Three Times Lucky

Three Times Lucky

Book - 2012
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Mar 02, 2021

If I could give this book any more stars, I would!!!
Moses LoBeau, a tween living Tupelo Landing NC, was left in a basket by her mother during a hurricane, rescued by her adopted parents, Colonel and Miss Lana. When there is a murder in town, she and her best friend Dale, start The Desperados Detective Agency, aiming to conquer the killer and crush the case! A hilarious read aloud series, where you will really connect with the characters and won't want the book to end!

Jan 25, 2021

Although there are kids in danger (don’t read aloud if they are too young), many will be laughing out loud throughout. Great dialogue. Excellent writing. Fun to read as an adult.

jcljessicaj Apr 06, 2020

A mystery about a girl, Mo, who is rescued from the river as a baby and raised by those who find her. She periodically sends messages in a bottle upriver in hopes of connecting with her birth mom. A murder happens in their small town, and Mo takes it upon herself to solve the case. In the end she realized what, and who, is most important. Mo is such a neat kid, and I really enjoyed following her tenacity and endearing stubbornness through the book.

May 14, 2019


JCLTiffanyR Apr 28, 2019

Moses LoBeau lives in a small North Carolina town called Tupelo Landing filled with a slew of wonderful oddball characters. The book is heavy on Southern charm and Moses (Mo) is a wickedly smart, engaging main character you can't help but fall in love with! The mystery in this book is secondary to the character relationships, but it's still a fast-paced and fun read as Mo and her friend Dale race to find a murderer. Middle school mystery lovers will enjoy this first entry into the Mo & Dale mystery series.

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 30, 2018

One of the funniest juvenile mystery novels ever. Moses LoBeau – she’s a girl, call her “Mo,” please – was washed up on the shore of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina as a baby, after a great hurricane. She was taken in by Miss Lana and the Colonel (he doesn’t know where he’s from either) who run a little diner. It’s summer and Mo calls herself a “risin’ 6th grader.” Life is mostly fun for Mo with her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson III and all of the odd people in the town --- all of whom seem to eat at the diner. She is in love with Dale’s older brother, Lavender (yes, there’s a story in the name), who is a 20-year old mechanic into stock car racing. (It is North Carolina, after all.) But she is also obsessed with writing journal entries to her “Upstream Mother” – the woman she imagines to have lost her in the hurricane.

Suddenly the town’s crankiest resident and worst tipper is found murdered, with Dale being the only person seen nearby at the time. Now the Colonel has disappeared and other people are missing. Can two 12 year old detectives solve the mystery and help Mo find her place in the world along the way? Great Southern characters and a charming voice for Mo bring the story to life. Perfect for reading aloud, if you can stop laughing long enough to read.

Aug 24, 2018

This book was amazing! It was full of mysteries and you never knew what was going to happen next. It was very fun to read and I would definitely recommend it. My personal favourite part of the book was Miss Lanas character. She seemed like someone that was always joyful, but she also knew how to defend herself. Please read this book, you'll love it!

DCLteens Mar 29, 2018

A suspenseful page-turner! Someone is murdered, and two kids are trying to crack the mystery. Who was the murderer?
Reviewed by Gustav, a Teen Library Council member

Aug 14, 2017

I loved this book because I love murder mystery books.I also loved how the ''colonel'' hated lawyers but he turned out to be one.I recommend this book to people who like murder mystery books.

Nov 07, 2016

I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove this book. and pls give me like!

Jun 29, 2016

I loved this book. It was so mysterious and full of secrets. I thought it was funny how the "Colonel" hated lawyers, but it turned out he was one!

Jun 08, 2016

To me, the book started slowly, but the characters were vivid and pulled me in right away. I ended up enjoying the mystery of Mo's Upstream Mother more than the mystery that she and Dale were supposed to be solving, but overall thought the book was good.

This book captivated me from the very beginning with spot-on dialogue/dialect that made me feel like I was right there in Eastern Carolina standing beside these very believable characters. Turnage captured the small town flavor perfectly and kept the book moving with humor and beautiful description. I only found the ending to be a bit rushed and the way the mystery was solved to be a bit hoaxy. But overall, a wonderful read for preteens and adults of all ages! Loved using this in my preteen book club!

Jul 12, 2015

I like this book.

Jul 11, 2015

this book is mysterious .

Dec 17, 2014

First of all, I do not usually like books with small town or hick culture. But from the very first page, this book grabbed me, pulled me in, and wouldn't let go until the end. Turnage writes in such a manner that the book moves along at a very fast pace. I kept wanting to know what would happen next. Turnage does not bog you down with lengthy descriptions and has plenty of dialogue and humor.

Mo is a girl who was found after a hurricane as a baby and this is her story. She is an impulsive and lively girl. She is always asking questions. Her best friend is Dale, a cautious boy with an abusive father. In their little town, a murder, a kidnapping and a hurricane happen. Mo and Dale attempt to solve the murder and the kidnapping and get into all sorts of mischief along the way.

The mystery keeps you guessing until the very end. And not everything works out quite as expected. There are some potentially dark elements in this story, but Turnage does an excellent job of keeping them light and not dwelling on the dark parts. There is a bit of violence. But there is no cussing, no sex, no drugs--so in every other way this is a clean, clean, clean story which is a wonderful rarity even in a junior novel.

Not everything is perfect about this book, but five stars for good writing and a riveting book. This book is advertized for grades 5 and up. This is a good grade range although the characters are sixth graders.

Jul 21, 2014

Golden Sower nominee for 2014-15. Good choice for a light summer read. Mystery set in small town North Carolina during hurricane season.

ChristchurchLib Mar 26, 2013

March 2013 Kids' Books newsletter

branch_reviews Mar 20, 2013

Miss Moses LoBeau washed ashore in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina during a hurricane 11 years ago. She was taken in by the Colonel, a man with secrets of his own, and Miss Lana, who is the hostess at the Colonel’s café. As much as she loves them, she dreams of someday meeting her “Upstream Mother.” The eccentric local citizens regularly take bottles with Mo’s note – “You lost me in a hurricane 11 years ago. I’m ok. Write or call. 252-555-4663” - in them out of town with them to drop upstream. When a city detective shows up in town, investigating a murder, smart and sassy Mo and her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson III decide to solve the mystery themselves. This rollicking, hilarious mystery shimmers with the heat of a southern summer as Mo and Dale try to keep one step ahead of detective Joe Starr, but it also has a serious side. Debut novel and Newbery Honor book for the author. Reviewed by DC

Dec 04, 2012

Yet another teenage mystery! But it's awesumm!

BPLNextBestKids Nov 21, 2012

Moses Le Beau washed up in Tupelo Landing eleven years ago during a horrific hurricane. She was rescued by the Colonel, who named her, and she was taken in by Miss Lana and the Colonel, who run a cafe where Mo and her best friend, Dale, help out.When Mr. Jesse Tatum is found dead and a boy whose description fits Dale perfectly is a suspect, Mo decides that she has to find the killer and prove Dale's innocence. Detective Starr and Deputy Marla arrive on the scene looking for the culprit in another murder but stay on to find Jesse's killer. However, their presence seems to be causing more problems and when Miss Lana disappears, Mo has to decide whom she can trust. Reviewed by BPL volunteer LS


with the delight that is Three Times Lucky I’m going to hope for a kind of Southern kid Renaissance. Let’s see what we can’t do about getting more books like this one into the hands of children from all over the country. It’s got a murder for crying out loud. That’s gotta be good for something. A novel that hits on all cylinders. Grab it, read it, enjoy it, and find a kid to thrust it upon. Worth discovering.

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