Praise for the Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries
Give Up the Ghost
"Excellent....Juliet Blackwell has one again created a haunting mystery filled with ghosts, murder, and a touch of romance. She always leaves me guessing and wondering who did it. I love that the murderer is never obvious and the story is always new while holding onto the cozy mystery format."
—Night Owl Suspense
"One of the most enjoyable aspects of this series is Juliet Blackwell's vivid depiction of the San Francisco and Oakland settings....[a] very suspenseful and compelling mystery."
—King's River Life
"Great stuff. The wrap-up had a surprise that I didn't see coming. A stellar addition...not to be missed."
—Mysteries and My Musings
Keeper of the Castle
"Juliet Blackwell never fails to give you a good haunted mystery. This one kept me guessing and wondering throughout the book. It’s just wonderful!"
—Night Owl Suspense
"Mel Turner is a unique heroine who can hold her own on a construction site with a gang of men, and faces ghosts with courage...yet another highly enjoyable adventure with Mel that gave us a Scottish fling without leaving California... Buy it now and put this author on your watch list!"
—Mysteries and My Musings
Home for the Haunting
"...fascinating and keeps readers thinking that there is more than meets the eye." 4 Stars
—RT Book Reviews
"Blackwell's latest is not only a complex and well-crafted mystery, but it's a wonderfully creepy and poignant ghost story, as well. The spirits who haunt this tale are unique, their origin story compelling, and Blackwell does a marvelous job of making her readers understand that before the spirits were specters they were victims, and therefore deserve the according respect." Top Pick!
—The Season for Romance (read the full review)
"Just when I think Juliet Blackwell can't get any better, she ratchets it up a notch. Home for the Haunting, her latest Haunted Home Renovation mystery is her best yet, an intense, riveting story about a tragedy."
—Lesa Holstine, Lesa's Book Critiques (read the full review)
Murder on the House
"...take a strong heroine who doesn't pretend to be fearless, and an offbeat cast of characters, add a pinch of humor, and toss in history of the San Francisco area. That's the recipe for an entertaining mystery."
—Lesa's Book Critiques
"Juliet Blackwell splendidly synthesizes sass, spooks, and supernatural in Murder on the House. In fact, Blackwell had me all hammered up and heading off to Home Depot to grab some tools."
"This book read like a charm. Juliet Blackwell has a knack for weaving supernatural and mysterious elements into a beautiful story that the reader just cannot put down."
—Girl Lost in a Book
"Murder on the House is a winning combination of cozy mystery, architectural history and DIY with a ghost story thrown in, and somehow manages not to feel overstuffed."
—The Mystery Reader
"In Blackwell's smooth, seductive second mystery featuring San Francisco historic house contractor Melanie Turner (after 2010's If Walls Could Talk), something otherworldly is interfering with Mel's work on Jim and Katenka Daley's 1890s Queen Anne Victorian. Mel must also contend with the elderly neighbor across the street, Emile Blunt, who's determined to buy the Daleys' house, even though it's not for sale. Mel's father, himself a former contractor, tries to smooth things over with the crotchety Emile, only to find him shot dead the next day. Desperate to save her character and her renovation from a murder, Mel may have to dig the truth up about yet another ghost before all is said and done. The return of divorced Mel's old crush, green building expert Graham Donovan, adds romantic interest. Cozy fans will want to see a lot more of the endearing Mel."
"Cleverly plotted with a terrific sense of the history of the greater Bay Area, Blackwell's series has plenty of ghosts and supernatural happenings to keep readers entertained and off balance."
"This is a great ghost book....a strong second entry that is developing the characters and laying a solid foundation for a strong series. If you enjoy some spooky with your cozy this will delight you and have you anxious for more."
Mysteries and My Musings
"Juliet Blackwell's writing is like that of a master painter, placing a perfect splash of detail, drama, color, and whimsy in all the right places!"
New York Times bestselling author, Victoria Laurie (author of the Psychic Eye and Ghosthunter Mysteries)
If Walls Could Talk
"This book is filled with quick wit and chuckles throughout and one of the best cozy reads out there. If having ghosts in my house meant this many zany characters were involved, I'd say, 'Bring'em on!'"
"A riveting tale with a twisting plot, likeable characters, and an ending that will make you shudder with how easily something small can get totally out of hand. Juliet Blackwell's writing is able to mix paranormal experiences with everyday life that leave you wondering what you just saw out of the corner of your eye... a good solid read."
The Romance Readers Connection
"Ms. Blackwell's offbeat, humorous book is a fun, light read... Mel makes a likeable heroine... Overall, a terrific blend of suspense and laughter with a dash of the paranormal thrown in make this a great read."
"Kudos and high-fives to Ms. Blackwell for creating a new set of characters for readers to hang around with as well as a new twist on the ghostly paranormal mystery niche. I can't wait to see what otherworldly stories Juliet has in mind for us next!"
Once Upon A Romance Reviews
"A wonderful new series in the Haunted Homes Renovation Mystery books. This was a quick read mainly because I just had to keep going to find out what was going to happen next. There's enough excitement to keep you reading until late in the night."
"For the start of this new series, think 'DIY' meets 'The Ghost Whisperer.' Throw in a bit of 'Murder She Wrote' and you begin to get the idea. This story is told in the first person and in an easygoing manner that makes for quick reading. This is the first entry in the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series and it promises to be a load of fun. Mel has a colorful family and eclectic group of friends who promise to be highly entertaining."
4 Stars, Romantic Times