Welcome to Chapelwick, a leafy English town in the hills of Shropshire, where chocolate fudge cake comes served with a side of murder.
Scarborough House is haunted, and it’s not doing much for Donovan Scarborough’s investment portfolio. No one wants to buy a place with levitating crockery, or (the wrong kind of) rhythmic pounding throughout the night.
Luckily, Melody “I-See-Dead-People” Bittersweet has just launched her own ghostbusting agency with best friend Marina, geeky, keen Arthur, and a one-eared pug called Lestat. They’re quick to take the case, even if it has already sort of (definitely) been given to Leo Dark, Melody’s rakish, despicable ex.
Melody soon discovers the resident phantoms are three brothers, one who was murdered at twenty, while the others lived to old age. But did the family exile the right person, or did the true killer get away with it?
Donovan Scarborough doesn’t care who solves the case. Whoever gets rid of the ghosts gets paid.
Can Melody and her new crew untangle the mystery, and bring the brothers peace, before Leo? Or will his distracting sexiness and Melody’s bonkers family cause the agency to fall at its first hurdle?
This is the PERFECT choice for fans of HY Hanna, Janet Evanovich, MC Beaton, and Gina LaManna, who’ll find themselves completely hooked and crying with laughter as they join Melody and her crew on their spooktastic adventure.
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AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 5 First introduction to this author and I adore her voice and quirky sense of humor. Melody Bittersweet, like her mother and grandmother before her, can see and communicate with ghosts. Her twenty-seventh birthday is full of revelations, if not a new love, and she’s decided that her talents should be useful to someone, somewhere. Thus the start of her new life with the push from her BFF, an intern brought to her by a spirit who can’t move on until his son finds himself, and a pug named Lestat. First case – an encounter with her ex, Leo Dark, in Scarborough House with a television crew and the intention to exorcise the ghosts and bump his ratings. But, others want Melody to investigate the house to help the three brothers, one of whom was murdered a century ago, no culprit to be found. When you add in the sparks between she and Leo to be the first to actually move the spirits along heat up, there is even more fuel on the fires here as there is a reporter, Fletcher, determined to uncover them both (but mostly Melody) as a fraud. Worst part – he’s got Melody thinking more of her feelings for the two men, as she bonds with the murdered brother and the wrongly accused murderer, with insight that neither Leo nor Fletcher has. She’s able to stay a couple of paces ahead of those who would exorcise the restless spirits, or try to disprove her skills, she’s able to sort the mystery and find an affinity for Fletcher, even as things seem to be hopeless. Full of laughter, heart and a touch of sweetness as Melody actually listens to the stories shared from those beyond, perhaps a first for them all, the story flies by in a never-ending series of moments to love. Narration for this story is provided by Cat Gould who manages to bring Melody to life, with all of her insecurities, embarrassing moments with family (those are hysterical) and occasional moments of precise dissection of a moment, feeling or clue. The changes in tone and inflection carry nicely to highlight the moments, and while her depiction of male voices isn’t the best I’ve heard, the interactions are lovely and the emotional content, as well as distinction between them is clear. A lovely start to a new series – this put the fun back into cozies for me with the unique premise, humor and touch of romance. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
The Skeletons of Scarborough House a.k.a. Melody Bittersweet and the Girls' Ghostbusting Agency is the first book in this paranormal, cozy, humourous series. The Bittersweet family are renowned for being able to see ghosts. Twenty-seven year old Melody Bittersweet decides it is time to do something different and is opening her own Ghostbusting Agency. Her idea is to help ghosts who want to leave this plain. In her first case, she is hired to rid Scarborough House of its ghosts so the owner can sell it. With her best friend, Marina in tow, they are ready to go. When Melody is visited by a ghost named Art, he convinces her to hire his son, Little Art, to work with her. It turns out to be a good decision for her. Throughout the story, there are many laughs at Melody's expense as well as with the interactions of the ghosts with the humans. Marina and Artie are perfect sidekicks and foils for Melody and the ghosts. In this story, the spirits have been hanging around for over 100 years and their personalities are so different from one another. The humans they deal with, Fletcher Gunn and Leo Dark, are also an integral part of the story. Leo is an old boyfriend and Fletcher might become a future one, but there is definitely sexual tension there. The mystery is who killed one of the ghost twins over one hundred years ago. One of the brothers is blames and he claims he is innocent. As the story goes on, we find out more about the family and their past that is quite interesting. This is a great story to relax with. It is highly entertaining, funny and totally different from other cozies I have read. It has great characters, hints at potential romance, has a different mystery to be solved with plenty of humorous interactions, both human and spirits. This is the first in a new series that I will be reading again. I hope it continues.
Title: The Skeletons of Scarborough House - The Chapelwick Mysteries Book 1 Author: Kitty French Publisher: Bookouture Published: 7-14-2016 Pages: 290 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths, Supernatural, Ghost, Psychics ISBN: 9781786810380 ASIN: B01G60UYYE1 Reviewed For NetGalley and Bookouture Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Stars Melody Bittersweet inherited her ability to see and communicate with the dearly departed from her mother who received it through her mother. She has decided to use her talent commercially and has opened The Girl Ghostbusting Agency in Chapelwick. Her first assignment is Scarborough House, occupied by three brother's ghosts, one of which was the victim of murder by one of his elder brothers, which was never solved. Melody is determined to help the brothers move on, but she must contend with her ex, Leo, has chosen the house for his next episode for his television show. There is also a reporter who will stop at nothing to prove she and Leo both are frauds. Each man has designs on Melody. With scenes that evoke a wide range of emotions humor, sorrow, fear and more. The characters are multidimensional and fit together in the story. With a fast paced plot, Kitty French has brought readers a funny yet suspenseful story. I rated "The Skeletons of House" 4.5 out of 5 stars.