October 23, 2014

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 1:16 am by suebe2

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
by Sheila Turnage
Kathy Dawson Books

When Mo and Dale attend an auction they’re just there to help Miss Lana with the umbrella stand she plans to buy.  After all, who in their right mind would buy The Tupelo Inn, a sprawling run down structure that’s been empty for some 70 plus years?

Then Miss Lana does buy it with the help of Grandmother Miss Lacy Thornton.  And, they buy it on purpose, not at all like when Dale waved at a friend and almost made an outrageous buy.

The two women don’t want the inn.  They just want to stop another bidder — a nasty, harsh woman that Mo nicknames Rat Face.  They plan to buy the inn and then sell it to someone nicer than Rat Face.  What they aren’t counting on is the Ghost in the contract.

Mo and Dale (aka the Desperado Detective Agency) quickly open a paranormal division. It is up to them to identify the ghost who trails the scent of rosemary, often sounds like footsteps and seems attracted to the new boy in town, Harm.

The new boy comes across as arrogant but Mo and Dale can’t help but feel sorry for him when the discover where he is living, with a notorious local moonshiner who just happens to be Harm’s grandfather.  He is the only family Harm has but the cops are on his trail.  Harm hires the Desperados to find the still first and shut it down.

With more mysteries then they know how to handle, the kids must learn how to track down a ghost, unearth long held secrets and learn how rum runners hide a still.

I loved this, the sequel to Three Times Lucky, even more than the original.  Turnage’s characters are well-drawn and three dimensional.  The good guys all have flaws — Mo is a bit to curious, strong willed and outspoken, Dale is a bit of a chicken and has truly limited social skills.  But even the bad guys often have good traits.  The moon shiner gives up his still to keep from loosing the grandson he’s only just met.

As always, Turnage’s plot is full of twists and turns, enough to keep you guessing until the very end.

Although there’s a touch of romance, this is a middle grade novel, perfect for young readers who aren’t ready for teen experiences.  Share this with a mystery lover or any other reader who likes stories that are hard to predict.




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