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  • gilwilson 6:02 PM on April 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: katherine kellgren, raised by wolves, , , young adult   

    “The Mysterious Howling: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1” By Maryrose Wood 

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    The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1
    By: Maryrose Wood
    Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    Release date: 02-23-10
    Publisher: HarperAudio

    Sometimes I have to say that kids get the best books written for them. This is one of those cases. “The Mysterious Howling” is book one in a young adult series fo books that follows the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, much like the Lemony Snicket books about the Baudelaire orphans. I will say Lemony Snicket was funnier, but this one was still good in it’s own right.

    Three children who were discovered in the forests of Ashton Place have been raised by wolves, so needless to say their manners in proper company will be atrocious. They are and that’s one of the many factors that makes this book funny and fun. The governess has a task ahead of her in training/teaching the children how to behave in society. The children’s antics and the adults’ responses to their behaviour make this an audiobook that just keeps getting better as the end arrives.

    This book is read by the late Katherine Kellgren. Ms. Kellgren delivers this book with so much character that you can’t help but listen. Accents, emotions and subtle meanings are all translated by Kellgren to bring you a great book. I’m hoping they got her to record the other books in the series before she passed away this past January. She will be missed.

    It’s great that the first book in a series develops so much interest that I absolutely have to pick up the next book so, I will.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must eliminate their canine tendencies.But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to civilize the Incorrigibles in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

    Penelope is no stranger to mystery, as her own origins are also cloaked in secrecy. But as Agatha Swanburne herself once said, “Things may happen for a reason, but that doesn’t mean we know what the reason is—at least, not yet.

    ©2010 Maryrose Wood (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • gilwilson 5:57 PM on April 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “The Strange Library” By Haruki Murakami 

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    By: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (translator)
    Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    Release date: 12-02-14
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    Where to start? This book was amazing in that its twists and turns were as much as the labyrinth under the strange library. It’s dark at times and clearly a young adult piece of fiction on others. Each chapter brings a new surprise.

    The narrator, Kirby Heyborne, kept me interested throughout the book. There were times where I didn’t know (or even care) where the story was going and would have given up listening, but the delivery of Heyborne kept me in it. I’m glad I stuck with it because by the end of the book I felt a great sense of accomplishment and enjoyed the story as a whole, once I could look back from the end and absorb it all in. It is only 1 hour after all, so worth the stay.

    A boy goes to the public library to look up some information on Ottoman taxes, after all, his mother always said, “If you don’t know something, go to the library to look it up”. He is no stranger to the library and pretty much knows every shelf, but on this occasion, he’s sent to a reading room, via an enormous underground labyrinth, escorted by a sinister old man. He is required to memorize 3 books on the taxes subject he came in for, if he doesn’t then the mystery librarian will feast on the boy’s brains. On the way to Room 107 (where the memorizing is done) it’s not just the corridors that twist and turn, the boy tries to overcome his fears by rationalizing the improbability of a public body being able to afford so much secret space. Without spoiling anything, I will say the sheep man was very interesting.

    At times it seems like a Roald Dahl story, sometimes a Stephen King story. No matter what it just feels good to get through the whole story.

    From what I’ve found the physical book itself is as interesting as the story. The back cover folds over the top and bottom of the book, creating a slip-case like box out of the book itself, and each page corresponds to a full-color image that reflects the current actions of the story. These illustrations create a multi-media experience that drives the book along and returns the reader to their childhood of being just as drawn in by the pictures as the story.

    Publisher’s Summary

    From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami – a fantastical short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.

    A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami’s wild imagination.

    ©2014 Haruki Murakami (P)2014 Random House

     
  • gilwilson 5:35 PM on March 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The BFG By: Roald Dahl 

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    By: Roald Dahl
    Narrated by: David Walliams
    Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
    Release date: 06-24-13
    Publisher: Listening Library

    To start things off let’s get one thing clear; The BFG is not the name of a weapon in a video game. The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant. This book was extremely fun to read. The language is pretty much a cross between cockney English and nonsense. Roald Dahl was great at playing with the sounds of words here we get such words as chiddlers, swollomp, whizbangs and so much more. The play on words just makes this so much more fun to hear.

    Narrated by David Williams this audiobook version will definitely keep you entertained. There is no voice to large or too small for him to convey. He also puts some great accents on some voices that make them just fun to listen to.

    You’ll cheer for Sophie and the BFG as they keep London safe from other giants that eat little chiddlers. This book reminded me a lot of “Willie Wonka and the Cocolate Factory.” In Willie Wonka it was the candies and strange animals that had the funny sounding names, here nearly everything described by the giant is a new word which you will have fun translating.

    If you are looking for 4 hours of pure fun, this is the book for you. Follow Sophie as she is kidnapped through her bedroom window and meets with the Queen of England through the Queen’s bedroom window.

    Enjoy.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Captured by a giant!

    The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants – rather than the BFG – she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

    ©1982 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:27 PM on March 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Matilda By: Roald Dahl 

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    By: Roald Dahl
    Narrated by: Kate Winslet
    Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    Unabridged
    Release date: 06-13-13
    Language: English
    Publisher: Listening Library

    I think I may have become addicted to Roald Dahl. Listening library has released most if not all of Dahl’s stories in audiobook form that just makes the books so much fun. On top of that it brought to my attention that he wrote more than “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” and “James & the Giant Peach.” Those were the only two I had known, but now I have been introduced to a world of other great writings by Roald Dahl.

    This book I had heard of and actually saw the movie before I read this. I’m glad I saw the movie first because I would have been let down. As in all movies from books there is so much more to the story. The big difference that I loved in the book is that Matilda reads a lot of books. It’s always great when you can have a character that likes to read in a children/young adult book. This will help push them into reading more. The movie had a lot of things wrong, but that was the one thing I would have liked to have seen in the movie.

    Kate Winslet narrates this hilarious adventure and does so without error. Kate made you feel as if you were an eavesdropper in Matilda’s life. Great delivery with a humor where needed.

    Explore Roald Dahl, he’s got lots of fun stuff.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Audie Award Winner, Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12, 2014

    “The Trunchbull” is no match for Matilda!

    Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    ©1988 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

     
  • gilwilson 4:36 PM on January 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , young adult, , young sherlock homes   

    Death Cloud – Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins By: Andrew Lane 

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    By: Andrew Lane
    Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    Series: Holmes: The Legend Begins, Book 1
    Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    Release date: 02-01-11
    Publisher: Macmillan Audio

    So once again I venture into the YA world of literature. This time, however, I go knowing what to expect. I love the Sherlock Holmes stories. So picking this up, I say yeah, why not, get those kids reading Sherlock stories. Get them into the classics. The best way to do so is to make Sherlock their age, an origin story, if you will.

    This definitely could get someone’s interest piqued toward exploring the Arthur Conan Doyle world of the master detective. However this was not without its flaws. First and foremost I have to approach the violence. Not for being a YA novel was the violence too much but just the fact that it was present. I’ve always looked at Holmes in much the same way as Doctor Who, and Star Trek, in that violence was an extremely last resort, but this book has Holmes being trained by an American on how to be more violent. It really didn’t ruin the story but it did sort of jab at me on occasion.

    In typical YA form it seems if only one adult was there to listen and believe what was going on the problems would have been over sooner. I’ve always been bugged by that go to element of YA stories. Anyway, while this did have some issues, the story still captured the essence of a Sherlock Holmes story, and did provide a good listen.

    Daniel Weyman delivers the story with great narration that just plunges the listener into the world of Young Sherlock. Being a native of the UK his accent (from this American’s point of view) was perfect.

    Publisher’s Summary

    It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.

    ©2010 Andrew Lane (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

     
  • gilwilson 2:10 PM on January 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ADD, , Sync ya, , , young adult,   

    Carter Finally Gets It By: Brent Crawford 

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    By: Brent Crawford
    Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    Release date: 04-07-09
    Publisher: Brilliance Audio

    When a good YA book comes out I like to see what they are about. I got suckered into the “Twilight” series because of this curiosity and you’d think I’d never do it again but with examples like “The Sword of Darrow,” the Harry Potter series, the Lemony Snicket books, and the “Eragon” series I see there’s more good than bad. One bad, no make that horrible shiny vampire series will not stop me.

    This book is definitely one of the good ones. It was offered up as a free audiobook for the Summer SYNC YA reading program books, so I jumped on it. That way if it was bad I didn’t lose any money. After listening to this audiobook, I will definitely seek out the rest of the books in by Brent Crawford. Even better thing about this book is that most YA novels (unless they are supernatural based) are typically from a young girl’s point of view. This time we get the point of view of a young man about to start high school. However teen girls should read this as well, it will give them an inside source as to what is going on to their male counterpoint’s brains.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. (Yes, he knows it’s a lazy nickname, but he didn’t have much say in the matter.) Here are five things you should know about him:

    1. He has a stuttering problem, particularly around boobs and belly buttons.

    2. He battles Attention Deficit Disorder every minute of every day…unless he gets distracted.

    3. He’s a virgin, mostly because he’s no good at talking to girls (see number 1).

    4. He’s about to start high school.

    5. He’s totally not ready.

    Join Carter for his freshman year, where he’ll search for sex, love, and acceptance anywhere he can find it. In the process, he’ll almost kill a trombone player, face off with his greatest nemesis, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops (not once, but twice), get caught up in a messy love triangle, meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise the hell out of everyone, including himself.

    ©2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2009 Brent Crawford

    Poor Carter stutters and has ADD but he is still pretty much the average teen boy. The book does have some somewhat crude teen locker room humor, but really is pretty typical. If you don’t think your teen thinks or has a friend that thinks this way, come out from under that rock once in a while.

    In Carter’s case the mixture of raging hormones, not knowing a thing about the opposite sex and throw in his ADD and things just don’t go as planned. This book has several Laugh out Loud moments, and still some of the poignancy of the troubles of growing up. Any teen going into high school NEEDS to read this book.

    In the case of the narrator of this audiobook, Nick Podehl, Nick captures the teen voice perfectly and delivers the story right where it needs to be.

     
  • gilwilson 11:43 PM on August 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Christopher Cazenove, j.m. barrie, peter pan, young adult   

    “Peter Pan” by J. M. Barrie 

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    “Peter Pan”
    by J. M. Barrie
    read by Christopher Cazenove
    Published by Blackstone Audio
    Approx. 5 hours

    It’s time once again to visit a classic, this time a children’s classic, “Peter Pan.” I had thought I had read “Peter Pan” before, but I must have been wrong, or maybe read a cleaned up/Disneyfied version. I know the Disney film version was definitely made more fun for the kids and all the versions on television were fun (remember Sandy Duncan as Peter?). Don’t get me wrong, the original is the way to go and the story really should be read by all, but maybe wait until the teen years before reading this dark story about a boy that never grows up.

    The gist of the story seems to always be there in the retelling of the story. Peter Pan sneaks into the Darling family home and in his hasty retreat leaves his shadow behind. Returning to retrieve the shadow he finds the shadow to not want to remain attached to Peter. Wailing in sorrow, Peter wakes Wendy, the oldest of the Darling children. Wendy proceeds to help Peter by sewing on his shadow. Peter is smitten by Wendy and tells her of Neverland where children never have to grow up. He brings Wendy back with him, despite some stern protestations from Tinker Bell, a fairy who seems to be in love with Peter. Tinker Bell becomes insanely jealous and proceeds to make Wendy’s life difficult. Wendy’s arrival at Neverland brings her to her new role in life, that as a mother the Peter’s “Lost Boys.” She makes the boys more responsible and soon falls into the role of mother and as time goes by she and her brothers begin to forget about their home.

    Peter wants them to forget so they may stay forever with him. But soon Wendy breaks out of her stupor and begins to remember her life before and tries to return home, but is captured by Captain Hook, the pirate leader who is always out to kill Peter.

    The darkness in the story dwells within the characters of Peter, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook. Peter is a knowing kidnapper of Wendy and the boys and will not let them escape. Tinker Bell is insanely jealous and nips at Wendy every chance she gets. Finally there’s Captain Hook, who lost his hand to a crocodile. Hook doesn’t merely want to capture the Lost Boys, he wants to kill them, and he wants to keep the young Wendy as his bride. Very dark and mature story matter here that makes revisiting the classic worthwhile.

    In this audiobook version published by Blackstone Audio, the reader, Christopher Cazenove, does a smash up job creating voices for all the wily characters in the story while reading with just enough vigor to never allow the listener to get bored.

    Grab this classic and be prepared to remember the fun while being surprised at some of the darker sides of the story you may have missed.

     
  • gilwilson 10:14 PM on January 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator” by Roald Dahl 

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    Audiobook Review: “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator”
    by  Roald Dahl
    read by Douglas Hodge
    Published by Penguin Audio
    Approx. 3.5 hours

     

    When I wrote the review of the newly released audiobook version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” I felt I had to mention the two movies based on this book. The first movie, from the 1970s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, seems to be the cult favorite. The latest version was actually titled “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and starred Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. Many folks refer to the first as the original and some even say best, but the latter version was the one that actually stayed true to the book. The first movie seemed to add in some features that are borrowed from this sequel by Roald Dahl, “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.”

    That is all that needs to be said about the movies this time around. It is time to focus on the book, more specifically the latest audiobook release. Being the audiobook I first have to talk about the reader or more accurately, the performer, in this release. The genius in casting the voice for this audiobook is that Douglas Hodge performed the role of Willy Wonka in the 2012 musical stage production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The catch is that Wonka is not the only character in the book, and Hodge has to perform all of the voices. Hodge does this to perfection. Sure, he presents Wonka perfectly, but that perfection is carried on in all the voices represented in the book, from Charlie Bucket to the President of the United States of America. The characters in this book are over the top children’s book characters and Hodge brings the to full-color audio life. I was totally consumed by this book due to the overwhelming performance by Hodge that brought this childhood classic to life.

     

    As for the book, well, it all starts off exactly where “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” left off. Charlie has just found out that Willy Wonka has decided to leave the factory to him. In order for Charlie to take over he has to move his family, which includes; his mother and father and two sets of grandparents. This will not be an easy feat since the grandparents are bedridden and have been for years, the reason they are bedridden is quite comical in that they just won’t get out of bed, Grandpa Joe is the exception because he got out of bed to accompany Charlie on the tour of the chocolate factory. To move them into the factory Wonka decides to transport the entire family in the glass elevator. The problems begin when Wonka uses too much speed to take off from the home causing the entire family and Wonka to blast into space.

     

    Once in space they decide to board the world’s first space hotel only to find out that it is overrun by Verniciou Knids. The staff of the hotel are just about to arrive when they see the glass elevator and mistake it for an invading ship unaware that the invaders (the Vernicious Knids) are already on the station. It is then up to the elevator occupants to save the world through the only way Wonka knows how, through extreme silliness and creativity.

     

    This audiobook adventure is pure fun and a great entertainment. It is also a nice way to introduce a new generation to Roald Dahl or simply re-visit a childhood classic.

     
  • gilwilson 3:45 PM on October 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: augustus gloop, , charlie bucket, , , douglas hodge, gene wilder, , mike teavee, , , veruca salt, violet beauregarde, , young adult   

    Audiobook Review: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” By Roald Dahl 

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    Audiobook Review: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

    By Roald Dahl

    Read by Douglas Hodge

    Published 2013 by Penguin Audio

    Approx. 3.5 hours

     

    I think it is pretty safe to say that we have all seen the movie based on this book.  Whether it was the 70s movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, or the recent “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, this book launched two movies that have become hits.  The Gene Wilder version was a box office flop but has become a cult favorite and pictures of the Wilder Wonka as a recent internet meme.  The Johnny Depp version was a box office hit.   As a side note, the Johnny Depp version is the one that stayed closest to the book’s plot and actions.

     

    No matter which version you prefer, you should make sure and read the book for yourself and to your kids.  This book is just plain fun and with just as much non-sensical moments as Lewis Carroll’s adventures with Alice through Wonderland books.  Roald Dahl had such a great way of playing with words and sounds and they come out even more so in this audiobook production.

     

    The narrator, Douglas Hodge, recently portrayed Willy Wonka in the stage musical at the West End’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in England.  His narration of this book is pure magic.  The words, story and characters all gently roll into the ears and through the brainspace creating a magical audiobook adventure.  His vocal characterizations of all the fun people in the story are spot on and his portrayal of Willy Wonka will have you laughing out loud and even cheering out loud.

     

    The gist of this story is that Willy Wonka has not allowed anyone in or out of his chocolate factory in years.  When it is time to find someone to replace him he devises a contest to find the most imaginative child to take over running the factory.  The contest first involves five golden tickets distributed with his candy and the five lucky winners get a tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate.

     

    The five winners consist of: Augustus Gloop, a fat boy whose hobby is eating, Veruca Salt, a spoiled rotten brat, Violet Beauregard, a dim-witted gum-chewer who talks more than she listens, Mike Teavee, a boy obsessed with television and Charlie Bucket, the hero of the story and who seems to be the world’s only honest, kind and brave child.

     

    The children are each swept away due to their own short-comings and the adventures along the way are narrated with musical numbers from the Oompah Loompahs, the true labor force in the chocolate factory.

     

    Sit back and enjoy this great audiobook with great narration and even a few fun sound effects to keep the fun rolling.

     

     

     
  • gilwilson 9:11 PM on October 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , hurricanes, , Michal Friedman, , , north carolina, , , Sheila Turnage, southern hospitality, Three Times Lucky, young adult   

    “Three Times Lucky” by Sheila Turnage 

    “Three Times Lucky”
    by Sheila Turnage
    read by Michal Friedman
    Published by Penguin Audio
    7 hours 57 minute

    Every once in a while I get a book that I have no idea what I’m getting into but I feel I must read or listen to it. On rare occasions I strike out and end up not listening to the rest of the book or reading it. This time, however, I hit a home run, actually a full clear-the-bases-grand-slam home run. I had originally planned on listening to this audiobook while on my vacation, which was pretty much one week of full driving, but the family had other plans, so my audio book time was limited. I should have vetoed them on this one because I know my 12 year-old son and my wife would have loved this, I know I did.

    This book was filled with humor, sadness, adventure, mystery and even some great lump in the throat while laughing at the same time moments. The main character of Mo’ was a great outlet for some superb metaphors that kept this story a constant adventure in the English language. The reader, Michal Friedman, performed this book more than read it. Her voice as 11 year-olds Mo’ and Dale was spot on. The various other characters were represented to their full extent as well from the excellent performance of Michal Friedman’s voice. The combination of the wonderfully written story and the enthralling vocal performance will keep you glued to this audiobook until the surprising end.

    This story would be appreciated by anyone who has loved the experience of stories like “Because of Winn-Dixie,” “Second Hand Lions,” or even “Holes.” The life through the eyes of an 11 year-old, who never knew her real family, but runs the risk of losing the ones she calls family is full of happy, sad and anxiety-ridden moments is full of ups and downs and Sheila Turnage has created one of the best stories telling this one right. With characters you’ll want to visit over and over again, “Three Times Lucky” should be on the reading list of anyone from 12 to 120. While the story is fitting for a young adult reader in middle school, the story is written so that even as an adult reading it everyone will come out having read a great story and seem like it is a young adult novel.

    Mo’ LoBeau came to the town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina on the waves of a hurricane 11 years ago. Actually the town of Tupelo Landing received 3 new citizens on that fateful day. The Colonel, who was found holding Mo’ in his arms after having a car crash in the hurricane and floating in the creek saw a baby secured to a floating billboard, Mo’ whose “upstream mother,” in order to save her baby, secured her to the floating debris, and Miss Lana. Miss Lana and The Colonel have since opened the only cafe in the town of Tupelo Landing and with the help of Mo’, who the Colonel calls, soldier, run a nice service that seems to be the center of the town. Everyone stops in and when an out-of-town Detective stops in to investigate a murder that occurred in Winston-Salem, the whole town is there to know about it.

    Before the Detective, Joe Starr, leaves town one of Tupelo Landing’s own is found murdered and the mayor asks Starr to investigate. In a series of twists and turns and sometimes humorous events, the town is put on edge and appears to be the target of a bank robber out for revenge after not getting his loot from a heist he and others did 11 years in the past.

    All this time Mo’ and her friend Dale are investigating the murder while Mo’ is trying to track down her “upstream mother,” thus forming the Desperado Detective agency. Mo’ and Joe Starr are out to find a murderer that may be after more of the towns folk and may even be one of their own.

    To put it simply, great fun and mystery in a book that everyone should read and read now, or as in my case listen in audiobook form. In fact, I would recommend highly to grab the audiobook and get started because of the superb performance.

     

     
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