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In the latest Haunted Home Renovation mystery from New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, San Francisco contractor—and reluctant ghostbuster—Mel Turner gets hired for a job that's to die for. Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham In the latest Haunted Home Renovation mystery from New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, San Francisco contractor—and reluctant ghostbuster—Mel Turner gets hired for a job that's to die for. Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland.   With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body.   When the original construction crew starts running scared, Mel brings in her team to finish the job. Now all she has to do is nail down the killer, and put the spirits to rest, before anyone else winds up heading for the highlands…


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In the latest Haunted Home Renovation mystery from New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, San Francisco contractor—and reluctant ghostbuster—Mel Turner gets hired for a job that's to die for. Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham In the latest Haunted Home Renovation mystery from New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, San Francisco contractor—and reluctant ghostbuster—Mel Turner gets hired for a job that's to die for. Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland.   With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body.   When the original construction crew starts running scared, Mel brings in her team to finish the job. Now all she has to do is nail down the killer, and put the spirits to rest, before anyone else winds up heading for the highlands…

30 review for Keeper of the Castle

  1. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Business is slow for Mel Turner's construction company and she is worried about meeting payroll. Her boyfriend, Graham has problems with his reconstruction of the castle import from Scotland. Mel is offered the job after a couple of contractors walked off the job because a huge Scottish warrior chased off the men trying work at the site. Mel is reluctant to take on the job as she will needed to live near the site. The location has a number of other problems. Protesters are picketing the site for Business is slow for Mel Turner's construction company and she is worried about meeting payroll. Her boyfriend, Graham has problems with his reconstruction of the castle import from Scotland. Mel is offered the job after a couple of contractors walked off the job because a huge Scottish warrior chased off the men trying work at the site. Mel is reluctant to take on the job as she will needed to live near the site. The location has a number of other problems. Protesters are picketing the site for several reasons. Shortly, after arriving at the site Mel encountered a building inspector who is refusing to certify the work and threatened to shut the site down. Mel checked out the tower and see the inspector's ghost and than find his body in the next room. There are many twists and turns to hold your attention as Mel tried to talk with the Scottish ghost and learns of the presence of a lady in red. Will Mel succeed to vanished the ghosts so the construction can be finished? I highly recommend this book and series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    This is one of my go-to mystery series; I can always count on Ms. Blackwell to write a great story, with great characters and to write them well. This one did not disappoint, although I'll admit I preferred the first four a bit more for their stronger connection between the ghosts and the plots. I'd highly recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys cozies and ghosts. I can't wait for the next one! Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/109392... This is one of my go-to mystery series; I can always count on Ms. Blackwell to write a great story, with great characters and to write them well. This one did not disappoint, although I'll admit I preferred the first four a bit more for their stronger connection between the ghosts and the plots. I'd highly recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys cozies and ghosts. I can't wait for the next one! Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/109392...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heidi (Yup. Still here.)

    This one was not my favorite in the series but I am still a fan and will be back for the next one. It felt like the ghosts were kind of an after thought and not a major part of the mystery so that could have been part of the problem. Still a decent read though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    I love Juliet Blackwell's 2 paranormal cozy series! However, this one was a bit disappointing. The ghosts were mostly superfluous. Felt like they were an afterthought, kind of like, "oh, crap! I've gotta get a ghost in here somewhere!" Still worth a read, just not up to previous books in this series or her other series. I love Juliet Blackwell's 2 paranormal cozy series! However, this one was a bit disappointing. The ghosts were mostly superfluous. Felt like they were an afterthought, kind of like, "oh, crap! I've gotta get a ghost in here somewhere!" Still worth a read, just not up to previous books in this series or her other series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Minx

    Huge fan of the paranormal aspect of this series!

  6. 4 out of 5

    C.

    I enjoyed this novel.... until reaching an anticlimactic end, with a motive that fizzled. Both were dismissed hastily and left the outcome hanging. I can think of numerous ways Juliet could create éclat and closure, with several emotional scenes! They were missing conspicuously. I hesitate to give a favourite authors fewer than four stars. She is talented and original. However despite liking "Keeper Of The Castle" most of the way through; there were several weaknesses. Three stars reluctantly re I enjoyed this novel.... until reaching an anticlimactic end, with a motive that fizzled. Both were dismissed hastily and left the outcome hanging. I can think of numerous ways Juliet could create éclat and closure, with several emotional scenes! They were missing conspicuously. I hesitate to give a favourite authors fewer than four stars. She is talented and original. However despite liking "Keeper Of The Castle" most of the way through; there were several weaknesses. Three stars reluctantly reflect that. I looked forward to reading about the Scottish ruin. The focus is more creative than a redundant murder plot. There are oddly-matched ghosts and Juliet skilfully painted everyone with suspicion. Although a guilty party suddenly reveals all, Melanie consults a spectrum of resources. I wanted to see Luz’s translation of the ghost tape and Olivier’s reverence of it. Melanie invites him to explore the castle but doesn’t share his reaction to its wonders either. Melanie’s union with Graham too, was a disappointment. She does no more than promise to embrace him from now on! Women don’t decline love when they find it. When I started anew, I forgot former beaus... gleefully! Most unsatisfying of all was creating no moment when we speak with the lady spectre, after we understood who she is. Both mystery motives were flat. One character was accused of importing the wrong castle; without any confrontation or fallout! A troublemaker claimed two incidents were accidental and refused to snoop inside a warehouse with information he coveted. However he managed to plan two incidents that were violent. What makes this whole thread fall apart is that both characters had easy access to the castle for years. It’s nonsense that a treasure legend was never acted upon, if one were obsessed enough to follow castle fragments to another country.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

    When Mel of Turner Construction has a difficult time finding jobs in order to pay her workers, the offer made by Ellis Elrich to take over the project of managing a reconstruction of an ancient building that was bought in from Scotland, couldn't have come in a better time. Too bad that the building also comes with possible hostile ghosts, and a murder. When the wrong man is accused of killing the building inspector on site, Mel and Graham seem to find themselves in danger. Now not only must Mel When Mel of Turner Construction has a difficult time finding jobs in order to pay her workers, the offer made by Ellis Elrich to take over the project of managing a reconstruction of an ancient building that was bought in from Scotland, couldn't have come in a better time. Too bad that the building also comes with possible hostile ghosts, and a murder. When the wrong man is accused of killing the building inspector on site, Mel and Graham seem to find themselves in danger. Now not only must Mel manage a construction of an ancient building, she must also put the ghosts to rest and find the killer before someone else ends up their victim. Great story! I really enjoyed the writing. I thought it was fun, creative and flowed very easily. Mel and Graham were a joy and very easy to like. I enjoyed their characters and all their knowledge about constructions. I liked how Mel can see ghosts and somehow finds herself in situations where she tries to get to the bottom of the mystery of what is bothering them so they can cross over in peace. I love that she has a dog named Dog and a sarcastic type personality. There story was fun. There was a lot of talk about construction and how things go, but that did not seem to pull away from the story over all. The mystery behind the ghosts was fun to follow and left me wanting to get to the bottom of what was going on. The murder mystery was interesting as well. Overall, Keeper of the Castle was a great read for me and I really enjoyed Mel and Graham. I got a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    SheriC (PM)

    First an explanation: This would have been another comfortable 3 star entry into the Haunted Renovation series, but I had to knock off a star because it made me mad. The one fictional trope that really chaps me is the mean-spirited nurse who inserts herself as a pointless barrier between patients and families, ruthlessly enforcing visiting hours and providing little to no actual care to the patient. And in this one, the author has “Nurse Ratched” not only kicking visitors out for no reason, she First an explanation: This would have been another comfortable 3 star entry into the Haunted Renovation series, but I had to knock off a star because it made me mad. The one fictional trope that really chaps me is the mean-spirited nurse who inserts herself as a pointless barrier between patients and families, ruthlessly enforcing visiting hours and providing little to no actual care to the patient. And in this one, the author has “Nurse Ratched” not only kicking visitors out for no reason, she spends time reading fiction when she’s supposed to be caring for her critically ill ICU patients. And this is actually what supposedly makes her a more sympathetic, approachable human?!? Nope, nope nope. I really enjoy this series, and I was really happy that this one was available to me on audio, because Xe Sands is a perfect fit for the MC, reading with a wry humor and seemingly genuine affection for the characters and story. The mystery itself was promising, with the setting moving outside of San Francisco for the first time. Since the ghosts were tied to the stones of a medieval monastery, the historical timeframe was new, as well. I appreciate that the author is keeping the series from settling into a rut of sameness. But the Nurse Ratched caricature cost it this time. Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Murder Most Foul: Any murder mystery. In this story, a city building inspector is murdered by someone dropping a 60lb bag of mortar on his head. Ouch.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I love books that take place in a setting I'm familiar with, and that is one of the reasons that I love Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Home Renovation Series! This latest in the series was really fun to read as it delved into the renovation and relocation of an ancient monastery from Scotland to the Bay Area. There were a lot of references to William Randolph Hearst, as he did the same thing for Hearst Castle and other buildings, and it was really fun to learn more about the history. The addition of I love books that take place in a setting I'm familiar with, and that is one of the reasons that I love Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Home Renovation Series! This latest in the series was really fun to read as it delved into the renovation and relocation of an ancient monastery from Scotland to the Bay Area. There were a lot of references to William Randolph Hearst, as he did the same thing for Hearst Castle and other buildings, and it was really fun to learn more about the history. The addition of the ghosts, a mainstay in Blackwell's novel, also made it fun! I would highly recommend this book, and her other mysteries to anyone who enjoys history, architecture and a fabulous ghost story!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    THis is the fifth book in the home renovation series. Mel Turner is offered the job of restoring an ancient building from Scotland. Numerous contractors walked off the job because of ghosts plaguing the construction site. She of course stumbles upon a body and has to investigate. It is always fun to catch up with the crew from Turner construction. They are great characters and the mystery is always well done.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is probably my least favorite book in the Haunted Home Renovation series so far. Don't get me wrong - I still enjoyed it, but the ghost story was lacking the usual detail and felt sort of unfinished. I'm still looking forward to the next book though. This is probably my least favorite book in the Haunted Home Renovation series so far. Don't get me wrong - I still enjoyed it, but the ghost story was lacking the usual detail and felt sort of unfinished. I'm still looking forward to the next book though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A decent read, but not my favorite in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    San Francisco contractor—and reluctant ghostbuster—Mel Turner gets hired for a job that's to die for. Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland. With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the gh San Francisco contractor—and reluctant ghostbuster—Mel Turner gets hired for a job that's to die for. Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland. With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body. When the original construction crew starts running scared, Mel brings in her team to finish the job. Now all she has to do is nail down the killer, and put the spirits to rest, before anyone else winds up heading for the highlands… I love these haunted Home Renovation Mysteries by Juliet Blackwell. They are entertainingly, well plotted and written mystery. With a great set of characters. Mel Turner has her hands full this time with a Scottish castle rebuild. The only problem is that it is haunted by a Scottish Knight and a Lady in Red. Someone kills the building inspector (and everyone hates building inspectors) and the lead contractor is arrested. Then Graham gets attacked. Something is definitely amiss with this job, and Mel needs to find the missing pieces to solve the puzzle on this one.. If you like the review and would like to read reviews on other books I have read, visit my blog at www.finalchapterreadersgroup.wordpres... like, comment and follow.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Mel is back in renovation #5. In this one, a building has been brought over from Scotland and a motivational speaker wants to have it reconstructed for his center. Graham is involved, and he brings in Mel. Of course, there are ghostly things going on...a highlander with a sword threatening the workers and a woman whose cries brings anyone who observes her to tears themselves. But the murder of the building inspector is all too real. Could the sword wielding ghost have done it? Or an more human p Mel is back in renovation #5. In this one, a building has been brought over from Scotland and a motivational speaker wants to have it reconstructed for his center. Graham is involved, and he brings in Mel. Of course, there are ghostly things going on...a highlander with a sword threatening the workers and a woman whose cries brings anyone who observes her to tears themselves. But the murder of the building inspector is all too real. Could the sword wielding ghost have done it? Or an more human perpetrator be involved? While paranormal is not my genre of choice, I continue to like this series. As one goes from book to book, we see the evolution of the characters. The dialog is intelligent, and the interaction between characters is real. Some cozies have to have 'over the top' characters for some reason. Juliet Blackwell makes all of her characters normal. Perhaps some have eccentric touches, but normal all the less. I also like the way that historical renovation plays a major part of the plot. Mel talks in this one about how hard it is to blend period window glass into an energy efficient window. That's what she does for a living, historical renovations, and it is nice that her job plays out in the story. Finally, again, paranormal is not my genre, but the ghostly parts almost seem matter of fact. Mel is becoming more comfortable with her ability to see ghosts, and her dad and Graham are still concerned, but accepting that she can. I will continue the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    A cozy ghost mystery, what's not to like. I find this series hard to put down. Grab a copy and set back and enjoy. A cozy ghost mystery, what's not to like. I find this series hard to put down. Grab a copy and set back and enjoy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Another solid entry in this series, I loved the more ancient (Scotland) historical building details and Mel's determination. Always a fun audio experience when narrated by Xe Sands. Another solid entry in this series, I loved the more ancient (Scotland) historical building details and Mel's determination. Always a fun audio experience when narrated by Xe Sands.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Another good read from this series. The mystery kept me guessing and I liked the setting with Mel away from the guys and enjoying her alone time. Can totally relate. I would love to work somewhere with a snack bar like she has access to. Mel mentions wanting to help the ghosts and she does, sort of. I would have liked more interaction between her and the ghosts, more effort to communicate.

  18. 4 out of 5

    TheGeekyBlogger

    Listened for Review (Tantor) Overall Rating: 3.75 Story Rating: 3.50 Character Rating: 4.00 Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating) First Thought when Finished: Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell was not my favorite in the series but still full of the characters and solid writing that I love! Overall Thoughts: Juliet Blackwell writes my favorite cozy mystery characters! She really does have a great way of bordering that amateur sleuth without knocking down the police in the process. Listened for Review (Tantor) Overall Rating: 3.75 Story Rating: 3.50 Character Rating: 4.00 Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating) First Thought when Finished: Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell was not my favorite in the series but still full of the characters and solid writing that I love! Overall Thoughts: Juliet Blackwell writes my favorite cozy mystery characters! She really does have a great way of bordering that amateur sleuth without knocking down the police in the process. Both of her series are excellent. I was a little disappointed that the ghosts weren't a bigger part of the mystery in Keeper of the Castle but otherwise the case was solid. So overall this was a great listen and as always you will learn a bit of history surrounding her current renovation (always a nice bonus)! Audio Thoughts: Narrated By Xe Sands / Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins Xe is excellent at this series. Seriously she nails it and in this one she displayed some great new accents for new characters. It was a fantastic listen! Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews NOTE: Love that the book she is reading during the story is Keeper of the Castle---clever Juliet, Clever!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Gideon

    I'm a student and work full time so I get all my personal reading in via audiobooks so my first point may not matter to most..... First, XE Sands returns to narrate the fifth book and does her usual fantastic job of bringing the characters to life, without taking over the story. Second, the characters and writing remain true to the previous books. Mel continues to grow as both 'ghost hunter' and as a person. I normally wouldn't go for the ghost theme so prevalent in this series, but it's done in I'm a student and work full time so I get all my personal reading in via audiobooks so my first point may not matter to most..... First, XE Sands returns to narrate the fifth book and does her usual fantastic job of bringing the characters to life, without taking over the story. Second, the characters and writing remain true to the previous books. Mel continues to grow as both 'ghost hunter' and as a person. I normally wouldn't go for the ghost theme so prevalent in this series, but it's done in such a fun way and continues in this entry. Mel is getting more comfortable in her abilities but is still questioning and learning and her willingness to admit that makes her believable. If you like the other books in this series you won't be disappointed and if you haven't read this series, start at the beginning and enjoy. They are a fun read and we can all use a little fun. I'm already looking forward to the next book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan needs more books, not really

    I always enjoy this author's stories and this one was no exception. And I found the Scottish ghost a nice addition. One quibble, unless I missed it, while investigating the presence of the ghost, a recording was made of the 'ghostly' voices which Mel brought to her friend to see if she could understand what was being said. Meanwhile, while talking to her other ghost-hunting friend, she mentions this recording and (view spoiler)[ So maybe it wasn't important, but I still feel like this was never r I always enjoy this author's stories and this one was no exception. And I found the Scottish ghost a nice addition. One quibble, unless I missed it, while investigating the presence of the ghost, a recording was made of the 'ghostly' voices which Mel brought to her friend to see if she could understand what was being said. Meanwhile, while talking to her other ghost-hunting friend, she mentions this recording and (view spoiler)[ So maybe it wasn't important, but I still feel like this was never resolved. Otherwise, this was an enjoyable story. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Casceil

    I enjoyed this fluffy paranormal mystery, but mostly because I like these characters. Mel Turner, a female general contractor with her own business, Turner Construction, is a likeable character. She can see and talk to ghosts, a talent she inherited from her mother. Mysteries about her tend to have two mystery story lines--one about a human murder, and one about how to help the ghosts at whatever old haunted building she is renovating. Mel is much better at figuring out the ghosts.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Read my review at A Cozy Girl Reads. Read my review at A Cozy Girl Reads.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Criswell

    Not one of her better works. I love the characters but they didn't seem to do much more than running around and no real pay off. The book in all was lacking. Not one of her better works. I love the characters but they didn't seem to do much more than running around and no real pay off. The book in all was lacking.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland. With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes whe Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland. With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body. When the original construction crew starts running scared, Mel brings in her team to finish the job. Now all she has to do is nail down the killer, and put the spirits to rest, before anyone else winds up heading for the highlands A fun cozy mystery that makes Blackwell stand out. Its a great series. 5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Hernandez

    Mel has been offered a job to work on this building that came from Scotland alongside her boyfriend Graham. A murder happens before Mel is offered the job, and denies it at first as she does not want to be involved. Than she is offered a lot of money and a nice getaway and decides to give it a try. I have to say this book was interesting as I could not figure out where the ghosts are coming from as they don't seem Scottish. As I read through the series everything ends up making sense, and the de Mel has been offered a job to work on this building that came from Scotland alongside her boyfriend Graham. A murder happens before Mel is offered the job, and denies it at first as she does not want to be involved. Than she is offered a lot of money and a nice getaway and decides to give it a try. I have to say this book was interesting as I could not figure out where the ghosts are coming from as they don't seem Scottish. As I read through the series everything ends up making sense, and the details I was missing comes together. I am glad Mel is finally able to commit to Graham as she seemed so hesitant through the series. She needs love, and I love how Dog is more involved in this book. I also love her relationship with her stepson and father. Even though its her ex-stepson she treats him like her own child as she has known him for many years.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Mel Turner owns and runs Turner Construction doing renovation work and is in need of a project. Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has been overwhelmed managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland. With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body. When the original con Mel Turner owns and runs Turner Construction doing renovation work and is in need of a project. Mel’s boyfriend, Graham, has been overwhelmed managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland. With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body. When the original construction crew starts running scared, Mel brings in her team to finish the job. Now all she has to do is nail down the killer, and put the spirits to rest. Mel is good talking to ghosts and now she is also solving their confusing problems.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Mel Turner runs a historic renovation construction company in the San Francisco area. She is hired to reassemble an old monastary that has been shipped over from Scotland in pieces and turn it into a conference center. A death and two ghosts on the jobsite complicate things for Mel and her crew. I did not enjoy this one as much as the other books in the series. Mel only interacts with one ghost, so not enough "ghostiness" for me. The second issue is about the ruins. Were 2 monasteries shipped ov Mel Turner runs a historic renovation construction company in the San Francisco area. She is hired to reassemble an old monastary that has been shipped over from Scotland in pieces and turn it into a conference center. A death and two ghosts on the jobsite complicate things for Mel and her crew. I did not enjoy this one as much as the other books in the series. Mel only interacts with one ghost, so not enough "ghostiness" for me. The second issue is about the ruins. Were 2 monasteries shipped over? Was one substituded for the other in a bait and switch? Did the ghosts ever get together? A few things felt rushed and unfinished.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Harper

    Graham is working with a billionaire on building a castle, which he has had shipped from Scotland, to be erected in California. He approaches Mel, with the hopes that she will assist him on the project, since there are ghosts, and, of course, Mel is talented with communicating with them. While the male crew keep getting chased out of the construction site, Mel decides to pursue the re-construction of the monastery. Then Graham gets hurt, and Mel realizes two things, 1 - Graham does mean something m Graham is working with a billionaire on building a castle, which he has had shipped from Scotland, to be erected in California. He approaches Mel, with the hopes that she will assist him on the project, since there are ghosts, and, of course, Mel is talented with communicating with them. While the male crew keep getting chased out of the construction site, Mel decides to pursue the re-construction of the monastery. Then Graham gets hurt, and Mel realizes two things, 1 - Graham does mean something more than a boy toy to her, 2 - she needs to stop dancing around their relationship!!! Can't wait to see when the dance actually begins or stops!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So I will reference the future books in the series, so big spoiler alert. . . . First, I did really like this book. The murderer is unexpected. The mystery of the ghosts is fascinating. I love Mel’s family and the humor in this series. Second, I am just confused about Mel’s love life. I am not a fan of Graham and I know she ends up with someone else so wading through her figuring out her deal with Graham is excruciating. I sort of wanted her to end up with the motivational speaker guy in this book b So I will reference the future books in the series, so big spoiler alert. . . . First, I did really like this book. The murderer is unexpected. The mystery of the ghosts is fascinating. I love Mel’s family and the humor in this series. Second, I am just confused about Mel’s love life. I am not a fan of Graham and I know she ends up with someone else so wading through her figuring out her deal with Graham is excruciating. I sort of wanted her to end up with the motivational speaker guy in this book because Graham just bores me so much. I read the next book a long time ago so I’m going to have to reread and it’ll probably be angsty. Urgh.

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