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The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
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The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
Three Times Lucky Series, Book 2
The eagerly anticipated followup to the Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller, Three Times LuckyMo LoBeau—one half of the (probably) world-famous Desperado Detective Agency—is...
The eagerly anticipated followup to the Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller, Three Times LuckyMo LoBeau—one half of the (probably) world-famous Desperado Detective Agency—is...
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  • The eagerly anticipated followup to the Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller, Three Times Lucky
    Mo LoBeau—one half of the (probably) world-famous Desperado Detective Agency—is back!
    When Miss Lana winds up the mortified owner of an old inn with an unidentified ghost in the fine print, Mo's itching to take the case. Plus, a historical ghost might make for some much needed Extra Credit in history. Who's haunting the old inn? And why? Mo and Dale set out to solve their second big case—only to find the inn might not be the only thing in Tupelo Landing haunted by the past.
    A laugh out loud, ghostly, Southern mystery that can be enjoyed by readers visiting Tupelo Landing for the first time, as well as those who are old friends of Mo and Dale.
    "A rollicking sequel." —Wall Street Journal

    "An irresistible Southern narrator—a literary descendant of Scout Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird." —Newsday on Three Times Lucky

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    Chapter 1: A Master of Disguise

    Desperado Detective Agency's second big case snuck up on Dale and me at the end of summer, dressed in the happy-go-lucky colors and excitement of an auction.

    "Mystery is a master of disguise," Miss Lana always says, and this one proved her point. It pitched a red-and-white striped tent in a meadow by the ancient Tupelo Inn, on the edge of town, and plastered the countryside with notices of its arrival:

    AUCTION, Wednesday August 24—
    THE OLD TUPELO INN!!
    1880 inn & medicinal springs
    Closed October 22, 1938
    READ ALL FINE PRINT
    Buddha Jackson, Auctioneer

    The mystery Dale and I came face-to-face with there would wake up ghosts and shake up history.

    Not that I—Miss Moses LoBeau, rising sixth grader and cofounder of Desperado Detective Agency—was thinking Mystery that Wednesday morning as I shoveled crushed ice into the café's water glasses. I scanned the breakfast crowd and the 7UP clock on the wall. 6:45 a.m.

    Where on earth was Dale? He should have been here a half hour ago.

    Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, my best friend and co-sleuth, lives just outside town. Ever since his daddy went back to jail, he's been sleeping ragged and long. So has his dog, Queen Elizabeth II.

    "Order up!" the Colonel called over the café hubbub.

    "Got it," Miss Lana cried, spinning past in her pale yellow 1950s sundress and glossy Ava Gardner wig. Miss Lana, a former rising star of the Charleston community theater, adores Old Hollywood and has the wigs to prove it. "Tuck your shirttail in, sugar," she murmured to me. "With the auction crowd blasting toward us, we'll be standing room only within the hour. We want to look our best center stage." She whirled away, her white sandals whispering against the tiles.

    Miss Lana and the Colonel are my family of choice and I am theirs. We operate the café together. They like me to look good in a crowd.

    I tucked in my shirt and grabbed some silverware for my friend Sally Amanda Jones, a fellow rising sixth grader. Salamander pushed her red Piggly Wiggly sunglasses up on top of her head. Sal's daddy stocks shelves at the Pig and her mama sews. They aren't money, but there's not a sharper dresser in Tupelo Landing. "Pancakes, please. And . . . is Dale here?" she asked, her gray eyes hopeful as she peered toward the kitchen.

    Sal loves Dale like midnight loves stars. So far, he hasn't noticed.

    I broke the news easy: "Dale's in pre-arrival mode, but I'll check his ETA for you," I told her, and sped away.

    "Batter Up on table four," I called as I passed the kitchen door.

    The Colonel peeked out at me. He keeps his gray hair military short, but his brown eyes glow warm and friendly.

    "Pancakes, sir," I explained. "New code."

    He winked and the door swished shut behind him.

    I grabbed the café phone and dialed. Dale picked up on the third ring. "H'llo," he mumbled. "Why is it?"

    Why is it?

    Unlike me, Dale doesn't wake up good. "Because," I replied. "They're auctioning the Tupelo Inn today and if you don't get over here, you'll miss our ride."

    "Mo," he replied, and hung up. Dale's not an inline thinker.

    I gave Sal a thumbs-up as a white minivan wheeled into our gravel parking lot. The Azalea Women, aka the Uptown Garden Club, tumbled out and scattered like pigeons. They chatted their way to the café door, and threaded through the crowd.

    "I'll be glad to see that old inn go," one said as they bumped two red Formica tables together near the jukebox.

    "I hear murder...

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  • DOGO Books penguin313 - When Mo's mother and grandma buy an old abandoned inn legally containing a ghost, Mo and Dale are determined to find it. A new boy named Harm Crenshaw arrives in Tupelo, and moonshiner Red Baker has been seen in Tupelo more frequently.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from November 11, 2013
    After solving a murder in their small North Carolina town over the summer, the heroes of Turnage’s Newbery Honor–winning Three Times Lucky “went famous for about a week until the gravity of habit pulled our lives back into regular orbit,” says narrator Mo LoBeau in this equally hilarious sequel. Sixth grade is starting, but who has time to worry about interviewing elderly residents for a history project to mark the town’s 250th anniversary when the dilapidated inn that Miss Lana, Mo’s guardian, just acquired at auction is obviously haunted? One mystery per book is not enough for Turnage, so there’s also buried treasure, a missing moonshine still, impending financial ruin, and strange goings-on in the woods. Not every thread is fully tied off, but the residents of Tupelo Landing are so companionable and Mo so indefatigable (and funny) that readers can only hope those loose ends mean another installment is in the works. The budding detective has clearly taken to heart something her foster mother always emphasizes: “All the world’s a stage, sugar, so hop on up there.” Ages 10–up. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, the Knight Agency.

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