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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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Demo Party Gone Incredibly Wrong

Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her father was in charge of Turner Construction for many years. The sudden death of Mel's mother knocked him off his feet, so Mel stepped in for him, but it has been two years, and he shows no sign of returning to work. Now her reputation may be on the line.

First she must figure out what unidentified assailants want from the old house that caused them to torture Kenneth, who was living there. A demo party provides good cover to root through walls and ceilings, leaving none untouched by holes and gashes or torn down. By morning's light the party has just disbanded, leaving a mortally wounded Kenneth to be found by Mel Turner on an early morning visit about the house. She cradles Kenneth as he dies.

The police show up but do a poor job collecting evidence from the scene, including missing finding a gun on the dumb waiter. Mel wonders what is up for the SFPD to do such a lousy job. Then she discovers that they have arrested Kenneth's good friend Matt because a nurse overheard Kenneth saying it was all Matt's fault just before he died. Only she had no idea Kenneth was referring to a map, as in treasure map. Motive was becoming clearer.

Was the map what the assailants want, if there even is one? Perhaps treasure has already been found at this unknown field? Was the whole thing a hoax from a bygone era when tricksters seeded mines with gold and gems? Some men want the map quite desperately.

Mel does find a journal written by a woman who ran the household until her husband quarreled with his mentor and one ended up dead. Mel takes the journal to the Historical Society for safekeeping but then their place is ransacked. Everywhere Mel goes ends up the worse for wear. She has to find out what these men are looking for before this historic beauty and Mel's business go to the dump.

This was a very satisfying mystery that went in many directions, zig zagging all over the Bay area and from suspect to suspect. Mel does solve this mystery, but I would never have guessed the solution without her sleuthing. Then again, Mel had a bit of extra help when Kenneth's ghost popped in and out, filling her in on some crucial information. Not a cozy per say but the violence did all take place off stage. I think I would call this either a “hard cozy” or “soft boiled.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook narrated by Xe Sands who has read most if not all of Juliet Blackwell's books expertly with phrases in French and a Latino dialect as no strangers to Xe. She is, without a doubt, one of my favorite narrators. Along with Juliet Blackwell, they make a formidable team!

Sandie Herron

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Loved the local details

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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I love this author. She always has twists and turns that I wouldn't really expect.

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Lighthearted fun

It's nice to see a main character who's not willowy or super athletic, and who has some miles on her.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 09-20-16

Xe Sand brings the story to life.

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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it surprised me.

will definitely read more, just the start made me doubt if I liked it but the storyline got better and the twists had me rethinking at every turn

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Mystery with A little romantic tension.

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I enjoy paranormal books. Modern woman, real life situations with real life romantic tension. Good listen!

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Captures you right off.

You'll love her characters. The stories are fun with twists and turns. Haven't been this captivated since reading Harry Potter.

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  • Charleen
  • nashua new hampshire usa
  • 04-04-16

Narrator needs to slow down

This is an ok book.the author is not Agatha Christie but she is well spoken and seems to know quite a few things about quite a few things. But the narrator talks too fast and when she said the heroin went to "la fay ette" I laughed out loud we call it la fee ette. She needs to slow down and take a course in local pronunciation.

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An enjoyable mystery

I really liked this book. I normally listen to romance and paranormal so this was a step to the side for me. I thought the story was great, the characters interesting, and the mystery kept me guessing. The narrator did a fantastic job; I was able to tell all the characters apart just from the voices. Nicely done!

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Cozy mystery with interesting characters

Cute start to a series. Centers around a general contractor running her father's business while she develops the ability to interact with ghosts. They specialize in accurate restorations of historic homes with lots of details about restorations done "the right way". Name drops several places in and around San Francisco and Berkley. Lots of interesting characters, as is typical of most cozy mysteries. Looking forward to other books in the series. Nicely narrated by Xe Sands.