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The Strangers on Montagu Street

(Tradd Street #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  8,650 ratings  ·  728 reviews
Psychic realtor Melanie Middleton returns-only to be greeted by a house full of lost souls.  

Psychic realtor Melanie Middleton is still restoring her Charleston house and doesn't expect to have a new houseguest, a teen girl named Nola. But the girl didn't come alone, and the spirits that accompanied Nola don't seem willing to leave...
Paperback, 339 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by NAL
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The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White is a 2011 NAL publication.

It’s hard to believe I had never read anything by this author until recently, when I checked out “The House on Tradd Street” from the library. I was instantly hooked, and have fallen in love with all the characters, paranormal mysteries, and romance in Charleston.

In this third chapter of the four- part series, Jack learns he is the father a thirteen- year old daughter whose mother just died, making him a single parent. Bu
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite literature is such an uncommon niche, I feel protective of it. There are millions of mysteries about detectives, murders, and teenaged protagonists. Karen White gifts us with non-crime or spirit-driven mysteries and a forty year-old civilian heroine. If characters are dumb about realizing their feelings, I overlook it easily because these gold strikes are not about romantic aspects. I am so elated to read standard adult mysteries which take spirits seriously, that I buy these in har ...more
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE This book. Who am I kidding, I LOVE this series. I haven't read any other books by Karen White but I'm totally enamored with the characters from these series of books. I've always loved Jack. I mean who wouldn't with his charm and good looks. Melanie is a little OCD and she just reminds me of me sometimes with all her little quirks. Her emotional baggage isn't overbearing in any of the books but it enhances the story and I love it. I love Ginnette and Melanie's Father as well as ...more
Kelsey Wood Bezaire
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Melanie is too hate-able for me to care what happens to her through the book. The drama is put on herself because she's a prudish control freak in denial of everything unpleasant- so there's no "why should I care" when reading it. Nola and Jack are the saving graces as well as the developing mystery. The end deflates like a bad balloon though; the mystery is anti climatic and requires the cop-out of a ghost calling and explaining the details. (Something I'd only expect to see in a bad TV series, ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
So the ghost story part was great and I even liked the addition of Nola the teenage daughter Jack never knew about. My problem is the handling of Mellie and Jack's relationship. Why can't they just sit down and talk it out like adults? It seems every time they start to talk something interrupts them just so it can drag out some more. I think that we could still be solving a different ghost story each time without all this relationship torture to add to suspense.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first two. I am getting tired of whiny Mellie. She is 40 years old! Grow up already.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'll go with 4 stars even though I can't say I "really" liked this. But I did "really" like some of it starting with the haunted dollhouse. That was creatively thought out and I was pulled into the drama that was created with that. I also liked the addition of Nola, a young teen who turns out to be Jack's daughter. Melanie's mother was also still around in this installment. She was kind of fun. So, this book was a quick and easy read that was enjoyable. I liked the humor that was added to this a ...more
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have been anxiously awaiting the latest story about Melanie and Jack and I was certainly not disappointed in this one! At the end of the last story we left as Jack was introduced to his daughter Nola. In Strangers, Nola ends up staying with Melanie and of course, trouble with the not so recently departed make things interesting. In addition, things begin to progress between Melanie and Jack's relationship...however trust issues threaten their budding romance. The only fault that I can find wit ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like these characters, the sense of humor and the spooky goings-on. This was another goodie!
I am so smitten with this cast of eclectic characters and the setting of Charleston. Melanie's character has continued to grow with each installment. I was a little apprehensive about Nola, but she turned into a fabulous secondary character. Like the last book, the ending left me reaching for #4 right away.

If you like cozies, this is a series I'd definitely recommend!
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another good book from this series!
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The past has a way of inserting itself into psychic Melanie Middleton's life. Living in Charleston and being a realtor of historical homes has placed her in the catbird's seat in terms of meeting up with many entities that are unsettled and seeking some kind of closure. Enter Jack Trenholm: dark, handsome and brooding, but a man who has worked with her in solving mysteries, and you find another kind of unrest.

When Jack shows up on her doorstep asking a favor, Melanie is totally unprepared for hi
Viviane Crystal
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's 5:15 a.m. and the phone and doorbell are ringing in Melanie's home. While she's used to seeing and hearing voices of dead spirits at all times of the day, she doesn't like the messages she's hearing about listening to her heart. So far she's been guarding her heart quite fiercely, thank you very much. So how surprised is she when Jack, her ex-boyfriend and whom she secretly yearns, is at the door, asking her to house his daughter who has trekked her way to his door after her mother died. Ja ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White combines historical mystery with romance, drama, and Southern hospitality, like all of the other books in the series, reuniting readers with Jack Trenholm — famous author — and Melanie Middleton — real estate agent for historic Charleston homes and resident, if reluctant, ghost whisperer. Melanie can be whiny and she can grate on readers nerves with her penchant for denying her feelings for Jack and her rocky relationship with her parents.

However, i
Heather Turiello
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I can't help but love Melanie! She's quirky and odd, but has a lovely innocence and is truly a kind soul. I like the character development that has taken place in this third book in this series, but I was a little disappointed with the ending leaving so much unfinished.

This series has a nostalgic feel that is similar to the TV series Cold Case, revealing the unfinished, unresolved nature of each person's story. Melanie, as polished as her personality is on the outside, is a very emotionally imm
Maggie Boyd
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Jack's daughter has just arrived and is not getting along with her newly found dad. Enter Mellie, who agrees to let Nola move in with her. Well, technically her mother, since the house on Tradd street is being renovated. In celebration of Nola moving in her paternal grandmother gives her a dollhouse, which turns out to be haunted. Mellie deals with the malevolent spirits attached to the house as well as the benign one following Nola about. Everything seems to be going well until well, suddenly t ...more
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great book in the Tradd Street series! I love these books! The plot thickens in this entry as Jack's long lost daughter comes to stay with Melanie. A gothic dollhouse, mean spirits, and an elderly piano teacher also create chaos & confusion. Will Melanie & Ginette be able to unravel the mystery and settle the ghosts that are haunting them? Read to find out!
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Linda by: Good Read First Read
Shelves: first-read
I am a first time reader of Karen White but NOW a fan. I loved the book. I tried to finish it in one reading but could not. The characters are interesting and believable.
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern, mystery, 2013
I really want to read this one. Have read the first in the series and enjoyed it very much!
Feb 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Melanie must be the stupidest heroine out there.
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-ghost
I love this series by Karen White. I cannot wait for the next installment to come out, hopefully we don't have to wait another 2 years for the conclusion of Mellie and Jack.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Karen White... especially this series!!! Fun, easy reads that just make you feel good... love the characters and all the southern charm of Charleston!!!
Jess (Primrose)
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Working my way through my binge reread for book five!!
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Cannot wait for #4.
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The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White is the third book of the Tradd Street mystery series set in contemporary Charleston, South Carolina. Melanie Middleton is a successful realtor who obsessively strives for complete organization and control over her life. A fashionista who remains slim while indulging a sweet tooth, she schedules each hour of her day in a spreadsheet. Melanie lives in a historic home which requires expensive renovation, and has an on-again, off-again relationship with ...more
Lisa Brown
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Melanie's story continues, and this one begins with Jack asking her to let his newly discovered 13 year old daughter, Nola, live with her. As Melanie adjusts to life with a teenage girl in the house, things start getting really strange when Nola receives an antique dollhouse for a gift, but with the dollhouse comes some very angry spirits, and a secret that must be uncovered, or it may prove dangerous to them all, especially Nola. And through it all, Melanie and Jack keep fighting against their ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
So I was pretty irritated with the characters (especially the supporting characters) in House on Tradd Street and The Girl on Lagare Street. I thought Sophie, Ginette, Jack and ESPECIALLY Rebecca were annoying and overly pushy and although I understand that a stubborn, controlling personality like Melanie needs to be pushed into doing anything that will roll the plot along, the people masquerading as her friends and family, assumed an awful lot. Then, Melanie herself began to get on my nerves fo ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I think I liked this one the best. Melanie has to move back into her mom's house because the foundation in hers needs repairs and she brings along Jack's 13-year-old daughter, Nola, and Bonnie, her mother's spirit is there to protect Nola. Jack's parents gift Nola a dollhouse along with a whole family of malevolent spirits. Melanie is still a pain in the butt but I like the way the relationships developed between all the characters.
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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

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Tradd Street (6 books)
  • The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)
  • The Girl On Legare Street (Tradd Street, #2)
  • Return to Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #4)
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