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A Ghostly Light

A Ghostly Light

Написано Juliet Blackwell

Озвучено Xe Sands


A Ghostly Light

Написано Juliet Blackwell

Озвучено Xe Sands

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4.5/5 (9 оценки)
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8 hours
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Издано:
Jun 27, 2017
ISBN:
9781515975038
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Dangerous tides ahead . . .

When her friend Alicia hires Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the San Francisco Bay, Mel Turner can't wait to get her hands dirty. Alicia plans to transform the island property into a welcoming inn, and while Mel has never attempted a project so ambitious—or so tall—before, she's definitely up for the challenge.

But trouble soon arises when Alicia's abusive ex-husband shows up to threaten both her and Mel, and later turns up dead at the base of the lighthouse stairs. With no other suspects in sight, things start looking choppy for Alicia. Now, if Mel wants to clear her friend's name, she'll need the help of the lighthouse's resident ghosts to shine a light on the real culprit . . .

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  • (5/5)
    A Ghostly Light: Haunted Home Renovation
    Author: Juliet Blackwell
    Publisher: Berkley

    Mel loves renovating old properties in the San Francisco area, so when her friend Alicia hires her company, Turner Construction to renovate a historic lighthouse in the Bay, she can’t wait to get started. Alicia wants to transform the island property into a paying Inn, saving the history of the lighthouse and its former residents. No one thought that murder would get in the way.

    Alicia’s abusive ex-husband, Thorn shows up and is promptly killed, leaving Alicia as the only suspect. Of course, there are a few other problems with the renovation of the lighthouse beside the police investigation into Thorn’s death. First, the project is a colossal undertaking that will take time and lots of money. Second, Mel has recently become terrified of heights and is doing her best to hide the fact from her clients and crew which makes her job almost impossible and her life a nightmare. Last but most definitely not the least, some of the former residents are still living on the island and in the lighthouse, which wouldn’t be an issue if they were alive.

    Mel has little choice if she wants to finish this project, she has to find out who killed Alicia’s ex, and help the ghost in the attic find peace. If she fails the project will be ruined, and her friend will end up in prison for a murder she didn’t commit.

    --
    Mel Turner is a memorable character filled with ambition and determination but has a softer side as well, one where she is fearful of failing in her relationship with boyfriend Landon and losing the love of her step-son Caleb. Her friends are colorful and loyal as well as entertaining all on their own, especially her ghost hunter mentor, Olivier.

    The characters are highly relatable; the reader can easily see their family and friends within the pages of this book. Juliet Blackwell is a talented story teller who again shows that she can create interesting and well-rounded characters as well as exciting plot lines. The location of San Francisco Bay is wonderfully detailed in a way that makes it easy to see and feel the city and the lighthouse even if the reader has never been to the city. The small island where the lighthouse is located will come to life as the reader imagines the keepers and their families living and working on the lonely island in a time long past.

    This book is a delightful fast read with several twists and turns that will keep the reader not only turning the page but surprised by the outcome. The reveal of the killer is very emotional and may even bring a tear to the eye of many readers. Happily, this book is recommended to anyone who enjoys a good mystery that is plot driven with characters that are charming and memorable.

    I received an ARC of this book.

  • (4/5)
    A Ghostly Light, Juliet Blackwell&#9733 &#9733 &#9733 &#9733First, I must say, Juliet Blackwell is one of the few authors of Paranormal Mysteries that I have not wearied of... Her main characters do not bore me, nor are they "innocently" stupid, inane, or trite; so they do they make me angry and I continue to read her books!Mel Turner is in the business of Historical Home Renovations, she is hired by a client to work an additional job renovating a historical lighthouse...When the client's abusive ex-husband shows up fresh out of a local rehab trouble begins. Soon after being escorted off the island, the man returns and tumbles dead down the lighthouse stairs having being beaten & stabbed.Mel connects w/ his ghost and at the same time with the ghost of the lighthouse keeper's wife & the apparition of her missing child.Mel helps the lighthouse keeper's wife's ghost with the mystery of her missing child and deals with treasure hunters who are illegally searching the property.In addition Mel visits another old house and although she had never been inside, as she walks through has visions of the house as it once was... The house turns out to be a connection to Mel's deceased mother with whom Mel has a deep psychic bond.I liked the story, the part about the lighthouse keeper's wife was very interesting and the book itself was entertaining. I just wasn't happy with the romantic and overly pat manner in which the above mentioned house was handled.
  • (4/5)
    This is another solid entry in one of my favorite cozy series, made even more special because I love lighthouses and the accompanying keeper's houses. Blackwell always handles the supernatural elements in this series well. She doesn't overdo it. The ghosts Mel sees aren't just there to provide chills and thrills; they honestly have something to do with the mystery, and that's something that I appreciate.Mel is a character whom I enjoy coming back to again and again. Smart, funny, capable, she's just as good at solving mysteries as she is at renovating old buildings. (That "renovating old buildings" is another reason why I enjoy this series.) Mel not only heals old buildings, she heals people as well, this time a domestic abuse victim, Alicia.If you enjoy light mysteries with characters who make you smile, if the occasional appearance of a ghost doesn't bother you, and if you consider learning some of the history of the San Francisco area, I highly recommend Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Home Renovation series. It's good.
  • (4/5)
    Not sure what it was, but something was missing from this one. I still enjoyed it, still found it a fun read, but, I don't know, it just wasn't as good as so many others in the series. I'd sort of forgotten about the romantic shakeup that happened in the last book, so I had some catching up to do, but overall, I think the change is for the better; it added a tiny bit of zest to the character development, and it needed it. This book brings back a couple of characters from Keeper of the Castle (coincidentally the book in the series I found to be the weakest), but this time Mel's working on restoring a lighthouse off the coast of San Francisco, and before she can even get started she finds the client's ex-husband dead at the bottom of the lighthouse stairs, and a ghost whose hobbies include pushing men down stairs. A big theme in this book is Mel's acquired acrophobia and how she's struggling to deal with it. This didn't interest me all that much, to be honest, and maybe it was a contributing factor to my slight ennui about the book overall. There were too many scattered themes that just didn't weave together very tightly. The book, taken as a whole, felt unfocused. But the mystery was pretty good; I enjoyed the story about the light keepers and the tie-in to Treasure Island was the highlight of the whole thing. The murder mystery was...not bad, but given the lack of focus, I'm not sure I can recall any actual investigating that Mel did, so that the big reveal at the end depended on last second deductions and the cooperation of the killer. It worked, but it failed to have much of an impact. I'm far from being soured on the series, but this isn't the strongest of the lot.
  • (4/5)
    A Ghostly Light by Juliet Blackwell is the seventh book in A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. Mel Turner, general contractor and head of Turner Construction, is starting a new project. Mel is working with Alicia Withers to turn the beautiful old Victorian Bay Light lighthouse and the keeper’s lodge into an inn (with restaurant) on Lighthouse Island. Alicia deserves happiness after escaping from abusive ex-husband, Thorn Webster. Mel and Alicia are touring the keeper’s house when Alicia goes still and pale. Thorn Webster steps inside the cottage and wants to speak with Alicia. Buzz, the security guard, escorts Thorn back to the dock, but Mel knows they have not seen the last of him. A little while later, the pair are at the lighthouse with Alicia at the top (Mel is having issues with heights since her last recent brush with death). Mel hears Alicia scream and then Thorn tumbles down the stairs. Alicia arrives on the scene with blood on her hands. Unfortunately, Alicia becomes the prime suspect in Thorn’s death (she had a good motive). Mel knows she did not kill Thorn and sets out to find the real culprit. Matters are further complicated by a couple of ghosts. Thorn is now haunting the island (and being a literal thorn in Mel’s side) and a female ghost in the lighthouse who has issues with men. Can Mel help find closure for the ghosts and capture Thorn’s killer? It looks like rough seas ahead for Mel in A Ghostly Light.A Ghostly Light is an entertaining paranormal cozy mystery. The book contains good characters and the beautiful setting of San Francisco. Mel is a nice, strong female character with foibles that make her feel real. Mel is having issues with heights since her brush with death on a roof in the last novel. She is trying to overcome this weakness, but it is slow going (especially since she refuses most suggestions). I did feel that it was a little overplayed in the story. It was mentioned a few too many times. I enjoyed the humor provided by Mel’s family. It lightens up the story. Mel has such a great, diverse family (very lifelike). I am rating A Ghostly Light 4 out of 5 stars. The writing is good (as always), but the pace was a little slow. There is quite a bit of information (historical facts, character backgrounds) injected into the story that slowed down the flow. Included in A Ghostly Light is the murder, ghosts, treasure map, protestors, Mel’s issue with heights, Landon not being liked by all family members, various construction projects, and Mel needing a dress for the ballet. There is some repetition of information (needed to be eliminated). The identity of Thorn’s killer was a cinch to figure out. I could discern it before Mel left Lighthouse Island after the murder. The mystery of female ghost was appealing, and I was curious to see how it would unfold. I especially liked the treasure (something I would cherish). A Ghostly Light is the seventh book in the series, but you can read it alone. Readers are given all the necessary details needed to enjoy A Ghostly Light (though I have enjoyed reading all the books in A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series). I look forward to the next book in this engaging series.
  • (4/5)
    This is the seventh book in the Haunted Home Renovation series, starring Mel Turner, renovator extraordinaire. Her unique specialties are restoring historic places around the San Francisco area, communicating with ghosts, and solving murder mysteries that frequently pop up on her construction sites.I greatly enjoyed Mel’s latest project, the restoration of a lighthouse and its keeper’s house in San Francisco Bay. The rich history and romance of lighthouses are fascinating, though tragedy and grief are parts of their past too, as Mel quickly discovers.There are really two mysteries in this book to solve. The first involves the death of Mel’s friend Alicia’s ex-husband, an abusive jerk who shows up on the island unexpectedly and takes a fatal tumble down the lighthouse stairs. The second (and my favorite mystery) is about the mournful ghost who haunts the tower. Hers is a heart-wrenching story, and I easily got into the research Mel had to do to get all the pieces to fit.A GHOSTLY LIGHT is an enjoyable cozy with likable characters, and the paranormal element makes it even more intriguing. I’ve read one previous book in this series, so I knew some of the backstory, but I think you’d be fine jumping in here.Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.