If Walls Could Talk: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (Haunted Home Repair Mystery)

[wpramazon asin=”0451231813″]

3 Responses to If Walls Could Talk: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (Haunted Home Repair Mystery)

  • der Frosch says:
    27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I liked it, and would read the next one., December 18, 2010
    By 
    der Frosch

    This review is from: If Walls Could Talk: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (Haunted Home Repair Mystery) (Mass Market Paperback)
    This novel was pretty well-written, the characters are interesting. I think people who are familiar with the Bay Area will appreciate the novel and its settings. The pace slowed down a bit to overly discuss the home rennovations, but I enjoyed reading about it. It seemed very well-researched in that line of work. I wished there was a more supernatural element to it, but the mystery itself played out well. I’m not sure I followed the main character’s line of thinking as far as the ghosts were concerned, and getting to the bottom. She seemed to be the type of person who would make more use of her unique situation, not to mention she would probably be a little more facinated than nonchallant. I think it went a little long on a tangent not relating to the mystery in a couple of areas where the main plot really needed to get down to business. I think the series will grow and be very enjoyable. I look forward to the next book.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  • Lori Caswell "dollycas" says:
    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I LIKED IT!!!!, December 7, 2010
    By 
    Lori Caswell “dollycas” (Waupun, WI) –
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)
      
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    This review is from: If Walls Could Talk: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (Haunted Home Repair Mystery) (Mass Market Paperback)
    Melanie Turner moves home after her mother’s death to take over her father’s construction business restoring historic homes and in a very short time has become pretty well-known for her work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Her next project is a run down mansion in Pacific Heights. She agrees to take the job after one of the owners dies in the house during a crazy do-it-yourself demolition of the house.

    While working out the specifications at the house she is visited by the ghostly presence of the man who died. He continues to follow her everywhere and she finally realizes the only way to get rid of this ghost is to solve his murder. The only clue she has is a box she found hidden in the walls of the house. Mel needs to build a case to find the killer before she finds herself nailed by them too. She also needs to help her ghost rest in peace.

    I LIKED IT!!!!

    A really good start to what looks to be a hauntingly wonderful series. Having worked construction myself I know what damage power tools can do and the last thing you need is a bunch of drunks doing your demo, so I can totally relate to this story and know I will truly enjoy the series. Ghosts really aren’t my usual forte, but it is stories like this that can totally change my point of view. Mel Turner and her family have grabbed my attention and they are the stars, the ghosts are the supporting quirky characters every good cozy needs. Plus Mel’s family is not your typical family next door and Mel’s past is pretty diverse, so the author has plenty of room to take us in many directions as the series continues. I really look forward to the next installment of Haunted Renovation.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Obsidian, a Division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  • Cathy G. Cole says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I hope Mel never runs out of old homes to renovate, May 5, 2011
    By 
    Cathy G. Cole (Phoenix, AZ USA) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)
      

    This review is from: If Walls Could Talk: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (Haunted Home Repair Mystery) (Mass Market Paperback)
    First Line: This was one pitiful-looking mansion.

    Mel(anie) Turner may dress like a Madonna groupie, but she knows her stuff when it comes to renovating historic homes in the San Francisco Bay area.

    Her latest client wants her expertise in bringing a Pacific Heights mansion back to life, but when she visits the morning after a boozy “Do-It-Yourself” remodeling party, she discovers his partner– who seems to have had a horrendous accident with power tools. The man dies as a result of his injuries, and as Mel begins to see that certain facts and figures just don’t add up, she also gets a visit from the dead man’s spirit. Murderous intent fills this particular down-at-heel mansion up to its eaves.

    “To me, old houses might as well be ancient pyramids. They hold secrets and messages from the past; I feel them whispering to me as I walk the hallways. Walls, attics, basements… over the past five years I had found newspapers from the thirties, liquor bottles, old coins, address books, even the occasional stash of money or stocks. I once unearthed a button-up baby’s shoe and a dress pattern book from 1916. I even liked the smell: the distinctive, musty aroma of history, reminding me of used bookstores…promising the serendipitous discovery of the perfect novel or family relic or beloved treasure.”

    Once I read that paragraph, I knew that Mel and I were going to get along just fine. She and I have the same feeling for old houses, and as I turned the pages, my affinity for this character grew through her relationships to the other characters and to the way she conducted her business. If I had an old mansion to renovate, I’d hire her on the spot.

    Blackwell paced the story well, and although I had a hazy idea of whodunit, I was so drawn in by Mel’s character, the action, and the bits of San Francisco history the author shared that I didn’t focus on it. I was enjoying Blackwell’s storytelling so much that I didn’t particularly care whom the killer was.

    Yes, there is a ghost in the story, but for those of you who don’t care for the paranormal, this element did not overwhelm the story at all. (I’m a reader who doesn’t care for a great deal of “woo-woo” myself.)

    I am really looking forward to the next book in this series, and I hope that Mel never runs out of old mansions to renovate.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *