Having been lost in a hurricane as a baby, Moses LoBeau (Mo), is on a constant search for her “upstream mother” and the life she could have had with her. In the meantime, Mo lives with the Colonel and Ms. Lana, proprietors of the town’s cafe, and the closest people Mo has to blood relatives. Usually, Mo’s life in the small town of Tupelo Landing is a quiet, sleepy one. But when a townsperson is found murdered, events pick up fast — especially since Mo’s best friend, Dale, may be a murder suspect! Mo and Dale decide to work together, forming Desperado Detective Agency, to solve the crime and clear Dale’s name. What they don’t expect is that the murder is far more complicated than anyone could have guessed, and how events play out is anyone’s guess.
This one is really cute! I loved all the characters, especially Mo. She has quite the attitude! While it may not be the “deepest”, most complicated plot out there, it’s certainly a good read — worth it for the characters and dialogue alone. Pick this one up of you’re looking for some thing quick and fun!
*Newbery Honor, 2013
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