Dead Bolt (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
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
Audiobook via Audible subscription; Xe Sands’ performance is excellent as usual.
I enjoyed this story but it fell flat for me. Very predictable with a cooky cutter, simmering romance. The narrator's good job helped me to want to finish it.
I am really enjoying this series and am excited to read more in the series. Mel and her father have a great relationship. And i love the relationsh ...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
The main character, Mel, a general contractor, is interesting and quirky. However, she wears frilly clothes to the job site even though she has “overalls to wear over them if she needed to crawl through grime”. (Please, that is a little over the top.)
She has taken over Turner Construction from her retired dad and is surrounded by a warm non-traditional family and steadfast friends who add to the interest of the story.
Every house has ...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
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Just like the first book, I think it is a good read. Interesting plot, as always, I mean, come on. Not everyday you read/hear a story about a construction worker who redoes haunted houses, right? If you feel like reading it, you're more than welcome, although some may find it slightly boring. It is a calm read.
The pace of the book was right and I think all the questions I asked myself throughout my reading ...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
It was a good blending of the old mystery and the new one. Mel Turner isn't afraid to ask for help with the ghosts she is dealing with. I will be looking forward to the next in the series.
Highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a book that will keep you reading.
This may have been partly due to how distracted I was by the complete overreaction that the main character had when her client missed a meeting. Running to the police to report her missing and jumping to the conclusion that her husband had offed her was a bit ridiculous.
Because I love ...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
Melanie tries to research the past of the house but the records at city hall are missing. Something went on in th ...more
Unabridged audiobook read by Xe Sands
2nd in the Turner Construction renovation series
I've read this book previously, and I'm surprised to see that I did not write a previous review. I like to write something if not a complete review as I think of it, just so I record my initial thoughts and/or feelings upon completion.
Briefly, the book follows Mel Turner, current head of Turner Construction, a leading company that renovates old homes in San Francisco to their former ...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 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
The San ...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