Thursday, February 26, 2009

The House on Tradd Street

The House on Tradd Street The House on Tradd Street by Karen White

Book 11 of 25 for the Support Your Local Library Challenge
Book 22 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge

rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The run of mysteries I've been reading lately has made me remember why I loved Nancy Drew so much as a kid.  I like the mental exercise of figuring the mystery out, good mysteries are usually page turners, and I kind of like being a little bit spooked.  

The House on Tradd Street was our in-person book club choice this month.  Most of our book club has been to Charleston, which makes the reading experience extra fun.  Melanie Middleton is a thirty-nine year old realtor who specializes in the historic housing district of Charleston. She is bequeathed an old home with the stipulation that she must restore it to its former glory as well as solve a 80 year mystery surrounding the house.  Melanie is helped along they way by a local author (who happens to be very cute!) who needs a career comeback and her father, with whom she has a rocky relationship.  Melanie also has an extra gift that both helps and hurts her along the way--she can see dead people.

I think Karen White is a great storyteller.  However, the writing was repetitive in parts and the typos were inexcusable. But, the plot was gripping and I'll definitely read the next one in this series when it comes out in November.

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5 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I've been wanting to read this book, but typos really bug.

Tricia said...

Bermuda: They totally do! I can't believe how many I've run into lately too! But, I know you love Charleston at least as much as I do, so I think you should read it! :)

Diane said...

I read this one and my reaction was pretty much the same as yours.

Serena said...

I noticed some of the typos, but I guess they weren't enough to bother me too much.

Here's the link to my review:

http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/11/house-on-tradd-street-by-karen-white.html

Melissa said...

Your final sentences made me laugh. :) It's a sign of a good storyteller if the annoyances are outweighed by the story.