[first book]

The first book of my recently re-started 52 in 52 challenge was Karen White's The House on Tradd Street, which is the first in the Tradd Street series by White.

Melanie Middleton is a Charleston realtor who specializes in selling old houses and can see ghosts. After a strange meeting with a potential client, Middleton discovers that she has inherited a historic Tradd Street home. Shortly after inheriting the home, Middleton meets Charelston native and author Jack Trenholm. Trenholm is working on a new book about Confederate diamonds rumored to be hidden in the house and is prepared to charm the new owner to find them. As it turns out, he's not the only one interested in the diamonds. As Middleton, Trenholm, and a cast of other characters begin renovations they disturb a formerly dormant malicious presence in the house. The crew has to act fast to solve the house's mysteries and stop forces both inside and outside the house from harming them.

I'm a long time fan of White's writing. They're the perfect books for when you want an easy, engrossing read that's still well-written. Tradd Street is slightly different from other White books. While there's always a touch of romance, mystery, and Southern charm, the supernatural element places the cast in real danger this time around. White's a thorough researcher (she spends time on location before writing about it) so Charleston feels authentic, not Googled. The supernatural isn't hokey either, which is refreshing. I would definitely recommend Tradd Street and I know I'll be reading the rest of the series in the future.

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