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If Walls Could Talk: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1 | [Juliet Blackwell]

If Walls Could Talk: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1

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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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 01-19-14
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding first book in the series"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 11-22-13
    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but overshadowed by the Witchcraft series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of If Walls Could Talk to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the rythm


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me chuckle a couple times.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a bit too many male characters to keep track of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Mercado-Champagne 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Time flies"

    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!

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    Juggler Naut 06-18-15
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    "Good story; annoying narration"

    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.

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    Lady S. United States 03-06-15
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    "Excellent"

    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.

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    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 02-23-15
    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 02-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of If Walls Could Talk to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I enjoy audio books because I can do other things while I listen to them.


    What other book might you compare If Walls Could Talk to and why?

    The E.J. Cooperman series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she first saw Kenneth.


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

    Yes, they all are.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and great narration.

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    Amazon Customer 02-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    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.

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    smap6 01-30-15
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Hey Listener!
    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.


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    Hollister C. Price Collierville, TN 01-05-15
    Hollister C. Price Collierville, TN 01-05-15

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    "Very good book!"

    I really enjoyed this tale of murder and mayhem! It presented fun characters and a great story! Check it out!

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    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 12-18-14
    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Falling for Juliet Blackwell one book at a time"
    If you could sum up If Walls Could Talk in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful, educational, addictive


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If Walls Could Talk?

    Learning about "Emperor" Norton of San Francisco. I love the historical nuggets Blackwell throws into all of her works.


    What does Xe Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love her range of voices and I find her narration very soothing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the main character comforts a dying man - I had the feels.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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