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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 RhapsodyTuesday 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 leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city with clues inspi. 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 faultIt'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 laterTuesday Mooney does not talk to ghosts Maybe one maybe none but ghosts plural noAnd this book other reasons alert is way too many things at once like a recipe with way too many ingredients some good but inharmonious and so it's ruinedBut I see almost all reviews are five stars and I know Kate Racculia has a loyal audience that loves her and and her books so there's that I get it I'm an outlier Maybe when it's published I'll get some companyHere's the thingIt promised ghosts and Poe and Boston and Salem and a scavenger hunt these are a few of my favorite things which for the winners would bring money and macabre swag Macabre swag is coolThe other huge clue I missed that this book wasn't for me is that the man behind the hunt and money and macabre swag which includes seriously valuable rare Poe stuff and a large collection of random weird stuff is named VINCENT PRYCEHow did I not realize how campy this book would be Vincent Pryce loved Poe One of his homes is The Castellated Abbey And I was still at five starsBut homage went splat and so did the book Back to the too many ingredients among them the late Vincent Pryce his campy death and the citywide scavenger hunt he set up to begin in Boston after that death so anyone could play for his money and goodies; the widow; the sad neighbor who deserves a better book; the murder; the pathetic best friend; the stick figures doing the scavenger hunt; the spooky mansion that's as scary as a kitten; the wealthy family with its insufferable brothers at war with one another; the fortunes; the friendships; the other murder; the melodrama; the ludicrous endingand the funeral costume party Pryce pre arranged on Boston Common where among others we get drag Cher complimenting drag Like a Prayer Madonna as if the book wasn't overstuffed enough so throw in the cone boobsAnd oh yes the main character Tuesday Mooney a Goth ish woman from Salem with a decent backstory who alternates between smart and stupid and who never comes to life And her friends and family and her bestie who disappeared when she was sixteen and whose body was never found and her current bestie who I grow weary Trust me this isn't nearly allSome is played for laughs and some is deadly serious and some is I don't know what I love a scavenger hunt A scavenger hunt implies clues but we only get a handful as the book bounces around from thing to thing to thing The first clue and it comes early so this isn't a spoiler is a chalk outline of a raven on the far side of subway tracks There's no bust of Pallas but it's drawn in such a way to suggest it's sitting on one Or perhaps here I should add an h to sitting The raven's beak is pointing toward the tunnel between stops and our heroine and whoever that other guy is walk the tunnel and find a false wall which when broken reveals ta da a dummy bricked up in there dressed in a jester's costume For the love of God Montresor I got excited Elated even My heart was beating loudly though muffled as if coming from underneath the floor See how I overdid that That's how the book is From there it's mostly downhill Once we wave bye to Fortunato's effigy we wave bye to fear and also consistency and coherence I wanted and expected horror and homage and some action since this is after all about a scavenger hunt so how did I end up reading sentences which includeAll relationships are new andDon't cheat your friendships Don't ask them to mean less to you than they doIt's all a kind of love and love isn't any one kind of thingAnd so you see neither is this book To shake it off tonight at full dark I'll reread Poe beginning with The Cask of Amontillado because I had to sleep on this review and I have so much to say and this is so long would you please say Never so I know if you're still there I haven't said it all but I'm stopping because I know you get it I did not like the book

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The searchers must summon the courage to face painful ghosts from their pasts some vivid than others and discover their most guarded desires and dreamsA deliciously funny ode to imagination overflowing with love letters to art from The Westing Game to Madonna to the Knights of the Round Table Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is the perfect read for thrill seekers wanderers word lovers and anyone looking for an escape to the extraordina. 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 ghostsIt took me a few chapters to get into this book but when I did I could ot read this fun book uick enough There are uite a few names to remember There's another background story that's uite i intriguing There are some fun y parts I this story This is a delightful mystery within a mystery A deftly written tale that's interwoven with suspense and humor I would like to thank Netgalley HarperCollins UK HarperFiction and the author Kate Racculia for my ARC in exchange for an honest review Dictionnaire exquis du chocolat: La référence pour tous les amoureux du chocolat 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 ghostsIt took me a few chapters to get into this Chocolats maison book Marmiton Fondu de chocolat ! Les recettes incontournables but when I did I could ot read this fun Chocolat : L'art de la Chocologie et de la Dégustation, 50 Recettes Irrésistibles book uick enough There are uite a few names to remember There's another Chocolat cru background story that's uite i intriguing There are some fun y parts I this story This is a delightful mystery within a mystery A deftly written tale that's interwoven with suspense and humor I would like to thank Netgalley HarperCollins UK HarperFiction and the author Kate Racculia for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

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Red by his hero Edgar Allan Poe Tuesday’s adventure finally beginsPuzzle loving Tuesday searches for clue after clue joined by a ragtag crew a wisecracking friend an adoring teen neighbor and a handsome cagey young heir The hunt tests their mettle and with other teams from around the city also vying for the promised prize a share of Pryce’s immense wealth they must move uickly Pryce’s clues can't be cracked with sharp wit alone;. Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || Pinterest 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 throughTUESDAY MOONEY TALKS TO GHOSTS does try to be THE WESTING GAME for adults It's about an eccentric man named Vincent Pryce with a Y who collects Edgar Allen Poe ephemera and memorabilia He dies very publicly and in his will he states that he's having a massive treasure hunt and the winners get to have all his stuff Naturally people are interested and one of these is the main character Tuesday who is basically an adult version of Wednesday Addams if Wednesday Addams were a manic pixie dream girl who spent all her time listening to the Smiths and being eccentric just like everyone else in this novel In fact this book should be called Tuesday The Eccentric Eccentrically Talks to Eccentric Ghosts An Eccentric NovelInitially I liked this book a lot as it has some very sly humor and was cute without being too annoying As the pages went on it got less sly and cute And then as pages got on it became less cute and twee I think the problem was the book wanted to be too many things it wanted to be an homage to THE WESTING GAME and maybe that aspiration gave it a very young adult vibe that felt out of place in an adult novel; it wanted to be a thriller but there wasn't a whole lot of suspense going on because it also wanted to be an Eccentric Novel only the author couldn't seem to balance realistic eccentricity with cardboard cutouts of eccentricity; and it wanted to I think do what READY PLAYER ONE did with 80s pop culture with regard to Edgar Allen Poe only I don't really think Poe has enough of a foothold in modern day pop culture where these references will really resonate with the experiences of readers the way READY PLAYER ONE didThe supernatural element was also very strange and felt very out of place in this novelOther readers may enjoy this book but I don't think it was for me I'm sorry it wasn't as I did think I might enjoy it in the very beginning but it really lost steam towards the end Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 2 stars


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  1. says:

    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 Poindexter aka 'Dex' In her head the ghost of her best friend 16 year old friend Abby Hobbes who disappeared in Salem is constantly engaging with her It was with Abby that Tuesday went on night time forays with candles revelling in their identity as witches practicing spells using ouija boards and so much When Abby went missing Tuesday was left broken and guilt ridden but her interest in horror ghosts and death has remained although she has been left with an inbuilt fear of becoming close to others and an inability to trustThe offbeat Tuesday was brought up by her unconventional parents with the radical dogma that permeated her childhood that the 4th pig lived off the grid which is why the wolf never bothered him Which is why it is slightly ironic that it is online where Tuesday feels most at home using her gift for finding out things much like a PI working at the Boston General Hospital she profiles and researches rich Bostonians for the fundraisers to be able to push the right buttons to secure donations for the hospital Which is how she comes to be volunteering at the The Four Seasons Hotel Auction where the eccentric billionaire Vincent Pryce who else??? renowned collector of the weird and the haunted dies in dramatic fashion However Pryce has not finished with the living world in a obituary written by himself he instigates a city wide treasure hunt with clues inspired by Edgar Allan Poe However beware nothing is as it seems as Tuesday and her cohorts Dex the rich Nathaniel Arches whom she finds herself strangely drawn to and the young Dorry harbouring her own loss tutored by Tuesday are to discoverRacculia writes a scintillatingly vibrant story of adventure the supernatural family love friendship of the blackest of villainy death and life altering challenges that beguiles with its colour vitality and charm The highlights for me are its uirkiest characters Tuesday of course Dex drag ueen extraordinaire with his love of karaoke and Madonna Dorry who so wants Amelia Earhart's haunted goggles believing that she will once again be able to see her mother again and Edgar hurting with all that he is keeping secret and so many others This may not be a book for all readers but it was for me I loved it and its core theme and focus on the life you live it just might be what you are looking for too Highly recommended Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC


  2. says:

    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 faultIt'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 laterTuesday Mooney does not talk to ghosts Maybe one maybe none but ghosts plural noAnd this book other reasons alert is way too many things at once like a recipe with way too many ingredients some good but inharmonious and so it's ruinedBut I see almost all reviews are five stars and I know Kate Racculia has a loyal audience that loves her and and her books so there's that I get it I'm an outlier Maybe when it's published I'll get some companyHere's the thingIt promised ghosts and Poe and Boston and Salem and a scavenger hunt these are a few of my favorite things which for the winners would bring money and macabre swag Macabre swag is coolThe other huge clue I missed that this book wasn't for me is that the man behind the hunt and money and macabre swag which includes seriously valuable rare Poe stuff and a large collection of random weird stuff is named VINCENT PRYCEHow did I not realize how campy this book would be? Vincent Pryce loved Poe One of his homes is The Castellated Abbey And I was still at five starsBut homage went splat and so did the book Back to the too many ingredients among them the late Vincent Pryce his campy death and the citywide scavenger hunt he set up to begin in Boston after that death so anyone could play for his money and goodies; the widow; the sad neighbor who deserves a better book; the murder; the pathetic best friend; the stick figures doing the scavenger hunt; the spooky mansion that's as scary as a kitten; the wealthy family with its insufferable brothers at war with one another; the fortunes; the friendships; the other murder?; the melodrama; the ludicrous endingand the funeral costume party Pryce pre arranged on Boston Common where among others we get drag Cher complimenting drag Like a Prayer Madonna as if the book wasn't overstuffed enough so throw in the cone boobsAnd oh yes the main character Tuesday Mooney a Goth ish woman from Salem with a decent backstory who alternates between smart and stupid and who never comes to life And her friends and family and her bestie who disappeared when she was sixteen and whose body was never found and her current bestie who I grow weary Trust me this isn't nearly allSome is played for laughs and some is deadly serious and some is I don't know what I love a scavenger hunt A scavenger hunt implies clues but we only get a handful as the book bounces around from thing to thing to thing The first clue and it comes early so this isn't a spoiler is a chalk outline of a raven on the far side of subway tracks There's no bust of Pallas but it's drawn in such a way to suggest it's sitting on one Or perhaps here I should add an h to sitting The raven's beak is pointing toward the tunnel between stops and our heroine and whoever that other guy is walk the tunnel and find a false wall which when broken reveals ta da a dummy bricked up in there dressed in a jester's costume For the love of God Montresor I got excited Elated even My heart was beating loudly though muffled as if coming from underneath the floor See how I overdid that? That's how the book is From there it's mostly downhill Once we wave bye to Fortunato's effigy we wave bye to fear and also consistency and coherence I wanted and expected horror and homage and some action since this is after all about a scavenger hunt so how did I end up reading sentences which includeAll relationships are new andDon't cheat your friendships Don't ask them to mean less to you than they doIt's all a kind of love and love isn't any one kind of thingAnd so you see neither is this book To shake it off tonight at full dark I'll reread Poe beginning with The Cask of Amontillado because I had to sleep on this review and I have so much to say and this is so long would you please say Never so I know if you're still there I haven't said it all but I'm stopping because I know you get it I did not like the book


  3. says:

    Tuesday Mooney a 30 something researcher living in Boston is about to have the adventure of a lifetime following clues on a dead billionaire's treasure hunt Are you intrigued yet?Considering the fact that she is just the sort of character I love independent funny smart uirky and a bit of a loner I was happy to go along on said adventureFull 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 in this and it certainly didn't disappointEvery page is full of intelligent writing and witty banter I am seriously addicted to Racculia's style I could absolutely see myself reading this story again There was a great cast of side characters that brought humor and depth to the subtlety crazy plotThe setting in the city of Boston a place where I have lived and LOVE made it even exciting Tie in the fact that she kept mentioning my hometown of Nantucket it felt like I was reading about a friend or neighborAs always Racculia weaves some fairly serious topics into her otherwise humorous narrativeThere is vivid examinations of grief guilt the loss of a friend the loss of a family member the loss of a job uestioning self worth intimacy adult friendships and the presence of an afterlife to name a few I think she always handles such topics with grace It was all really well done hereIf you are looking for a fun fast paced fantastical adult novel you should definitely give this one a try If you do and you enjoy it be sure to check out Bellweather Rhapsody as wellFinally thank you to my friend Tucker for sending me his copy I will cherish it forever


  4. says:

    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 hanging out with her friend Dex when her world gets turned upside down Well upside down than it already is During an auction Pryce the eccentric billionaire suddenly dies things begin to get strange Out of the blue it is announced that Pryce’s dying wish was for people to play his game This game is an Edgar Allen Poe inspired scavenger hunt Tuesday along with her team of Dory the mini Tuesday Dex the gay best friend and Archie the hot and brooding heir begins her adventure but finds that this game may not be as innocent as it seems on the surface Along the way Tuesday must find the courage to face the ghosts from the past some of which are vivid than others ➵ Tuesday Tuesday is literally me Tuesday loves to be alone At the same time she uses this isolation as a shield She tells herself that she is fine Everything is okay and she doesn’t care But telling yourself those lies will only work for so long Trust me I know Tuesday is also cunning and resourceful but in spite of her genius she is generally awkwardish with other people ➵ Dex I will say it even though we all already know it go ahead say it with me Dex has made it onto my fictional crushes list Dex is the embodiment of Gay Best Friend a trope that is both so fun and also needs to die And because he was the GBF I couldn’t help but imagine him as Casey Cott soIsn’t he just the cutest little bean? I have such a crush on him Casey Cott that is Not Kevin Keller Goodreads has this marked as fantasy and it was generally marketed as so This book is not a fantasy novel Yes there are most certainly supernatural aspects but this is not a fantasy It would accurately as magical realism But if I had to choose one genre I would call this a mystery thriller And it was super dark too There was talk of suicide Murder is a heavy theme It was just a plethora of darkness and gloominess BUT It was very well balanced with humor mostly from Dex so yay for that As a random final note I really want to address how dumb this title and cover are They are both so middle grade y If this was a middle grade novel they would have been perfect but this is NOT a middle grade and so they didn’t fit Bottom Line45 StarsAge Rating R Content Screening Spoilers Educational Value 00 Positive Messages 35 Confronting your demons teamwork trust Sex 15 Off page sex sexual themes and jokes Language 25 Fk sht btch dck DrinkingDrugs 25 Alcohol consumption Trigger and Content Warning Talk of suicide Murder Psychosis Mild and severe injuriesReps Gay POCCover 35 Characters 55 Plot 45 Audio 45 I love Lauren FortgangPublication DatePublisher HMHGenre MysteryThrillerNew My Blurb “Magical funny and scary Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is a tale of mystery that will ensnare every reader” 45 Stars this may go up or down We'll see Ahhh That was so good And weird so apparently this is an adult book which is weird because that cover and title screams middle grade| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram


  5. says:

    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 straightforward reading experience and this is not thatWhat it does provide however is a uirky and relatable cast of characters some might say misfits but lovable to me A narrative that flits between humor and heart never devolving into melodrama And a plot that is far intricate layered and interesting than what I anticipated I was looking for something slightly offbeat I’ve been living on a steady diet of dark fiction and nonfiction and while this book does deal with death there is light at every turn and the promise of hope in the aftermath of my death you will be invited to play a game In playing my game know that you honor my last reuests that you make your way through this world with curiosity and courage that you follow strange clues make detours and that you don’t play it aloneCross and crisscross your paths with the paths of othersIsn’t that pretty much a formula for an interesting life?Sometimes we read a book and it’s not what we expected which diminishes our enjoyment Other times that expectation is blown to smithereens and the reading experience is all the better for it Publishers do authors and readers a disservice when they promote as one thing for the hook of it when the book’s intent is vastly different This was than about a treasure hunt this was about what is important to us and what we value and I’ll sign up for that Every Single Time I’ve had some odd things happen to me Rabbit said ‘over the course of my life I’ve learned to embrace the mysterious Because the strange the extraordinary those experiences that make you look at the world like you’ve never seen it before really pay attention to it the strange changes you Shows you new things about yourself About life Other people’Recommended for those that want an entertaining slightly strange experience Thanks to Paromjit for the review that pushed me to read it


  6. says:

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || Pinterest 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 throughTUESDAY MOONEY TALKS TO GHOSTS does try to be THE WESTING GAME for adults It's about an eccentric man named Vincent Pryce with a Y who collects Edgar Allen Poe ephemera and memorabilia He dies very publicly and in his will he states that he's having a massive treasure hunt and the winners get to have all his stuff Naturally people are interested and one of these is the main character Tuesday who is basically an adult version of Wednesday Addams if Wednesday Addams were a manic pixie dream girl who spent all her time listening to the Smiths and being eccentric just like everyone else in this novel In fact this book should be called Tuesday The Eccentric Eccentrically Talks to Eccentric Ghosts An Eccentric NovelInitially I liked this book a lot as it has some very sly humor and was cute without being too annoying As the pages went on it got less sly and cute And then as pages got on it became less cute and twee I think the problem was the book wanted to be too many things it wanted to be an homage to THE WESTING GAME and maybe that aspiration gave it a very young adult vibe that felt out of place in an adult novel; it wanted to be a thriller but there wasn't a whole lot of suspense going on because it also wanted to be an Eccentric Novel only the author couldn't seem to balance realistic eccentricity with cardboard cutouts of eccentricity; and it wanted to I think do what READY PLAYER ONE did with 80s pop culture with regard to Edgar Allen Poe only I don't really think Poe has enough of a foothold in modern day pop culture where these references will really resonate with the experiences of readers the way READY PLAYER ONE didThe supernatural element was also very strange and felt very out of place in this novelOther readers may enjoy this book but I don't think it was for me I'm sorry it wasn't as I did think I might enjoy it in the very beginning but it really lost steam towards the end Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 2 stars


  7. says:

    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 expectationsAfter that? I just wasn't interested in what happened to these characters and oh boy are there scores of them I'm not uite sure why so many are needed Tuesday and Dex struck me as unoriginal She's the geeky smart loner and he's the stereotypical gay best friend who loves musical theater The treatment of what Tuesday calls her mental illness talking to ghosts also seems heavy handed and maybe even a bit tone deaf25 stars I'll round up simply because I might be a harsher than usual grader right now It's been so ridiculously hot over the past few days Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for giving me a review copy of this novel which will be available for purchase on October 8th


  8. says:

    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 ghostsIt took me a few chapters to get into this book but when I did I could ot read this fun book uick enough There are uite a few names to remember There's another background story that's uite i intriguing There are some fun y parts I this story This is a delightful mystery within a mystery A deftly written tale that's interwoven with suspense and humor I would like to thank Netgalley HarperCollins UK HarperFiction and the author Kate Racculia for my ARC in exchange for an honest review


  9. says:

    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 we were missing information I finished it at least Also it feels like it wants to be YA but it’s not


  10. says:

    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 reuire some suspension of disbelief but the central mystery kept me guessing the whole time


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