The Attic on Queen Street by Karen White
Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication: November 2nd 2021 by Berkley
Genre: Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery, Southern, Paranormal, Womens Fiction
From Goodreads: 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.
My Thoughts: Tradd Street Series is wonderful, and I am sad that this is the final book in the series but excited to see more of Beau and Nola in the new series coming from Karen White. Each book in this series continues exactly where the one before it lets off and I do recommend reading them in order.
In this book we find Mellie and Jack separated but living in the same house as a movie is being filmed in their house. The attraction and love between Mellie and Jack is still there and I was cheering for them to get past their differences and find a way to get back together. I liked that even though they were separated they still respect each other, and the Almost Kiss Count had me wanting them to Almost Kiss through the whole book.
I loved the family dynamics, the interaction of the ghosts, and the way Karen White pulled all the loose ends together leaving me not needing more but still wanting more. The theme baby shower was so funny, I cannot imagine what the guests truly thought when they received that invitation and arrived at the party. The setting of Charleston is rich with history that is shared through the ghosts and through the detailed description of the community.
The Attic on Queen Street is the perfect last book in the series.
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About Karen: (From her website) Karen White is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 29 books, including the Tradd Street series, The Last Night in London, Dreams of Falling, The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, and A Long Time Gone. She is the coauthor of All the Ways We Said Goodbye, The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband near Atlanta, Georgia.