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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Book Review - Mystery at Maplemead Castle by Kitty French

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Review by Suze
Melody Bittersweet is a ghostbuster. Together with her assistants, her best friend Marina and trainee Artie, she tries to bring peace to ghosts that are making trouble. Maplemead Castle has new owners and they're being plagued by them. The castle is haunted and the situation needs to be resolved to prevent a big ball with plenty of guests turning into a huge disaster. Melody and her team only have a short time to unravel the mystery behind the glamorous and talented circus artist Britannia. Her trapeze skills are amazing, but every time she performs her act ends in the same tragic circumstances. Britannia is the center of an ongoing unhappy love triangle. Is that the cause of her fall or is something else behind the traumatic last moments of her life?
Together with her ex boyfriend and competitor, Leo, Melody has to stay at the castle until they've come to a solution for the ghost problem. Melody and Leo are the only ones who can see them. Will they be able to find out what's going on and succeed? To make matters more complicated Melody is being shadowed by a journalist. Fletcher is writing an article about her and even though he's skeptic and doesn't really believe in Melody's skills he can't stay away from her. However, is attraction enough? What effect does Melody's case have on her emotions and is it possible for her to work while being in the presence of the man she used to love and the man she can't stop thinking about?
Mystery at Maplemead Castle is an entertaining story. Melody is completely herself in any situation, which is something I admire about her. She has a big heart and a huge sweet tooth, she makes clumsy mistakes while she's insightful at the same time and she isn't afraid to speak her mind. She's a fabulous character and I love reading about her adventures. Working together with Leo is always a challenge, but she can handle him. The same can't be said about Fletcher, every time she's near him Melody forgets everything she's supposed to say or do, which is quite funny. Fortunately Marina always has her back and she knows exactly how to handle even the most difficult situations, she's tough, fierce and bold. She's the perfect best friend for Melody, because they complement each other very well. The main characters are all equally compelling and they're making the story incredibly charming and enchanting at the same time.
Melody has to solve a case that evolves around Britannia, a gorgeous talented woman. She's a stunning and intriguing ghost and she has a spellbinding presence. I couldn't wait to find out what happened to her. Her story is fascinating, the ghosts aren't easy to approach and being at Maplemead Castle is a big challenge for Melody because of both the dead and the living. I loved that combination. Kitty French combines writing about complex love stories with a fantastic sense of humor. Her descriptive writing and terrific dialogue made Mystery at Maplemead Castle a joy to read. I liked this great story a lot, it's amusing, captivating and mesmerizing.
If you love reading humoristic stories about ghosts and complicated love lives you will definitely like the Chapelwick Mysteries. They can be read as standalones, but if you want to have all the details about Melody's life and work I'd advise you to start with The Skeletons of Scarborough House.
About Kitty French

I'm a mum of two, wife of one, and a full time romance writer.

I write under two names - Kitty French for erotic romance, and Kat French for romantic comedy.

Why do I write romance? Because I'm a complete romance junkie - I love to read it, watch it, and most of all to write it.

I feel like the jammiest person in the world that I get to do a job that:

a) I can do in my PJ's
b) No one can tell me to tidy my desk
c) I love it so much that it doesn't even feel like work
d) Lets me spend so much time on facebook and twitter and call it work.

Come chat to me!


  1. I love a good mystery with a bit of humour :) You have the perfect job!

  2. I'm a cozy addict and this would be such a fun one. A new author for me and how can I resist that charming cover!

  3. Sounds great . Thanks for the review .

  4. A cozy with ghosts? Count me in!

  5. Melody and Britannia both sound really compelling!


  6. Awesome, sounds great and I'd love to read it. I'm a jammie person also :)

  7. Melody sounds like an interesting gal! Just curious, is there a pug involved, because there is one on the cover. If so, then this book may have at least half of my favorite things in it. If not, there should be!

  8. Mystery at Maplemead Castle by Kitty French sounds absolutely enticing. The cover is very attractive & colorful, the write up / review of the book is a definite READ ME NOW! The ghosts, the upbeat characters, and the castle ~ I adore books of this calibre & genre so am looking forward to adding this series to my must read list. Thanks :)

  9. Reading this book would probably mean stepping out of my comfort zone, but then again, I would like to try it.
    Switching to different genre can be a good thing.
    Thanks for the lovely review. ;)

  10. This book sounds great!!! I will have to check this one out. Thanks for the awesome review!!!

  11. So far I haven't read any cozy mystery book,but this book sounds really good, looking forward to read :)

  12. Lovely review. This is not my usual type of read but definitely check it out. Awesome review.

  13. Wait a minute! We've got a haunted castle, an ex & a possible new love interest, a bit of competition, a dead circus performer and then throw in a couple of close friends for good measure? Sounds like fun!