Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell
Narrator: Xe Sands
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
Date Read: February 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
In the latest Haunted Home Renovation mystery from New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell, San Francisco contractor—and reluctant ghostbuster—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…
Publisher: NAL, Tantor
Series: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #5
Also by this author: If Walls Could Talk, Secondhand Spirits, A Cast-Off Coven, In a Witch's Wardrobe, Hexes and Hemlines br> br>
Also in this series: If Walls Could Talk
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
Listened for Review (Tantor)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell was not my favorite in the series but still full of the characters and solid writing that I love!
Overall Thoughts: Juliet Blackwell writes my favorite cozy mystery characters! She really does have a great way of bordering that amateur sleuth without knocking down the police in the process. Both of her series are excellent. I was a little disappointed that the ghosts weren’t a bigger part of the mystery in Keeper of the Castle but otherwise the case was solid. So overall this was a great listen and as always you will learn a bit of history surrounding her current renovation (always a nice bonus)!
Narrated By Xe Sands / Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
Xe is excellent at this series. Seriously she nails it and in this one she displayed some great new accents for new characters. It was a fantastic listen!
Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews
NOTE: Love that the book she is reading during the story is Keeper of the Castle—clever Juliet, Clever!
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