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The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

(Mo & Dale Mysteries #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  5,910 ratings  ·  748 reviews
The eagerly anticipated followup to the Newbery honor winner and New York Times bestseller, Three Times Lucky

Small towns have rules. One is, you got to stay who you are – no matter how many murders you solve.

When Miss Lana makes an Accidental Bid at the Tupelo auction and winds up the mortified owner of an old inn, she doesn't realize there's a ghost in the fine print. Nat
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Kathy Dawson Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Amy Adams I just finished this one, and I hadn't read Three Times Lucky yet. I was able to jump in and easily pick up on the gist of what had already happened. …moreI just finished this one, and I hadn't read Three Times Lucky yet. I was able to jump in and easily pick up on the gist of what had already happened. Now that I've finished, I definitely want to go back and read the other Mo and Dale stories! (less)
Mary & Belle Yes. This book is the second book so if you want to continue the series, I would likely get this one.

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Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun. Mo is one of those characters who just won't quit. Her use of language and unique perspective kept me chuckling and turning the pages. Small southern town, quirky characters, girl detective, humor, history remembered and secrets revealed. My heart is warmed.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Three Times Lucky felt like a complete story. I’m always skeptical of follow-ups to successful books. Are they a story the author had in mind or a way to capitalize on a previous success? More often than not, these companions feel more like the latter.

Not the case with Sheila Turnage’s Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. Mo and Dale pick up right where they left off. Everything we loved about these quirky characters rooted in their remarkably unique setting shines in this second mystery. When the 6th gra
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been doing a read-aloud book before school with my grandson for several years. He is in second grade, and enjoys a chapter or two of a book he has picked each weekday morning with his breakfast. This one has given me a chance to use my adopted Tarheel accent (I attended college in North Carolina many years ago), and the opportunity to introduce the lad to some interesting cultural tidbits like "Nabs", and some general knowledge like the concepts of analogy and rhetorical questions. We have ...more

FIVE **** Hilariously Southern - Ghostly Good - Family Friendly ***** STARS

Mo LeBeau (of the Desperado Detective agency - always at your service) has forever capture my heart - and funny bone - with her southern-charm grit, quick-minded wit, and sixth grade embellishing candor. Listening to this quirky and endearing, family friendly audio book with my hubby, one disc per evening, was pure D laugh aloud delight! A couple times I laughed so hard the disc skipped.

Really,what better way is ther
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
As much as I adore this series, this one is without a doubt the weakest of the four, which surprises me considering my own personal interest in the paranormal. 3 1/2 stars

I do really applaud Sheila Turnage for being bold enough to explicitly put ghosts in this series without leaving it up for interpretation. Like, there are actual ghosts in this book. It’s pretty awesome.

Other than that, I just think that structurally this one is the weakest.
I don’t really like the story being framed around t
Brenda A
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This is just really fun. The main character, Mo (full name Moses), is a crime detecting 12 year old with her best friend Dale in tow. They're an odd bunch--Mo has a strong command of vocabulary, and Dale takes things literally so much that Mo must always whisper, "rhetorical," when he starts to answer a rhetorical question.

The ghost plot in itself is just as sweet as the main characters. It isn't particularly creepy: this author is no Neil Gaiman or Tim Burton. There is no one trying to terrify
Monica Edinger
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Too early to review or star (as it isn't out till 2014), but I LOVED it.
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

When I read Newbery Honor book Three Times Lucky, I went in expecting not to like it due to my overwhelming dislike for quirky southern books, particularly ones that take place in the state I've lived the most years of my life. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it and it overcame almost all my qualms. It was with no hesitation at all that I picked up a copy of the follow up, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, at ALA Midwinter. I
March 2015 (Outdated Review!)
I am absolutely in love with the first book in this series, Three Times Lucky. It's actually my favorite book so far this year! I definitely had high hopes for The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. I found this to be a very enjoyable read, although it did have slight second book syndrome.

Mo is a great main character. She's spunky, witty, and just leads the story in a great direction.

I was surprised that this book actually had ghosts in it. I thought the ghostly occurrenc
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story dragged a bit and seemed to lack a driving force, and (view spoiler), but Mo's voice, the characters, and the setting more than made up for it. I'd visit Tupelo Landing to hang out with Mo LoBeau any day!

Some thoughts from Mo herself:

"The problem with having a temper is you find out what you're going to say at the exact same minute everybody else does."

"Skeeter's little sister, Gray, a proven biter, slouched in a high c
Alex  Baugh
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
In this sequel to Sheila Turnage's Newbury Honor novel Three Times Lucky, Mo and her best friend Dale find themselves embroiled in another mystery after Miss Lana, one of Mo's guardians, accidentally places a high bid on an old dilapidated inn, complete with a certified ghost.

Another mystery for Mo and Dale of the Desperado Detective Agency to solve? Maybe, after all, they have one successfully solved mystery under their belt. And when Sixth Grade begins the next day, their teacher, Miss Retzyl,
Anastasia Tuckness
Mo Lobo, rising sixth-grader, made her debut in the Newbery Honor winning Three Times Lucky (which also happened to be my favorite book of 2012). In this book, she returns, as feisty and funny as ever, ready to make Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, a better and safer place. This time the Desperado Detectives again attempt to solve a murder--but this murder happened over a hundred years ago, and Mo is pretty sure the victim is trying to tell them something.

That's right, there's a ghost, and it's h
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book straight through, other than time for sleeping. It was delightful, although the start may have had a few too many odd elements, like the Exum brothers, who appear to only be in the story to confuse the main plot threads. I didn't care for them as characters, since they were never really developed, and were just annoying pranksters with cardboard personalities. The rest of the characters were much better, even the ones who started out as un-likeable.
I was surprised to find that t
Joshua Whiting
“Rising sixth graders” Mo LoBeau and Dale Earnhardt Johnson, III are back in this follow up to the Newbery Honor-winning Three Times Lucky. When Miss Lana (Mo’s adoptive mom) impulsively buys the decrepit Tupelo Inn at an auction, she doesn’t realize the place is haunted. Mo and Dale, now seasoned detectives since they solved a murder and helped find a couple of pets, of course open an investigation to discover the identity of the ghost and reveal the secrets of the abandoned inn, which turn out ...more
Winnie Reilly
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just love Mo, Dale, and their Desperado Detective Agency! Harm is a great addition to their group of quirky friends. I want to live in Tupelo Landing!
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Return to the world of the Newbery Honor book Three Times Lucky in this follow-up novel. Mo and Dale continue to run their Desperado Detective Agency but the mysteries have gotten smaller. Then an old inn goes up for sale and Miss Lana, Mo’s guardian, accidentally purchases it. That’s when it is discovered that that inn comes with a resident ghost. Now it is up to Dale and Mo to figure out why the ghost is haunting the inn, something they also manage to make into a homework assignment to do doub ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this as both a fine bit of fluff and as an excellent sequel. I was surprised to find that Three Times Lucky had a sequel, to be honest. So there wasn't a lot of anticipation on my part, just a really funny good-time read. These are the sort of books that you have to be in the right mood for: if you are they are excellent and if you aren't, they'll drive you nuts. If you want to enjoy your grumpy day, look elsewhere. I would offer some great quotes, but I forgot to write them dow ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
This is the second book in the Tupelo Landing series by Sheila Turnage. Mo and Dale team up again to solve another mystery (and finish their school project).

I enjoyed listening to Lauren Fortgang narrate the story on audiobook; she really adds character to the story with the southern drawls and the different voices for the myriad characters.

interesting quotes (page numbers from hardcover edition with ISBN13 9780803736719):

"Sal loves Dale like midnight loves stars. So far, he hasn't noticed." (p
Sara Grochowski
Sheila Turnage's second book starring Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale is both a fantastic continuation of their story and perfect starting point for readers new to Tupelo Landing. This standalone companion to THREE TIMES LUCKY takes readers back to Tupelo Landing and lands them right in the middle of a new mystery with amateur sleuths Mo and Dale. The Desperado Detective Agency has a new case after Miss Lana accidentally purchases Tupelo's Landing's Inn... with a ghost in the fine print. With ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 stars. The very things I loved about "Three Times Lucky" continue to shine brightly in "Ghosts"- The quick witted humor of Sheila Turnage as she pens the culture of Tupelo Landing with each character she creates. I also love the way Dale and Mo continue to rely on each other as they grow up in this eccentric place. At times, because there is no mention of any type of technology, I forget that this book is taking place right now. It seems almost to be of another time period when things seemed ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sometimes sequels fall flat. Fortunately, that is not the case with Turnage's Ghosts. Boy, can this lady created characters! It's hard for me to tell whether I was transported right into the book or if the characters jumped off the page and sat down next to me.

The text is full of interesting and unique turns of phrase--a boon for a 7th grade English teacher like me who's always on the look out for a great mentor sentence. Simile, metaphors, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia--great exa
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
It made all the difference for me to listen to this book - the narrator added so much personality, spunk and overall wonderfulness to the characters of this commendable read. I realized again how remarkably spirited Mo Lebeau is, Dale's quiet sensitivity, Miss Lana's fun-loving pizzazz, and the Colonel's serious yet at times, tender demeanor; all of which made these beloved characters truly accessible. The introduction of ghosts in a dilapidated historic hotel was a fun little diversion and I lo ...more
Mary Sanchez
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humorous, mystery
Mo(ses) LoBeau and her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson II, cofounders of the Desperados Dectective Agency, are back with a new case to solve now that Miss Lana,one half of Mo's guardians, has purchased a bonafide haunted house in their small southern town with a ghost included. Can they take a picture of the ghost and include it in their 6th grade history project, along with an interview to satisfy their teacher and earn them extra credit?

The quirky team's adventures and colorful language, w
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an unusual read because in some ways I liked it even more than "Three Times Lucky". I usually love a first book and then it's downhill from there. I love ghosts and haunted houses and this book scored big time in those areas. My favorite thing about this author's writing is her characterizations. I was going to give some excerpts as examples of this but... ahhh, the book is upstairs and I'm feeling a bit lazy. The plot started to fall a little flat towards the end but nevertheless this ...more
Trish Evans
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Sheila Turnage you have done it again. You have transported me back in time to my youth, growing up in south eastern North Carolina. This book may lead to a population boom in the state. Who wouldn't want to live in the place where these characters call home?
The dialog between these wonderful characters reminded me so much of home. This book is full of snicker moments and deep belly laugh out loud moments. You know a book has deeply touched you when the characters seem like old childhood friend
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I would have liked this book more if I had read book one in the series because it took me a while to get to know the characters/keep everyone straight in my mind.
But, I liked the characters, especially Mo and Dale. The author did a great job creating that small-town feel with eccentric characters.
The plot was interesting--loved the ghost/school project angle that involved family secrets.
Overall, a great read.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There should be a warning label on books: Could make you cry. The ending of Mo and Dale's second story moved me to tears.
The characters and their poignant stories swept me away to the small town of Tupelo Landing where the ghosts of the past have yet to reach the other side. Mo and Dale's second big case involves interviewing ghosts, finding an old redneck’s moonshine still, and writing a passing history report, all with as much sass as Mo can manage.
Astrid Lim
I love this series so much!!! Mo Le Bleau is one of my most fave heroines - sassy, clever but also funny, she's so easy to be liked.

This second mystery for Mo and Dale is still located in Tupelo Landing, their charming, small Southern America town. It involves a haunted inn, hidden treasures, ghost from the past and.. a newcomer who (maybe) will be recruited to Desperados Detective Agency :)

Can't wait to read the next book!!!
Melissa Langston
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another Mo and Dale fascinating story. To be honest I liked this one better than the last one because of all the drama. But I am now reading the last book and I think it might top this (don't read this part it might be spoiler) but when Maiken breaks out of jail where I am now it is very exciting!!!!
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