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A Haunting Is Brewing by Juliet Blackwell

A Haunting Is Brewing

by Juliet Blackwell

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I really enjoy both the series Juliet Blackwell is currently publishing and this little novella combines the characters from both the Haunted Home Renovation and Witchcraft Series. So, really, it wasn't going to go wrong for me.

The author writes a mini-mystery complete with dead body and murder suspects. Calling it well-developed would be a lie, but I thought it was a great little story that combines the talents of Mel, with her ability to see and communicate with ghosts and Lily, a natural-born witch. The story is told from Mel's POV, but it's mostly Lily's cast of characters that are involved with the mystery.

The mystery involved dolls; life-sized mannequin like dolls that had a medium-high creep factor. Flashbacks to Secrets of the Shopping Mall and the Weeping Angel episode of Dr. Who gave the short story more of an edge for me although the short form factor was limiting. I can't imagine how freaking creepy this story line could have been in a full length novel where the author had time to setup the suspense and wind up the reader's tension, waiting for those damn dolls to do something.

There was at least one loose thread at the end of this story, and the storyline itself could have been smoother, but I don't go into these between-the-novels novellas with high expectations, so mostly the story delivered; it was fun, it was a little bit creepy, and I finally got to see two of my favorite cozy protagonists working together. I'd definitely welcome more of these cross-overs in the future - both in novella and novel length. ( )
  murderbydeath | Nov 15, 2016 |
A great mixing of two series. ( )
  nlb1050 | Dec 17, 2014 |
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In this all-new novella, New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell's popular characters from her Witchcraft Mysteries and Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries find themselves joining forces to solve a supernatural dilemma' When Mel Turner is hired to rehab an old Victorian mansion to act as the eerie setting for a Halloween bash, she's expecting the normal challenges'old wiring, bad plumbing, maybe a ghostly specter or two. But when a young man is killed after spending the night in the house, and the mannequins in the attic start to come to life, it's clear that this is serious paranormal activity. Maybe this time, a real witch is needed. Recommended by a mutual friend, vintage clothes expert Lily Ivory arrives to offer her help with the mannequins. Armed with Lily's spells and Mel's know-how, the two women must figure out the cause of all of the ghostly commotion'before Mel's renovation project turns into even more of a deadly haunt' Includes previews of Keeper of the Castle: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery and Spellcasting in Silk: A Witchcraft Mystery. Praise for the novels of Juliet Blackwell: 'Blackwell's writing is like that of a master painter, placing a perfect splash of detail, drama, color, and whimsy in all the right places!''New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie 'Extraordinarily entertaining.''Suspense Magazine 'A winning combination of cozy mystery, architectural history, and DIY with a ghost story thrown in.''The Mystery Reader 'Blackwell mixes reality and witchcraft beautifully'outstanding storytelling skills.''Lesa's Book Critiques Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for the New York Times bestselling mystery author who also writes the Witchcraft Mystery series and, together with her sister, wrote the Art Lover's Mystery series as Hailey Lind. The first in that series, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. As owner of her own faux-finish and design studio, the author has spent many days and nights on construction sites renovating beautiful historic homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently resides in a happily haunted house in Oakland, California.… (more)

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