Dead Bolt is the second book in the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell from Obsidian Mystery.
There’s no room at the inn when it’s full of ghosts.
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 construction.
But when eerie things start happening around the site, the Daleys threaten to call off the renovation for fear that 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 Daleys’ neighbors aren’t thrilled by the muss and fuss of the construction project. When Mel’s father finds a dead body near the job site, Mel must add 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...
Melanie Turner loves old houses, the history, the architecture - the skill that went into building the home.
Restoring a historic home is a challenge Mel relishes.
Her latest project is a Queen Anne Victorian that has Mel and her crew using all of their considerable talents to carefully restore it to its former glory.
But something - or someone - is not happy with the restoration. Unexplained accidents are happening and the owner of the home is sure they are the work of a restless spirit.
Mel is not one to dismiss the restless spirit theory - having had contact with one before - but maybe these accidents can be attributed to simple human error.
That is until a dead body turns up - and it was no accident.
Dead Bolt is the first book I have read by Juliet Blackwell and I enjoyed it.
I give Dead Bolt 3 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Signet (December 6, 2011)