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....
©2010 Julie Goodson-Lawes (P)2013 Tantor
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.
Listening to this story made time fly by. So enjoyable! I really enjoyed the story and characters. Well performed as well. Cannot wait for the next story!
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.
Another hit and the icing is listening to Xe Sands read, I love her voice. Listening to the description of the house that's being restored is so well written that one can visualize what it must look like.
Yes. I enjoy audio books because I can do other things while I listen to them.
The E.J. Cooperman series.
When she first saw Kenneth.
Yes, they all are.
Great story and great narration.
I started listening to this book last year & couldn't get through it. It was a bit slower than I like. I finally started it again this week & was able to finish. I will be starting to listen to the second book & hope it is better. I won't give up on it. The first story was a good one, it was the reading that dragged on.
I really wanted to like this but it just left me with an "eh" feeling. I work in real estate, I love the show "Rehab Addict", and I like to read mystery novels so this sounded right up my alley. Unfortunately, it left me flat and in no way with the need to listen/read book two in the series. There was really no action in it and, at times, there was way too much description about what someone was wearing or what color coffee mug they were drinking from. I was never invested in the characters.
Delightful, educational, addictive
Learning about "Emperor" Norton of San Francisco. I love the historical nuggets Blackwell throws into all of her works.
I love her range of voices and I find her narration very soothing.
When the main character comforts a dying man - I had the feels.
If you like any other Juliet Blackwell works or are a Charlaine Harris fan, this is right up your alley. Blackwell does for San Fran what Harris does for the South. She takes neat ideas and combines them with aspects of the world I seldom ponder - in this instance, historic home renovation. I absolutely get lost in all the facets of Mel's life and delight in every moment!
Report Inappropriate Content