These are the easiest five stars I have given. I can never stop a "Tradd Street" story; weaving the very best elements that I seek every time I consult any novel! These magnetic plots are propelled purely by mysteriousness, whether or not Melanie uncovers misdeeds at some end. They are about secrets: exhilarating riddles inside architectural clues, testing Charleston history and family lore, and communing with spirits! One is dangerous, whom Melanie and her Mother avoided all their lives. The recovery of their heritage home precipitates an urgency to learn who the vicious spectre is.
Nothing invests emotions like a high-speed novel in which the heroine unravels answers about herself. I am aware I constantly hope a mystery will be about something curious and will have a meaningful spirit encounter. It is exciting that Melanie and Ginnette, her retired opera Mother, are born from women who can see and speak with them. One cost ladies of the recent four generations a lot but they built lives of beautiful memories and love. This contact with the ethereal realm, ciphers to solve, and hidden places to look enthral me and Karen did not squander this wonder on an eighteen year-old. She gives us a realistic forty year-old heroine!
Even her writing suits me: brisk conversations; never lurching out of the fiction with an extraneous "she said", "he said". Most importantly, we follow how Melanie feels. Growth abounds in this series. Her Father looks like he will believe Melanie and Ginnette were never speaking to thin air! There is a scary action scene that raises these novels far past the calibre I hoped. It is a thrill to accompany Melanie's small circle, who combine their gifts for puzzles and investigating. It leaves a unifying feeling. These spectacular books are the reason I read.