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Dead Bolt: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 2 | [Juliet Blackwell]

Dead Bolt: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 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, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty.
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Publisher's Summary

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, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty. Now she must restore the building-and her reputation-before it's too late.

©2011 Juliet Goodson-Lawes (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Cleverly plotted with a terrific sense of the history of the greater Bay Area, Blackwell's series has plenty of ghosts and supernatural happenings to keep readers entertained and off balance." (Library Journal)

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 03-31-14
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2013

    LauralOlivia

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    "Easy listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would like midway through the book for Mel to partner with Graham. Tease more and get together before the last three sentences of the book. When the summation happens in the end, it would be good to repeat to a couple people, the dad or Russian girl what bodies were there and why. Telling once right at the end when several intense things are happening with several people leaves you trying to say who what where. Some books that develop each character more and their connection with others helps in the summation.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Juliet Blackwell? Why or why not?

    Yes. This is the second of her books I have listened to. You can count on a light mystery. Easy listening.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    She does very well with all the characters. I have looked for other books she has narrated.


    Do you think Dead Bolt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, it could have a follow up, only if it is not going to tease the relationship the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    There is so much potential for a more developed book. Why not develope more lines with different characters. More interaction with the dad and his friend, more with the stepson he could bond with Graham. Some sarcastic funny humor between the characters and crazy self talk would step this up from a fluffy light to a developed book that I would listen to more than once.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. L. Finch Seattle, WA 03-11-14
    C. L. Finch Seattle, WA 03-11-14

    I love action and suspense embedded in a good fantasy or mystery. Sprinkles of romance okay, but no erotica please.

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    "A nice mix of ghosts, mystery, and relationships"
    Any additional comments?

    It's taken a while for the female lead to grow on me, being a bit different from the norm. She's a strong female but walks to the beat of a different drum. I feel like I'm starting to know her, however, and can appreciate some of her quirks. Love the ghosts and the complexity of her relationships! Also enjoy learning about house renovation techniques. This book starts off a bit slow, so I listened to it at 1.25 speed. Not sure if that was the narrator or the story line. I will continue to listen to this series. I have the feeling it will get better as the characters continue to develop and move forward.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 11-04-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 11-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Cozy ghost story"

    A cute, cozy, ghost story. A young woman who has taken over her fathers construction company in San Francisco has the ability to see and sometimes communicate with ghosts. In this addition to the series there is a murder across the street from a house that she is renovating and there is evidence that it may be connected to her project.

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 07-30-14
    Bonnie 07-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "And who will be murdered next?"

    I highly recommend this series if you like paranormal mystery.

    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 problems during a renovation, but this one has the additional problem of Jim Daley, the owner, who insists on living in the basement apartment with his family while the renovations occur despite the fact that his wife is against it.

    There are spirits residing in Cheshire Inn. Mel has dealt with spirits on other jobs but this one is different. When cantankerous neighbor and former resident of Cheshire House, Emile Blunt, is found dead, Mel believes there is a link between the murder and the spirit. Although she understands the risk, Mel, must find a way to coax the ghosts to move on and out of Cheshire House while finding out who killed Emile.

    There is also a sub plot involving Jim’s wife that adds to the mystery and intrigue as well as a female police investigator that has her eye on Mel's dad as a suspect for Emile's murder.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    asassyvic Indiana 10-21-13
    asassyvic Indiana 10-21-13

    asassyvic

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    "Scary in a good way and good laughs along the way"
    Where does Dead Bolt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dead Bolt rates jumps right to the top of my favorite books for this year. I love this series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I don't know about edge of the chair but it was such a fun book, moves fast, interesting characters and lots of ingredients to make it one of the best reads/listens ever.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    I loved the performance that Xe Sands did, she gives a soft edge to Mel, who without Sands touch of class, would be somewhat brash and a bit of a hard person. Sands gives structure and fullness to all the people in the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen in one sitting, I was transfixed with it. Nothing was going to interrupt my listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent series from Juliet Blackwell. Blackwell really puts together a good story that's well balanced with lots of variety and surprises.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hilary 07-31-15
    Hilary 07-31-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Built to last"

    I love this author to pieces. Which ever series I am reading of hers I always feel so connected to the characters. I also love that I don't always figure out who the murderer is before its revealed. The narrator gives the main character life with her spunky inflections.

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    Kimberly R. Meador 06-27-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story. Great Narration!"

    Another great series by Juliet Blackwell! And Xe is a truly talented narrator. Recommend them both.

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    Amazon Customer 02-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "I Liked This One"

    This was better than the first book. Much more interesting. Looking forward to book 3.

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-08-14
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story"

    I enjoyed the fast pace and the characters in this story. Melanie is a likeable character who happens to be a general contractor. I like the way she pairs her masculine job with her frilly outfits. Mel is smart, strong-willed, funny and loyal. She works in a man's world and is able to hold her own. The ghostly aspects were well-handled and often very creepy indeed. This is a must read series. It a realistic mystery and interesting characters to make it a good read. Also, the setting of San Fransico and the historic homes make this series even more intersting.

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    Michelle 01-24-14
    Michelle 01-24-14
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    "This is how you renovate an old Victorian!"

    With this book we get to know our main characters a little better and the author does a great job describing the scene. As the mystery unravels you find yourself totally changing your mind from what you first thought of some of the guest characters. And as always there is a little history lesson about San Francisco. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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