Mo (short for Moses) lives with the Colonel and Miss Lana and is very lucky. She washed up during a hurricane when she was a baby and was discovered by the Colonel. Mo has her best friend Dale and the Cafe her family runs in Tupelo Landing, NC and life is pretty good. That is until a lawman comes to town and Mr. Jesse ends up murdered. Suddenly Dale is a suspect, the Colonel and Lana are missing and Mo has to solve the mystery or what is happening around her.
This was a delightful story. Mo is a wonderful small town girl with a lot of gumption. I loved her and Dale as the Desperado Detectives trying to solve the murder in town. The mystery is a good one; you have murder, kidnapping, bank robbery, amnesia. Sounds like a lot, but it does work and Turnage ties it all together nicely. The only thing that doesn’t get solved is who Mo really is, but we don’t really need to know that. She discovers that she doesn’t need to know who her Upstream Mother is. She has a mother and father and family right where she is.
Is this book over the top? Yes! The author takes Southern to a whole ‘nother level. The names are ridiculous and so are the characters at times. But does it take away from the book? Not really. You get used to it after a few chapters and it just becomes part of the story.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher at PLA 2012. Thank you!