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The Guests on South Battery

(Tradd Street #5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  7,027 ratings  ·  768 reviews

Karen White invites you to explore the brick-walked streets of Charleston in her fifth Tradd Street novel, where historic mansions house the memories of years gone by, and restless spirits refuse to fade away...

With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to
Kindle Edition, 345 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Berkley
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Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

Hi, my name is KAS,
and I am a Tradd Street-Aholic

While the paranormal realm is not my usual genre of choice, The Tradd Street series pulled me in like a magnet from book one and has held me hostage ever since. This is book five in the series, and while it is a stand alone, I strongly encourage reading the others in order to get the 'full monty' experience.

I connected immediately with Melanie, one of the two main characters, who can see and interact with the dead, although it is a "gi
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4.5 fun and endearing stars to The Guests on South Battery! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

I once lived within a short driving distance of Charleston, South Carolina. I never tired of my time there, the people, food, history, and architecture. The Tradd Street series by Karen White gives me the opportunity to visit those historic streets again.

If you have followed the Tradd Street series, you’ll be familiar with Melanie, one of the two main characters. She is a real estate agent in Charleston whose main sales ar
The Guests on South Battery ( Tradd Street #5) is a 2017 Berkley publication.

All our familiar friends, family, and frenemies are gathered together once again. We also make a few new friends along the way too.

This series has been a delight from the very beginning and is one my very favorites.

I do recommend reading the previous installments to understand the dynamic between Melanie and Jack, as well as the supporting cast. For those who are following along, this is a solid addition to the series
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun, fun, fun! This fifth novel in Whites Tradd Street series is my favorite so far. The plot is well thought out & the characters are as endearing as ever. Fans of this series will love this... and it leaves a few threads hanging which makes me very hopeful for more novels to come. 4.5 stars. ...more
Primrose Jess
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
This breaks my heart a bit to review. I love Karen White. I remain a devoted fan of Karen White. I was crushed reading the latest book in one of my favorite series. Have you ever read a book where a quarter to midway through you began to see where it is going and wish fervently you are wrong? As you keep reading you realize you aren't wrong and begin the act of bracing yourself for the inevitable? That was my experience with this one. I'll try to keep my review spoiler free; so you will read my ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Melanie Trenholm is back to work from maternity leave as a real estate agent in Charleston. Her life seems very normal but her past is very unique due to her ability to communicate with ghosts. This past year her life has been ”spirit free” while spending time bonding with her twins. Her steady life starts to change when she begins to feel unsettled on her way to work. Her sleep was disturbed by a phone call that felt like a ghost. What is the significance of this new connection?

Her first day ba
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
3.5 stars rounded down

This was definitely my least favorite book in the series. Melanie really bugged me in this book, and I saw the "twist" coming from miles (and miles) away.

Will definitely keep reading the series because I did enjoy it.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read quite a few Karen White stories and she never disappoints. This book was a great read. This story is a little paranormal, a little mystery and a whole lot a family thrown into a good story. She references her other stories a bit but you do not have to read her other books to enjoy this one. Melanie has just returned to work after her pregnancy leave and has been approached to sell a house that her family has history with. Since her pregnancy her ability to see spirits has not been wo ...more
Cindy Burnett
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
3.5 stars

The Tradd Street series is always fun to read. Charleston is one of my favorites places to visit, and Karen White does a wonderful job incorporating the beautiful old homes there into her novels in this series. While the plots are very entertaining, the setting is what I enjoy reading about the most – details about the architecture, the history, the hidden passages, the moldings, and the other fixtures found in historic homes.

As the series progresses, Melanie’s character continues to m
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Guests on South Battery is the first book I have read by Karen White. Since I love paranormal stories and the American South did this book seem very promising. I also was curious to read something by Karen White, to see if her books were my cup of tea. And, I can say after this book that it worked on some levels, but it also had for me some flaws that I had problems with.

Let's start with the good things about the book. I loved the setting and the idea of the story. Old houses, ghosts, a mys
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
A disappointing book in the Tradd Street series. The first three-quarters of the book focuses on Melanie’s OCD tendencies, and her utter cluelessness about her life. She now has twin babies, and has their whole existence controlled on spreadsheets, including how they are dressed each morning, whether Sarah has the right bows in her hair, and how many diapers they fill each day, complete with description of contents. (Mercifully, the reader is spared said descriptions. That's pretty much the only ...more
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
So good and entertaining!!
This book was very entertaining and the author knows how to write a great mystery. With the backdrop in Charleston and surrounding all of the old houses there, the author has crafted another book full of mystery and intrigue, along with some history of the area too.

There's plenty of research that was done for the writing of this book and it's evident with the love of history, antiques, and old homes that shines through in this story. The characters are
Lisa Zetes
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the Tradd St series and Charlston SC. All the old beautiful houses are exactly as Karen White describes, which I enjoyed seeing while I on a road trip South spending time visiting Charleston, SC. This way an easy read that I definatly enjoyed.
joyce g
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an entertaining read! Ghost filled Charleston at it's finest.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Old homes fascinate me. As I come across one, I often wonder about the people who lived there, what their lives were like and what the inside of the homes look like. I love visiting the historic district of Charleston! Its not often I get to. So when I discovered this series, I was thrilled! The first book, The House on Tradd Street is by far my favorite in the series. I have read the first three books and skipped over the fourth one to read The Guest on South battery. I did not do that intentio ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I didn’t like this book nearly as much as the last two. Things are different now that Melanie and Jack are married with kids. Despite them finally being a couple, they still didn’t feel like a team. They didn’t work together as much as they did in the other books. Jack didn’t make as many witty comments that get Melanie all flustered. He is my favorite character in the series, and I wanted more of him. Melanie is anal retentive and obsessive compulsive about certain things, but it’s fun
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Karen White is known for her creepy stories that will keep you up at night but I must say she outdid herself in her latest release.

White knows how to write an atmospheric story rich in Charleston history, with ghosts, both benign and malevolent around every spooky dark corner that will constantly keep you both engrossed in the storyline and on edge constantly jumping at small sounds and looking over your shoulder making sure no one is there.

Even though I haven't read the other books in the serie
Judy D Collins
The queen of the South, Karen White returns following Flight Patterns (2016) landing on my Top 50 Books of 2016 list and (2014) Return to Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #4) with the continuation THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY (#5) with more mystery, history, spirits, a twist of paranormal and dark family secrets.

"There is always a way to look past the bad to see the good."

Set in the Holy City - historic Charleston, SC, we pick up from the last book with Melanie (Middleton) and Jack Trenholm, set
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...

This is a paranormal book that follows the life of the main character Melanie. She is about to return to work at a realty office as a realtor after being off work on an extended maternity leave. She has been getting phone calls, that when she picks up the phone there appears to be no one on the other end, and she fears that the ghostly apparitions that have remained silent for a year have returned.

She is tasked with sel
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have now read all of the Tradd Street series and have to say this latest one is the best. I found myself loving and hating it at the same time. There were times when I wanted to throw the book across the room because of the newest character but refrained from doing so. There was a lot more humor in this book. I will be waiting patiently for the next one....I know there will be :)
Laura • lauralovestoread
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series! Making my way through this series to finish just in time for the newest 2019 release!
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, paranormal, arc
The latest book in the Trade Street Houses series to be released. This book can be read as a standalone but earlier books will help understand the characters. Melanie and the other characters have grown with the book. Melanie's insecurities surface at times causing her problems.
Melanie has given birth to twins and is returning to work after a maternity leave. She is having trouble keeping a nanny as they leave shortly after being hired. Her first client, Jayne has inherited a house on South Batt
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always look forward to reading books in this cozy, paranormal, mystery series. The characters are endearing and the stories are original and engaging. A light and fun series that should be started with book one but can also be read as stand alones.
The Guests on South Battery (Tradd Street #5) by Karen White With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to return to work, especially when she’s awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end—and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for more than a year are about to invade her life once more.   But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the 5th book in the Tradd Street series by Karen White. I enjoy this author. She does southern women well. In this series it is all about Southern women and the ghosts around them. Paranormal stories have never been a 'go-to' genre for me but I've stayed with this series because I like the author.

I like the way the author has created fun and quirky characters and yet she has managed to instill a certain amount of normalcy, if not directly to the characters, then it is somewhere around t
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Guests on South Battery
4 Stars

Returning to work following her maternity leave, Melanie Trenholm is pleased to have a new client determined to sell the historic home that she has recently inherited. Unfortunately, the ghostly guests within are determined to have their say and Melanie has no choice but to listen ...

Although the mystery is quite predictable, there are several very compelling twists and turns. While the explanation of Hazel Pickney's death is rather obvious, it is entertaining
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, paranormal
The Guests on South Battery is the second Tradd book that we have featured at Writer’s Corner. Josephine reviewed the last book in the series. I will be sharing this one with you. I received no financial compensation for this review.


Melanie is looking forward to getting back to work after having twins. There is only one problem she has no nanny. Is it a problem that she has spreadsheets for all her children’s activities? A mother must keep track of her children. So as she heads to the
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to return to work, especially when she’s awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end—and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for more than a year are about to invade her life once more.But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, with a new client eager to sell the home she recently inherited ...more
Heather A
I found this title on offer on Penguin's First To Read site. Since in the current batch if titles there were no YA books on offer and I do like haunted house mysteries this tutor caught my attention. However, I didn't relive this was book five in an on going series. Sometimes that doesn't bother me (I came in on book seven of a long series once and just about picked up on the gist of the plot).

The idea is certainly an interesting one, the heroine has the ability to see ghosts and spirits and (I
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
If you've followed my blog for very long, you already know Karen White is one of my favorite authors and I can always depend on her books for a great read. The Guests on South Battery is the fifth installment in the Tradd Street series and I loved everything about it!

In The Guests on South Battery, Melanie is just returning to work from maternity leave and on her first day back, she meets a new client Jayne Smith. Jayne recently inherited a historic home on South Battery and wants to sell it as
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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)
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