IF WALLS COULD TALK
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.
Melanie Turner is a contractor and remodeler of classic homes in the San Francisco Bay area and is asked by her friend, Matt, to rehab the house he bought. Instead of waiting for the pros, Matt and his friends decide to start the project themselves. The demolition party turns deadly when his partner, Kenneth, dies in Mel’s arms the following day (in the den, with a nail gun). Soon Mel is caught up in a murder mystery complete with Kenneth’s ghost and a host of other characters, both dead and alive. (OBSIDIAN, Dec., 336 pp., $6.99)