September 11, 2018

Blog Tour: The Law of Finders Keepers by Shelia Turnage

Title: Laws of Finders Keepers
Author: Sheila Turnage
Copy Obtained: From publisher

Pirate fever sweeps through the town after an opportunistic treasure hunter shows up looking to lay claim to Blackbeard's lost gold buried somewhere in Tupelo Landing. When the (probably) world-famous Desperado Detectives--Mo and Dale and Harm--are hired by Mayor Little's mother to find the pirate loot for her, and the high-stakes race for riches is on!

But that's not the only treasure hunt in town. Mo LoBeau unearths shocking new clues that may lead to her long-lost Upstream Mother--in the riskiest, scariest, and possibly richest case of her life.

Will Mo find her Upstream Mother? Can the Desperados sidestep Blackbeard's curse and outsmart a professional treasure hunter? Will Dale faint under the pressure of Valentine's Day? Could the stakes be any higher? Yes. With twin treasures hanging in the balance, Mo, Dale, and Harm realize one of them may have to leave Tupelo Landing. For good.

One sentence review: Great mystery especially for the middle school set.  
Best for readers who: Simple - good for readers who love mysteries and love trying to put the clues together themselves to see if they can solve it.  
Best Stick-with-You Image: Any scene with Dale.  He makes me laugh.  
Library Thoughts: I'm always having kids ask for mystery novels, so yes for sure I'd add this one! I also like that it is part of a series, so they'll have more to read. 

I love mysteries.  I always have.  When I was younger I read so many of them.  And I especially loved mysteries that kept me guessing right until the very end.  This was one of them.  I had read the first book in this series of mysteries, so it was fun to revisit the characters and see what new ones were added.  The Desperado Detective agency was a great fun! And can I say I just loved how the book starts almost with the voice of your old-fashioned black and white detective movies??  I could almost hear it as a voice over while the scene played out with the stereotypical old movie PI scene.  Such a great way to start out the story! And about the beginning - I had to giggle since they are all excited about the possibility of snow.  I live in Minnesota so it just made me laugh to see their reactions to the idea! 

The plot was good.  Twists and turns as should be expected with a good mystery.  The characters are quirky but not too the point of being over-done.  They each have a great personality that made me like them (or not like them depending!).  A cast of characters that added to - not distracted from - a plot that kept moving.

I'm glad I had the chance to read and share this one! 

Check out more stops on the tour!


September 3 – Just Commonly – Image Puzzle
September 4 – Comfort Books – Spotlight
September 5 – Trissinalovesbooks – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
September 6 – Ireadtilldawn – Review
September 7 – Jactionary – Listicle   


September 10 – Word Spelunking – Review
September 11 – The O.W.L. – Review
September 12 – Teachers Who Read – Q&A + Classroom Activity
September 13 – Prose and Khan – Review
September 14 – YA Books Central – Giveaway

About the Author
Sheila Turnage is from eastern North Carolina, just like Miss Moses LoBeau, the protagonist from the Mo & Dale mystery series that began with Three Times Lucky. Three Times Lucky is a Newbery Honor Book, a New York Times bestseller, an E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book, and an Edgar Award finalist. It has been nominated for nineteen state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Master List, and has been licensed in five countries. Her follow-up book, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, also a New York Timesbestseller, received five starred reviews and was a SIBA Winter 2014 Okra Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection. Sheila is also the author of two more books in the Mo & Dale Mystery series, The Odds of Getting Even and The Law of Finders Keepers, and the nonfiction adult books Haunted Inns of the Southeast and Compass American Guides: North Carolina, as well as one picture book, Trout the Magnificent, illustrated by Janet Stevens.

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