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Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries

"Juliet Blackwell splendidly synthesizes sass, spooks, and supernatural."
   —Blogcritics

Melanie Turner, a failed anthropologist, takes over her father's company, Turner Construction, which specializes in renovating historic homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. But when Mel starts seeing—and communicating with—ghosts on her job sites, she realizes she just might be able to unlock the secrets of the past, as well as help solve a few modern-day murders.

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A Ghostly Light

A Ghostly Light
Book 7

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It will take a beacon of ghostly intervention to guide contractor Mel Turner to the truth...

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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Berkley, Mass Market Paperback (July 2017), ISBN: 9781101989357


Give Up the Ghost

Give Up the Ghost
Book 6

San Francisco contractor and ghost whisperer Mel Turner must solve a murder mystery at a haunted mansion in the Pacific Heights...

San Francisco millionaire Andrew Flynt wants to sell his Victorian mansion, but ghostly music, the squeaking of a long-disappeared weathervane, and an angry ghost keep running off potential buyers. After a famous psychic is called in, she informs the Flynts that their multi-million-dollar renovations to "update" the home have left its resident ghost extremely agitated. So contractor Mel Turner is engaged to track down and replace some of the original features of the house.

But when the beautiful psychic is found stabbed, it appears someone had a very human motive for murder. Now Mel must use her ghost whispering gift to uncover the secrets of the haunted house on the hill, and her sleuthing skills to catch a killer.

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NAL, Mass Market Paperback (December 2015), ISBN: 9780451465818


Keeper of the Castle

Keeper of the Castle
Book 5

Mel Turner gets hired for a job that's to die for.

Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel's boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland.

With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity. And while the ghost of a charming Scottish clansman does seem to be hanging around the site, the real shock comes when they stumble upon a body.

When the original construction crew starts running scared, Mel brings in her team to finish the job. Now all she has to do is nail down the killer, and put the spirits to rest, before anyone else winds up heading for the highlands...

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Penguin Group, Mass Market Paperback (December 2014), ISBN: 9780451465801


Home for the Haunting

Home for the Haunting
Book 4

No good deed goes unpunished.

San Francisco contractor Mel Turner has agreed to lead a volunteer home renovation project. And while she expects lots of questions from her inexperienced crew, she can't help asking a few of her own—especially about the haunted house next door...the place local kids call the Murder House.

But when a few volunteers discover a body while cleaning out a shed, questions pile up faster than discarded lumber. Mel notices a few signs of ghostly activity next door and she wonders—are the Murder House ghosts reaching out to her for help? It's up to Mel to investigate murders both past and present before a spooky killer finishes another job.

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Penguin Group, Mass Market Paperback (December 2013), ISBN-13: 9780451240705


Murder on the House

Murder on the House
Book 3

Bed and Breakfast...with a side of ghosts.

Since word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, it's been difficult to maintain a low profile. She embraces her new reputation, however, for the chance to restore an historic house in San Francisco's Castro District. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted B&B, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls to enhance the paranormal charm.

The catch: Mel has to spend one night in the house to win the project. But during the spine-chilling sleepover, the estate gains another spectral inhabitant—when someone doesn't survive the night. And as Mel tries to coax the resident spirits into revealing the identity of the killer, she risks becoming the next casualty of this dangerous renovation.

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Penguin Group, Mass Market Paperback (December 2012), ISBN-13: 9780451238849


Dead Bolt

Dead Bolt
Book 2

General Contractor Melanie Turner's latest restoration is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood. Trouble is, she'll have to work around the owners, the Daley family, who refuse to leave during the construction. But when eerie things start happening around the site, the Daleys threaten to call off the renovation for fear the work is disrupting ghosts who live on the property.

But the ghosts aren't the only ones getting in the way of the renovation. The Daley's neighbors aren't exactly thrilled by the muss and fuss of the construction project. When Mel's father finds a dead body, Mel must tack on one more task to her growing to-do list. She has to finish the job, bring the house back from the brink, and complete her greatest renovation project yet: restoring her reputation...

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Penguin Group, Mass Market Paperback (December 2011), ISBN-13: 9780451235305


If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk
Book 1

National Bestseller

Since she took over her father's construction business, Mel Turner's 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 renovation 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 tracking down the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man.

Mel's only clue is an odd box she discovers inside a wall at the job site. If she can make sense of its mysterious contents, she might be able to nail a killer—before she herself becomes the next construction casualty...

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Penguin Group, Mass Market Paperback (December 2010), ISBN-13: 9780451231819