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Mystery at Maplemead Castle: A laugh-till-you-cry cozy mystery (The Chapelwick Mysteries Book 2) by [French, Kitty]
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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.

What everyone’s saying about Mystery at Maplemead Castle:

‘Managed to have me crying with laughter and unable to conform to human duties, aka breathing, AND even looking at chocolate bars in a completely different way. I thought the first book was great and couldn't get any better, but oh my God THIS one is a-m-a-z-I-n-g!!! Absolutely fantastic!The Writing Garnet

‘I absolutely adore these characters ... I absolutely loved the story ... Kitty managed to make my cry through sadness and laughter. Yes I was that invested in the story and cared about the characters that much that I cried! I urge anyone who enjoys a good rom com with a bit of a different twist to give this series a go. You will not be disappointed!’ Goodreads Reviewer 5*

Fantastic.’ Bookaholics Reading Haven 5*

Just brilliant ... I read this in a day and hope that Kitty French is well in the way to finishing the next instalment.’ Goodreads Reviewer 5*

‘Such an unusual but brilliant kind of romance/paranormal/comedy it is crammed with laughs, chemistry and, of course, ghosts! Fabulously entertaining and ahhhh without wanting to post spoilers there's some frustratingly sizzling sparks between the characters that hits the right spot.’ Biblio Bee Reader 5*

‘I honestly didn't think it would be possible to love this as much as I loved the first one. I may have even loved it more!The Well Read Pirate Queen

‘I loved the first book in the series so I hoped that this one would be just as good - but it was even better! I loved the story and I kept guessing the whole way through. I wanted to keep getting to know all of the characters, and it was nice to see a different, softer side to Fletch. I didn't want the book to end! ... Can't wait for the next one!!’ Goodreads Reviewer

Oh my goodness Mrs F does it again!!! ... I can't wait for the next instalment of Melody and the gang. I'm dying (pardon the pun) to find out what – if anything – is going to happen between Melody and Fletch. I love Kitty French and her books, another great read!!’ All Things Books 5*

‘Loved the first book, but this one is even better ... Bloody hilarious!Bookaholic Swede

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1944 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture (17 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06WP33Q7X
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Suze Lavender TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 March 2017
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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.
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By Monica Mac TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 March 2017
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This was the second instalment of the Chapelwick Mysteries series and, luckily for me, the second outing I have gone on with with Melody and her friends :) It could easily be read as a standalone book though.

Melody and her friends and co-workers, Marina and Artie, find themselves in a castle with quirky American owners (who bought it sight unseen from the Internet, as you do), and a nice collection of ghosts that they have to move on. It is a funny tale about odd family members, ghosts who have their own tales to tell and lots of will she/won't she moments between Melody and the thorn in her side, Fletcher Gunn. Oh, and her ex is also in the mix here, just to make it even MORE interesting.

There are certainly plenty of funny moments in this book, and a bit of pathos as well. I loved it and am waiting patiently for the next one :)

Highly recommended from me, 4.5 stars.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture.
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I had no clue what to expect when I started this book. I hadn't read the first Chapelwick Mysteries book, and I've never read a Kitty French novel. No matter, it could easily be read as a standalone, but probably best to read in order to avoid spoilers. I must say it took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once I did, I loved it, I loved the characters, the humour and the writing, which was faultless. Melody Bittersweet, ghost buster extraordinaire, along with her motley crew eradicate ghosts from unwanted places. Melody's mother and grandmother, also have the ability to see ghosts (although they run their own business). I've got to say they're a force to be reckoned with as a family, and when I say family I also include Marina and Artie, and Lestat and Glenda Jackson who all rally round and protect Melody from all things ghostly, as well as ex boyfriends (who are also ghost busters), and reporters that think it's all a whole load of mumbo jumbo. Talking of ex boyfriends, Leo and the fembots, Nikki and Vikki also played fantastic parts, all I could visualise when I read about the fembots was, Robert Palmer's 'Addicted to Love'. Then we have our love interest, Fletcher, the disbelieving hot as hell reporter, (the words that came out of Melody's mouth when she was sparing with him, I swear, verbal diarrhoea, it was hilarious). However, the chemistry between Fletch and Melody was off the charts, I loved them together. The whole story just worked. I was laughing out loud so much. I loved it. I was provided with an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse

Last summer we read The Skeletons of Scarborough House which not only had us laughing out loud, but also left us with a sweet taste in our mouths! We wanted more where this had come from, so when our fairy godmother granted our wish with this follow-up in the Chapelwick series, we sighed. For those of you who are prepared to take on Ms French’s highly creative storytelling, we can’t recommend her latest ghostly tale narrated in mystical surrounding enough. It’s pure entertainment and titillated our imagination in such a way we wondered whether the author has a sixth sense or even in cahoots with her characters! Her Brit humour borders on the ridiculous but at the same time, verges on reality. Peculiarities in the vocabulary had us grabbing for our dictionaries after asking each other whether we knew the definitions. Suffice it to say, neither of us could suss out a word or two and had to resolve our quandaries by consulting the internet!

“You want me to out-fembot the fembots?”

Weird and wonderful; we were hooked lock, stock and barrel in the depths of haunting scenarios. It is difficult to describe in a review where many so-called characters are either ‘drop-dead’ gorgeous, or scare the living daylights out of the two spiritually prepared experts and have them running for cover! More importantly, what was brought to our attention from the beginning of the story and needs be mentioned is how Ms French has cannily written a standalone without making it repetitive for those who have read the first book. She’s gone to a lot of trouble to recap on the goings on for the new reader; names. . . there are a few bizarre ones, and places are easily put into context and not the slightest bit confusing!
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