Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line.
At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....
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The narrator often spoke in what I would describe as a rapid mumble. Many times I had to hit the "back" button and replay something I hadn't understood-- & sometimes I had to more than once. I liked her style, except for this tendency to be less than intelligible.
I enjoyed the story, the setting, the characters.
This is a fun mystery with friendly characters. But the narrato'rs nasal voice drops the ends of words and ends of sentences, especially when portraying male characters, and she sounds on the verge of tears about half the time.
Xe Sands is a great narrator. This series is quite different from her Lilly Ivory series, though both are based in San Francisco. The main character runs a construction company that restores historic houses. In my opinion, this is the best of the first three books in the series. I hope this series continues.
I really like the voices of the narrator, but I think reading and listenings can't be compared. Listening you receive the story and the interpretation of the narrator, while reading the interpretation is up to the reader.
The different voices for different characters, especially the male characters. I usually find this a critical marker for a narrator and Xe Sands does a terrific job.
It made me chuckle a couple times.
There were a bit too many male characters to keep track of.
I loved this book, it is laugh out loud funny, and full of wonderful details on renovating old houses.
Hard to say who a favorite character would be, I liked them all.
I liked the first time the ghost shows himself to Melanie.
I did listen to this book in one sitting. That's the great thing about audiobooks, you're free to do many other things while listening. With hard copy you're tethered to the book and turning the pages.
Xe Sands once again does a fantastic job narrating this book. She amplifies the story so well and makes the characters really pop.
Less filler...I wanted to skip tons of chapters!
Story was way too slow.
More ghost talk, less description on the construction business.
I love Juliet Blackwell's writing style. Her main characters always are polite and thoughtful with a dash of humility. Mel is no different she's a smart confident woman (although she doesn't know it) working in a man's world. After reading this book I immediately bought the next. If or when your looking for good clean fun stop right here.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loved old houses and always wondered what stories it held. This is wonderful book were a women discovers her new gift and it fits well with her profession of home remodeling/construction.
I love that the book is set in California and the author uses actual events that took place there. Some of the streets and areas mentioned in the book are places in Northern California and it really helps to connect to the book.
I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. However, I use the audio books for my long drives into the Bay Area from Sacramento. So, I only allow myself to listen to the audio books during my drive time.
I love this author. She always has twists and turns that I wouldn't really expect.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
This is a cute, cozy series that has a good murder mystery to give it some weight. Good characters that are not too silly and can carry a ghost story. Xe Sands is so great with these cozy's. Perfect cadence with interesting voices to bring all to life.
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