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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

128) The House on Tradd Street of Karen White

The Blurb -

Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she’s going to have to accept it. An old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog—and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

Enter Jack Trenholm, a gorgeous writer obsessed with unsolved mysteries. He has reason to believe that diamonds from the Confederate Treasury are hidden in the house. So he turns the charm on with Melanie, only to discover he’s the smitten one...

It turns out Jack’s search has caught the attention of a malevolent ghost. Now, Jack and Melanie must unravel a mystery of passion, heartbreak—and even murder.

What I Thought -

I don't remember where I saw this book advertised or recommended but it somehow got on my wish list and then I found it on audible and decided to give it a chance. So for the last couple of weeks I have been listening to this book to and from work whenever I got the chance and finally I finished listening to it today.

The story wasn't at all bad and the mystery itself was well thought out and exciting. Unfortunately it was also a little drawn out and long-winded. I already realised what had happened way before the main characters solved the case and the last hour or so was therefore a little boring. I am sure if I had of been reading this I would have sped read it just to check I was right about things. Now you can fast forward an audio but I was a little worried about missing something. So I listened to the very end and got that smug feeling when my theory was proved to be correct.

The paranormal aspect was a little weak at times but it was also added a nice twist to things. Anyone who has read and enjoyed Madelyn Alt's or Juliet Blackwell's books will also find this cozy mystery a good choice to snuggle up with. The House on Tradd Street had a few giggles and some very amusing characters to keep it lively and light as well as a hint of romance.

I liked the characters and would like to meet up with them again. Sure the story seemed a little long at times but the overall idea was different and the history lessons included will please and interest quite a few people. So I have already put the next book 'The Girl On Legare Street' on to my iPod and will start listening to it sometime soon. Now that I have gotten used the narrator I think I will miss the sound of her voice.

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