A new favorite writer! Turnage puts the reader right into this tiny North Carolina town with memorable characters, exquisite writing and a page-turning plot. Mo LoBeau is a motivated sixth grader who helps run a cafe (serving pb&j’s if the Colonel and Miss Lana aren’t available), uses messages in a bottle to track down her long lost “upstream mother,” and runs her own detective agency along with her best friend Dale. Life for Mo in Tupelo Landing usually consists of fishing, avoiding her nemesis “Attila,” and convincing Dale’s brother Lavender to marry her. But foul play is afoot. An investigator from the city arrives, a cranky old bachelor is killed, and the Colonel goes missing. What will happen next in this sleepy Southern town?
Reviewed by Jennifer