Title: The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street
Author: Karen White
Series: Book Six in the Tradd Street Series
Published By: Berkley Books (October 22, 2019)
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Quirky, doughnut-loving, schedule-obsessed Melanie Trenholm has everything she ever wanted. Living in her beloved Charleston home with her soulmate, Jack, and their adorable twin toddlers, she can finally settle down. She’s even come to terms with the fact that she can communicate with the dead. So when Christmas approaches, Melanie feels nothing but joy… at least until an excavation of the cistern in her home’s garden unearths some Colonial-era artifacts and the unhappy ghosts attached to them. And these specters definitely don’t have the holiday spirit.
If that wasn’t enough, a past adversary is convinced there is a long-lost Revolutionary War treasure buried somewhere on Melanie’s property. Brought over by French military officer Marquis de Lafayette himself to fund the Revolutionary War effort, these riches are fit for a king. There have been whispers throughout history that many have fought—and died—to possess it. And now, someone prepared to do the same is at Melanie’s doorstep, someone willing to threaten everything she holds dear to get what they want.
About the Author:
With more than 1.8 million books in print in eight different languages, Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 23 novels, including the popular Charleston-set Tradd Street mystery series.
Raised in a house full of brothers, Karen’s love of books and strong female characters first began in the third grade when the local librarian issued her a library card and placed The Secret of the Old Clock, a Nancy Drew Mystery, in her hands.
Karen’s roots run deep in the South where many of her novels are set. Her intricate plot lines and compelling characters charm and captivate readers with just the right mix of family drama, mystery, intrigue and romance.
Not entirely convinced she wanted to be a writer, Karen first pursued a career in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, in a weak moment, she wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. Her books—referred to as “grit lit” (Southern Women’s Fiction)—have since been nominated for numerous national contests including the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year.
Karen’s latest novel, Dreams of Falling, was published in June, 2018 by Berkley Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing Group.
When not writing, Karen spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking. Karen and her husband have two grown children and currently live near Atlanta, Georgia with two spoiled Havanese dogs.
After reading my first Tradd Street series book, I was not only hooked on Karen White's writing but on the series itself and the best part, is that the series keeps getting better and better as the characters grow, sometimes in painful, very realistic ways. The ghosts are creepier, the mysteries even more solid, and the relationships and bonds more endearing.
I adore everything about this series and while Melanie sometimes frustrates me with her thought process, she is an endearing character who's growth is very much true to how most of us actually grow and learn, with lots of mistakes and bumps and bruises along the way.
And while I can't say that I loved how this ended, with so much left unsaid, undone, and unfinished, I did adore the whole book and all the scary moments and happy things that did occur along the way.
It reminded me all over again, why I love this series and will continue to read it and look forward to each new installment and hope that many more are still in the works and will be out there to devour because this is definitely a series that you will want to devour once you have started it. I can't recommend it enough for those that love a good bump n the night story and mystery that will keep you interested, turning the pages and on the edge of your seat in both anticipation and chills with what will come out of the dark next.