The Haunted Life of Mystery Writer Juliet Blackwell

In truth, Oakland author Juliet Blackwell shares a lot of traits with Melanie Turner, the contractor she created who stars in her nationally bestselling Haunted Home Renovation series. Both have anthropology degrees, both work on the restoration of historic homes and both encounter ghosts on a regular basis. But there are key differences: While the fictional Turner character communes with spirits only on jobsites, the flesh-and-blood Blackwell claims to live with ghosts in her own home. As she prepares to release her latest mystery, Home for the Haunting, the author opens the doors to her private residence and clues us in to life (and death) inside the California Craftsman.

Mary Jo Bowling

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