Keeper of the Castle (Haunted Home Renovation Series #5)

Keeper of the Castle (Haunted Home Renovation Series #5)

by Juliet Blackwell

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Keeper of the Castle (Haunted Home Renovation Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TessT More than 1 year ago
I was enchanted with Juliet's work when I picked up the first book in her Witchcraft Mysteries.  At the time I had not been introduced to any "witch" story. Being ill and having read everything I could lay my hands on, I begged one of my friends for a book, any book. She brought me one of Juliet's books and there was no turning back. I believe that I might giggle a bit when reading one of hers. Trading Vintage clothes, restoring Victorian homes seems to be a natural progression for her. A house or two, a ghost or two, and let's not forget a hunk or two. If someone reads one of her books and didn't enjoy it, I would be at a loss for words. Pick up one of Juliet's books, either from the Witchcraft series or the Home Renovation series and I think you'll be glad you did.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
There are not one, but two ghosts in Juliet Blackwell's latest Haunted Home Renovation book, Keeper of the Castle. This one has a Highland theme, as well as, a few ghostly twists and plenty of construction and renovation tips. Reader's who are looking for something a little on the spooky side will love Mel's adventure with the reconstruction of a Scottish monastery and her continuing work with laying ghosts to rest. Blackwell once again shows great care with her character development and interesting plot ideas. A must read paranormal cozy! What I liked: Juliet Blackwell always seems to come up with something usual for each of her books in this series. She has the ability to think outside the box with each story and come up with something original and different. That's a great quality for any writer, but I think it's especially important to those who write mysteries. You have to have that something that sets your book apart from the rest of the pack. This time it's a Highland twist that gives Keeper of the Castle it's unique foundation. Graham asks Mel to take a look at a project he is working on. He is a green consultant for a wealthy client who is reconstructing a Scottish monastery, stone by stone, in a new American location. Unfortunately, there are a few issues. The building inspector is trying just about everything he can think of to shut down the project and there are a couple of ghosts haunting the chapel. This sounds like it's right up Mel's alley, especially after said building inspector ends up dead and Mel is asked to complete the project. Blackwell doesn't take long to draw the reader into the background and history of the monastery and what seems to be bothering the Highland ghosts. I loved the Scottish theme and thought Blackwell did a great job executing it. The mystery involving the inspector's death was interesting, but sort of took a back seat to the ghostly drama going on. Bottom Line: Mel starts to unravel what is going on with both the murder and the ghosts and still has time for her family, friends and Graham. There was a nice balance to the book, but it did lean a little toward the ghostly goings on. I felt like it needed a little more mystery and a little less history, but still enjoyed it a lot. Readers who want a little something unique will appreciate Blackwell's attention to detail with the Scottish aspects of the book and Mel once again shows of her great knowledge of construction. A good overall read.
GGW More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Ms. Blackwell never disappoints. She has just the right touch to incorporate the standard cast seamlessly -- with a light and deft touch. I can hardly wait for the next one.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
general-contractor, anthropologist, architecture, renovation, murder, law-enforcement, amateur-sleuth ***** She's an anthropologist, general contractor, daughter, sort of step mom, girlfriend, and if a ghost or two want to talk to her she'll do whatever she can to help. Besides being a good mystery novel, there's lots to learn for those of us who geek history, architecture, proper research and renovation. I loved it! Xe Sands is absolutely marvelous as the voice artist!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the ultimate explanation for everything is ridiculously simple, I guess most times thats how life really turns out... You know the simplest answer is always best, etc., etc. Regardless though, I thoroughly enjoyed the read and can't wait for December when the next one comes out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all of it looking to get the other books like it
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Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I love this series and this book just continues on with why I love it. Again this a unique story different from the rest, except for the ghosts of course. Mel is a likeable woman who works hard, loves her father, ex-stepson, and friends. She's strong but has that touch of insecurities that everyone has that makes her real. The Scottish background was interesting and the murder mystery had me guessing until the end with some interesting twists. I eagerly await the next in the series.
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