Book Review: Mystery at Maplemead Castle (Chapelwick Mysteries #2), by Kitty French

Publisher:  Bookouture

Publication date:  17th March 2017

The Mystery at Maplemead Castle is a place where ghouls rule and rival ghost whisperers duel. It’s bursting with personality, non-stop hilarity, and the eccentricities are just tripping off the page!

Chapelwick is the home of the Bittersweets, no nonsense ladies with an intuition for all things other-worldly.  There’s the champagne flute wielding grandmother, a pancake flipping mother, a converse wearing daughter and her dog she lovingly named after a fictional vampire (I’m 100% convinced that pooch could have his own series!)

Melody might be the youngest of the clan but she has fiercely inherited her ‘gift’ from a long line of independent Bittersweet women. She embraces a contented sense of fashion offset by a lack of passion sense, at least where recurring mania for the journo-inferno that ‘lights her fire’ is concerned. Yes, self-control reaches breaking point as the Melody/Fletcher connection becomes feverishly intense and risqué humour positively thrives with their dialogue exchanges.

When she isn’t failing spectacularly at applying ‘Fletcher Gunn avoidance tactics’, Melody can be found sniffing out baked goodies faster than her one-eared, keg-bellied pug, Lestat, or chasing the next peculiar presence with her ghostbusting fellowship, who are every bit as quirky as she is.

They’re a cracking bunch of individuals, with the stress on individual! A strong cast is needed to cope with the unwanted, wisecracking visitors residing Maplemead Castle, and I’m not talking about the American couple who bought the property over the internet!

What I love about the Chapelwick Mysteries is in addition to the funnies is a compassion shown for the tormented souls who linger to replay the most traumatic moment of their life. The ‘troupe’ of lodgers this time provides an assembly of raw emotions. Despite their poltergeist activities and sardonic retorts when acquainting themselves with the new people that come and go, they are driven by their own tragedy, eternally trapped by the final moment of the end of their lives.

Melody, for all her unintentional inappropriate timing and clumsy approach to life (and death!) situations, is compelled to delve into the source of conflict which is something other people often miss; people like her adversary and ex, Leo Dark, and his snarky devotees who Melody refers to as his ‘fem-bots’. The tottering clones make some fleeting but smashing appearances, and we are treated to a new performance from Leo altogether: is there a lighter side to Mr Dark?

Miss Bittersweet may be a tad unsubtle at times, sugar-crazed certainly, and so impulsive the heckles of hindsight are frequently heard, but she’s a flurry of unpredictable fun, delivering an amusing, amorous, and pretty darn awesome diversion.

Rating:  4.5/5

You can find my review for the first Chapelwick Mystery here. You’ll may notice the cover has been re-branded since my review was written, but as I have a soft spot for the original I’ve left it exactly as it is!

(I requested a copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley and it’s my pleasure to provide an unbiased review.)

(Courtesy of Amazon UK)

Welcome to Chapelwick, a leafy English town in the hills of Shropshire, where chocolate pecan cookies come with a helping of sabotage.
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?
An utterly hilarious, gripping, spooktastic read for fans of HY Hanna, MC Beaton, Gina LaManna and Jana DeLeon.
 (Courtesy of Amazon UK. Photograph courtesy of publisher.)

USA Today best selling author Kitty French writes sexy, escapist romance hot enough to burn your fingers…

The USA Today best selling Lucien Knight series has been a hit around the world, and Kitty is now writing and releasing the Regular Sex series of half hour erotic reads, a weekly issue to make sure your weekend starts with a bang!

Kitty is also the disreputable alter-ego of a romantic comedy writer Kat French. She writes full time, and lives in England with her husband and two little boys.



Blog Tour Book Review: Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency (Chapelwick Mysteries #1), by Kitty French

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 14th July 2016

Please note: Sincere this review was published this title has been updated and renamed The Skeletons of Scarborough House and it’s cover has had a makeover too!

My Review - Kitty French

Melody Bittersweet CoverMelody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency is an absolute scream from start to finish!

The Bittersweet’s of Chapelwick possess the all the qualifications necessary to cater for the deceased and their relatives, except they are not undertakers. When a Bittersweet says, “I see dead people,” they’re not joking, as this is just another family trait like someone having hazel eyes, blonde hair, or the ability to casually chat to visiting spirits.

But Melody has other ideas. Time is ticking on and her life desperately needs a change of direction. Not a great move while she’s still delirious from her man-drought after her ex dumped her in exchange for a TV career Derek Acorah would be envious of, and her major redeeming feature, apart from stunning selection of retorts, is a gift that freaks most people out. There’s only one thing for it: launch herself at the most random thought she’s had all day: set up a house clearance business – Welcome to The Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency.

She may regret taking the call offering their first case. At the scene of the haunting she bumps into her gloating charismatic ex (now sporting a dramatic cape and surgically attached entourage). Compared with her Captain America T Shirt and converse trainers, he’s doing a great impression of the phantom of the opera and she’s permanently ready for extreme dress-down Friday. Worse still, the sitting tenants are refusing to walk into the light or even entertain negotiations, preferring to keep the house hostage until their demands are met.

Let the Leo Dark and Melody Bittersweet face-off begin – and may the best ghostbuster vs the Scarborough brothers win. The trio of siblings harbour resentment toward each other for two reasons: 1) For providing the same tiresome company for decades and 2) There’s a delicate issue surrounding one of their deaths, causing accusations against the other two to fly around like the books from the shelves. Their antics are priceless, particularly after being reduced to watching the Disney channel to pass the time and unexpected phrases slip out from time to time! Prepare yourself for a stream of hilarious banter, as their swift exit doesn’t go as planned.

The Scarboroughs’ behaviour won’t faze feisty Melody – she wasn’t at the back the queue when challenging character traits where handed out, yet her technique is nothing like the bailiff method you would expect from her. Assisted by her Sicilian BFF when required, and a young man who turns every shade of beetroot at their uncensored topics of conversation, not forgetting a one eared pug by the name of Lestat, she tries to stay one step ahead of the opposition and sensitively solve a historical mystery. A little snooping here, the patience of a saint there, and plenty of mingling with the ungrateful dead will reveal that more than just their lives were lost.

While Leo Dark and his groupies threaten to disrupt her investigation, their nemesis is heading a campaign to discredit the psychics of Chapelwick. But even his peculiar brand of ‘charm’ has become strangely alluring (it’s just probably the man-drought).

This book is a blast. Should you ever find yourself in dire need of cheering up, this will do the trick – guaranteed! IT’S FUN, IT’S FRISKY and IT’S FABULOUS! I’m already little ‘cray cray’ for the next case. CAN. NOT. WAIT. !!!

Rating: 5/5

(My thanks to Kim Nash for organising the tour for which I received a digital copy of this title from Bookouture via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. )

Book Summary - Kitty French

An absolutely hilarious, totally entertaining, spookily sexy read that you won’t be able to put down!

Life’s tricky for Melody Bittersweet. She’s single, she’s addicted to sugar and super heroes, her family are officially bonkers and … she sees dead people. Is it any wonder no-one’s swiping right on Tinder?

Waking up lonely on her twenty-seventh birthday, Melody finally snaps. She can’t carry on basing all of her life decisions on the advice of her magic 8 ball; things have got to change.

Fast forward two months, and she’s now the proud proprietor of her very own ghostbusting agency – kind of like in the movies but without the dodgy white jumpsuits. She’s also flirting with her ex Leo Dark, fraternising with her sexy enemy in alleyways, and she’s somehow ended up with a pug called Lestat.

Life just went from dull to dynamite and it’s showing no sign of slowing up anytime soon. Melody’s been hired to clear Scarborough House of its incumbent ghosts, there’s the small matter of a murder to solve, and then there are the two very handsome, totally inappropriate men hoping to distract her from the job…

Welcome to Chapelwick, home of the brand new and hilarious Girls Ghostbusting Agency series, where things really do go bump in the night.

This is the PERFECT choice for fans of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella or Lindsey Kelk, with an extra helping of hauntings and hilarity!


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(Courtesy of Amazon UK. Photography courtesy of publisher.)

Kitty French PhotographUSA Today best selling author Kitty French writes sexy, escapist romance hot enough to burn your fingers…

The USA Today best selling Lucien Knight series has been a hit around the world, and Kitty is now writing and releasing the Regular Sex series of half hour erotic reads, a weekly issue to make sure your weekend starts with a bang!

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