If Walls Could Talk

, by Kt Clapsadl

If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell 
Haunted Home Renovation #1

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...

Melanie is such a fun character. She's sassy and determined to not conform to man's expectations ever again. She spent many years chained to a man who expected her to always be the perfect society wife. So now that she's on her own and head of construction company, she's done with all that. But what  made her really great was that while she has practically sworn off men, she isn't a bitter harpy like many women become after a nasty divorce. She just isn't interested in dating. I loved how she dressed completely inappropriately for the jobs. It was even to the point where her workers would panic if she dressed normal, they had gotten so used to the outrageous outfits.  When you add that into her strong curiosity, she made for a very fun narrator.

If Walls Could Talk really wouldn't fit into my genre of choice, but for a mystery it was pretty decent. I had been originally interesting in this book due to the paranormal elements in the description, but unfortunately that was only a small part of the book, making it a little hard to get into things. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it a little more if the ghost aspect had been more integral to things rather than seeming like an almost after thought. The real risks and dangers came from live people, disappointing me greatly. To be honest, I am not really sure if I will continue on with this series. I did enjoy the book, and it earned a solid three rating, but to be honest I have so many other books that will fit better into my tastes that need to be read. I'm just not sure I want to devote the time to something I will only moderately enjoy. I will however, put it on a list for the future if my tastes change. 


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