Publication Date: 12/02/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Obsidian Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
(Received for an honest review from Obsidian Mystery)
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Books in the series:
Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries
1. If Walls Could Talk
2. Dead Bolt
3. Murder on the House
4. Home for the Haunting
5. Keeper of the Castle
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Excerpt from, Keeper of the Castle, courtesy of the author's website.
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…
There are not one, but two ghosts in Juliet Blackwell's latest Haunted Home Renovation book, Keeper of the Castle. This one has a Highland theme, as well as, a few ghostly twists and plenty of construction and renovation tips. Reader's who are looking for something a little on the spooky side will love Mel's adventure with the reconstruction of a Scottish monastery and her continuing work with laying ghosts to rest. Blackwell once again shows great care with her character development and interesting plot ideas. A must read paranormal cozy!
What I liked:
Juliet Blackwell always seems to come up with something usual for each of her books in this series. She has the ability to think outside the box with each story and come up with something original and different. That's a great quality for any writer, but I think it's especially important to those who write mysteries. You have to have that something that sets your book apart from the rest of the pack. This time it's a Highland twist that gives Keeper of the Castle it's unique foundation.
Graham asks Mel to take a look at a project he is working on. He is a green consultant for a wealthy client who is reconstructing a Scottish monastery, stone by stone, in a new American location. Unfortunately, there are a few issues. The building inspector is trying just about everything he can think of to shut down the project and there are a couple of ghosts haunting the chapel.
This sounds like it's right up Mel's alley, especially after said building inspector ends up dead and Mel is asked to complete the project. Blackwell doesn't take long to draw the reader into the background and history of the monastery and what seems to be bothering the Highland ghosts. I loved the Scottish theme and thought Blackwell did a great job executing it. The mystery involving the inspector's death was interesting, but sort of took a back seat to the ghostly drama going on.
Mel starts to unravel what is going on with both the murder and the ghosts and still has time for her family, friends and Graham. There was a nice balance to the book, but it did lean a little toward the ghostly goings on. I felt like it needed a little more mystery and a little less history, but still enjoyed it a lot. Readers who want a little something unique will appreciate Blackwell's attention to detail with the Scottish aspects of the book and Mel once again shows of her great knowledge of construction. A good overall read.
Keeper of the Castle is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
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.
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