between Mel and Graham. I love the characters and can't wait to read more .

  • Betty
    2018-10-27 20:28

    In this book we find Mel Turner biding a renovation job in San Francisco Castro district. The house has a history of ghosts and the new owners plan on creating a haunted bed and breakfast establishment. Mel needed to spend a night in the house in order to win the bid. A young girl, Annabelle meets Mel as she enters the house for the first time. Mel is startled to learn that Annabelle does in the 1800's. The night, Mel and her competitor, Josh are spending the night, the owner of the house, Mrs. Bernini is found dead in a well. Mel seeking answers for death explores several avenues. The owner of the house is in dispute. The toy room is usually locked but whenever it is open the ghosts are busy. Can ghosts hurt or kill a person? Mel needs an answer before in order to win the contract. I highly recommend this book and series.

  • Book of Secrets ☘
    2018-10-20 00:12

    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!Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

  • Sandie Laughner
    2018-10-21 00:23

    By the time I finished Chapter 1, I was hooked!! I literally couldn't put this book down!! This is the 3rd book in Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Renovation series. I won't bother to repeat the blurb~~Who couldn't love a story that has a female construction/renovation company owner who can see and talk to ghosts; who also uses power tools power tools, and is comfortable with guns. Interesting characters, a cool dog, yummy food, old haunted houses, and ghosts!! Plus a murder and a touch of romance~~ all of the above makes for a great cozy mystery!! I started reading this book on Saturday morning and I finished it up 24 hrs later. I didn't do much anything else~~ how could I?? I was entangled in the pages!! :)

  • Casceil
    2018-10-25 23:24

    The first hundred pages or so of this book are pure fun. After that it slows down a little, though it never really drags. The author seems to wrap things up rather abruptly at the end, and I felt like one of the characters seemed to have had a personality transplant. But all in all, I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one, due out in July.

  • Mary
    2018-11-02 20:16

    A good ghost story than built suspense right up to the somewhat disappointing climax. I'm not sure what happened but the ending seemed rushed and a bit flat. A solid ending would have easily netted this book 4 stars but lacking that I am going with 3.

  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    2018-11-03 02:30

    I loooove a good paranormal mystery! Juliet Blackwell and Victoria Laurie are definitely my top favorites in that category! Although, Darynda Jones's books do get shelved there too, so hell yeah, she needs to be included there as well! But moving on...Juliet Blackwell writes two amazing paranormal mystery series; Witchcraft Mysteries & Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries. Murder on the House is her third installment in the latter.Mel Turner is definitely not your average heroine. In fact, it's because she's your average woman, that makes her so different. Although in these paranormal mystery series, your heroine isn't a leather clad vampire would can kick ass with a katana! (As my last read had!) Mel is your thirty-something-year-old divorcee, running her father's home renovation business that truly is a family business. But lately, the places she goes to renovate and restore to their historical glory have been otherwise occupied by ghosts! And if that weren't enough, a murder usually happens soon after.It's like Murder She Wrote all over again, no matter what house or building Mel is determined to restore, a murder happens. It's even mentioned by the leading investigator in this one! Kind of funny, but nice that it's acknowledged, even with Mel herself.In this one, a couple is determined to turn a house into a haunted B&B. Although, there are many complications. Past construction workers have run out on the job because the house is haunted, ghostly children frightening them off. Yup, children ghosts, freaky, right? And it's the playroom in particular that gets the most ghostly occurrences--come and play with us. (Hee-hee, couldn't resist!)The soon-to-be owners, for it's not quite official yet, have a stipulation, Mel and the competition from another renovators company have to spend one night in the haunted house. Whoever lasts the longest gets to be the company to restore the house--although it makes you wonder what would happen if they both lasted? Unfortunately, there's no need for that question, because the legal owner of the house, a little old lady, is found dead at the bottom of a well that same night.Now Mel is determined to figure out who done it. There are too many questions that she can't quite answer. Could it be the ghosts? Can ghosts kill people? She's not quite sure of that herself, but it's clear that somebody was there that night and did the poor old woman harm.To make matters even more difficult, it seems Mrs. Bernini, the woman who was the true owner of the house, promised the house and all its property to quite a few people. Which means, there are quite a few possible suspects to the murder. And honestly, it was quite the challenge to figure out who-done-it. I had an inkly of a suspicion, but didn't really consider him to be the murderer in truth. Turns out I was right on that matter, but I still never pegged the real murderer down.This was a highly enjoyable read! What one calls a "cozy mystery" and it's definitely a fun read! There's still some romance going on as well, for Mel has caught the eye of Graham, the "green" construction consultant. And then there's Zach, a man who is definitely her junior in years, but there's not a real spark between them. Just flirty moments. Plus, Zach did kidnap her...and then there's Graham. A man who is quite more like Mel herself than she realizes. I like that the romance just happens in spurts and doesn't take central focus of Mel's life, but Graham is definitely integrating himself into her life now, whether she's ready or not!If you're a paranormal fan and are looking for a good mystery with just a hint of romance, then this is definitely a series for you! I'd recommend this really to any paranormal mystery fan!Overall Rating 5/5 stars

  • C.
    2018-10-25 20:24

    I crave paranormal mysteries in modern, adult literature and realistic heroines of a young, vibrant forty. Even more so than in the previous novel, "Murder On The House" fixes the right atmosphere for old era ghosts. It doesn’t have the deranged quality we saw last. Better: we are treated to a classic haunting; a dose of paranormal activity revved up to a notch that Juliet Blackwell hasn’t attempted before! Her boutique witch series is highly mystical but its entities tend to be gargoyles or demons; angles I dislike. This home renovation project thrusts such direct spiritual encounters onto the pages, Mel Turner’s newfound perception isn’t required! Other than seeing and hearing an inhabitant from the past; the trademark atmosphere, like inexplicably locked doors and toys tumbling down a staircase, are in clear evidence to Mel’s friends.She and another firm are invited as overnight guests, in a peculiar competition for this lucrative job. Modern elements contribute to this mystery a great deal. The other general contractor vanishes, during a sad murder that stretches the arm of culpability to additional parties. His uncle is odd - founder of their company, the estate gardener is odd and has long been coasting on favours. But present day crime tends to be of least interest to me. What absorbed me is the mystery of the original inhabitants. A whole family died and there was a feud with a neighbouring manor, regarding water rights.Juliet has become one of my favourite living authors and got an easy five stars out of me. I’m beseeching authors until a change is evident: ethereal, non-vampire literature for adults is too scarce. The authors providing it, spoil the effect by turning to comedy. This time, surroundings are charged with a freaky electricity that makes us shudder and danger too!

  • Lynn
    2018-11-11 02:25

    Murder on the House is the third book in the Haunted Home Renovation Series. The series takes place in San Francisco. Mel Turner has taken over her father's business as he recovers from the death of his wife. Mel desire to flee to Paris, find a small room and just be alone is again on hold. She is living with her dad, Stan (dad's friend) and dog. One can feel the love when the group sits around the table eating her dad's meals. Her dad loves to cook and anyone that shows up at the house is invited to eat with the family.I am not going to do a synopsis of the plot as many reviews have already done so. What I liked about this book are the characters. Mel is funny, spunky and humorous. She is divorced and cares greatly for her step son. She also cares greatly about old historic home and the proper restoration of them. It was interesting to me as reader and it did not overwhelm with technical information.Mel's friends are varied and really a lot of fun. Her family situation is full of love and brings a cozy feel to this light paranormal book. The ghosts in each book that Mel comes in contact with are different personalities. She is still learning about her ability to see and talk to them.The first part of the book took off and really had my interest. I was chuckling aloud at the antics of Mel and her friends at their overnight stay at the Bernini house. I felt the book slowed down some in the middle of the book and the ending did have a rushed feel to me. However, I do really like this series due to the characters and the content. I am looking forward to the next book as I enjoy the writing of Juliet Blackwell

  • Cissa
    2018-11-07 02:04

    An engaging cozy mystery, even though the victim is more sympathetic than is usual in the cozies, and many of the suspects are pretty dubious; for me, the mystery solution was not especially satisfying.Still, it's got some interesting historical tidbits, and the secondary characters, especially the recurring ones, are well-drawn and fun to get to know better.Still, in the end a lot more questions remained unanswered than were resolved. Partly that's because Mel, our first-person protagonist, is making some difficult decisions about the path her life will take- but partly it's also because various situations, especially regarding the various suspects- remained unresolved by the quick and neat ending.You could probably start here in the series without missing much, except I think the 2 previous books were tighter than this one.Recommended for cozy mystery fans who don't mind a touch of the paranormal.

  • Susan
    2018-11-13 20:17

    I think this series is taking a new direction, sort of a cross between Ghost Hunters/This Old House, and I'm looking forward to continuing on with it.Once again, the description of San Francisco's wonderful architecture and what the character needs to do to maintain the integrity, is compelling. The ghostly visitors and events were described in such a way as it made me wonder if they were 'good' ghosts, or 'evil' ones. Plus, I sometimes wondered if the real people were alive, or if they were ghosts, too, such was the way the author wrote the characters. Kept me guessing!Loved it.

  • Suzanne
    2018-11-02 18:09

    The one thing that a mystery should not be is tedious. I began skipping pages about two- thirds of the way, and didn't miss anything significant The modern mystery was uninteresting, and the historical one, while much more intriguing, was also patently obvious from the beginning. Any contractor who missed the blatant clues should have her license revoked. As with Blackwell's other works, there is an obsession with detail and annoying repetition.

  • Jeanine
    2018-11-01 19:12

    Murder on the House is the third installment in the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. This series just keeps getting better and better! This is a wonderful paranormal mystery series by writer Juliet Blackwell. Her writing is impeccable, the story fun and utterly readable. Don't miss this one!

  • Kristin
    2018-11-04 21:25

    Pretty much on par with this series as a whole. Nothing special in and of its self, but for some reason, that I can't quite put my finger on, I always enjoy this author.

  • Wanda
    2018-11-14 19:22

    Mel is asked to check out a house that some people are thinking of remodeling and turning into a Haunted BnB. When she visits she meets a ghost. She is asked to spend the night along with a competitor and the owner of the house is killed during her stay. Lots of strange happenings occur in the house and she sets out to find out who killed the owner and why the ghosts are there.She is joined by several friends and she talks to the neighbors and others who knew the woman and she digs into the history of the house. An enjoyable "haunted" mystery. Like the reluctant ghost talker, Mel, and her efforts to understand why she has the ability to see the disturbed spirits. She has some interesting friends and she works hard at her job as a construction contractor. Really like how she is still very involved in her stepson's life and seems to be more concerned about his welfare than his parents. She always involves him in things her family is doing and helps him out quite a bit.

  • Kellene
    2018-11-11 02:31

    This episode in Mel's story had me hooked from Chapter 1, and I enjoyed the book immensely. Not necessarily the mystery itself, which almost seemed to be an afterthought in its resolution, but the story of the house and it's haunting. The characters were a bit more developed in this one, and comical to the max (meaning Mel has some really weird friends that I would definitely hang out with), and it looks like Graham is finally breaking through. Mel is finally coming to an understanding with her abilities and the reality of the paranormal, which I appreciate. I look forward to the next book in what is becoming a good series for me.

  • Theresa
    2018-11-04 18:17

    Mel starts to come into her own in this one. I liked the mystery of the original family, and the murder mystery was almost secondary. Which is fine! The romance kinda cooled in this book, but perhaps will heat up in book 4? Dunno.

  • Shala
    2018-11-11 00:19

    Compared to the first two books, this one just didn't seem to delve into the storyline as much which I didn't like. However, I still enjoyed the characters and look forward to book #4.

  • Jackie
    2018-10-29 19:08

    Loved it!!!

  • Kirsten
    2018-11-02 22:31

    Listened to the audio version and sat knitting and drinking tea. Perfect cozy mystery!

  • Karen McCormick
    2018-11-03 19:30

    Great ghostly murder mysteriesI am enjoying the historical stories of the Bay area without being too detailed & am enjoying the light read & engaging characters.

  • Vicki Cook
    2018-11-15 22:30

    Great book, will be reading more by this author.

  • Pat
    2018-10-30 02:07

    I enjoyed this book so very much! Well worth it for a light easy book, but the audio version is so much fun!

  • Pianogirl1126
    2018-10-19 20:30

    great book. if you haven't started this series and are looking for something to read try this author. she is great!

  • Ariel
    2018-11-08 23:04

    Mel is bidding on the renovation contract for a large old Victorian home, but the potential buyers are hoping to cache in on the supposed haunted status of the house by turning it into a haunted Bed and Breakfast. Mel is in competition with another construction company and the two, Josh and Mel, must stay overnight in the house to win the contract. Mel is the favorite since the owner's are hoping she can talk to the ghosts about cooperating with the B&B idea and not terrorize the home. But the little old lady who currently owns the home for the past few decades doesn't last the night and is found at the bottom of the garden well. Mel believes the resident child ghost, Anabelle, probably witnessed what happened to sweet old Mrs. Bernini. Her body is barely found when several people claim they were to inherit the house. While ownership is being contested, Mel is trying to get back in and spend some time with the ghostly family of the original family to find out what they may know of the death.Melanie is smart and capable in construction, just a little jaded from her divorce, and struggling to embrace the ghost whisper in herself. Her dad is always a great addition to the stories. The "complicated" relationship with her high school flame and current love interest, Graham is touchy. Occasionally he starts to harp about her asking around about the death. His character tries not to nag, but he comes close in this one. I do really appreciate that he is not the standard cop boyfriend and is even in the construction industry too. Surprisingly, the ex-husband has a decent moment revealed as well, which made me wonder if this will be a new wrinkle for Mel in coming books. Anabelle is a great character that you aren't sure about her motivations until the end, which adds to the spookiness of this story. The setting is the famous Castro district and the house in this one just grabbed me. I really enjoyed the descriptions and ambiance that was generated. This book has a bit more of the spooky vibe than the past books, not horror scary but some good atmospheric chills that I personally liked. They weren't overdone but added to the story of the house's tragic past when you understand what happened there.The mystery plot had some good points. Was Mrs. Bernini killed to get the house and antiques or was it something else? Was the original family that all died one night in the house murdered by a rival neighbor? Were the ghosts somehow involved with Mrs. Bernini's death? The challenge between Mel and the Avery construction to stay overnight seemed a tad contrived - but you hear about people accepting challenges to stay in haunted house in real life so...The resolution of whodunit was okay, not as exciting as the last book, but there was some suspense in finding out what happened to the original family. I liked the status of the house at the end and how the ownership was worked out. Rating: Good - A fun, quick read with a delightful splash of spookiness. Series: 3rd in Haunted Home Renovations MysteriesSensuality: a few heated kissesMystery Sub-genre: Paranormal CozyMain Characters: Mel Turner, woman construction renovation Owner/OperatorSetting: Modern day, San FranciscoObtained Through: Publisher for honest reviewJoin me at Mysteries and My Musings Book Bloghttp://www.mysterysuspence.blogspot.com/

  • Sandie Herron
    2018-11-16 23:30

    Another very enjoyable ghost story from Juliet Blackwell can be read in Murder on the House. Following Mel Turner's new and developing skills in talking to ghosts, she decides to take on a new challenge. An historic Victorian home needs to be restored. Work has begun on a small scale with a passionate gardner already at work along with other individual repairs.An elderly woman who spent 60 happily married years at the house until her husband died not so long ago. She has already signed an agreement to sell the home to a couple who want to convert the mansion into a bed and breakfast ... A haunted B&B inn. Mel already knows from a previous visit to the home that an entire family - medical doctor, his wife, a son and a daughter - died in the home. Mel has used her growing talents of talking with ghosts to chat with the young girl after hearing her singing in the nursery.Any contractors who are interested in winning the possibly AIA award winning job must spend an entire evening at the mansion without leaving. The handful of contractors and their friends or aides all gather with the elderly woman for a pizza dinner. They begin disbanding when a ruckus in the nursery sends them all running, some toward the room and some out of the house. Mel calms everyone in the nursery by showing the toy truck who announces his own arrival, the bag of marbles that spilled, and so on.When they make it back to the kitchen, they discover that someone is missing. When she is found, she is no longer alive. All involved try to call 911 on their cell phones, but their batteries have been drained. Even the landline at the house is out of order. Mel realizes the pizza place is just down the street, so she runs there and calls 911. In doing so, she's alerted those at the pizza place what is going on and where. The elderly woman had raised many foster kids, some of whom still live and work in town, and eat pizza!Mel and her entourage make it back to the mansion in time to meet the paramedics and the dead body removed. The evening is over after that. Mel can't let go of the many unanswered mysteries and soon finds all the men currently in her life following her every move ... Her ex husband and her stepson Caleb who was hurt in his home which is under renovation, Graham, her current date who wants to be more, her father and family friend Stan who ran Turner Construction, and even the Dog who is male! By the end of this charming story, I wasn't sure if I'd read a cozy, a woo woo story, a romance, or some other category books fall into. Not that it truly matters to me, as long as the book is well written, and this certainly was well written. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was the middle of the story got the "what ifs," which is what I call it if a mystery becomes bogged down with the author asking what if character C killed her, or what if it was character H at the cookie jar, etc. Otherwise, Juliet Blackwell has written an engaging, mysterious, funny, silly yet deadly serious book. The ending brings answers to all those pesky questions as well. Way to go Juliet for writing a fine story, and to Xe for superbly narrating the many characters in this audiobook. I truly am looking forward to reading the next excellent chapter in Mel Turner's life!

  • Sandie Herron
    2018-11-12 22:16

    Another very enjoyable ghost story from Juliet Blackwell can be read in Murder on the House. Following Mel Turner's new and developing skills in talking to ghosts, she decides to take on a new challenge. An historic Victorian home needs to be restored. Work has begun on a small scale with a passionate gardener already at work along with other individual repairs.An elderly woman who spent 60 happily married years at the house until her husband died not so long ago has already signed an agreement to sell the home to a couple who want to convert the mansion into a bed and breakfast ... A haunted B&B inn. Mel already knows from a previous visit to the home that an entire family - medical doctor, his wife, a son and a daughter - died in the home. Mel has used her growing talents of talking with ghosts to chat with the young girl after hearing her singing in the nursery.Any contractors who are interested in winning the possible AIA award winning job must spend an entire evening at the mansion without leaving. The handful of contractors and their friends or aides all gather with the elderly woman for a pizza dinner. They begin disbanding when a ruckus in the nursery sends them all running, some toward the room and some out of the house. Mel calms everyone in the nursery by showing the toy truck who announces his own arrival, the bag of marbles that spilled, and so on.When they make it back to the kitchen, they discover that someone is missing. When she is found, she is no longer alive. All involved try to call 911 on their cell phones, but their batteries have been drained. Even the landline at the house is out of order. Mel realizes the pizza place is just down the street, so she runs there and calls 911. In doing so, she's alerted those at the pizza place what is going on and where. The elderly woman had raised many foster kids, some of whom still live and work in town, and eat pizza!Mel and her entourage make it back to the mansion in time to meet the paramedics and see the dead body removed. The evening is over after that. Mel can't let go of the many unanswered mysteries and soon finds all the men currently in her life following her every move ... Her ex husband and her stepson Caleb who was hurt in his home which is under renovation, Graham, her current date who wants to be more, her father and family friend Stan who ran Turner Construction, and even the Dog who is male! By the end of this charming story, I wasn't sure if I'd read a cozy, a woo woo story, a romance, or some other category books fall into. Not that it truly matters to me, as long as the book is well written, and this certainly was well written. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was the middle of the story got the "what ifs," which is what I call it if a mystery becomes bogged down with the author asking what if character C killed her, or what if it was character H at the cookie jar, etc. Otherwise, Juliet Blackwell has written an engaging, mysterious, funny, silly yet deadly serious book. The ending brings answers to all those pesky questions as well. Way to go Juliet for writing a fine story, and to Xe for superbly narrating the many characters in this audiobook. I truly am looking forward to reading the next excellent chapter in Mel Turner's life!

  • Cathy Cole
    2018-10-24 02:10

    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.

  • LORI CASWELL
    2018-10-19 23:15

    Bed-and-breakfast—with a side of ghosts.Mel Turner has a way with ghosts and people are starting to talk. So much so that the new owners of a historic house have contacted her not only to restore the house but to use her abilities to encourage the ghosts thought to be there to roam about. They want to open a haunted Bed & Breakfast.In order to win the contact she must stay overnight in the house with another prospective contractor and the elderly caretaker, who also is the previous owner. The sleepover comes to an abrupt halt when the estate gains another supernatural occupant. Someone didn’t make it through the night. Mel hopes that she can get the resident spirits help her find the killer before she becomes another victim and joins them in their ghostly world .Dollycas’s ThoughtsThese stories first drew me in because of my house construction background but now in addition to that it is the history woven into the story. Juliet Blackwell blends the history with the mystery to give us readers an excellent read. That the house the story is based on could actually have been haunted just added to the story. I could hear the creaks and the groans and the marbles bouncing down the stairs – sent shivers up my spine.Mel is a spunky protagonist and seems to have no fear most of the time but even this set of ghosts took their toll on her. Her life is not turning out the way she planned. She wanted to take off for Paris but her dad needed her so she came home. She enjoys restoring homes but there are days she wishes for Paris, but I think the trouble who just follow her there. Her gift now realizes would sneak up on her wherever she goes. I am glad she is sticking around San Francisco and the construction biz. Who knows who she will have haunting her during her next renovation?Murder on the House is a smart and clever mystery all cozy lovers will enjoy!!