A Haunting is Brewing by Juliet Blackwell
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: Mel Turner can't say no which is why she finds herself renovating a local Victorian mansion turned museum for free to get it ready for a fundraiser. When one of the volunteers is found dead in the mansion one morning and the eerie life size dolls just won't stay still Mel calls in witch and vintage clothing store owner, Lily Ivory. With Lily's spells and Mel's ability to talk to ghosts they'll have this museum up and running by Halloween and hopefully put some family secrets to rest.
Why I Picked This Book: I really enjoyed the Mel Turner book I've read and really wanted to try Blackwell's other series. What better way than in a novella that contains both characters?
Pros: This was a really fun paranormal mystery. Mel and Lily are both really likable and work well together. I liked that Mel wasn't sure of the whole witch thing but Lily was okay with it. The Spooner House is delightfully creepy with life size dolls made to look like the family who lived there and don't always stay where they're put. The detective is one who has worked with Mel before and is the right mix of skeptical but willing to go along with it. I read this in one sitting and loved every minute of it.
Cons: The same con that could be made for any novella. With the low page numbers it's hard to get much character development. While Mel and Lily could hold their own the college students got a little lost. I had a hard time remembering the names of the ones who weren't important to the plot. Though to be honest I don't really consider this a con - especially with a novella!
Overall: With a creepy setting and likable characters this is a seriously fun paranormal cozy read!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I already knew I enjoyed the Mel Turner series and now I'm looking forward to reading more about Lily Ivory.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Absolutely!