A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, No 2
Dec 2011/ISBN: 978-0-451-23530-5
by Laura Hinds
Mel Turner works
as a general contractor in San Francisco. It was her father's business,
and once he retired, Mel took charge. She had learned the tools
of the trade growing up, and found that this type of work was her
niche in life. Her other abilities were recently found. Mel is able
to see and communicate with ghosts, and has had some success previously
in dealing with them.
been hired to restore a historic Queen Ann Victorian house to its
former glory. As Mel soon finds out, there are ghosts who inhabit
this property and they are not happy about the construction work.
Yet there is more going on than even meets the eye of a person who
is sensitive to otherworldly beings, and it·s up to Mel to
dig deeper and discover what is really going on. When the disagreeable
owner of a shop next door to the job site is murdered, Mel realizes
she has to step up and get some answers sooner than she'd thought.
After all, once a killer has taken one life, they say it becomes
easier to kill again.
Mel is not your
stereotypical female sleuth or amateur crime solver. She is a woman
working in a traditionally male trade, and is doing a fine job of
it. Yet although she doesn·t want to admit it, she·s
open to romance again after closing her heart to the idea following
her divorce. When things go wrong at the Queen Ann Victorian job
site, she knows it is her responsibility to get the job done and
keep her workers and the family who lives there safe. The owner
of the house has called in a green contractor, who just happens
to be Graham Donovan, the man who makes Mel's heart beat a whole
is a fun read, with interesting characters, and solid plot lines.
The home renovation tips scattered throughout the book had me looking
around my own house with a new eye and some good ideas. The ghost
antics are realistic enough to give readers goose bumps and the
humor will make them laugh. All in all this is a most enjoyable
book that will appeal to readers of Victoria Laurie, Joyce and Jim
Lavene, Heather Blake and Mary Stanton.