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
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.
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.
I really enjoyed this tale of murder and mayhem! It presented fun characters and a great story! Check it out!
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!
Say something about yourself!
Yes I would, it's fun and flows nicely and Xe Sands is a wonderful narrator.
Yes, have listened to all the Witchcraft Mysteries, and now listening to all the Haunted Home Renovation series. Juliet Blackwell has a great sense of humor.
Oh yes, she is wonderful
This is the start of a paranormal amateur sleuth series filled with ghosts, unknown villains, and a great heroine who works "in the trades". Loved the book and the author but there were too many characters and especially the investors because we did not know who they all were up front. I kept getting them mixed up and had to back peddle. However, that said and is why I gave it a four and not a five, I would recommend the book.
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