Melody Jackson v. The Woman in White It Happened on Lafayette Street (Season One - Book One)

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Melody's eyes met with the Bardo -- and she knew she would never be the same again. More

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About the Series: It Happened On Lafayette Street
Melody Jackson and her parents solve mysteries taking place in their own neighborhood of Lafayette Street.

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Reviews

Patricia Walker reviewed on on June 5, 2016

This is a great introduction to the world of Melody Jackson, her family and her curious mind that seems to uncover mystery no matter what she decides to champion at any given time. In this episode Melody shows her philanthropic side by wanting to tear down an old house across the street to make way for a park to benefit local residents. Needless to say not all goes well with this plan and we begin a race against time to solve the clues before two mysterious men in a white van who have begun stalking Melody and her family.

The story is well written with characters that meld together extremely well. There are many amusing moments between Melody and her parents that show the authors complete grasp of family angst in a household that contains a pre-teen.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read!

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(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
Lynn Hallbrooks reviewed on on Feb. 24, 2016

This is a mixture of Young Adult, Mystery, and Paranormal genres.

Melody Jackson has a few phobias but looking into mysteries isn't one of them. When faced with an unusual occurrence happening across the street from her house, Melody decides to do something about it, at first she tries to get the building taken down. When her parents get involved they come up some other solutions.

I love the interaction between Melody and her parents. It is funny, sweet, and so much like what I experienced with my children. I also love that the parents took enough interest in what Melody was doing to help her when she was going a bit over the deep end with her ideas.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy as part of a book discussion/review group.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
E.P. Clark reviewed on on Feb. 21, 2016

This is a genre I enjoyed a lot as a tween but haven't indulged in for years (well, decades), so it was fun to return to it. Melody is a delightful character--intelligent and precocious, but also prone to mood swings and irrational fears--and her parents are also charmingly humorous, as are the interactions between the characters. In proper tale-of-the-fantastic form, the mystery that presents itself originally seems like it could have a mundane explanation, but as the story unfolds, we discover--of course!--that things are more than they seem, and it is up to our intrepid sleuths to get to the bottom of the mystery. Be warned: the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, presumably setting up further installments in the series.

The book goes back and forth between concrete detail of ordinary life--going out to dinner, visiting the library--and supernatural activity in a way that some readers might find disconcerting, but that I personally enjoyed a lot and thought that it added to the charm of the story. The dialogue sparkled with lighthearted wit, and pretty much every chapter contained scenes that elicited a heartwarming chuckle. While the murder and haunting that form the basis of the story means that it is probably a little too scary for very small children, overall, this is a fun, easy-to-read book (I raced through it in a couple of sessions) that can be enjoyed by adults and, I would think, by tweens (Melody is 12) as well.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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