Wednesday, November 19, 2014

{Book Review} A Haunting Is Brewing (A Witchcraft Mystery #6.5) by Juliet Blackwell

A Haunting Is Brewing (A Witchcraft Mystery #6.5)
by Juliet Blackwell
Publisher: InterMix
Released: October 21st 2014
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Cozy-Mystery, Mystery, Paranormal
How I got it: NetGalley

In this all-new novella, New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell’s popular characters from her Witchcraft Mysteries and Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries find themselves joining forces to solve a supernatural dilemma…

When Mel Turner is hired to rehab an old Victorian mansion to act as the eerie setting for a Halloween bash, she’s expecting the normal challenges—old wiring, bad plumbing, maybe a ghostly specter or two. But when a young man is killed after spending the night in the house, and the mannequins in the attic start to come to life, it’s clear that this is serious paranormal activity. Maybe this time, a real witch is needed.

Recommended by a mutual friend, vintage clothes expert Lily Ivory arrives to offer her help with the mannequins. Armed with Lily’s spells and Mel’s know-how, the two women must figure out the cause of all of the ghostly commotion—before Mel’s renovation project turns into even more of a deadly haunt…

Includes a preview of the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, Keeper of the Castle.

Review: I have never read any of Ms Blackwell's work until this novella. I didn't even know this was a combination of her two series until checking GoodReads. It works excellently as a stand-alone.
Mel is asked to do some charity work fixing up a old Victorian house turned museum for their Halloween Bash.  While working on the house one of the volunteers ends up dead, and his ghost is trapped in the house. It's up to Mel to save him, but with the weird goings on at the house she might need a little help. Enter Lily a witch who seems to know what's what and even has a Voodoo guy she can call on. With Lily's help Mel just might be able to figure out who killed the poor kid.
Mel is a great character, head strong and determined. I guess she'd have to be to work in a male orientated business like construction. I felt you got a really good feel for her character and how she projects herself. Lily is a bit more feminine, and is more like a grandmotherly figure.
I got caught up in the plot right away and loved all the twists that were thrown our way. I was surprised by the out come of the book, which is nice since I usually figure everything out no problem. I really enjoyed this book and will be on the look out for more of Ms Blackwell's work.

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