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Murder On The House (A 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
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C.
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
Jessica
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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Kenneth
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
Bonnie
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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Casceil
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
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.
Breedeen
Picked up this book due to the home renovation theme--haven't seen that before in a mystery, and Imma sucker for HGTV...

Due to not actually reading the back cover, I didn't realize there would be paranormal aspects. If I had, I probably would have put it back on the shelf, as that's not usually my cup of tea. It was a fun read, especially coming in midway through an established series. I'd guess starting with book 1 would have made characters easier to keep track of, and the carry-over arcs woul
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Jessi
Mel Turner's reputation has preceded her. Now she's getting construction jobs based on the fact that she can see ghosts. This particular home belongs to an old woman who has sold the house to a couple who are allowing her to live there until she dies. And on a night when Mel is staying at the house with two of her friends as well as a rival contractor, the old woman mysteriously dies. And, for a woman who seemed to be loved in the neighborhood and was a genuinely nice person, there seem to be a ...more
Bookadventurer
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
A.
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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LORI CASWELL
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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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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Diana Leigh
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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Sallee
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
Cathy Cole
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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Melody
This is an interesting series with ghosts, wacky but loveable friends and family and a bit of romance.

In this book Mel has a sleepover in a haunted house with two of her quirky friends. It is quite funny until the sinister nursery, haunted toys and then the murder. As this series continues Mel's relationship with Graham makes limping progress. As usual with these books it is difficult to tell who is the bad guy and who is just being a jerk. But all's well that ends well, for most of the charact
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Ricki
A ghostly bed-and-breakfast. Could it get any better? I really enjoyed this book. I liked the historical background Juliet Blackwell brings to the story. It was spooky at times... staying among ghosts all night in the hotel in order to win the bid. The mystery moved along and had a few twists and turns. I love home renovation and I loved the mix of the mystery and renovation. Quirky cast of characters and a ghostly murder makes this a must read! Great third book in the series!
Suzanne
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.
Lisa
Oh wow! This book had the best haunted creep factor from the start!

"Murder on the House" is the third book in Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series and it really delivered! In this book the author gives you a deeper glimpse into the dynamic of Mel's relationships past, present, and hopefully future and paves the way for her to grow and learn a bit about herself all while sleuthing a murder and a haunting.

I was pulled into this book immediately and was pleasantly creeped out
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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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Rebecca
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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❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
Another enjoyable read by Ms. Blackwell. While I tend to like her other series a bit better, this series and this book are really fun reads. The ghosts in this book verged just enough on creepy - especially the toys, what is it about toys moving by themselves that is so creepy??

The actual murder mystery was very well written - a lot of suspects that had reason and opportunity and Ms. Blackwell controlled the reveal perfectly.

The ending felt a tiny bit rushed, or maybe not rushed but I did miss h
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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
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Kelley
This is one of those series that is more about the characters than it is about the mystery or murder. There were two mysteries going on in this book, but even with two, the quirky characters are front and center. Usually there are 1 or 2 characters in every book I read that work my last nerve, but in this series every character, even the ones on for a few pages lend something to the story. I don't even mind her ex-husband and his new wife. I love Caleb, Melanie's step-son; her dad and his BFF an ...more
Linda
Mel Turner is looking forward to submitting a bid for the renovation of an historic home to a bed-and-breakfast inn. When she meets with the current owner, she quickly discovers that the house also appears to be haunted...a fact she can attest to as the ghostly child Anabelle is the one who greeted her at the door. In order to win the contract, Mel and Josh, the competing contractor, must spend a night in this "haunted" house. While this seems unusual, Mel agrees and complete with two friends se ...more
L.
Apr 29, 2013 L. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
This genre of mystery doesn't take intense concentration to comprehend like the works of Umberto Eco and those of his ilk. That's why I like this series. The plotlines are simple and sometimes predictable, but still good stories. This book fell from the mark. I really wasn't interested in what was going on with the main story, the death of the owner of a great Victorian house who seems to have left it to a few different people. I was more interested in the rivalry between Owen"Evil" Campbell and ...more
Anne
I wanted to love this book the way I've loved the other Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries. The beginning of the book was really scary. I read it in bed alone late at night and really got creeped out. The journey was somewhat interesting, but I felt like there were so many intriguing side plots brought in as red herrings that the fairly obvious explanation of the mystery seemed like a let-down. I liked the way the book went back to the original "girl communicates with ghosts" premise of the first ...more
Debbie Heaton
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
Cathy Hendren
Mel is asked to talk to ghosts in a old house. The future owners want to make it into a B& B that is haunted. Then the current owner is murdered. That sets Mel on the path to find the killer.
Jutta
I am enjoying these. Even tho i've had to read them out of order because the local B&N doesn't have the second one.....
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Juliet Blackwell (aka Julie Goodson-Lawes, aka Hailey Lind) started out life in Palo Alto, California, born of a Texan mother and a Yankee father. The family soon moved to what were, at the time, the sticks of Cupertino, an hour south of San Francisco. Walking to and from kindergarten every day she would indulge in her earliest larcenous activity: stealing walnuts and apricots from surrounding orc ...more
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