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Murder on the House (edition 2012)

by Juliet Blackwell

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Title:Murder on the House
Authors:Juliet Blackwell
Info:Signet (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Your library, Loved
Rating:****
Tags:Haunted Home Renovation mystery, murder, ghosts, supernatural, cozy mystery, construction, San Francisco, library

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Melanie “Mel” Turner heads one of two construction companies who hope to bid on job to restore a century-old home in San Francisco’s Castro District. The would-be owners want Mel and her competitor, Josh Avery, to spend a night in the house (still occupied by its elderly owner Mrs. Bernini) to make sure they can get along with the spirits who haunt the home. It seems that Mel is a well-known, if reluctant, ghost-buster. Josh is not.

Sure enough, when Mel rings the doorbell, it’s answered by one of the ghosts, a little girl named Anabelle. She and her family died in the home early in the 20th Century, and the cause of their deaths never was determined. But before the overnight adventure is over, Mrs. Bernini is dead, murdered. She had a habit of promising people they would get the house in her will. And there’s some doubt that the contract to sell the home is even valid. Mel still wants the job, and she’s curious about just what went on when Anabelle’s family died. But how does he go about solving a contemporary murder and century-old suspicious death.

Murder on the House is a light-hearted cozy with a side of woo-woo. I’m not a big fan of woo-woo, but I seem to buy a lot of books tinged with it at my local used-bookstore – for 50 cents, it’s worth a try. ( )
  NewsieQ | Aug 27, 2016 |
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. ( )
  cissa | Mar 25, 2016 |

Mel is a young woman who has taken over the family's historical home renovation business in San Francisco. She is invited to place a bid on a new contract for a haunted house that the soon to be owners want to turn into a haunted B&B. When Mel arrives she is greeted at the door by a little girl and led into the parlor.... However it turns out that the little girl is a ghost from the turn of the century who with her family all died at the same time of mysterious circumstances.

The current owner of the home is an old woman who has promised many people many things upon her death..... The current couple (who wish to purchase the house) would like the old woman dead so that they might freely move ahead with their plans....

When the old woman is found dead at the bottom of the well....... the ghosts become more active and the lists of suspects spreads. It is up to Mel to figure out with the help of the little girl who the murderer is.

This was a light and entertaining read. I actually prefer Juliet Blackwell over several other Paranormal Mystery writers, her characters may have flaws, but they are certainly not ones that you'd like to murder yourself..... I am looking forward to the 4th in the series. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
I love the author and the series. More coming later! ( )
  AKMamma | Nov 25, 2013 |
In Blackwell’s paranormal mystery novel, the word is out on contractor, Mel Turner—she can communicate with the dead. When an impressive historic home comes up for restoration, Mel sucks it up and embraces her new found identity as a “ghost buster.” The new owners want to turn the house into a haunted bed and breakfast and they invite Mel to spend the night and make contact with the other side. During the unnerving night, an elderly woman is found dead and while Mel attempts to speak to the dead—a killer hiding in plain sight closes in.

A cleverly plotted story with a great deal of detail regarding the history of the greater Bay Area—smooth, seductive—I can’t wait for the next installment. ( )
  debbieaheaton | Jul 3, 2013 |
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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 roam the halls to enhance the house’s paranormal charm.
 
The catch: Mel has to spend one night in the house to win the project. During the spine-chilling sleepover, the estate gains another supernatural occupant when someone doesn’t survive the night. 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.

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"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 embraces her new 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 roam the halls to enhance the paranormal charm. The catch: Mel has to spend one night in the house to win the project. During the spine-chilling sleepover, the estate gains another supernatural occupant when someone doesn't survive the night. 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" -- Cover verso.… (more)

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