I really liked this book! I took a leap of faith in getting it, as I knew nothing of the author or narrator, but it turned out to be one of my favorit..Show More »e listens to date. I usually listen to detective thrillers, and that will no doubt remain my genre of choice, but this was a pleasant change of pace from the hard edged style of that type of mystery, and those rough (and sometimes brutal) characters. Good writing and the narrator was OUTSTANDING, with her melodic, southern drawl. A real pleasure to listen to her read. The mystery, like the entire book, wasn't terribly heavy, but it was so engaging that I found myself almost listening to it straight through. The paranormal aspects were believable (not hokey) and they gave a spooky ambiance to the story without being too much. Don't worry if you're squeamish - The Shining, this was not. It won't keep you up at night, but it had just enough scare factor to satisfy a reader looking for something with that type of twist. That was part of the enjoyment of the book. It was just a nice book. A good mystery with some ghosts thrown in, and a romance that actually had some honest-to-goodness chemistry. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a light paranormal mystery, that is a very easy listen, and yet captivating enough to keep you truly entertained throughout the entire story.
Despite what some various reviews have said, I enjoyed this novel just as much as the first one. Yes, the the female protagonist is prissy, yes, ther..Show More »e is predictability but it still was fun to see how the mystery unravelled and yes, I guessed at a few additional plot twists.
BUT, reflecting back on it I really am amazed at how well Karen White made me suspend reality to think the ghosts and psychic abilities of several characters exist. So much so, I expect the ghosts to materialize.
As I said about the The House on Tradd Street, I like the narrator. She keeps the characters clear enough to distinquish and her characterization of Melanie fits! I feel like I am back home again with the somewhat exaggerated accents.
If you are interested in the book I recommend you read Tradd Street first because it lays the groundwork for the characters although I think Legare Street will stand alone ok.
If you're not especially picky, I think the story is light-hearted reading and fun. Go for it!
I loved The House on Tradd Street and The Girl on Legare Street, but I believe The Strangers on Montagu Street is my favorite of the three in this ser..Show More »ies. I listened to the entire book in just a little over 24 hours - and it's not like I didn't have anything else to do! I admit to being somewhat surprised by how much I enjoy this series. I usually listen to history, or historical fiction. I am a West coast person who has never even visited Charleston. But when I listen to Aimee Bruneau's excellent narration I can feel the sunlight, smell the flowers, and picture the neighborhoods so clearly. I felt a little sad as this book neared the end because I doubted there would be a 4th installment - but I was thrilled to hear "to be continued" at the closing. If you like a touch of the paranormal that isn't so scary that it will make you hide under the covers at night, this series is just right. There is romance, but it's not overwhelming. Brava Ms. White!
A fun, quirky read with quick wit and a fast pace that kept me intrigued throughout. I quickly became attached to the characters right along with each..Show More » of their bizarre and funny idiosyncrasies.
Melanie our main character is pregnant and has just turned down a marriage proposal from Jack, the father. She is a head strong gal who thinks he is just asking because of the baby. He on the other hand is in love with her and is hoping she will reconsider. Melanie is a phychic, her mother has the ability to tell the history surrounding objects and they both can see ghosts. The people of Charlotte, NC have their suspisions and there is plenty of gossip, but Melanies family knows how to keep their secrets.
The backdrop for this ghostly story is her inherited historical mansion on Tradd St., of course, and during some renovations that are being done, the remains of a baby are found in the old foundation. While forensics are being performed on the remains, the crying, ghost sightings and a complicated pregnancy, just about have Melanie at her wits end. While she is trying to hold it all together she is also having to deal with her aggressive best friend, her shallow, impolite cousin and a wedding, not her own, that has been thrust upon her.
Aimee Bruneau is the perfect voice for this Southern group and has just enough sarcasm to make the dry wit hit home. This series reviews get better as it goes along so I may read the one right before this one but I am looking forward to continuing on with it as the new books come out. Recommend to those who like cozy ghost stories.