If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell
Narrator: Xe Sands
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
Date Read: August 2013
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
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...
Publisher: Signet, Tantor
Series: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #1
Also by this author: Secondhand Spirits, A Cast-Off Coven, Keeper of the Castle, In a Witch's Wardrobe, Hexes and Hemlines br> br>
Also in this series: Keeper of the Castle
Read/Listened for Fun (Physical Copy, Kindle, and Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: I was actually redoing a room while listening and this just added to the fun factor! If Walls Could Talk made me not want to know if there were ghosts in my house.
Story Thoughts: Poor Melanie! All she wants to do is disappear to France and go native for a bit. Family responsibilities though prevent that and so she is now running the family’s remodeling historic houses business. She also can see ghosts. These two combine to make for quite a fun way of solving a murder, discovering clues, and looking like your crazy! Actually I felt a bit bad for her as those pesky spirits could just pop up when it is inconvenient. Overall, the case is pretty solid and there were a few twists/turns. Not being able to figure out who did it immediately was great! Though you will figure it out before Mel, you will still have fun watching her come to the realization of who was behind it!
Character Thoughts: I really liked Melanie. Her forthright behavior, backbone, and smarts made her a very strong woman. She was just quirky enough to identify with and knew when to stand her ground. She was also loyal to everyone: family, step-children (previous marriage), and friends. She is the kind of person I would want to have as a friend. Graham, I am not sold on yet but their eventual love match wasn’t played up to much in this book. So I can take time to get to know him just as Mel will again.
Narrated By Xe Sands / Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
Xe is one of those narrators that truly sounds different in every book they do. She tends to merge with the characters and bring out their quirks, behaviors, and insecurities. She is fantastic at pacing, nuances, and emotions. I loved her as Mel! She just got her really well. I can’t wait to get book 2!
Final Thoughts: Great beginning to a fun series. I just wish I had half the remodeling gumption as Mel!
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