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?
Release Date – March 17th 2017 by Bookouture
Length: 321 pages (kindle edition)
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for letting me read and review this book!
Mystery at Maplemead Castle is the second book in the Chapelwick series – read my review of the first one here. The Girls Ghostbusting Agency (including Artie, their young male apprentice) gets another job, this time at Maplemead Castle. Owned by two loud Americans who bought the castle online, it needs to be cleared pronto so they can start using it for filming. Of course at any mention of ‘filming’ or ‘cameras’ Leo Dark appears and they are asked to work together to get the case solved quickly.
I loved the first book, and I love this one even more! The storyline was great, it was more intense and a lot sadder than I expected it to be. I laughed and I cried and then I laughed some more – there were a couple of hilarious conversations in this one! I won’t spoil them, you’ll know when you get there.
Kitty French can make a character come to life which is a real skill, particularly when the books aren’t actually that long. We get to know all the old characters a little more, seeing a different side to Fletch and Leo especially. The gang are as strong as ever and Melody’s family just as insane. I would recommend this to anyone who wants something lighthearted, funny and romantic. It’s released on the 17th March and you can get a copy here. I can’t wait for the next one already!