Monday, December 06, 2010

If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell

I've read all of Juliet Blackwell's mysteries.  She's written two books in the Witchcraft mystery series, and, under the name Hailey Lind, writes the Art Lover's Mystery series with her sister.  But, If Walls Could Talk, the book that launches her new Haunted Home Renovation series, is my favorite so far.

Melanie Turner would like nothing more than to move to Paris, live there by herself, where they appreciated "women of a certain age," where she couldn't understand anyone, and could lick her wounds after a divorce.  Instead, she found herself living with her dad, running Turner Construction, and renovating historic houses in the San Francisco Bay area.  She didn't intend to have Kenneth, a former client, almost die in her arms in his house, and then return as a ghost that she could see and hear.  She really should have moved to Paris.

But, if Mel wasn't there, who would have taken over the renovation project, taken in two teen boys, and helped out a friend who was suspected of murdering Kenneth, his business partner?  She wouldn't have run into Graham Donovan, the man who tried to talk her out of marrying her husband on a lust-filled night.  And, maybe she and her crew wouldn't have been attacked by someone who already killed one person, Kenneth, in order to uncover a secret.  She might not have liked Kenneth, but when someone dies, and then returns as a ghost asking for help, it's hard to say no.

Juliet Blackwell's books always show a passion for old houses, art and design, vintage clothing.  The two series written as Blackwell introduce characters involved in the paranormal world.  But, Mel, a down-to-earth woman with an unexpected gift, is my favorite character.   Those dreams of Paris might be fantasies, but a woman who adopts strays; teens, dogs and ghosts, belongs in a world of construction, home renovation, and mystery.  Fortunately for us, we get to know her in Juliet Blackwell's If Walls Could Talk.

Juliet Blackwell's website is

If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell.  Penguin Group (USA), ©2010. ISBN 9780451231819 (paperback), 336p.

FTC Full Disclosure:  The publisher sent me the book, in hopes I would review it.


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Mel sounds like a really engaging character! I like the fact that she's so down to earth, despite her special gift. :)

Lesa said...

Mel is terrific, Elizabeth. And, this isn't a gift she was actually aware of until now. Terrific character.

Pamela Keener said...

Thanks for the review of a new to me author. The premise sounds intriguing and offbeat just my cuppa tea.
Love & Hugs,

Lesa said...

Great, Pam! I hope you enjoy it. I love introducing new authors.

Juliet Blackwell said...

Thanks for this, Lesa! Your opinion means so much to me...maybe it's left over from childhood, but the idea that such a smart, sweet librarian likes my books makes me all warm and gooey inside!
I hope to see you this spring when Sophie and I are in town for the Tucson Festival of Books. Happy holidays!!!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Juliet! It must be a left over from childhood, since I don't know why my opinion should mean so much. But, I do like this book. And, I added to our collection, only to have one of the staff tell me your other books are circulating really well here! I knew you'd be pleased to hear that.

Kris said...

I'm so glad you liked this one! I was already excited to read this one, but knowing you liked it more than her others, makes me even more excited! I'm sure I'll get to it this month (or next at the latest).

Lesa said...

I like all of Juliet's books, Kris, but this one is the best so far. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!