Dead Bolt (A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #2)
Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners who insist on sticking around- along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops...
The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, E...more
Melanie and her crew have been hired to restore a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood. This is no easy task because the home owners—the Daley family—refuse to leave and demand...more
Mel’s latest job is restoration of an 1890s Queen Ann Victorian, Cheshire House, in San Francisco. The project has had a few problems, handprints appearing on the ceiling, deadbolts lockin...more
Mel Turner is the owner of Turner Construction. They specialize in high-end period home renovations. Her first home (Book 1) had an unfortunate circular saw accident which resulted in a death. The ghost of that grisly accident appeared to Mel and help...more
It took me a little bit to remember why I had enjoyed these books to begin with. At times, the details can be exhausting if you’re not o...more
Dead Bolt finds Mel Turner again in the middle of a renovation project, this time she is working on an 1890s Queen Anne style-old house, again in San Francisco. The owners area cute...more
Melanie tries to research the past of the house but the records at city hall are missing. Something went on in th...more
There’s no room at the inn when it’s full of ghosts.
General contractor Melanie Turner’s latest restoration is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood. Trouble is, she’ll have to work around the owners, the Daley family, who refuse to leave during construction.
But when eerie things start happening around the site, the Daleys threaten to...more
Once again Juliet Blackwell turns out an excellent tea cozy mystery with a dash of the par...more
Juliet Blackwell's latest in her new Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series, Dead Bolt was a tremendous followup to its predecessor. It's been a year since I read the first book so my memory was fuzzy on the details of the murder mystery there, but it wasn't too important to be totally in the know of it. Characters and events just get mentioned and slightly recapped.
This mystery totally had me guessing from beginning to end! Even though it says t...more
Melanie Turner is restoring a Victorian for a young executive, his Russian born wife and their young child. The young wife relates some occurrences that have been happening in the house and Melanie strongly suggests they leave until the renovations are complete. Of course this unacceptable to the young husband.
One evening as Melanie is leaving, she has a nasty encounter with a neighbor across the street and the next morning he is...more
I enjoy Ms Blackwell's writing style and in this book the way she ended and began chapters kept the story moving quickly. I was even hoping the story might be a bit longer.
If there is a weak spot in the story, it would be near the end where she eluded to malicious activity, enough that you got the idea but she did not fill in seedy details. This does make Dead Bolt a story safe for all age levels.
This can be read as a...more
I really liked this book. I liked the first book in the series as well, but I liked the continuation of Mel's story with this one.
I like reading about the way Mel is trying to close herself off to men because she was hurt by her ex-husband. I think she is a little unsure of herself when it comes to men after being thrown for a loop by Caleb's dad. However, she is obviously attractive and could probably have any man she wanted if she w...more
Mel Turner's father was right. The renovation of the historic Queen Anne Victorian house in San Francisco is taking much longer than it should primarily because the owners insist upon living on site throughout the entire process.
When strange things begin to happen and Mel begins to see ghosts out of the corners of her eyes, she knows she's got trouble. A grumpy old man across the s...more
There's more than just ghosts, too. I like a book with more than one mystery to solve and this has a couple or more. A murder and missing people, so Mel has her hands full. All that and she has her company to run and...more
Melanie (Mel) Turner is running the family General Contracting firm for a restoration of a Victorian house with a history. And, boy does it ever have a history, complete with ghosts and voices and accidents...even a possession.
Mel is learning that she has her Mother's knack of communicating with ghosts. It is truly coming in handy at this time for a Queen Anne Victorian Home with a young...more
Highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a book that will keep you reading.