today I have the pleasure to kick off a fab blog tour. MELODY BITTERSWEET AND THE GIRLS’ GHOSTBUSTING AGENCY by Kitty French is finally out and you better head to amazon to download a copy for just 99p/99c. Make sure you follow the other tour hosts and massive thanks to lovely Kim from Bookouture for the chance to be part of this.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Melody Bittersweet and The Girls' Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French
Series: Girls Ghostbusting Agency #1
Published by Bookouture
Published on 14.7.2016
Genres: cozy mystery
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Life’s tricky for Melody Bittersweet. She’s single, she's 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 sexy 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 are the two very handsome, totally inappropriate men hoping to distract her from the job…
Welcome to Chapelwick, home of the brand new and hilarious Girls Ghostbusting Agency series, where things really do go bump in the night.
‘Melody Bittersweet and The Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency’ is the first book by Kitty French (or Kat French) I’ve read but it certainly won’t be my last one. After hearing fantastic comments about Kat’s books, I’ve grabbed a copy of ‘The Piano Man’ however I still haven’t got round to reading it. I’ve heard Kitty aka Kat writes exceptionally sexy, breath taking romance stories and I guess I’ve expected the same for this one.
But boy, this book is so different to anything I’ve read and nothing like I’ve expected it to be. But don’t get me wrong, despite being caught in surprise, I was totally entertained and found this book so fun. I have to admit, I’m not that keen on long titles and this one is super long in my opinion, and though I’m not too crazy about anything paranormal either, I approached it with an open mind. I’m glad I did because it’s super fun and I devoured it in just a couple of hours.
As the title suggest, the story is centered around Melody Bittersweet, who’s not your every day girl. Like the rest of the women in her family, she can see dead people. At the age of 27, she wakes up and decides it’s time to change her life, she’ll open a ghostbusting agency helping ghost crossover after finishing their business here on earth. She’s got her life long friend, Marina by her side, the new trainee Artie and the most efficient secretary, Glenda. It’s not like Melody knows what she’s doing, however she’s pretty sure she can help these ghost, most of them angry and bitter go to where they belong.
At around 20% of the book I started questioning myself, should I continue to read this book? It didn’t seem like anything made sense and definitely didn’t seem like my kind of read. However, I’m so so glad I persevered because it’s then that things start to get really fun. Melody and her quirky bunch are starting to work on a rather mysterious case which involves three ghosts (brothers), Douglas, Lloyd and Isaac. Douglas was killed years ago and Isaac, the oldest brother was blamed for his murder. He wasn’t convicted however everyone in their family blamed him for his youngest brother death. But what is Lloyd (Douglas’ twin) hiding and could he be in any way connected to the murder? There’s gotta be a reason why these three ghosts are trapped in their family house, there’s gotta be some unfinished business. Does Melody and her team have what it takes to solve a murder case from century ago?
Well, one thing is for sure, Melody is the most crazy, fun, funny heroine you’ve read about. She’s kind of a freak, but the good kind, aware she simply doesn’t fit in. But she’s OK with this, she’s got her friend, Marina by her side to feel less awkward. There’s a bit of a romance and a very interesting love triangle too. Leo Dark is Melody’s ex and her business rival. He’s sexy, bit arrogant and can also see dead people. Fletch is a reporter, and there’s a strong chemistry between him and Melody. I have to say, I was totally entertained reading their dialogues and wondering who will Melody pick.
Overall, this was a really interesting and super fun read. I’m not the biggest fan of paranormal, but found the mystery part cleverly written and kept me glued to its pages. This book really was stepping out of my comfort zone but I’m so glad I’ve read it. If you’re a fan of funny cozy mysteries with a paranormal element, then this is definitely the book for you. Interesting and fresh concept and fantastic cast of characters, Melody Bittersweet is definitely a series I’m going to continue following.