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Summary

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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  • Lois
  • 16-06-18

Twisted metaphors funny and how.

Impressive and clever writing marks this as an enjoyable book about a young girl and her scewed outlook on her life. An aspiring gumshoe living in the late 1950's, she uses her wild imagination to get her through each day while caring for her younger sister. This is all in the wake of her young father dying and her mother's distractions. Her wildly enterprising ways of coping with their lives will keep you guessing all the way through to the end.

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  • DD
  • 13-02-17

Love Lesley Kagen

Funny and heart warming. A delightful story. I am so glad this book was available on Audible.

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  • Sara Florencio
  • 08-02-17

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.

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  • Deborah Hamilton
  • 28-12-17

Entertaining and heart- warming

I enjoyed this trip back through childhood. there were lots of witty phrases and interesting turns in the story.

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  • Brian Lawler
  • 29-10-17

Poor story-telling. Cursing. Normalizes bigotry.

The viewpoint of a young girl is initially interesting but soon tiresome - e.g., this character is very scatter-brained and that makes it difficult to move the storyline forward. This character says lots of PG-13 curse words - so not appropriate for younger readers. Finally, there are lots of ethnic slurs used in this story - made even more offensive because they serve no purpose and not done in a way to condemn this kind of behavior. The way the author uses bigotry seems to mainstream, normalize or even approve of this behavior - I found that very distasteful.

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  • Debbie
  • 10-04-17

tacky, crude, foul-mouthed, bratty kids...

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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.

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  • Cheryl Hughes
  • 14-02-17

Very Disappointed

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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