Dead Bolt (Haunted Home Renovation Series #2)

Dead Bolt (Haunted Home Renovation Series #2)

by Juliet Blackwell

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Overview

Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners who insist on sticking around- along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops...

The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house, and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty. Now she must restore the building-and her reputation-before it's too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451235305
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Series: Haunted Home Renovation Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 79,241
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for the New York Times bestselling author of the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. She also writes the Witchcraft Mystery series and, together with her sister, wrote the Art Lover’s Mystery series as Hailey Lind. The first in the series, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the novels Letters from Paris and The Paris Key. As owner of her own faux-finish and design studio, the author has spent many days and nights on construction sites renovating beautiful historic homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Dead Bolt 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
HunEBunny More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this series! they are delightfully packed with humor, wit and good old fashioned spooks all tied up in a mystery! A quick read but a guarantee not to disappoint! No more needs to be said, just read the book!
Maggie59MS More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series - it's a nice quick read - entertaining and funny
DMLynn More than 1 year ago
My second book by Juliet Blackwell, read first book " If wall could talk" very good book. Dead Bolt book was very good I couldn't put the book down and turn the pages fast enough. Dead Bolt made laugh, gave chills up my back and scared a little. I highly recommend these 2 books, very well written and interesting by chapter 1 in both books. Good job Juliet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good series - I'll continue to read them.
cjmaine More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed tis series. This book was fun to read.
mistyJW More than 1 year ago
Juliet keeps you wondering, which makes you want to curl up and just finish the book with a nice warm cup of tea.
Maydacat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dead Bolt is cozy ghost story and murder mystery that will keep you entertained and guessing until the end. Renovating an historic mansion is hard work, but becomes dangerous work with the interference of some not so friendly ghosts. With likable characters and maybe some romance creeping in, this story is a delightful but not too creepy way to spend an afternoon or two.
debbieaheaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Blackwell's paranormal mystery novel, general contractor Melanie Turner's latest restoration job involves a historic Queen Ann Victorian in one of San Francisco's neighborhoods. The owners have decided to reside in the basement while the work is done, making things more difficult for the crew. But when strange things begin to happen around the site, the owners threaten to cancel all restoration plans for fear of disturbing the ghosts who live somewhere on the property. It's soon clear that the ghosts aren't the only ones disrupting the work in progress. The neighbors aren't happy with the noise associated with the project either. When Mel's father discovers a body across the street, Mel is tasked with the duty to finish the job on time, do some ghost busting, and restore her reputation.Melanie Turner is one of the most exciting, sharp, and hysterically funny heroines in any book series I've read. A new and inventive twist on the ghostly paranormal mystery genre.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: My father always used to say: There's nothing quite like a protracted remodel to test a person's sanity.Mel Turner's father was right. The renovation of the historic Queen Anne Victorian house in San Francisco is taking much longer than it should primarily because the owners insist upon living on site throughout the entire process.When strange things begin to happen and Mel begins to see ghosts out of the corners of her eyes, she knows she's got trouble. A grumpy old man across the street covets the house, and Mel wonders if he could be at the heart of some of the disturbances. He's found dead in his shop and things keep happening, so Mel knows the answers are going to be a bit more difficult to find. These are the first dangerous spirits that Mel has had to deal with, but deal with them she must if this renovation has a prayer of being completed.If you like strong female characters surrounded by a loving if unconventional family and a handsome man or two... and if you like your mysteries housed in old Victorian homes being brought back to life... and if you like your old houses populated with a spirit or two... then you've come to the right book in the right series.Mel Turner is a general contractor specializing in restoring historic homes. She's divorced, lives with her father, and dearly loves her stepson, Caleb. She didn't know she'd inherited her mother's ability to see ghosts until after she'd sustained a solid whack to the head. In this book, the spirits are decidedly unfriendly, and one of them (the "shadow ghost") made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.This isn't just a ghost-laced little mystery, though. There's the renovation to savor, and those homeowners who insist on living in the house while it's being torn apart are every bit as interesting as the ghosts with whom they're sharing space. If you're in the mood for a light, fun, well-written cozy that whets your appetite for old houses and ghosts, Dead Bolt will be just your cup of tea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series as well as her other one!!
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
Home renovation in San Francisco and ghosts. Mel has her hands full with her most recent renovation. I really like this series, Mel and the other characters are well developed and engaging. I like the concept, since I know next to nothing about home renovation, especially Mel's specialty, Victorian and other classic homes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best in the series so far! And based on a true haunt too! It doesn't get much better than this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked 1st more than this one but still like it. This one is darker and baby involved.
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debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
In Blackwell's paranormal mystery novel, general contractor Melanie Turner's latest restoration job involves a historic Queen Anne Victorian in one of San Francisco's neighborhoods. The owners have decided to reside in the basement while the work is done, making things more difficult for the crew. But when strange things begin to happen around the site, the owners threaten to cancel all restoration plans for fear of disturbing the ghosts who live somewhere on the property. It's soon clear that the ghosts aren't the only ones disrupting the work in progress. The neighbors aren't happy with the noise associated with the project either. When Mel's father discovers a body across the street, Mel is tasked with the duty to finish the job on time, do some ghost busting, and restore her reputation. Melanie Turner is one of the most exciting, sharp, and hysterically funny heroines in any book series I've read. A new and inventive twist on the ghostly paranormal mystery genre.
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