The attic on Queen Street

Karen White

Book - 2021

"Return to the house on Tradd Street for one last time as the bestselling series featuring psychic medium Melanie Trenholm comes to a hauntingly spectacular finale. After the devastating events of the past few months, the last thing Melanie Trenholm wants is to think about the future. Why, when her husband, Jack, has asked for a separation--a separation that might have been her fault? Nevertheless, with twin toddlers, a stepdaughter leaving for college soon, a real estate career to resume a...nd a historic home that is still being restored, Melanie doesn't have much time to wonder where it all went wrong--but that doesn't stop her from trying to win him back. Their relationship issues are pushed aside, however, when longtime nemesis, Marc Longo, comes to them with a proposition: allow their Tradd Street house to be used as the filming location for Marc's bestselling book, and he will help Jack re-establish his stalled writing career. Despite Melanie's hesitation, Jack jumps at the chance. But Melanie's doubts soon prove to be well founded when she uncovers ulterior reasons for Marc wanting to be back in their house--reasons that include a hidden gem so brilliant that legend links it to the most infamous jewel of all, the Hope Diamond. But Melanie has an unexpected ally in protecting the house and its inhabitants--the ghost of a Civil War era girl warns her of increasing threats to her family. But she's not the only spirit who is haunting Melanie. A malevolent ghost seems determined to stop Melanie from investigating the decades-old murder of a friend's sister, and this spirit will stop at nothing to protect its secrets--even from beyond the grave. Melanie and Jack must work together to find the answers before evil spirits of past and present destroy everything they love"--

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White, Karen (Karen S.). Tradd Street series ; 7.
Suspense fiction
Ghost stories
Paranormal fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
New York : Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House [2021]
Physical Description
392 pages ; 24 cm
Main Author
Karen White (author)
Review by Booklist Review

White (The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street, 2019) wraps up her series featuring psychic medium/real estate agent Melanie Trenholm with this spirited final outing. Melanie is reeling from her husband Jack's insistence on a separation, and her focus is on repairing their troubled marriage. But a ghost inhabiting her historic Charleston home is warning of imminent danger to her teenage stepdaughter, Nola, via a creepy Victorian doll and stacks of vintage buttons. Adding to the chaos, Melanie and Jack's nemesis, Mark Longo, is filming a movie in their house--a movie that has the home's resident spirits in an uproar. Melanie is also seeking the help of the ghosts inhabiting her friend Veronica's Queen Street home in an attempt to solve a decades-old murder mystery. There's a lot going on, but White manages the various plot threads skillfully, leading readers to a resolution that ties off all the loose ends neatly--and points to a spin-off series featuring Nola. The blend of supernatural elements, mystery, and Southern women's fiction reads like a combination of Victoria Laurie and Mary Alice Monroe.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Bestseller White's bustling seventh and final Tradd Street mystery (after 2019's The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street) finds psychic realtor Melanie Trenholm determined to win back her estranged husband, Jack, "a bestselling author of true crime mysteries." Melanie admits Jack has cause to be disaffected, as she broke her promise "to share everything with him. To be a team in all things." Meanwhile, slimy plagiarist Marc Longo, who once stole a book idea from Jack, searches for lost chunks of the Hope Diamond hidden in the Trenholms' Charleston, S.C., mansion, in an effort to disrupt the household. In addition, Melanie must deal with the insistent but frustratingly inarticulate spirits that haunt the place, as well as solve the cold case murder of her best friend's sister. No surprise, Melanie and Jack eventually realize that they can face any challenge, supernatural or mundane, if they get back together. White neatly and efficiently ties up all the plotlines, but new readers will struggle to recognize just who all the people and ghosts are and why they matter. Longtime fans will be satisfied. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Nov.)

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by Kirkus Book Review

White finishes her Tradd Street series with panache. Doughnut-addicted realtor Melanie Trenholm's ability to see and converse with ghosts has caused considerable turmoil in her life. The old house she inherited in Charleston has provided thrills, chills, and unhappiness. Her husband, Jack, a bestselling author and father of their twins, is still angry with her for finding a long-lost treasure while he was ill--a treasure that was stolen along with his book idea by villainous Marc Longo. Since Longo thinks more treasure, the mythical half of the Hope Diamond, is still hidden in the house, he's constantly snooping around. Mellie's even more concerned with the spirit of a young woman who died on the property in the 1800s. The ghost appears to Jack's teen daughter, Nola, warning her to beware of a tall man. In addition, a creepy doll in a coffin pops up, along with piles of antique buttons. While Jack blows hot and cold, Mellie researches the identity of the monitory apparition and begins to wonder if the mystical diamond might exist. This last dispatch from Tradd Street is so closely linked to the prior six that readers are well advised to start from the beginning. Charleston and its rich history provide a lovely backdrop to this tale of mystery, romance, and danger. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.