Monday, July 27, 2020

The Last Curtain Call - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  The Last Curtain Call (A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #8) by Juliet Blackwell

Rating: Really Liked It!

Source: Publisher

Description:  Mel Turner can’t resist the chance to bring the Crockett Theatre, a decrepit San Francisco Art Deco movie palace, back to life. But there’s a catch for Turner Construction: Several artists are currently squatting in the building, and they aren’t the only ones haunting the once-grand halls of the historic theater...

When one of the squatters is found dead, the police department has a long list of suspects to investigate. Meanwhile, Mel and her fiancé, Landon, are remodeling an old house for themselves, and Mel finds being on the other side of a home renovation project more challenging than she expected.

When Mel discovers that the former owner of the Crockett Theatre died under mysterious circumstances, and that there just might be a connection to the ghost haunting her own attic, the case takes a new turn—one that could bring down the curtain for the last time.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy, Paranormal

Why I Picked This Book:  I read some earlier books in the series and enjoyed them plus I do love the idea of a haunted theater.  

My Impression:  I do love a good ghost story and one involving a hidden closest and an old theater is way to much pass up!  This was a lot of fun and I loved the old Hollywood connections and just the allure of an grand old theater being restored to her heyday.  In addition to the main mystery there are all kinds of little threads that I found really interesting.  

The characters were entertaining, the mystery elements were intriguing, and the ghostly atmosphere kept me reading without ever getting to spooky.  I was in the mood for a ghost story and this delivered with a touch of Old Hollywood glam on top as well as a dollop of family secrets.  A fun read and a nice dose of escapism.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Definitely!  I really need to read the earlier books I've missed and will definitely be looking for the next book.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you love a paranormal cozy and home renovation cozies you absolutely must pick up this book!

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I really need to try this author!

  2. I do love the sound of this one, and the San Francisco setting grabs me. Thanks for sharing.

  3. The last paranormal book I read was The Day Henry Died. The setting in this one is great, I too like a ghost story on occassion!