Review: The Skeletons of Scarborough House by Kitty French


Genre(s): Cozy Mystery, Paranormal

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Scarborough House is haunted, and it’s not doing much for Donovan Scarborough’s investment portfolio. No one wants to buy a place with levitating crockery, or (the wrong kind of) rhythmic pounding throughout the night.

Luckily, Melody “I-See-Dead-People” Bittersweet has just launched her own ghostbusting agency with best friend Marina, geeky, keen Arthur, and a one-eared pug called Lestat. They’re quick to take the case, even if it has already sort of (definitely) been given to Leo Dark, Melody’s rakish, despicable ex.

Melody soon discovers the resident phantoms are three brothers, one who was murdered at twenty, while the others lived to old age. But did the family exile the right person, or did the true killer get away with it?

Donovan Scarborough doesn’t care who solves the case. Whoever gets rid of the ghosts gets paid.

Can Melody and her new crew untangle the mystery, and bring the brothers peace, before Leo? Or will his distracting sexiness and Melody’s bonkers family cause the agency to fall at its first hurdle?


Normally, if a book claims to be absolutely hilarious on the cover, it stands to reason that it’s not quite as funny as the publisher would have you believe. This book was absolutely hilarious.

I take my hat off to Kitty French. Having never read anything by her before, I had no idea what to expect. What I got was an absolutely perfect cozy mystery. It was well-written, funny, and had a ton of twists and turns. The characters were so lifelike that it made me wish they actually existed. Especially Leo and Fletch. Hot damn!

The mystery was complex, entertaining, and at times heart wrenching. I wasn’t expecting to feel so many things but I felt a helluva lot. And I loved watching Melody and her friends navigate her new ghost-busting agency. I also loved the little bit of romance we got going on. Pretty sure it actually made my heart race. I need to get outside more often.

Anyway, I found zero fault with this book. Honestly. And I can be a pretty picky reader! I’m gonna devour this series like a hungry hungry hippo.

Rating: ★★★★★

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