2017 · Book review

Mystery at Maplemead Castle (The Chapelwick Mysteries #2) by Kitty French

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Book Description

Maplemead Castle is crawling with ghosts, and the new owners need them gone. When Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency arrive on scene, they quickly identify the troublemakers swinging from the chandeliers… literally.

A century ago, stunning trapeze artist Britannia Lovell plunged to her death, and has done every night since. But did she really just fall, or was there something more to her demise?

Forced to work with Leo Dark, her scoundrel ex, and infuriating, irresistible reporter Fletcher Gunn, Melody’s investigative powers are under strain (i.e. lost in a pink mist of lust and confusion). She needs her team on top form, but best friend Marina’s cake pipeline goes AWOL, assistant Artie’s distracted by a giant sausage roll, and the pug is scared witless by a lion.

Somewhere, hidden in the castle, is a heart-breaking secret, but what will it take to find it? And is there a chance it could set Britannia free, or is she doomed to repeat her last fateful act forever?

Published by Bookouture and available at amazon.co.uk

My Thoughts

Having previously read The Skeletons of Scarborough House (book one in the series and previously called Melody Bittersweet & the Girls Ghost Busting Agency) I was super excited to read book two. I really enjoyed the first book and couldn’t wait to see what mysteries Melody and her team would have to solve next and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

In this book we join Melody, Marina and Artie who are called in to help an American couple, Lois and Barty who have bought a castle that’s over run with ghosts, but not only are there ghosts to contend with, Melody ends up having to work with her ex Leo Dark and handsome reporter Fletcher Gunn who does not believe in anything superstitious. To say things could get complicated is a bit of an understatement.

I absolutely adore Melody, she is a fantastic character and so much fun. She loves anything sweet and adores Marina’s Nonna’s baking, she has a secret obsession with super heroes and is also a bit smitten with Fletcher Gunn. Melody is so funny and I found myself laughing out loud so many times with this book. Her thoughts and some of the things she comes out with honestly cracked me up. Marina and Artie are fab too, Marina’s quite sassy, she likes high heals and is quite forward speaking. Artie on the other hand is quite shy and self conscious but in this book he’s starting to come out his shell a bit which is lovely to read.

Mystery at Maplemead Castle is such a fun book I devoured it. It really does make you laugh and I’d say this one is maybe a little bit sexier than the first with the attraction between Melody and Fletch which I really enjoyed. Obviously there’s a mystery to solve and I loved trying to figure out how or what the out come would be and although this is such a fun book there is element of sadness which brought a little lump to my throat. But really this and The Skeletons of Scarborough House are real feel good books, I found myself still giggling sometime after finishing and I really can’t wait to read book three.

*My thanks go to Bookouture and NetGalley *

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