Kitty French – The Skeletons of Scarborough House (The Chapelwick Mysteries #1)

Description: Life’s tough for Melody Bittersweet.

She’s single, 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 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’s the two very handsome, totally inappropriate men hoping to distract her from the job…

Published July 14th 2016 by Bookouture
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for letting me read and review this book!


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I could tell from the description that I was going to enjoy this book. I don’t normally read about ghosts because, even though I love ghost stories, I am a complete wimp! So I try to avoid them just in case there is a creepy bit that keeps me awake one night when the house is empty (or so it seems… cue footsteps even though no-one is there mwahahaha). But I love any book that has a mention of tinder on the back, because something funny always happens on there.

It all starts with Melody trying to go on a successful date, without mentioning the fact that she can see dead people. The evening goes fairly well, cue goodnight kisses at the front door which turn into ‘would you like to come in for coffee?’ and we all know where that leads. In they walk and… then he meets her mother. Need I say more?

She hits the landmark age of 27 (which in her family is a big one) and needs something to change so she starts her own agency. Along with her best friend Marina and their new recruit Artie, ‘The Girls Ghostbusting Agency’ is born. Their first case takes place in Scarborough House where we meet three brothers who don’t make it particularly easy for her to solve. Let’s throw in an ex, a hot reporter, and a rather excitable pug and we have 258 pages of my constant giggling (which at 2AM is probably quite irritating!).

It was funny, it was witty and sarcastic, it was even a little romantic. It’s always a good sign when you start to care about what happens to a character, and I cared about every single one of them. I’m not suggesting that you read this book, I am asking you very nicely (/slightly demanding) that you read this because you need to! You can get a copy here – I’m off to read the second book in the series (thank you again Bookouture!) which comes out on the 17th March.

If you read it I’d love to know what you think!



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