2¢ Worth: A mystery washes up to cute coastal Tupelo Landing when the town cheapskate curmudgeon pops up dead. Now all the funky fabulous townsfolk are suspects. It's a good thing plucky perceptive Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale are on the case. Three Times Lucky took awhile to hook me but it was worth the build up. It's full of wonderful eccentric characters and clever snappy dialogue and similes. I applauded and admired Mo's quick wit and sassy tongue.
Whisper: I also really dug the message tucked underneath the story and mystery about family, circumstances, and loving what you've got.
Whippersnappers: There is of course murder and one of the characters is an alcoholic who abuses members of his family. But I would still recommend it to any tweens I know. In fact, it would be a great opportunity to point out how to spot that sort of behavior.
Word love: She used poppycock! Love it.
Whodunit verdict: While the main culprit was evident, his motivations and assistants were a fun surprise I did not see coming.
Words aloud: The best part of Three Times Lucky is the narrator Michal Friedman. She IS Mo. She not only NAILS the spunky oh-so-Southern Mo but she effortlessly and perfectly animates all the other colorful characters of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. I liked her voice so much that I instantly hit the internet to investigate the gal behind Mo. What I found, honestly broke my heart a bit. After five+ years of trying to have a baby, Michal Friedman died of complications after delivering two healthy babies (by Cesarean) on November 25th 2011. *sigh* It makes my heart hurt every time I think about it. I too tried for years and had my baby via Cesarean. Her babies Reverie and Jackson are being raised by their father Jay Snyder. You can donate and read more about the babies at TheSnyderTwins.com. I know I will be honoring Michal by seeking out more of her audiobooks.
Wind-up: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (published by Penguin Audio) is read by Michal Friedman and is 7 hours and 57 minutes long. Audiobook rating: 4 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.
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