If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell is the first book in the new “Haunted Home Renovation” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), December 2010

She Puts Up Walls. He Walks Through Them.

Since she took over her father’s construction business, 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 renovation 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 tracking down the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man.

Mel’s only clue is an odd box she discovers inside a wall at the job site. If she can make sense of its mysterious contents, she might be able to nail a killer—before she herself becomes the next construction casualty.

What a great new series. The ghostly presence of a recently deceased colleague and vandalism to her workplace and home spurs Mel into action. When she looks into the murder and the history of the home she is renovating, she wonders if the two are connected. The surprising revelation not only enhances the mystery but peaked my interest more as I quickly turn the pages. This well-written mystery with likable characters, fascinating insight into home renovations and great conversation is a very entertaining read. My rating: 5 stars

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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