The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #6)

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TitleThe Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #6)
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ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery, American, Southern

The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #6) Review

  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Involved and crazy! Did Not like the ending. She needs to mellow out, be a parent and wife. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This new book picks up right where the last Tradd Street story left off. Ghosts are hanging around trying to tell a story and making themselves well known enough that you just have to listen.One thing that did catch me off-guard and kind of bothered me a bit is the fact that the main character is constantly overwhelmed and constantly surrounded by other people.Whether they’re d Involved and crazy! Did Not like the ending. She needs to mellow out, be a parent and wife. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This new book picks up right where the last Tradd Street story left off. Ghosts are hanging around trying to tell a story and making themselves well known enough that you just have to listen.One thing that did catch me off-guard and kind of bothered me a bit is the fact that the main character is constantly overwhelmed and constantly surrounded by other people.Whether they’re digging in her yard, trying to steal her house from her, or volunteering her home for progressive dinners, I was exhausted reading about all of the activity. Not to mention relatives you can’t help but hate!It also made me a bit sad because Melanie never seems have time for the children and her husband which caused a huge rift. That lead to an ending that was less than ideal for me.A positive note is that the story is packed full of history and mysteries of the American Revolution and the town of Charleston. From crypts and mausoleums to creepy happenings going bump all times of the night and day, the exciting twists do keep you going page after page.Entertaining and fast-paced, this is one Christmas story that will captivate you all the way through.* copy received for review considerationfull review - https://amidlifewife.com/the-christma...
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  • Kira
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsMelanie is seeing ghosts and keeping it a secret. Jack is having troubles with his publisher. Marc is causing lots of trouble in their lives. The characters are the best part of the series. Melanie and Jack are a great couple, but they don't feel like a team most of the time. Melanie constantly withholds information from Jack. It's annoying because there isn't a good reason for it and it the cause of most of the relationship issues between them. Being married and being a mother has chan 3.5 starsMelanie is seeing ghosts and keeping it a secret. Jack is having troubles with his publisher. Marc is causing lots of trouble in their lives. The characters are the best part of the series. Melanie and Jack are a great couple, but they don't feel like a team most of the time. Melanie constantly withholds information from Jack. It's annoying because there isn't a good reason for it and it the cause of most of the relationship issues between them. Being married and being a mother has changed Melanie. Her constant desire for junk food is mentioned too often. The mystery was entertaining. A new character was introduced that helped with the case. There was a twist at the end, but there were a few hints that indicated it would happen. Everything with the mystery was solved, but there was a cliffhanger involving Melanie and Jack. His reaction at the end seemed extreme, but I'm looking forward to see how everything gets resolved in the next book.I received this from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    As a huge fan of this series, I was very much looking forward to this book. And while the mystery itself was compelling and well written as always, I find myself losing patience with the main characters. Jack and Mellie are middle-aged with small children at this point. I hope the author will stop placing their relationship in peril as a device to keep bringing readers back for the next book. It is disappointingly manipulative to the reader and makes these two "adults" very unlikeable.Full Discl As a huge fan of this series, I was very much looking forward to this book. And while the mystery itself was compelling and well written as always, I find myself losing patience with the main characters. Jack and Mellie are middle-aged with small children at this point. I hope the author will stop placing their relationship in peril as a device to keep bringing readers back for the next book. It is disappointingly manipulative to the reader and makes these two "adults" very unlikeable.Full Disclosure--NetGalley and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.
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  • Devyn Bulmahn
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it just like I’ve loved all the other Tradd Street books! It’s amazing to watch these characters grow. The storyline of this book was very similar to the others but it’s a big enough difference that it’s definitely going to keep your attention. So happy I won this book and had a chance to hopefully encourage people to become a huge Karen White fan like me!!
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  • Peggy
    January 1, 1970
    Loved receiving and reading this ARC. I've read a few of the previous books in this series and have enjoyed them all. Now awaiting the seventh book.
  • Cathy Grant
    January 1, 1970
    I won an advanced reading copy of The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street. I have loved all of the books in this series and this was another great one. I especially love the way Karen describes things, from the people, to houses and even the pets. The scene where the family is getting ready for the photo shoot for the annual family Christmas card is hilarious. It is a great book and I just can't wait for the next one in the series!
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  • Jaja
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Goodreads Giveaway and Penguin Random House for this ARC. The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street is the 6th installment of Tradd Street series from New York Times bestselling author, Karen White. In this installment, Jack, Melanie, and Jayne get mixed up with Anthony, Marc's brother. Together, with help from their bevy of friends and family members, they solve another mystery and help another ghost to find peace. I didn't enjoy this as much as I did the past four books. Hence, the two- Thank you, Goodreads Giveaway and Penguin Random House for this ARC. The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street is the 6th installment of Tradd Street series from New York Times bestselling author, Karen White. In this installment, Jack, Melanie, and Jayne get mixed up with Anthony, Marc's brother. Together, with help from their bevy of friends and family members, they solve another mystery and help another ghost to find peace. I didn't enjoy this as much as I did the past four books. Hence, the two-star rating. This book isn't as spooky as the other books and less coherent. There was a part in the book where the suspense was building up, then the chapter ends. The next chapter didn't pick up where it left off; the event was brushed under the carpet. I also felt the parts regarding Veronica's sister felt misplaced. I realized this when I was nearing the end of the book because I was expecting to get it resolved as well. The bits about Melanie's obsession with her labeling gun and her insecurity towards Jayne felt like a long soliloquy. The way the fourth book ended and how this one started, I thought Nola was connected to one of the ghosts. But that, too, didn't pan out. Despite the book's several faults, I still enjoyed the book and await the release of the seventh book. For those who haven't read the other books in the series, I advise you to start because you're missing a lot.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance copy of The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street from a Goodreads giveaway. The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street is the 6th novel in Karen White’s Tradd Street series and for fans of the series I’m sure it will not disappoint. As Christmas approaches, Melanie and company are confronted with a new ghostly mystery that connects her house on Tradd Street to another property also formerly owned by the Vanderhorst family. This time Melanie, Jack, Jayne, and Anthony Longo (series a I received an advance copy of The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street from a Goodreads giveaway. The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street is the 6th novel in Karen White’s Tradd Street series and for fans of the series I’m sure it will not disappoint. As Christmas approaches, Melanie and company are confronted with a new ghostly mystery that connects her house on Tradd Street to another property also formerly owned by the Vanderhorst family. This time Melanie, Jack, Jayne, and Anthony Longo (series antagonist Marc Longo’s brother) have to piece together clues from an old cemetery and cistern to put three new ghosts to rest and locate a possible Revolutionary War era treasure. Of course, the plot is complicated by the return of Marc Longo looking to continue to make trouble for Melanie and Jack and by Melanie’s own stubbornness and securities which once again create conflict between her and those closest to her.I have enjoyed all the books in this series, and this one is no exception. I think the ghost/mystery plot line in The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street is very interesting and one of my favorites in the series so far. I also love the setting of these books, and I love how the author incorporates real Charleston places into her stories. My only criticism is that six books deep I have gotten a little tired of reading about Sophie’s horrible fashion sense and Rich the plumber’s butt crack every time they are in scene, but I guess the author needs to build context for those who haven’t read the series from the beginning.
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  • Beverly Turner
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC as a Goodreads giveaway. I want to say upfront that although I have read other books by Karen White, I have not read any of the Tradd Street series. So that lack of background might have hindered me somewhat. I have enjoyed Ms. White's other books so much and found them hard to put down. But with this book, I had the opposite problem and found myself skimming large chunks of description that seemed to have nothing to do with the main story line.Most of the time I found Melani I received this ARC as a Goodreads giveaway. I want to say upfront that although I have read other books by Karen White, I have not read any of the Tradd Street series. So that lack of background might have hindered me somewhat. I have enjoyed Ms. White's other books so much and found them hard to put down. But with this book, I had the opposite problem and found myself skimming large chunks of description that seemed to have nothing to do with the main story line.Most of the time I found Melanie annoying. There was way too much about her OCD tendencies that didn't seem to have any bearing on the plot. Ditto for her sweet tooth cravings. And her jealousy/resentment of her sister, Jayne, seemed over the top, too. Also, I found Jack's reaction at the end of the book to be overblown. And, frankly, there were times I had trouble keeping all of the secondary characters straight. But these issues might not have been issues for me if I had read the previous Tradd Street novels.I did find the plot puzzle interesting. That's what kept me turning pages more than any identification with the protagonist. I feel others who have followed this character through the other books may have an entirely different take on this book. I know I have enjoyed Ms. White's other stand-alone novels and will definitely be reading more of them.
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  • Susan Burlew
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book! I won it in a giveaway a few months ago. This is book six in the series. After reading a few chapters I knew I would really enjoy it so being me I stopped reading it. I started with book one The House on Tradd Street. Melanie Middleton is a realtor in Charleston, SC. She gets a call about listing a house on Tradd Street. She has tea with the old gentleman who owns the house. While she's there she also sees a ghost. Melanie has been seeing and hearing ghosts for as long as she I LOVED this book! I won it in a giveaway a few months ago. This is book six in the series. After reading a few chapters I knew I would really enjoy it so being me I stopped reading it. I started with book one The House on Tradd Street. Melanie Middleton is a realtor in Charleston, SC. She gets a call about listing a house on Tradd Street. She has tea with the old gentleman who owns the house. While she's there she also sees a ghost. Melanie has been seeing and hearing ghosts for as long as she can remember. She tries to ignore them by loudly singing Abba songs. A few days later she finds out that the owner has died and left her the house. By book six she is married with young twins and trying to deal with the costs of the house and various family members. After a big storm part of her yard collapses. An old cistern is found along with some spirits. As usual some are evil and she has another mystery to solve. Melanie has many quirks like making spreadsheets for everything. There's lots of interesting facts about restoring historic houses along with humor, romance, ghosts and her nutty family and friends. Highly recommend!!!
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  • Jacque
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t let the title fool you...the story is set during the Christmas season, but there’s no warm Christmas feelings in the book and the spirits have nothing to do with Christmas. Melanie and her husband Jack are once again being sabotaged by Marc (who stole Jack’s book idea in an earlier story). I really enjoyed the earlier books in this series, so I was excited to see this new addition. The mystery is very good, but I disliked Melanie in this book. She has gone beyond eccentric to self-centered Don’t let the title fool you...the story is set during the Christmas season, but there’s no warm Christmas feelings in the book and the spirits have nothing to do with Christmas. Melanie and her husband Jack are once again being sabotaged by Marc (who stole Jack’s book idea in an earlier story). I really enjoyed the earlier books in this series, so I was excited to see this new addition. The mystery is very good, but I disliked Melanie in this book. She has gone beyond eccentric to self-centered and blind to anyone else’s needs. Yes, she apparently has OCD, but she doesn’t seek any help because it’s always everyone else’s fault that they don’t appreciate her way of controlling everything. By the end of the book, I was tired of her immaturity and amazed at the patience of her family and friends. I felt Mellie’s problems overshadowed the mystery (and the ghosts).
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't realize this book was the 6th in the series when I entered the contest. When my husband found it on my front porch I was excited to think that I had an early copy of the book and quickly finished the book I was reading so I could start my new book. I haven't read any of the Tradd Street Series yet. I have a few, but wanted to get the first two so I would read them in order. Although I have read ten other books by Karen White and was eager to start this one. I enjoyed reading the book wi I didn't realize this book was the 6th in the series when I entered the contest. When my husband found it on my front porch I was excited to think that I had an early copy of the book and quickly finished the book I was reading so I could start my new book. I haven't read any of the Tradd Street Series yet. I have a few, but wanted to get the first two so I would read them in order. Although I have read ten other books by Karen White and was eager to start this one. I enjoyed reading the book with all the twist and turns of the adventure. It had everything you could ask for in a book from start to finish. I will venture out to get the missing books from my series to see what Tradd Street is all about in Charleston. Thank you for the chance to read it before the holidays when my reading time seems to slip away until January.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't realize this book was the 6th in the series when I entered the contest for an ARC, but not having read 1-5 did not at all hinder my understanding or enjoyment of the story. This is a rollicking little read, full of humor, history, action, and "spirited" characters. I loved the descriptive writing, and how the city of Charleston becomes a part of the story rather than just being a backdrop. This is the first book by Karen White I've read, and I plan to get my hands on the first five book I didn't realize this book was the 6th in the series when I entered the contest for an ARC, but not having read 1-5 did not at all hinder my understanding or enjoyment of the story. This is a rollicking little read, full of humor, history, action, and "spirited" characters. I loved the descriptive writing, and how the city of Charleston becomes a part of the story rather than just being a backdrop. This is the first book by Karen White I've read, and I plan to get my hands on the first five books in this series this week so I can continue to get to know her cast of characters. If you're wondering whether or not they're engaging at all, I found myself furious at some of them and laughing heartily at others. So yes, I was fully into this story. Fans of Jenny Colgan and her Little Beach Street Bakery series will love this one.
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  • Robinn
    January 1, 1970
    So glad Melanie has Jayne to help balance her a bit...if only she would be sensible enough to ask for her more often.Everyone is pooling their info and some pieces are rather unsettling. "Matt" is even more loathsome that usual, but Anthony seems okay. I have to admit that I liked Rebecca better by the end of the book.These books have some of the most interesting people in them. They don't seem like characters - they feel like people! They are friends that I will miss after the end of the series So glad Melanie has Jayne to help balance her a bit...if only she would be sensible enough to ask for her more often.Everyone is pooling their info and some pieces are rather unsettling. "Matt" is even more loathsome that usual, but Anthony seems okay. I have to admit that I liked Rebecca better by the end of the book.These books have some of the most interesting people in them. They don't seem like characters - they feel like people! They are friends that I will miss after the end of the series. The worst part about this book is how long it is until the last one in the series comes out. The Christmas season sounds beautiful but so much was going on that nobody really got to enjoy it. It was nice to see Jack lighten up a little bit about Cooper. Nola handles things quite well, like always I have to admit that I could see some things coming. I was disappointed because one plot line still hasn't been resolved. Well, more than one, but that's all I'm saying. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and am so grateful, as I love Ms White's books! I will have a more complete review when I finish the book. I will do my best to review all aspects in an accurate manner.
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  • Derek Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Melanie Trenholm and husband Jack have been in their house only a few years when an old cistern has been discovered in her garden. Local students who have been excavating colonial artifacts found it. Strange things are happening. Melanie is concerned about the ghosts that have invaded her house. Is there a treasure buried in the backyard? Someone who thinks so will stop at nothing to find it. Karen White keeps the reader interested in this very well written ghost thriller. Thank you for the oppo Melanie Trenholm and husband Jack have been in their house only a few years when an old cistern has been discovered in her garden. Local students who have been excavating colonial artifacts found it. Strange things are happening. Melanie is concerned about the ghosts that have invaded her house. Is there a treasure buried in the backyard? Someone who thinks so will stop at nothing to find it. Karen White keeps the reader interested in this very well written ghost thriller. Thank you for the opportunity to receive this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have already passed it on to a friend.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    A Goodreads Giveaway!! 4.5 rounded up. I love Karen White and I especially love this series so I was very excited to win an advance of The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street. Jack and Melanie (“Mellie”) are back with another mystery, this one involving ghosts from the American Revolution. There’s plenty of Christmas spirit, mystery and paranormal elements. Millie’s need to control everything ends up causing her some serious problems in the end. But, that only works in favor of the reader since we A Goodreads Giveaway!! 4.5 rounded up. I love Karen White and I especially love this series so I was very excited to win an advance of The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street. Jack and Melanie (“Mellie”) are back with another mystery, this one involving ghosts from the American Revolution. There’s plenty of Christmas spirit, mystery and paranormal elements. Millie’s need to control everything ends up causing her some serious problems in the end. But, that only works in favor of the reader since we are sure that another installment will be needed to resolve things. I love everything Karen White writes and am a huge fan of this series. Highly recommended!
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  • Linda Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Penguin Random House and Goodreads for an ARC of this book. I haven’t read the previous Tradd Street books, and didn’t realize that this was the sixth in a series, but it did well as a stand alone too. I thoroughly enjoyed parts of it, though the storyline got pretty complicated and a little convoluted, especially towards the end. The ending is the reason for the three stars. I’m sure there’ll be a book 7 at some point, and things will resolve, but Jack’s over-reaction was a bit ridicu Thanks to Penguin Random House and Goodreads for an ARC of this book. I haven’t read the previous Tradd Street books, and didn’t realize that this was the sixth in a series, but it did well as a stand alone too. I thoroughly enjoyed parts of it, though the storyline got pretty complicated and a little convoluted, especially towards the end. The ending is the reason for the three stars. I’m sure there’ll be a book 7 at some point, and things will resolve, but Jack’s over-reaction was a bit ridiculous, and just spoiled the whole thing for me.
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  • Cheryl King
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate to win an advance copy The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street in a sweepstakes. I was hooked from the first sentence. Karen White's writing is so beautifully descriptive. It was fun getting back into the adventures of Melanie and Jack, and their families and friends. I always appreciate the in depth research that goes into Karen White's writing. The subjects of ghosts, spirits, and paranormal happenings are of particular interest to me lately and I thoroughly enjoyed the way those I was fortunate to win an advance copy The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street in a sweepstakes. I was hooked from the first sentence. Karen White's writing is so beautifully descriptive. It was fun getting back into the adventures of Melanie and Jack, and their families and friends. I always appreciate the in depth research that goes into Karen White's writing. The subjects of ghosts, spirits, and paranormal happenings are of particular interest to me lately and I thoroughly enjoyed the way those subjects were handled in this very entertaining book.
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  • Elizabeth Henry
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. That being said...now I have to read the rest of Karen Whites books!!! It was absolutely phenomenal!! And I so did not see the ending coming. Being someone who has certain "gifts", I could relate with the main characters. I loved all the different relationships. Family is complicated....but this book makes those complications entertaining. Definitely a must read!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    The newest installment in the Tradd Street series is a another winner! Karen White brings the history of Charleston alive and throws in some history of the American Revolution as well. You can definitely tell that the author is including some things in the book that will lead into the 7th installment of the series. The ghostly/mystery plot line is entertaining as always, and the newest mystery that connects Melanie's house on Tradd Street with another Charleston property makes this a fun read. A The newest installment in the Tradd Street series is a another winner! Karen White brings the history of Charleston alive and throws in some history of the American Revolution as well. You can definitely tell that the author is including some things in the book that will lead into the 7th installment of the series. The ghostly/mystery plot line is entertaining as always, and the newest mystery that connects Melanie's house on Tradd Street with another Charleston property makes this a fun read. All in all, an enjoyable Christmas read.
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from the Goodreads giveaway! Although having a Christmas theme, I didn’t mind the out of season setting. It was just enough to give you the feel but not too much to be overly holiday themed. I loved the connection of all of these characters and how they got along while sometimes disagreeing. The flow of the story was seamless. I was interested to the very last page and wish there was another chapter to keep me from guessing what happens next.
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  • Emily Chandler
    January 1, 1970
    I like this series. I really do. But I am ready for some relational happiness as stability, if you know what I mean. That ending hit hard and I wasn’t a huge fan of it. I do like that there are hints to the other books, as it’s been a while since I read them. But it felt a bit factual, not really relating to the plot. Hopefully there is another, to settle all the things. *won ARC copy through goodreads giveaway!
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    I was going to read this book closer to Christmas, but as I skimmed through I was hooked. I have not read any books by Karen White before and I was not disappointed. As a history buff, I was excited to win this book and from the beginning of the story, I was cheering for Melanie and Jack as they struggled to keep what was rightfully theirs. Cant wait to read more from Karen!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Karen White does a great job writing mysteries! Lots of twists and turns in this one. A clever mystery to solve that will keep you guessing. I did keep getting frustrated with Melanie. Just want to shake her! Thank you Goodreads for the ARC. Looking forward to the 7th in the series
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  • Ginger
    January 1, 1970
    I received this pre-release book to read and review. Karen White delivers another great read in her Tradd Street tradition. This was another "can't put it down, don't want it to end" books. If you're a Tradd Street fan, you'll love this book, too. Now I'm anxious for the next installment!
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  • Virginia Irish-kenyon
    January 1, 1970
    Another winner by Karen White! I just love her Tradd Street series and I so enjoy reading them. Her characters are wonderful and her writing style is superb - the words just flow across the page. If you like books set in the Lowcountry, you will love this book (and the entire series).
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  • Pernette
    January 1, 1970
    The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White is an excellent read. Karen White definitely knows how to weave a good story. All of the regular Tradd Street characters are back. The spirits are still making appearances and some causing trouble but not as much as Marc Longo. There seems to be a black aura around him. Meanwhile, another ghost wants Melanie to help solve her murder. I did not like the ending at all. Great read. Would definitely recommend.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Story too complicated. Somewhat unbelievable ( and not about the ghosts)!
  • Barbara Ranous
    January 1, 1970
    A delightful story - well written. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read and review this story.
  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Charleston is a great city... nice to read about places you remember.. perhaps we should have gone on a 'spirit' tour..
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