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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The Attic on Queen Street by Karen White- Feature and Review


Return to the house on Tradd Street for one last time as the bestselling series featuring psychic medium Melanie Trenholm comes to a hauntingly spectacular finale.

After the devastating events of the past few months, the last thing Melanie Trenholm wants is to think about the future. Why, when her husband, Jack, has asked for a separation—a separation that might have been her fault? Nevertheless, with twin toddlers, a stepdaughter leaving for college soon, a real estate career to resume and a historic home that is still being restored, Melanie doesn’t have much time to wonder where it all went wrong—but that doesn’t stop her from trying to win her husband back.

Their relationship issues are pushed aside, however, when longtime nemesis, Marc Longo, comes to them with a proposition: allow their Tradd Street house to be used as the filming location for the movie adaptation of Marc’s bestselling book, and he will help Jack re-establish his stalled writing career. Despite Melanie’s hesitation, Jack jumps at the chance. But Melanie’s doubts soon prove to be well founded when she uncovers ulterior reasons for Marc wanting to be back in their house—reasons that include a hidden gem so brilliant that legend links it to the most infamous jewel of all, the Hope Diamond.

But Melanie has an unexpected ally in protecting the house and its inhabitants—the ghost of a Civil War era girl warns her of increasing threats to her family. But she’s not the only spirit who is haunting Melanie. A malevolent ghost seems determined to stop Melanie from investigating the decades-old murder of a friend’s sister, and this spirit will stop at nothing to protect its secrets—even from beyond the grave.

Melanie and Jack must work together to find the answers before evil spirits of past and present destroy everything they love.



The Attic on Queen Street (Tradd Street, #7)The Attic on Queen Street by Karen White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Attic on Queen Street by Karen White is a 2021 Berkley publication.

Couldn’t have asked for a better series' finale!!

Jack and Melanie have separated, and it would seem Melanie is taking it much harder than Jack. While the movie preparations are taking place, though, Jack is encouraged to move back into the house, with Melanie- at least temporarily.

At first, Melanie is pleased with this development- but soon finds the situation even more untenable, as Jack teases, then pulls away- trying everyone’s patience… including mine!

Meanwhile, Melanie is trying to get her real estate groove back as she continues to work on the case concerning a friend’s missing sister-

While also dealing a spirit that warns, Melanie’s stepdaughter, Nola, to beware a tall man.

If that weren’t enough, she’s got her hands full with twins, a creepy coffin doll, and her old nemesis Marc Longo’s snooping around the house looking for more treasure…

This series has been one of my all-time favorites! It’s a combination of mystery, adventure, and the paranormal, with fun dialogue, create characters, and plenty of family drama, and romance.

The previous installment left me feeling bereft, and I remained worried nearly the entire way through this book, my heart up in my throat, as I began to wonder if one of my favorite book couples would make it or not.

The two mysteries Melanie works to solve are both compelling, and very well-plotted. In fact, the writing here was superb from start to finish!

By the time the final page was turned I had a deep feeling of satisfaction with the way Karen White wrapped everything up for these awesome characters!

Not only that, but a wonderful surprise will give fans an exciting preview into Nola’s future, in one of my favorite book locales. I can’t wait to follow Nola’s adventures and hope we can occasionally receive a few updates from Charleston…

Overall, if you haven’t read this series, I suggest reading the books in order, you’ll be glad you did- but if you don’t have time, at least read book six before starting this one… oh- and grab a few donuts and queue up some ABBA to set the mood!

It is sad to see the curtain go down on this series, but Karen White really did the characters, and the history of Charleston, justice by giving them one heck of a send-off!



I grew up being a voracious reader and it was a natural step to turn my interest to writing. I have published 28 award-winning and bestselling novels including my latest release, THE CHRISTMAS SPIRITS ON TRADD STREET, published by Penguin Random House in October, 2019. This is the 6th book in the Tradd Street series, to be followed by the final book, THE ATTIC ON QUEEN STREET, scheduled for publication on November 2, 2021

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