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Murder On The House (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #3)

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Since word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, it's been difficult to maintain a low profile. She embraces her new reputation, however, for the chance to restore an historic house in San Francisco's Castro District. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted B&B, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the ha ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published December 2012 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sandie Laughner
Apr 04, 2015 Sandie Laughner rated it it was amazing
By the time I finished Chapter 1, I was hooked!! I literally couldn't put this book down!! This is the 3rd book in Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Renovation series. I won't bother to repeat the blurb~~
Who couldn't love a story that has a female construction/renovation company owner who can see and talk to ghosts; who also uses power tools power tools, and is comfortable with guns. Interesting characters, a cool dog, yummy food, old haunted houses, and ghosts!! Plus a murder and a touch of romance~~
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Casceil
Dec 11, 2012 Casceil rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The first hundred pages or so of this book are pure fun. After that it slows down a little, though it never really drags. The author seems to wrap things up rather abruptly at the end, and I felt like one of the characters seemed to have had a personality transplant. But all in all, I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one, due out in July.
Mary
Dec 04, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
A good ghost story than built suspense right up to the somewhat disappointing climax. I'm not sure what happened but the ending seemed rushed and a bit flat. A solid ending would have easily netted this book 4 stars but lacking that I am going with 3.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Dec 27, 2012 Jessica (a GREAT read) rated it it was amazing
I loooove a good paranormal mystery! Juliet Blackwell and Victoria Laurie are definitely my top favorites in that category! Although, Darynda Jones's books do get shelved there too, so hell yeah, she needs to be included there as well! But moving on...Juliet Blackwell writes two amazing paranormal mystery series; Witchcraft Mysteries & Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries. Murder on the House is her third installment in the latter.

Mel Turner is definitely not your average heroine. In fact, it's
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C.
Jul 03, 2014 C. rated it it was amazing
I crave paranormal mysteries in modern, adult literature and realistic heroines of a young, vibrant forty. Even more so than in the previous novel, "Murder On The House" fixes the right atmosphere for old era ghosts. It doesn’t have the deranged quality we saw last. Better: we are treated to a classic haunting; a dose of paranormal activity revved up to a notch that Juliet Blackwell hasn’t attempted before! Her boutique witch series is highly mystical but its entities tend to be gargoyles or dem ...more
Lynn
Jan 16, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it
Murder on the House is the third book in the Haunted Home Renovation Series. The series takes place in San Francisco. Mel Turner has taken over her father's business as he recovers from the death of his wife. Mel desire to flee to Paris, find a small room and just be alone is again on hold. She is living with her dad, Stan (dad's friend) and dog. One can feel the love when the group sits around the table eating her dad's meals. Her dad loves to cook and anyone that shows up at the house is invit ...more
Cissa
Mar 25, 2016 Cissa rated it really liked it
An engaging cozy mystery, even though the victim is more sympathetic than is usual in the cozies, and many of the suspects are pretty dubious; for me, the mystery solution was not especially satisfying.

Still, it's got some interesting historical tidbits, and the secondary characters, especially the recurring ones, are well-drawn and fun to get to know better.

Still, in the end a lot more questions remained unanswered than were resolved. Partly that's because Mel, our first-person protagonist, is
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Suzanne
Aug 01, 2014 Suzanne rated it it was ok
The one thing that a mystery should not be is tedious. I began skipping pages about two- thirds of the way, and didn't miss anything significant The modern mystery was uninteresting, and the historical one, while much more intriguing, was also patently obvious from the beginning. Any contractor who missed the blatant clues should have her license revoked. As with Blackwell's other works, there is an obsession with detail and annoying repetition.
Jeanine
Jul 09, 2012 Jeanine rated it it was amazing
Murder on the House is the third installment in the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. This series just keeps getting better and better! This is a wonderful paranormal mystery series by writer Juliet Blackwell. Her writing is impeccable, the story fun and utterly readable. Don't miss this one!
Kristin
Feb 25, 2015 Kristin rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Pretty much on par with this series as a whole. Nothing special in and of its self, but for some reason, that I can't quite put my finger on, I always enjoy this author.
Jill
Jan 27, 2017 Jill rated it really liked it
What I like best about these is that the romance is so... I don't know, real? without too much... I don't know exactly what I mean, not really. It's not like they're dying to jump into bed together. The people, all of the regulars, feel like real people. The ghosts are interesting, the mysteries the same, and the houses make me want to go look them up. a lot of fun. Good light reading.
Ariel
Mar 28, 2013 Ariel rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Mel is bidding on the renovation contract for a large old Victorian home, but the potential buyers are hoping to cache in on the supposed haunted status of the house by turning it into a haunted Bed and Breakfast. Mel is in competition with another construction company and the two, Josh and Mel, must stay overnight in the house to win the contract. Mel is the favorite since the owner's are hoping she can talk to the ghosts about cooperating with the B&B idea and not terrorize the home.

But t
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Sandie
Jun 18, 2015 Sandie rated it really liked it
Another very enjoyable ghost story from Juliet Blackwell can be read in Murder on the House. Following Mel Turner's new and developing skills in talking to ghosts, she decides to take on a new challenge. An historic Victorian home needs to be restored. Work has begun on a small scale with a passionate gardner already at work along with other individual repairs.

An elderly woman who spent 60 happily married years at the house until her husband died not so long ago. She has already signed an agreem
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Cathy Cole
Dec 08, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it
First Line: What makes a house look haunted?

The word is out. General contractor Mel Turner has been named "California's most promising up-and-coming Ghost Buster" by Haunted House Quarterly. An Indiana couple has an arrangement with the owner of the historic Bernini House to buy it and turn it into a haunted bed-and-breakfast. Only two contractors are still in the running for the project: Mel and Josh Avery of Avery Builders. The couple has a novel idea for choosing their contractor. Mel and Jos
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LORI CASWELL
Dec 11, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Bed-and-breakfast—with a side of ghosts.

Mel Turner has a way with ghosts and people are starting to talk. So much so that the new owners of a historic house have contacted her not only to restore the house but to use her abilities to encourage the ghosts thought to be there to roam about. They want to open a haunted Bed & Breakfast.

In order to win the contact she must stay overnight in the house with another prospective contractor and the elderly caretaker, who also is the previous owner. Th
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Bookadventurer
May 19, 2012 Bookadventurer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fixer-up-cozy, 2013
Mel has to spend the night at the Bernini estate, reputed to be haunted, in order to put in a bid to historically turn it into a "Haunted B&B". Joining her new competitor, Josh Averett, along with some of her friends form previous novels, Mel does just that. The night entails a little murder along with a little ghost mischief of which I could not get enough of. Suspicions are cast on a number of people, and I didn't see who the culprit was until it was revealed. Very nicely paced, love the s ...more
Kimberly
Jun 17, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Mel Turner might have found the renovation of her dreams. A beautiful historic home in the Castro district that would have a good chance of winning a prestigious award if it was brought back to its former glory. The supposed new owners want to open the house as a functioning inn. Mel is one of the contractors called in to make a bid for the construction. The only catch is that the house is supposedly haunted and the residents have noticed quite a bit of paranormal activity. It has scared off oth ...more
Diana ☕ Book of Secrets
Nov 14, 2012 Diana ☕ Book of Secrets rated it it was amazing
MURDER ON THE HOUSE was a spooky little cozy mystery, and I loved every minute of it! Though I haven't read the first two books in this series, I was able to jump right into this one with no problems. The main character Mel and I felt like longtime friends.

Mel Turner is a contractor, specializing in the restoration of older homes in San Francisco. She can also see and sometimes communicate with ghosts that dwell in these places.

The new owners of a Victorian house want to hire Mel for both her re
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Kenneth
Nov 18, 2014 Kenneth rated it really liked it
This book somehow felt very interesting and somehow entertaining. The reason why I felt this way is because of the fact that the title "murder in the house", I can tell that there could be murder involved in this story, which could be one thing that I find interesting. I also like this book because there was fighting involved. For example, in the text in page 301, it was stated that when Mel was about to leave the haunted house, Edgar blocked the way because he doesn't want her to tell on him, ...more
Kimberly Ann
Jan 25, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it

Mel is a young woman who has taken over the family's historical home renovation business in San Francisco. She is invited to place a bid on a new contract for a haunted house that the soon to be owners want to turn into a haunted B&B. When Mel arrives she is greeted at the door by a little girl and led into the parlor.... However it turns out that the little girl is a ghost from the turn of the century who with her family all died at the same time of mysterious circumstances.

The current owne
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Morgan
Mar 13, 2016 Morgan rated it liked it
I find this series enjoyable. I've read Blackwell's Witchcraft series and developed a love/hate relationship with those characters. The Haunted Home Renovation series seem a little more straightforward and filled with home improvement/development facts in California. It can get rather tedious, but I'm glad the author made Mel appear knowledgeable in the contracting profession.

The ghost talking doesn't seem over-the-top either. I just kind of wish there was a little bit more interaction with the
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Sallee
Apr 13, 2013 Sallee rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really liked this book as it has its supernatural componet. Mel can see spirits and has garnered a reputation as a ghost hunter building contractor. She has a chance to work on the Bernini mansion where a couple have an agreement to renovate the house and turn it into a B&B and let Mrs. Bernini live there the rest of her life. Mel and Josh, another competing contractor have to spend the night there and the one who is able to last the night will get the contract. When Mel goes to the house ...more
Bonnie
Jul 29, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Fun book that I would recommend.

The new owners of historic Bernini House want to return it to its original state and make it into a haunted Bed and Breakfast. They have heard about Mel’s special gifts in communicating with the dead and are hoping that she can convince the ghost family to stay. Although Mel has met Annabelle, one of the children (ghost) that lives in the house, she has competition for the job. Avery Builders is also going to bid on the job.

The catch is that both Mel and Josh Aver
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Text Addict
Having read #2 of this series, I expected to enjoy this one, and I was not disappointed. Blackwell provides a different type of haunting this time (of course), and though I figured out the cause of the ghosts' death well before Mel-the-contractor did, in all fairness she had a lot more on her mind than the reader does.

I won't spoil the main ghost for you - it's too much a part of the plot - but the book has a great mix of ghosts, history, awesome architecture, personal life developments, and a
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Mari
Jul 11, 2016 Mari rated it it was ok
I LOVE the OTHER series this writer writes, so i thought I would give this a try. Unfortunately, I wasn't too thrilled. The mystery was all over the place. The main character is extremely unpleasant, and talked about herself constantly. Her constant desire to "move to Paris and eat pastries while writing some great novel" or whatever is just so stupid, and not at all as relatable as she seems to think. Sounds like something a pretentious twelve year old might want to do. The fact that she is a f ...more
Andree
Jul 14, 2015 Andree rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
2.5 stars. This one didn't quite work for me. Mostly, the conceit of why Mel was so gung ho to investigate the haunted house she wasn't even working needed to be developed better. In this one, it wasn't justified quite well enough. Her constant meddling with crime scenes felt a little bit ridiculous. Usually it works, but this one just... didn't. I think it's because it's not her contracting job yet?

The competitor plotline did feel a bit contrived, but I did enjoy how the Josh Avery plotline was
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Rebecca
Dec 03, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through a Twitter contest. I'd read other books by Juliet Blackwell (the Witchcraft series) and this book was as well done as the others. This is the third book in the series, but you can read it as a stand alone, although I'm going to go back and check out the first two in the series to see how the heroine Mel met her love interest.

The mystery was engaging, as was the heroine, and I really enjoyed the book. My only complaint would be that the r
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Brandi ;)
Another fun read by Juliet Blackwell!

Normally when I come across a book that has a ton of information (info not necessarily relate to the 'topic'), it will either entertain me with knowledge of something I didn't know before, or I will be bored senseless with useless garble that seems to go nowhere. Fortunately, these books entertain me. Funny thing is, I can't say I exactly want to learn a lot about the construction trade, but the way Blackwell writes makes it interesting. I don't get annoyed
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Debbie Heaton
Jul 03, 2013 Debbie Heaton rated it it was amazing
In Blackwell’s paranormal mystery novel, the word is out on contractor, Mel Turner—she can communicate with the dead. When an impressive historic home comes up for restoration, Mel sucks it up and embraces her new found identity as a “ghost buster.” The new owners want to turn the house into a haunted bed and breakfast and they invite Mel to spend the night and make contact with the other side. During the unnerving night, an elderly woman is found dead and while Mel attempts to speak to the dead ...more
Karen-Leigh
May 08, 2015 Karen-Leigh rated it really liked it
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
Another 3 1/2 and still feel there should be six or seven stars to give a true estimate of enjoyment. I forgot to put down my feelings of reading over audio in last book....reading is better by a huge magnitude. Listening was interesting but I noted when reading that I missed so much of the actual story, all the details. I much prefer hearing the voices as my mind makes them or not as the case may be. I had a choice of reading or listening to this book and chose reading. I have noted that readin ...more
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