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?
Maplemead Castle is the second book in the Chapelwick Mysteries series and it’s every bit as brilliant as the first one. Melody and her little band of misfits are fast becoming firm friends and it’s great to know I can rely on them when I need a laugh.
Maplemead Castle was bought by an American couple, sight unseen, over the internet. As you do. But they quickly realise all is not right. For this case, Melody is forced to work together with the ever annoying ex-boyfriend Leo and with irresistible reporter Fletch. No problems there then.
The story of the ghosts haunting Maplemead Castle is incredibly sad once again. Britannia used to be a trapeze artist who plunged to her death and she has done every night since. But was it an accident? Thank goodness for the humour or I’d be bawling like a baby.
Leo gets in far over his head. Melody doesn’t even know where her head is at most of the time, as having Fletch around is utterly distracting. While I wouldn’t mind having a Fletch of my own (sorry OH), it was Artie and Lestat who stole the show for me.
Personally, I felt this one was a bit too heavy on the romance. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery aspect and trying to figure out exactly what happened. And of course, the ever-present humour. I don’t know how Kitty French comes up with some of these things but her brain must be the most wonderful place.
All in all, captivating, full of witty characters and I can’t wait to see where the crew ends up next time. There’s a next time, right?
Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy which I chose to review.
Mystery at Maplemead Castle is out now.