In Keeper of the Castle, the fifth book in Juliet Blackwell’s HAUNTED HOME RENOVATION series, a famous inspirational speaker has hired Mel Turner to oversee the reconstruction of a medieval Scottish monastery on his property outside San Francisco.
There are a couple of problems with this. One is that there are protestors outside the gates. One vocal protestor, a guy who wears a kilt, objects to the “theft” of a Scottish national landmark. Another problem is that the monastery seems haunted by two ghosts. One is a sad hungry woman who wears a red dress. The other is a sword-wielding Highlander who attacks any man who comes close. These ghosts are spooking Mel’s construction workers. The last problem is that there’s been an accident at the construction site, and it looks like it might be a homicide. Once again, Mel must appease the ghosts and solve the murder mystery, all while getting the renovation done.
Keeper of the Castle follows the formula of the previous novels in this series. Readers know what to expect by now, and Blackwell obliges. Mel takes care of everything with her usual style and engages the help of her family, friends, and dog. Along the way readers will learn a few interesting things about San Francisco, green technology, and home renovation. I enjoy these parts of the story and I especially liked learning about ancient Scottish monasteries in this installment. I also found myself chuckling several times during this story, which is always a good thing.
Readers who are interested in the romance will see a bit of development in that area in Keeper of the Castle. Something scary happens which causes Mel to evaluate her love life. Blackwell is really dragging out the romantic tension, something that I usually like but that I find a little hard to believe in this case.
The Tantor audiobooks continue to be excellent, of course, because they’re narrated by Xe Sands. Keeper of the Castle is 8 hours long.