Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel's boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland. With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body. When the original construction crew starts running scared, Mel brings in her team to finish the job. Now all she has to do is nail down the killer and put the spirits to rest before anyone else winds up heading for the highlands.
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Gripping, interesting, funny.
I liked that it kept me guessing.
Great book, as the others in this series. You won't be sorry that you bought this. It took me a bit to get used to this narrator. She is quiet at times when using men's voices, but I got used to it.
I love this series. It combines an entertaining mixture romance, mystery, construction info and ghostly interactions. I like how Mel approaches each ghostly appearance with enough modesty to know she still has a lot to learn and is not an instant expert. I also enjoy the interactions between Mel and her family and friends. I look forward to the next books in this series.
I have grown to love this series. Juliet Blackwell has done an excellent job of creating the characters in a way that is quite believable. Xe Sands does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. This is a great duo, don't miss this series!
Juliet Blackwell always keeps you guessing. I love ALL of her series which are all paranormal (ghosts). This series showcases a woman working & a boss/owner of a business in a mans world. If you liked "Ghost Busters" you will like this series.
This time Mel is trying to put a stone structure together from a pile of rocks that don't match up, that has multiple ghosts, missing lunches, a dead Building Inspector and a boyfriend that is not happy about her running through buildings when people are trying to kill her. Toss in several sarcastic witty comments that she really never says "outloud" and the game is a foot!
The fun thing about her books is each book is about a different structure she renovates. The author also slips in about the other projects the contractor has worked on in the past and keeps you informed about the final outcome of them. It is a small but nice touch that demonstrates the consistency of her storyline. There is a big funny in this book that cracked me up. She finds a romance novel under the bed and starts reading it. (Lots more to it but I don't want to shoot out a spoiler to anyone who likes this series.)
Looking forward to book #7 that I just learned is coming out next year.
Fun light story
Juliet Blackwell has written a really fun Haunted Home Renovation series and this is the best book yet. The plot about the reconstruction of an ancient castle captured my attention quickly.
Juliet Blackwell's series about Mel, a lady construction contractor who seems to be able to see and sometimes talk to ghosts, are fun reads. They are light and do not delve into the gruesome black areas that many ghost stories do. Its a great entertaining light read. Even my husband has enjoyed the series!
I have enjoyed this series so far. I like the main character and her style of wit and mystery solving.
I liked the ghosts in this one. The knight spooking all of the men was great.
I liked the confused knight. I really did. He was just perfect.
Yup. I did.
While I had this one figured out pretty quick, I still enjoyed it. I would recommend it for some fun reading.
Clearly our beloved narrator was suffering a cold at the beginning of the story, this is hard on the listener especially when anticipating the voice of our well known characters. I imagine it's equally hard on the narrator. Beyond that, this story feels forced and it seems like the author wants to isolate Mel to the reconstruction of the monastery to the exclusion of the supporting characters we have all come to love. Not until chapter 14 do we even hear the voice of Mel's best girlfriend and Steven? Where's Steven? Mel's dad, Stan, Step-son all reduced to minimal sentences and mostly phone calls. Dog has more of a presence in this story than Mel's other family and friends. How many ways can the author describe that Dog is not the brightest animal, it kind of becomes insulting. One more thing, in the last book there was a hint that Mel was somewhat indifferent to her budding relationship with Graham. In this story there is a significant consideration on Mel's part that Graham isn't the right guy for her and what is she thinking in regard to him anyway. Then, she bounces back to looking forward to seeing him and having him near. It's baffling. If Ms. Blackwell is trying to create the kind of tension between characters that eventually leads to a great romance, it's not working. It feels like Mel considers her relationship to Graham as seriously as she might consider what color to paint her nails. In this book and others we hear Graham is such great guy, there's long term chemistry, he's single, he's handsome, he's into Mel. Now it reads/narrates like: gosh, I just don't know.... hmmm, oh darn I've soiled my clothing on the construction site I guess I can't go with Graham to meet a semi important sub-character after all. Come on! Mel isn't a stupid woman but her character seems dumbed down in this book and this is the MAJOR disappointment of the story as a whole. I'm going to stick it out and finish the next 10 chapters, I hope (fingers crossed) this story improves.
Xe Sands has been consistently excellent. However, this story feels forced and it labors to get along. Is it the writing, is it the narration? It's hard to tell. Having looked forward to each installment, I'm sad to say this one feels really flat.
I was hoping she would have another entry in her Haunted series, and this one didn't disappoint me ! Great story, great history and great narration!
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