From the New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Dark comes an unforgettable novel that illuminates the sweet and brittle bonds of family, the tenderness of growing up, the heartbreak of longing for what we've lost, and the poignancy of finding love.
FACT: Unbeknownst to eleven-year-old Theresa "Tessie" Finley, she's in over her head.
PROOF: After hearing a scream and catching a glimpse of a mysterious man carrying a body beneath the flickering streetlights in the cemetery behind her house, Tessie adds solving a murder case to her already quite full to-do list.
Tessie has elected herself president of the crime-stopping Mutual Admiration Society - as if dealing with her "sad madness" over the tragic drowning of her beloved father; showering tender loving care on her "sweet but weird" younger sister, Birdie; and staying on the good side of their hard-edged mother weren't enough. With partner in crime Charlie "Cue Ball" Garfield, Tessie and Birdie will need to dodge the gossips in their 1950s blue-collar neighborhood - particularly their evil next-door neighbor, Gert Klement, who'd like nothing better than to send the sisters to "homes." And, of course, there's the problem of steering clear of the kidnapping murderer if they have any hope of solving the mystery of all mysteries: the mystery of life.
A rich and charming tour de force, The Mutual Admiration Society showcases Lesley Kagen's marvelous storytelling talents. Laced with heartwarming humor and heartbreaking grief, this novel is nothing short of magical.
©2017 Leslie Kagen (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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"Love Lesley Kagen"
Funny and heart warming. A delightful story. I am so glad this book was available on Audible.
"Cute and comical."
it was a sweet story from the perspective of an 11 year old girl who is trying to solve "crimes" with her younger sister. funny and an easy listen.
"tacky, crude, foul-mouthed, bratty kids..."
I like a good mystery, and from the reviews and the summary I thought it was going to be a sweet kid-mystery story. This is anything but that. The kids are bratty and foul-mouthed and shouldn't be written as this young. They sound more like rebellious teenagers, so much so that I stopped listening and didn't even finish the story. There is language and talk of things kids should not see. The narrator makes them sound older than they are written and there is no softness or sympathy sound in her voice even when talking about losing their dad. There is only the sound of rebellion. The main character is determined to be a criminal, it's why she wants to investigate, not so she can solve crimes but so she can learn to commit them and get away with it. And she is only 11. It is NOT a sweet story.
I was very disappointed in this book. it is not what I would consider a family book. It drops several curse words. It is anti-parent, anti- Catholic, and anti-adults. It talks about shoplifting and lying in a nonchalant manner. It also mentions several instances of sleeping and fooling around incinuating various affairs.
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