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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  8,200 ratings  ·  1,620 reviews
A dying billionaire sends one woman and a cast of dreamers and rivals on a citywide treasure hunt in this irresistible novel by the author of Bellweather Rhapsody.

Tuesday Mooney is a loner. She keeps to herself, begrudgingly socializes, and spends much of her time watching old Twin Peaks and X-Files DVDs. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, dies—le
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published October 1st 2019)
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Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Apart from the fact I was not enamoured by the title of this novel, I adored this wildly entertaining read from Kate Racculia, that teems and overflows with literary and cultural references to horror, the gothic, the spooky, ghosts, haunted houses, and witches whilst touching on the serious issues of loss and grief, set in Boston. 33 year old goth, the acerbic Tuesday Mooney is the sister Wednesday Addams never had, a self contained loner with her cat, with just one friend, the gay banker, Poind ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Stars: As I read on, "Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts" plummeted from five to four then three, two, one.
I've given it two because I think it's not entirely the book's fault.
It's partly mine because I didn't catch the cutesy cover and I believed this was horror and I don't like my horror cute or soft and cuddly as Tuesday's cat.
Other reasons later.

Tuesday Mooney does not talk to ghosts. Maybe one, maybe none, but ghosts plural, no.
And this book (other reasons alert) is way too many things at onc
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to megs_bookrack by: Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
Tuesday Mooney, a 30-something data researcher living in Boston, is about to have the adventure of a lifetime following clues on a dead billionaire's treasure hunt.

Considering the fact that she is just the sort of character I love: independent, funny, smart, quirky and a bit of a loner, I was happy to go along on the adventure.

Full of hilarious hijinks and engrossing twists and turns, this story grabbed me by the heart and never let go.

I was a big fan of Racculia's work going into this and it
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tucker by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Many thanks to HMH for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
”A broken heart hurt like hell, but it kept beating. A lost mind was something else entirely.”

If Ninth House and Caraval had a baby, this book would be it. It was fantastic, funny, and scary!

So, what’s this book about?
Tuesday Mooney is alone but it doesn’t bother her! She loves being alone. Being alone allows her to be herself. She happily spends her time watching Twins Peaks and X-Files, working, and hangi
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s not about the hunt. Or Edgar Allen Poe. Some shadowy elements are there, but if you go into this book expecting only a macabre adventure, you’ll likely be disappointed. That’s what I found reading the poor reviews, they wanted a darker, more straightforward reading experience and this is not that.

What it does provide, however, is a quirky and relatable cast of characters, some might say misfits, but lovable to me. A narrative that flits between humor and heart, never devolving into melodram
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When I saw this cover and title, I thought for sure that it must be a middle grade novel; it has a very juvenile look about it. You can imagine my surprise when I learned that it was actually an adult novel-- especially with comparisons to THE WESTING GAME, a very old middle grade novel. Whoever was doing the packaging for this book really didn't think that one through.

Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Good start, but then a miss...

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts starts with an inventive premise. An eccentric billionaire dies, and he sends the people of Boston on a Poe-themed treasure hunt to recover his fortune. The first chapter or two built up my expectations.

After that? I just wasn't interested in what happened to these characters

...and, oh boy, are there scores of them. I'm not quite sure why so many are needed. Tuesday and Dex struck me as unoriginal. She's the geeky, smart loner, and h
Louise Wilson
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tuesday likes to keep herself to herself. When the very wealthy Vincent Pryce dies, a mysterious game takes place. The winner was to be one of the heirs. A scavenger hunt takes place. Tuesday and her friends take part and soon find themselves sucked into a vortex of the unknown. Then throw into the mix murder, puzzles and ghosts.

It took me a few chapters to get into this book but when I did, I could ot read this fun book quick enough. There are quite a few names to remember. There's another back
Annie ⚜️
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
In a word, disjointed. In another word, disappointing. There were so many fun “ingredients” in this one but, man, did they not coagulate. There were way too many things going on. Serious things, funny things, sad things, weird things, all the things. They lost me. It didn’t help that I keep putting it down and picking it back up of course but it felt all over the place. It just lost me. It had an identity crisis. I didn’t know what to make of it all. It could have been a fun scavenger hunt but w ...more
Jessica Jeffers
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
So much fun. A lot of books get billed as an adult Westing Game, but Kate Racculia has delivered exactly that. Some of the twists require some suspension of disbelief but the central mystery kept me guessing the whole time.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
4.5 stars rounded up. I requested Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts on a complete whim, and it turned out to be one of the best surprises I’ve had this year.  Nothing about this novel is what I typically read, not the genre (which I am still having trouble naming) and not the tone (light/feel good).

But it was so much fun!  The beginning of the book has a lot of fun 90s references.  At times it reminded me of Ready Player One’s penchant for the 80s, but better, because it was the 90s.  I also loved
Margaret H. Willison
If you love Kate Racculia's books, I don't really need to tell you anything except: the glorious trend continues here and, BONUS!!!, a character from BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY features prominently in this book.

But if you HAVEN'T read one of Kate Racculia's books yet, the first thing I'll tell you is what I felt when the character from BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY appeared: my heart throbbed with joy like I'd just spotted a beloved friend on a crowded train platform. I nearly cried, thinking that I'd get to
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tuesday Mooney is a thirty three year old researcher, whose best friend, Dex, is a banker with an interest in karaoke and a penchant for dressing as Madonna. Tuesday grew up in Salem, where her best friend, Abby, vanished, when they were sixteen and this event has haunted her, in more ways than one. Tuesday works at Boston General Hospital, where she spends her time trying to locate wealthy donors. At a charity auction, she immediately recognises Nathanial Arches, from an extremely wealthy, and ...more
Jessica Woodbury
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This was pitched to me as THE WESTING GAME for grown-ups and that is not a bad pitch. At its best, it is also a really loving character study of Tuesday and her best friend Dex. Racculia writes with a big beating heart, which is always something I appreciate.

There are perhaps a few too many moving pieces, a few too many characters. The final third feels rushed and the characters pull apart for plot reasons, which left me frustrated because I so enjoyed having them all together. While I came for
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ebook version of this book from Netgalley. Thankyou to both Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this! My review is still honest.

I'd heard nothing about this book or author before reading it, but I received an email from the publisher directly inviting me to request it. Once I'd read the premise of a wild treasure hunt orchestrated by an eccentric billionaire after his death, with ghosts-well, how could I not?
As the description suggests, this book is brilliantly
Sophie Brookover
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you long for a reading experience that will transport you the way From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The Westing Game do? How do you feel about a prickly heroine whose austere reserve springs not from dickishness but from a genuine & justified fear of having her heart broken? Are you into light spookiness wedded to stories about platonic and romantic love? And what are your thoughts on a light, apt sprinkling of musical references to the 90s? All good? Great, here's your ...more
The Nerd Daily
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Christina Ladd

When an eccentric billionaire dies dramatically at a charity event, Tuesday Mooney keeps her cool. But when that billionaire announces posthumously that part of his fortune will go to the winner of a Boston-wide scavenger hunt, she gets a little excited. As a prospect researcher, she understands the world of the super-wealthy, and she knows how to do the legwork on complicated puzzles. And as a confident loner, she’s willing to tak
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story has a lot going on in it, including missing persons, grief, a rich family and the mysteries surrounding them, a funny and slightly odd billionaire and his down-to-earth widow, a citywide scavenger hunt, a smart protagonist, terrific supporting characters, wonderful developing relationships….all of which together would seem to make this story overstuffed and unworkable. Not the case at all. In fact, I loved this book from its outset, first for its characters: Tuesday Mooney and her som ...more
Renee Godding
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25/5 eccentric billionairs

I guess this is what happens during quarantaine when you have access to only the limited amount of ebooks the library has to offer: you pick up things you know nothing about but seem mildly interesting. In this case, I got a great positive surprise. I had a lot of fun with Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts. It was the exact mix of urban adventure, mystery, lovable characters, campy humor and culture references I didn't even know I needed in my life.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An eccentric millionaire dies and leaves behind a city-wide scavenger hunt to claim his inheritance in Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia.

While this book had an intriguing premise and started out strong, it quickly fell apart for me as the author went in too many directions at the same time, leaving me feeling a bit untethered.

This book is clearly a re-imagining of the YA classic, The Westing Game. This coupled with the juvenile look of the cover had me under the impression that t
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Tuesday Mooney is good at her job as a prospect researcher.

"A prospect researcher is one part private detective, one part property assessor, one part gossip columnist, and one part witch." *

She works for a hospital finding wealthy people willing to part with some of their money for charitable causes.  She's a loner who prefers to be on the outside where she can notice what others cannot and would rather stay home and watch X-Files reruns than socialize with her best friend of ten years, Dex, who
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tuesday Mooney works for a hospital researching wealthy potential donors on how best to approach them for donations. She mostly keeps to herself beyond time with her grieving teenager neighbor, Dorry, and flamboyant friend Dex. Even as a child Tuesday was a loner, as shown in this quote: "That time alone in the dark, time alone with her self, traveling near and far through books, living in her mind, was what gave her the strength to go out and live in the real world. And there was no place on ea ...more
Audra (ouija.reads)
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I read this book, I felt seen. I’ve always been a little weird, lonerish, into spooky things. I’ve embraced my weird now, but it wasn’t always that easy. If you were that kid who was always dancing to your own drumbeat, wearing black, or on the outside of the group, you will definitely understand Tuesday Mooney.

A modern take on The Westing Game, this book follows Tuesday as she takes on a dead man’s city-wide scavenger hunt with her best friend the banker, her sixteen-year-old next-door neig
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
"Having someone care about you makes you want to give a shit, especially if you’re having trouble caring about yourself."

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts was a phenomenal read, and one that I cannot wait to read again! I don't know why I thought this (the creative cover is likely the culprit), but I went i
Jackie ϟ Bookseller
4.5/5 stars: ★★★★1/2

"A broken heart hurt like hell, but it kept beating. A lost mind was something else entirely."

When a mysterious billionaire suddenly dies, he sends the entire city of Boston on a wild treasure hunt through the city for an unknown prize. Tuesday Mooney, a researcher for a living, finds herself in the middle of the search. With a ragtag team of friends, a wealthy stranger, and the voice of her dead best friend from childhood in her head, Tuesday begins to follow the clues of Vi
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. It’s a decent book but I sometimes had trouble connecting to the main characters
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of tight-hearted novels. Those WASP-y Manhattan or LA, wealthy white people and their first world problem novels, even if they aren't always about wealthy people or white people or WASPs. Novels that feel dry, and tight, parsimonious with characters and prose that are the opposite of generous. You know these novels: they are often critical darlings and the favorites of NY Times reviewers. I start them, and frequently set them aside early, feeling colder and harder for the reading ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5+ out of 5.
Absolutely delightful; an instant October classic. I felt, while reading, the same way I felt when I picked up Edgar Cantero's The Supernatural Enhancements (although Edgar's book is substantially different in tone and style etc) -- I felt joy. I felt unabashed "gods, can I stay up and read?" joy. I love Boston in October, I love city-wide treasure hunts, I love plots on plots and mistaken identities and the belief in ghosts.
I loved this book. Please go read it, ideally when the wea
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Review: 5 Stars

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts was one of my top 10 most anticipated releases of the second half of the year. I expected it to be good, but I was absolutely blown away. As soon as I read the synopsis of this one I knew that I wanted it, but I’m shocked that this book appears to be flying under the radar. This book was such a fun, unique read that had me hooked from the start. I woke up early and went to bed
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc-s

I have a lot of mixed feelings about Tuesday Mooney. There were some amazing aesthetics throughout the story and it had intriguing enough characters to keep me reading, but I’m not entirely sure what the author was aiming for. It was a vastly different novel than it was described as, but it wasn’t necessarily a bad one.

Despite what the title and blurb would have you believe, there wasn’t a whole lot of scavenger hunting going on and there was only one ghost Tuesday was in communication
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Kate is a novelist living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the novels This Must Be the Place and Bellweather Rhapsody, winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award. Her third novel, Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019.

Kate was a teenage bassoonist, and studied illustration, design, Jane Austen, and Canada at the Universi

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