I received this book for free from Obsidian in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Give Up the Ghost: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery by Juliet Blackwell
Series: Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #6
Published by Obsidian on December 1st 2015
Number of Pages: 336
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Purchase: At Amazon
San Francisco millionaire Andrew Stirling wants to sell his Victorian mansion, but ghostly music, the squeaking of a long-disappeared weathervane, and an angry ghost keep running off potential buyers. After a famous psychic is called in, she informs the Stirlings that their multi-million-dollar renovations to “update” the home have left its resident ghost extremely agitated. So contractor Mel Turner is engaged to track down and replace some of the original features of the house.
But when the beautiful psychic is found stabbed, it appears someone had a very human motive for murder. Now Mel must use her ghost whispering gift to uncover the secrets of the haunted house on the hill, and her sleuthing skills to catch a killer.
I really liked the way ghosts were portrayed in the book. As well as the way Mel interacted with them. It was not only believable, but quite funny at times! There were a few different ghosts in the book besides the one in the main storyline that haunted Crosswinds. They each had their own distinct personalities and quirks.
As did the living characters in the book. I was totally surprised by who killed Chantelle, I had a few guesses, none of which turned out to be correct. But it made perfect sense once the killer was revealed.
I also liked the trivia Mel dug up about the houses previous inhabitants. The hidden passageway was also a huge plus. I liked that there were skeptics as to Mel’s psychic ability to see ghosts, as well as those who believed she could do so.
My only irk was how stuck on Landon’s good looks Mel was. For the first third or so at least of the book after he appeared, every time he was mentioned his stunning good looks were as well. I kept thinking “okay, moving along yet?” But other than that fairly minor irk, I really enjoyed the book!