If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk

by Juliet Blackwell


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…

If Walls Could Talk is the first in a different  cozy mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. The Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries follows ex-cultural anthropologist turned contractor, Mel, who loves restoring antique homes. Plus, it has a hunky crush, a few murders, and the ability to talk to ghosts. Not a bad cozy-mystery idea if you ask me.

If Walls Could Talk is right up my alley with my archaeology and historic preservation background but I’m not sure I’ll be picking up the next book in the series. This novel was not as well developed as the Witchcraft Mystery series. The best word to describe it is abrupt. Spoilers ahead folks.

Bam: Mel witnesses a murder. Bam: Mel runs in to her old crush that she hasn’t seen for ten years and immediately has an argument. Bam: Mel sees a ghost. Bam: Mel spends the night with a charming photographer she doesn’t trust. Bam: Mel learns that both she and her mom could talk to ghost so she’s now totally ok with it.

The plot and character relationships were well thought out but the prose just didn’t flow. It was a little off putting and it made it difficult to be become invested in the characters. The story is just rushed which left the relationships feeling two dimensional. Plus, no one would spend the entire time freaking out about seeing a ghost and then just be totally cool with it in the end.

I did like Mel and the relationship she has with her father and ex-stepson. I think the series has some potential because the characters are fun and the haunted antique house setting is interesting.

Have you read this cozy-mystery series? What do you think of the haunted home renovation idea?


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