I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Skeletons of Scarborough House by Kitty French
Series: The Chapelwick Mysteries # 1
Published by Bookouture Pages: 258
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Also by this author: Mystery at Maplemead Castle
Life’s tough for Melody Bittersweet.
She’s single, addicted to sugar and super heroes, her family are officially bonkers, and she sees dead people. Is it any wonder no-one’s swiping right on Tinder? Waking up lonely on her twenty seventh birthday, Melody finally snaps. She can’t carry on basing all of her life decisions on the advice of her magic 8 ball; things have got to change.
Fast forward two months, and she’s now the proud proprietor of her very own ghostbusting agency - kind of like in the movies but without the dodgy white jumpsuits. She’s also flirting with her ex Leo Dark, fraternising with her enemy in alleyways, and she’s somehow ended up with a pug called Lestat.
Life just went from dull to dynamite and it’s showing no sign of slowing up anytime soon. Melody’s been hired to clear Scarborough House of its incumbent ghosts, there’s the small matter of a murder to solve, and then there’s the two very handsome, totally inappropriate men hoping to distract her from the job…
Welcome to Chapelwick, home of the brand new and hilarious Girls Ghostbusting Agency series, where things really do go bump in the night.
‘So, what do you do with your spare time, Melody?’
Here is what I thought
I got the recommendation for this one from Karen of The Well-Read Pirate Queen. She is in the Cloak and Dagger facebook group made for the challenge. Very fun place to be and it sure is adding to my TBR pile…lol.
I am so glad I decided to grab this on Netgalley when she told me about it. It was such a fun, hilarious read.
Melody Bittersweet and her family are a bit on the different side as they can see ghost. Melody knows she won’t ever be normal so at the age of twenty-seven she decides it’s time to branch off from her mother and grandmother and have her own ghostly business. She decides she wants to help get rid of ghosts, kind of like a ghostbuster but no strange vacuum thing. She will just talk to the ghost and see what is keeping them in the home, etc and see if she can help them move on.
Her rival is her ex-boyfriend Leo Dark who left her when he got his own television show, when she sees his show and it’s feature of the Scarborough House and it’s ghost, she decides that will be their first case. Donovan who wants to sell the house doesn’t care who gets rid of the ghost so he pits Leo against Melody and her crew of two.
The ghost in the house are three brothers, one is only 21 while the other two are old ghost. They all have their reason for not leaving. Douglas wants to know which brother really killed him, Isaac won’t leave till he is found innocent and Leo his a bitter, bitter ghost with lots of problems. Melody is determined to help them and goes on trying to solve a century-old murder case.
As Melody and her crew consisting of her friend and a young boy she hires because a ghost ask her too are in for a fun adventure. Melody is so much fun, she is really snarky but determined to make a go at her new business. She has two hot guys to try and figure out, her ex Leo and a reporter Fletch who can’t stand her one moment and wants to kiss her the next. If I had to choose right now I think I like Fletch the best.
Her friend is hilarious and a bit odd but she needs to be to hang out with a woman who sees ghost. Artie is kind of shy at first but the more he hangs out with the two ladies they more they bring him out of his shell and he can be really funny. About halfway through the book a cool pug named Lestat comes into the picture and he brings a lot of laughs too.
I really loved this one and can’t wait to read the next one!This is such a fun read! Can't wait for the next one! @Bookouture @KFrenchBooks #funread #review Click To Tweet
Sidenote: This fits into the cozy mystery category but it’s not a traditional cozy. It’s very British and has a lot of foul language and some sexy situations. Because I know there are some who are purist when it comes to cozies I just want to let you know so you can decide if you should buy or not. It’s a great read but I don’t want anyone buying it and rating it bad cause of language. So you have been warned! 🙂
This author also writes as Kat French.
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British books, cozy mysteries, humorous reads, and ghost!