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Review: Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell

By Girllostinabook
Review:  Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell Description (from cover):
'A job to die for.
San Francisco contractor--and reluctant ghost buster--Mel Turner has been worried about finding enough historic-renovation work. 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...'
My thoughts:
I have previously lauded this book series on my blog and have come to really enjoy reading the newest installments. When the library finally got this book, I jumped at the chance to read it. I love paranormal mysteries that feature ghosts and while construction and home repair is not really my forte, I enjoy this series for what it offers. I really have come to enjoy Mel's character. I love her grittiness and her willingness to jump in and get what needs to be done completed. She's not the typical female mystery character, but I sort of like that about her. This author offers this reader of cozy mysteries something fresh and different and I really have come to enjoy this series because of that.
In this book, Mel finds herself embroiled in yet another murder mystery surrounding one of her building sites. Of course, there are ghosts who make their presence known and Mel has to use her paranormal abilities to discover just what is going on. In this one, we see a lot of character growth in Mel and on the relationship front. I can't wait to see what happens next in this series and waiting for the next book to be released just seems like torture. 
I will say that this book doesn't have a lot of the ghostly interaction that I have come to expect with this series. That in itself was a little disappointing. I was hoping to see a little more paranormal in this one than what was offered. The mystery was complex and not all that easy for me to figure out, so that of course is a plus. I am hoping the next mystery in this series will have a lot of displaced ghosts that Mel has to try to help. Nevertheless, a good mystery that kept me entertained from beginning to end. 
Overall Rating: 3.5
Title:  Keeper of the Castle
Author:  Juliet Blackwell
Series:  Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #5
Publisher:  Signet
Publication Date:  December 2, 2014
Pages:  336
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble
Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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