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About Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

Tuesday Mooney is a loner. She keeps to herself, begrudgingly socializes, and spends much of her time watching old Twin Peaks and X-Files DVDs. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, dies—leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city, with clues inspired by his hero, Edgar Allan Poe—Tuesday’s adventure finally begins.

Puzzle-loving Tuesday searches for clue after clue, joined by a ragtag crew: a wisecracking friend, an adoring teen neighbor, and a handsome, cagey young heir. The hunt tests their mettle, and with other teams from around the city also vying for the promised prize—a share of Pryce’s immense wealth—they must move quickly. Pryce’s clues can’t be cracked with sharp wit alone; the searchers must summon the courage to face painful ghosts from their pasts (some more vivid than others) and discover their most guarded desires and dreams.


Review of Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

This is a book I could not resist.  Edgar Allan Poe has long been a favorite author of mine, so this book, with so many Poe references, called to me.  In answering the call, I was treated to an adventure through Boston neighborhoods while surrounded by several unusual characters whose stories are both fun and heartwarming.

Tuesday and friends her Dex and Dorry, as well as her new acquaintance Archie all join in the hunt for Vincent Pryce’s treasure – sometimes working together, sometimes not, but all ending up in the final leg of the treasure hunt.  Along the way, each character faces their past in order to move forward in the future.  The back flashes during the story did not always make sense, but everything comes together nicely at the end.  The loner who is a whiz at research, the gay man always searching for what he wants, the young girl who misses her mother terribly and the man born to both privilege and abuse make up the cast of characters that I sympathized with.  Each was a hero in his or her own way in this story.

Don’t let the title fool you.  This is not a ghost story.  Tuesday does talk to the ghost of her dead childhood best friend.   Or maybe she has just manifested Abby in head because she needs someone to talk to.  Tuesday and the reader believe both theories, alternatively.  The truth?  Well, you will have to figure that out yourself.

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is delightful!  The very quirky story of the brainy Tuesday Mooney and her eclectic group of friends takes the reader on a hunt for treasure, adventure, self-discovery, and friendship.

If you are thinking about the audiobook version, go for it.  Narrator Lauren Fortgang delivers a fine performance adding a range of emotions with a calm, pleasant voice.  Nicely done!



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