🎧 The Shop on Royal Street by Karen White

April 11th, 2022 Kimberly Review 5 Comments

11th Apr

I’ve read/listened to some of Karen White’s standalone novels and loved them, but have always wanted to try her Tradd Street series, so when I discovered, The Shop on Royal Street, book one in her new spin-off series I knew I had to listen.

🎧 The Shop on Royal Street by Karen White
The Shop on Royal Street
by Karen White
Series: Royal Street #1
Narrator: Sophie Amoss
Length: 14 hours and 8 minutes
Genres: Mystery
Source: Publisher
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Nola Trenholm is hopeful for a fresh start in the Big Easy but must deal with ghosts from her past—as well as new ones—in this first book in a spin-off series of Karen White's New York Times bestselling Tradd Street novels.

After a difficult detour on her road to adulthood, Nola Trenholm is looking to begin anew in New Orleans, and what better way to start her future than with her first house? But the historic fixer-upper she buys comes with even more work than she anticipated when the house’s previous occupants don’t seem to be ready to depart.

Although she can’t communicate with ghosts like her stepmother can, luckily Nola knows someone in New Orleans who is able to—even if he’s the last person on earth she wants anything to do with ever again. Beau Ryan comes with his own dark past—a past that involves the disappearance of his sister and parents during Hurricane Katrina—and he’s connected to the unsolved murder of a woman who once lived in the old Creole cottage Nola is determined to make her own...whether the resident restless spirits agree or not.

mystery paranormal Southern SUSPENSE

Nola Trenholm is looking for a fresh start and has purchased a fixer-upper in the Big Easy. But this historic fixer upper could spell trouble when its previous occupants don’t seem to want to depart. A little paranormal woo-woo, an unsolved murder and a missing persons case all weave together in this southern mystery.

Narrated by Sophie Amoss, I slipped right into this intriguing tale. As I stated, I hadn’t listened to the Tradd Street novels, and we met some crossover characters, but I didn’t feel lost. It nudged me once more to add them to my TBR pile, though.

The home Nola purchases has a tainted past. In particular, a murder occurred there. Family members with the sight aren’t sure she should make the purchase. While Nola doesn’t have the gift she can sense things, but the historic charm and price have her determined. Even her lifelong friend Beau is skeptical, but is the first to help her when she purchases the home and begins renovating.

Nola is a little of an odd duck. She is a recovering alcoholic and doesn’t drive an automobile, but the girl has grit. Nola has a vulnerability to her, but she is also fearless.

The secondary characters helped us understand Nola, her family background and her feelings for Beau. We also have his family, and other secondary characters who affect Nola’s life and the plot. I loved her friend Jolene with whom she is currently living with while her home is uninhabitable.

The characters felt genuine, and the mystery pulled me in as White weaved their story and the outside world slipped away. I became engaged in the tale as I pieced together tidbits, wondered, and reacted to the character’s behavior and actions.

The storyline hit on several topics, besides the mystery elements. They ranged from family to addiction. The paranormal aspects and those with gifts/site/abilities added to the tale. The setting was atmospheric and perfect for spirits and mischief.

The mystery was clever from the unsolved murder to the disappearance of a young child to the spirits dwelling in the historical cottage. White wove her magic, giving listeners a well-paced satisfying tale that has me looking forward to more tales from Royal Street.

Sophie Amoss did a stellar job with the narration. She captured Nola and Jolene wonderfully, from their personalities to their quirks. Her male voices sounded authentic, and she gave each their own tone. Karen White’s writing translates well to audio format, and I easily slipped into the telling.

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About Karen White

Karen White

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year, and has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award. Karen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—Southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. Her 22nd novel, THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY, was published January 10, 2017 by Berkley Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing Group. Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. When not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children, and two spoiled Havanese dogs.

About Sophie Amoss

Sophie Amoss

SOPHIE AMOSS is a New York–based Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator as well as a commercial and video game voice actor. She has brought her voice to World of Warcraft as well as several prominent brands.

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5 Responses to “🎧 The Shop on Royal Street by Karen White”

  1. Katherine

    I’ve really wanted to read Karen White’s series set in Charleston but this appeals to me even more. I’ve spent a lot of time on Royal St and love the idea of visiting it through this book and the mystery sounds especially fascinating!

  2. Wendy

    Oh, this sounds like a great start to her series. I like a little bit of paranormal, and that it also hits on some tougher subjects. Great review, Kimberly.