Book Review: Melody Bittersweet and The Girls' Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French

Any Ghostbusters fans out there? Welcome to Chapelwick, home of the brand new and hilarious Girls Ghostbusting Agency series, where things really do go bump in the night. Here's what I thought of the first installment of this new series:

Title: Melody Bittersweet and The Girls' Ghostbusting Agency (Girls Ghostbusting Agency #1)
Author: Kitty French
Published: July 14th 2016 by Bookouture

Blurb: 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… 

Review: I usually never read paranormal stories but I was a huge Ghostbusters fan as a kid and I'm really excited to see the new one so I decided to give this story a go. And I'm so glad that I did. This story is so original and so much fun! 

Basically, Melody Bittersweet comes from a family with a gift: they can all see and talk to ghosts. Tired of depending of her family's business, she decides to set up her own ghostbusting agency with her best friend, hilarious Sicilian Marina. They end up hiring awkward but super sweet Artie. And quite surprisingly, this trio makes a fantastic team. The whole story revolves around one case, a haunted old house with three brothers stuck there until the truth about the murder of one of them is discovered. I found the story of the Scarborough brothers really interesting. Each one of them was so different and with their own secrets and I think their story added the perfect emotional spark to the book.

I found the character of Melody Bittersweet fantastic. She was such a brave and determined girl but she also had a great heart and was always ready to help. I had a great time following her around, especially when a crazy pug joined the family.

There were so many crazy situations in this story that had me in stitches that I just couldn't pick one. The whole cast of characters was unbelievably good, starting with the psycho twins that are helping Leo, Melody's ex and arch-rival, and ending with Melody's grandma, always ready for a glass of bubbles. I'm already looking forward to the next installment of the series to see what all this crazy bunch is up to next!

Rating: 4 stars

I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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