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The Law of Finders Keepers

(Mo & Dale Mysteries #4)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  534 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Pirates, family, and the truth about Mo's Upstream Mother collide in the conclusion to the Newbery Honor and New York Times bestselling Three Times Lucky

When the Colonel and Miss Lana share the clues about Mo's watery origins that they've been saving, it seems the time is finally right for the Desperado Detectives (aka Mo, Dale, and Harm) to tackle the mystery of
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Kathy Dawson Books (first published April 17th 2018)
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M Rosas I hope there are more books. It seemed as if there was still an unresolved mystery at the end that would lend itself to another book but not a big one…moreI hope there are more books. It seemed as if there was still an unresolved mystery at the end that would lend itself to another book but not a big one that would prevent this book from being the last. Idk, fingers crossed for more(less)

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Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I have a soft spot for Mo, Dale, Harm, and everyone else in Tupelo Landing. The finale in the series was not my favorite but I loved reacquainting myself with the lovable, funny, crotchety, quirky characters. Turnage's world building is spot on and has stayed consistent from book to book. I have a complete picture of Tupelo Landing and all of its zany citizens. Two mysteries were solved - the location of pirate treasure and the identity of Mo's upstream mother. I found the latter to be appropria ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
My fear of drifted away. Miss Lana says we have all the answers locked inside us. The hard part is finding the right questions to unlock them.
“Mo, are you sure you want to do this?” she asked. “Because you don’t have to. There’s nothing wrong with leaving things alone. The unknown is…so unknown. Like those old maps sailors used to draw. They’d map out what they knew of the world and at the end they’d write ‘Here be dragons.’ Dragons can fascinate—or they can breathe fire.”
I waited for my heartb
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Desperado Detectives (sixth-graders Mo, Dale, and Harm) land their two biggest mystery cases yet when pirate treasure fever hits Tupelo Landing and clues about Mo’s upstream mother emerge. The town of Tupelo Landing is abuzz with tales of Blackbeard’s legendary treasure and when a treasure hunter arrives (along with Harm’s mother), the Desperado Detectives are hired by the mayor’s mean mother to find the treasure for her. And Lana and the Colonel decide that Mo is finally old enough to know ...more
I cruised right through this lovely little series. It's not flawless, by any means, but I still loved it. It made me giggle and it made me happy.

Everything is coming together for Mo. She's hot on the case of her Upstream Mother and Harm and Dale are by her side. Meanwhile, treasure hunters are in town looking for Blackbeard's lost treasure. Mo and her crew plan to find it first.

What I love most about this series is the sweet relationships among all the people in town. Mo is such a wonderfully
Time for treasure hunting in Tupelo Landing! Apparently Blackbeard's 14th wife, Mary Ormond (I think), lived in Tupelo Landing and buried some of Blackbeard's treasure there. A slick professional treasure hunter is in town, Gabriel Archer, and has convinced Grandmother Miss Lacy (Thornton) to allow him to search on her land, seeing as she owns most of it. But Miss Lacy also gives the Desperados free rein as well, as they take on the same hunt for the mayor and his irascible mother, Mrs. Little. ...more
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The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage, 356 pages. Kathy Dawson Books (Penguin Random House), 2018. $17.

Language: G (0 swears, 0 'f') Mature Content: G; Violence: G.



In the concluding installment of the Tupelo Landing Series, Mo is given a clue to her upstream mother's identity - the sweater she was found wrapped in, and a necklace with a J. Speaking of clues - there's a stranger in town who thinks he has a clue to a buried treasure rig
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Mo & Dale Mysteries. Mo is such a fun, fiesty narrator who isn't afraid to share what she thinks, polite or not. Mo, Dale, and Harm make a great mystery solving team. In this book, two mysteries collide when Mo and her friends are asked to find a pirate treasure before the professional treasure hunter can while simultaneously using newly available clues to hunt for Mo's Upstream Mother. But things start going wrong right from the beginning, and one membe ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Had these books existed when I was in middle school, I would have read them over and over. There is something magical about Tupelo Landing, and it was a pleasure getting to listen to the audiobook and find out what exactly happened to Upstream Mother.
I absolutely loved this series, sad to see it end. I will definitely miss the residents of Tupelo Landing.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just like these Desperadoes. This one also has an arc-closing thread.
Cheryl Gladfelter
Goodbye Mo, Dale, and Harm! I will miss all the wonderful people in Tupelo Landing. What a way for the series to go out.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good ending to the Mo & Dale mystery series, I won't give anything away, but I love Mo and her quest for her up-river Mother. Finding mysteries along the way is a bonus, and this mystery is all about the lost treasure of Blackbeard. I hope we meet again someday, Mo LoBeau.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fic, j-series
Early on in the concluding installment of my beloved Mo & Dale Mysteries, Mo describes her life as "shy of normal" and that's probably exactly how I'd describe this endearing, oddball, laugh-out-loud, scrappy little series full of heart and wisdom and fun that will probably never get old for me. Excellent as always on audio.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, need-to-buy
Cried a good bit at the end. I love these crazy kids so much
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to how popular the series is with our young patrons. This is the fourth and final installment of the series and I must say they saved the best for last. Whodunit mysteries are always edgy, thrilling and will leave you wanting for more and The Law of Finders Keepers in no different. All of the characters featured in the book had catchy names that are sure for every reader to remember always. The Mo& Dale Mystery series is one I will defini ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading a Mo & Dale mystery feels like coming home from college. Nothing has changed and that's not a bad thing! Familiar faces with strangers sprinkled in for good mystery measure leads to another intriguing, charming Tupelo Landing mystery. The latest installment features not one but two cases for the desperados to tackle. I'll keep the spoilers to myself but know you'll want some tissues. I can't wait to come back "home" for number 5!
Desi Kennedy
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just love this series.
Jaina Rose
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
This review and many more are available on Read Till Dawn .

I have been such a huge fan of the Mo and Dale series for years, ever since I saw Sheila Turnage speak on a book panel while promoting Three Times Lucky and I went home and picked up a copy from the library. She was such a cool person in real life, and I still count myself lucky to have seen her before Three Times Lucky became really famous and won its Newberry Honor. And I'm still kicking myself for not buying a copy and getting her to
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book of the "Mo and Dale Mysteries Series" and has been marketed as the final book. I am hopeful that it isn't the final book, I need Mo, Dale, Harm, and the rest of the Tupelo Landing rthW2ATE75Lesidents in my life. I NEED more mysteries.
Mo, Dale, and Harm are now established detectives with Desperado Detective agency. This book has them still in Middle School and working two major cases, the first is the case of Blackbeard's treasure. Rumor has it, it is somewhere in Tupelo
Kim Tyo-Dickerson
There is so much to love in this down home, oftentimes hilarious middle grade series finale. I was thrilled to read the return of beloved characters and amateur sleuths Mo LoBeau and Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, who thinks sideways better than anyone Mo knows, and who are both now in the winter months of sixth grade. Along with their good friend Harm, whose absent mom Kat shows up on the heals of a disreputable treasure hunter, the likely world-famous Desperado Detectives are on the case to find ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mo, Dale, and Harm are back in the newest addition to the Mo & Dale Mystery series. For years, Mo has quietly been searching for “Upstream Mother”. After unwittingly finding clues about her, the Desperados are on the case to find her no matter what the cost. With limited clues and lots of questions, the search for “Upstream Mother” may be more than Mo expected. At the same time, treasure hunter Gabriel Archer comes to town looking for Blackbeard’s treasure, and the Desperado Detective agency ...more
Sandra Porter
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just love this whole series, this being number four. Moses LoBeau, alias Mo, and Dale Ernhardt Johnson III and their new partner, Harm Crenshaw, in the Desperado Detective Agency are on the hunt for buried treasure. There is the the greasy no-good from out of town trying to find the treasure first. The wacky, but very lovable (especially Lavender) townspeople. Miss Lana and the Colonel handing out love and wisdom with every bite at their cafe. And, of course, Mo's search for her up-steam mothe ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the concluding volume of the Mo& Dale Mysteries series and it is every bit as brilliantly written as the first. Here a tale of pirates and treasure hunting overlaps with the series-long search for Mo's upstream mother and the story and the series wraps up with a warm and satisfying resolution.

Turnage's rich eccentric and deeply human cast of characters have a lasting place in my heart as a reader and boy am I going to miss them all! As in all the books, the voices and the characteri
3.5 stars The Mo and Dale Mysteries are like no other! There is such a sweet preciousness about the town of Tupelo Landing! These books allow kids to be kids. They encourage the pursuit of other things that have nothing to do with gaming, electronics, or texting, and gives lots examples of caring adults in their lives. The humor with with Turnage writes is such a treat for adults, so incredibly witty and at times laugh out loud. I am not sure kids would get it or appreciate as much as I do. But ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am so sad that this is the final installment of the Mo & Dale Mystery series. I have loved all of the characters, and the author has a real talent for creative (and frequent) similes (and metaphors).

In this book, Mo finally wraps up the mystery of Upstream Mother, and a lot of other loose ends in the series are neatly tied up. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but I laughed and I cried. It was a good run.

I have to take off one star, though, because the plot was so completely contrived.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There aren't words for how much I love this series and its incredibly unforgettable characters. I'm so heartbroken to see this world come to an end. Why do I love it? It's hard to explain. Maybe its the witty, hilarious, unique characters, or maybe the one in a million town that each story is set in. Perhaps its the happy ending and the sheer love that each character has for one another. The entire town is there for each other, no matter what. It sounds cliche maybe, but I cant deny the good hea ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to Sheila Turnage's fourth book in the Mo and Dale Mysteries for such a long time and The Law of Finders Keepers did not disappoint me. I found myself laughing at Dale's malapropisms. "Hurry Mo! I'm sweltering to death, Momma made me layover." I found myself tearing up at Mo's quest for her upstream mother and the love of the Colonel, Miss Lana, and Grandmother Miss Lacy for Mo and Mo's love for them. The Colonel gives Mo a definition of love that is absolutely one of ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was able to finish this audiobook while I was on a walk with my dog today. Luckily I was able to hold back my tears so the neighbors don’t think I’m too strange. 😉 So, to start this review, I have to say that this is one of my favorite series of books. This one is the fourth in the series, and like the rest, I was chuckling throughout. Mo and Dale are subtlety hilarious and reading these books is so fun! But along with that, there are serious topics addressed and real emotions felt through eac ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, audio-book
I just love this series and this author. While I often find myself laughing out loud at the things the characters say and do, there are also many tender moments that cause me to pause and think about life and how I want to be better.

One quote from this book stuck with me. In an attempt to not reveal the plot, I won't say who said it.

"Love is both infinite and rare. Give it like there will always be more, because there will be. When someone offers it, grab it. Don't let go."

What great advice. Wh
Cheriee Weichel
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a sad feeling that this just might be the last in this series. If you haven't read any of the Mo and Dale mystery series by Sheila Turnage, I'm just sorry for you. These are richly developed characters who grow and learn with each new novel. Humour and sweetness resound in each of them.
In this tale, Mo and her best friends, Dale and Harm, tackle two mysteries - the search for Mo's upstream mother continues and they are hired to track down a pirate treasure. Splashes of sixth grade romanc
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