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The House on Tradd Street

(Tradd Street #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  20,111 ratings  ·  2,107 reviews
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 d
Paperback, 329 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Berkley Books (first published August 2nd 2008)
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Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished, mystery
The opening of the book caused me to fear that White had aspirations toward Literature:

Pewter reflections of scarlet hibiscus colored the dirt-smudged windows of the old house, like happy memories of youth trapped inside the shell of an old man. The broken pediments... And there are immediate intimations of Dark Family Secrets, parental abandonment, etc that have left our protagonists alone, rootless, approaching middle age.

But this fear was unfounded. Literary pretensions exhausted, White quic
Ugh. I was tricked. TRICKED!
And by my own self, which really embitters me.

I have a boring personal story that explains why I listened to this book and didn't give up when I realized I had picked the wrong piece of entertainment. It's here: (view spoiler)
The House on Tradd Street by Karen White is a 2008 NAL publication.

This year I have made some changes to my reading habits by cutting back on review copies, which can introduce me to new authors and genres, but can also cause me to miss out on some really good books, too.

Karen White is one of those authors that I have been missing out on and so I decided to get with the program and check out a few of her novels.

This book is the first in a four book series, set in Charleston, South Carolina.

Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The House On Tradd Street” is outside Karen White’s norm. Fortunately, she made a series of it! Nattering reviews nearly talked me out of this book. To the contrary: this is my coveted kind of novel that I’ve been longing to read! Know this: ghost fiction for adults is rare. I don’t want vampires, demons, nor a “young adult” protagonist. I want a big old house to explore and really mystical encounters. Karen excels at three-dimensional people with long reaches to the past. Melanie is a real est ...more
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Great book with great characters... looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
Barely readable. But that might just be me. I know - to my horror and disgust - that there is a market for pseudo-ghost-story-romance-Southern-literature.
Mellie is a Modern Woman with daddy issues (alcoholic ne'er-do-well) AND mommy issues (abandonment).
Also, she happens to see/communicate with ghosts, in a consistent and improbable way (conversations).
Also, she sells old houses, even though old houses make her want to retch from the layers of ghost droppings, and she cannot even touch an old
Diane S ☔
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these Tradd Street house reads. Good mixture of romantic suspense, secrecy reveals and the past coming alive to influence the future.
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anna horner, suey
Karen White's The House on Tradd Street is part romance, part ghost story, part mystery. The narration of this novel grips the reader with its beautiful descriptions of South Carolina and the historic neighborhoods of Charleston. Melanie Middleton specializes in historic home sales, though she hates historic homes and believes those who buy historic homes are saps willing to waste thousands of dollars on renovations. Fate brings her into the home of Mr. Vanderhorst, who asks Melanie if she saw a ...more
✨ Gramy ✨
The House on Tradd Street is Book 1 of 6 in the 'Tradd Street' series written by Karen White and narrated by Aimee Brunea. Thanksto my local library, I was able to borrow the audible version of this series on my Kindle. I really enjoyed this narrator's performance of this book.

The story focuses on the paranormal influences in old mansions in the Charleston historical area. When historical estate realtor, Melanie Middleton, a native Charlestonian, who can't stand old houses, meets with the own
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
It took me a little bit to get into this which is surprising because I love Kate White’s work. I knew to keep reading, though, because of this. Before I knew it I was completely engrossed in this story. Good characters, a little mysterious, ghosts, and humor. I couldn’t ask for anything more form Karen White. So glad that I finally picked this book up!
Ivonne Rovira
The House on Tradd Street is a decent enough mystery, if not a great one. The characters, other than Nevin Vanderhorst, never rise above two dimensions. Real-estate agent Melanie Middleton will strike some as a bit dense when, torn between two men, she cannot discern which one is trustworthy and which is not. Long before our protagonists, readers will determine the identity of the menacing ghost on the second floor and guess the final whereabouts of Louisa Vanderhorst and Joseph Longo; however, ...more
Becky Morlok
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like being 12-years old again (with more adult themes of course) and disappearing into a Nancy Drew book. This was my second Karen White book (On Folly Beach was the first - 5*'s), both perfect summer reads. I was dreading the finish of Tradd Street as I would miss this pleasure - until I realized at the end that she included the first chapter A SEQUEL: The Girl on Legere Street. OH YES! My fingers immediately located it on!

I signed up for White's mailing list, F
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
My problem with this book was not that I particularly disliked the story, but that I could not stand the main character, Melanie. There were many reasons for this not the least of which was that she ate doughnuts and desserts all day but somehow remained skinny. That's reason enough to hate anyone. Additionally, she was naive, whiny, name it. And for some reason, the author wants to subject me to a sequel so that I can discover more of her annoying personality traits. I think I'll p ...more
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sara by: Gwen
4.5 stars. This book was beautifully written and had a great plot that kept me interested. Melanie is a realtor in Charleston whose specialty is selling historical houses; she, however, does not like these old houses because she has always had the unwanted ability to see ghosts, who assemble in greater numbers around historical places. When a client dies and surprises Melanie by leaving her his entire estate, Melanie is forced to live in the old house and work on restoring it while doing her bes ...more
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Amy by: Kathie DuTremble
This book was given to me by a non-reader friend, who is a friend of the author. She was very excited to recommend a book to me, yet also apologetic that it probably wasn't "the kind of thing you usually read" (Ha! She's obviously never taken a look at my eclectic shelf!)

There were things I both liked and didn't like about the book. Liked that it was set in Charleston, in an area that is within a block of where javaczuk works. And that the two main houses mentioned were on streets I'm really fam
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have found a new favorite author, and her name is Karen White! I picked this e-book up through my local library without reading the full description, and after I read the summary I thought it would be silly. I love any books placed in the south, and Charleston esepcially was great, but Melanie can see ghosts..I thought oh no another attempt at a spooky chick lit I see dead people story. I gave it a chance and was immediately drawn in. Funny, well written, great characters, and so compelling I ...more
Laura • lauralovestoread
Looking for a book on my TBR that involved a ghost story, I had to look no further once finding The House on Tradd Street. Karen White has a way with her writing to take you back in time, one adventure at a time. While some people criticized this book as lackluster, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found myself a bit creeped out by the dark entity that is taking residence inside the Tradd Street historical home. I really loved this book and I’m happy to see where the next historical ghost story in t ...more
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 House on Tradd Street
4 Stars

Melanie Middleton is a no-nonsense real estate agent who just happens to see ghosts. Melanie has always managed to push her unusual ability aside until the day she inherits a dilapidated old house from an old man she barely knew. All of sudden, Melanie becomes the center of attention not only from a gorgeous writer obsessed with old mysteries and a wealthy tycoon with connections to the house, but from a pair of spirits who may or may not have malevolent intention
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is rife with so many issues and themes that it could have easily become a tangled, unreadable mess. The fact that Karen White was able to deftly handle each and every plot is a testament to her talent as a writer. She was able to tackle everything from ghosts (both of the benevolent and evil varieties) to treasure, betrayals, love, abandonment, and even how one goes about restoring an old house to its former splendor.

Through all of that, White managed to create characters that are dee
I don’t usually write reviews but this time my head is spinning.

Where to start?

First: editor. Is it that difficult or expensive to find one? The book is full of inconsistencies like drinks changing from one minute to the next or they being in the car and next line somewhere else.
And she complains about losing sight, (in a word she can’t see an elephant if it steps on her toe) but refuses to wear glasses. Still, that’s not a problem to read all kind of letters, diaries and articles.
I won’t commen
Sep 09, 2010 rated it liked it
The mystery of this book was wonderfully plotted. The inclusion of cyphers, ghosts, a hidden treasure, and other mysteries kept me reading long into the night. But the actual writing of the book was awful enough to make me knock a couple of stars off my final vote.

For one thing, the protagonist was one of those "fresh off the boat, I'm 39 but I act like I've never lived a day of life before today" ignorant types. That sort of protagonist just drives me crazy. And if I read the words "she laughe
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
I didn't care much for this book. When I read it, it kept me interested but after I finished it I realized I didn't even want to read the sequel. The characters did very little for me. They felt like stale stereotypes that I had read about before except with different names.
The main character: A repressed, uptight workaholic.
Main character's best friend: A carefree hippie who tries to loosen main character up.
Possible love interest: Charming, handsome rogue fond of making innuendoes. Main charac
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had been wanting to read this for a long time and finally made time to do it. I love all novels that are set in the Low Country and this one was no exception. I felt like I was transported to Charleston which is one of my favorite cities in the south. It was a pleasure to read and I can't wait to start the rest of the books in the series. ...more
M.  [storme reads a lot]
A fun southern mystery! I had a blast with it. I would continue the series
Richard K. Wilson
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ghosts
Can we ever get enough good ghost stories?!! This is the first in a 6 books 'series ?' and I cannot wait to get into the rest of them!

You know me, I usually do not do reviews on anything but a good horror story.....BUT this has got to be one of the best ghost stories I have read all year......yes, and it is only 14 days into the new year! lol. No, but seriously....I had read the 4th book years ago, not knowing it was a series, and it was a great read, then I found out that is was a series.....OM
Susan (susayq ~)
This was a little darker than what I usually read, even in the mystery genre. But it was good. Melanie is a bit dense sometimes, but I liked her. And I definitely liked Jack lol the mystery was good and I loved how it turned out.
Sheila Burke
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an absolutely lovely book! My first from this author, the story was fleshed out beautifully. Although I'm not sure why, I have been hesitant to read it, but now I'm glad I did. Very entertaining, and kept my attention all the way through. Well-written, well-paced, and creative. Definitely worth the time to read. ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is mystery novel with a house as a major theme within the book. The main character Melanie Middleton inherits a historical house located in Charleston, SC on Tradd Street and it is in need of being renovated, and it also has some unsettled deceased occupants that need to be released from this world. Melanie has the ability to interpret what the ghost are in need of little by little to help them on their way. There isn't anything scary, well not much, about the ghost. What I really loved abo ...more
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Given that I purchased this book at a Friends of the Library booksale for a dollar (Don't you just love their book sales?), I would say that this book was well worth the investment. That being said, I don't think I'll be running out to pay full price for the next installment of the Melanie-series that is apparently scheduled to be released later this year. Perhaps I will check it out of the library.

After finishing the book, I did a little research on other books that she had previously written.
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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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