Reviewed on 17th October 2019

Tuesday Mooney Wore Black by Kate Racculia

Genre: Contemporary / Fiction / Mystery
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Tuesday Mooney Wore Black by Kate Racculia Synopsis

You are cordially invited to play a game…

Tuesday Mooney loves a puzzle. So when an eccentric billionaire drops dead, leaving behind a fiendish treasure hunt – open to anyone – to his fortune, Tuesday can’t resist.

Although she works best alone, she soon finds herself partnering up with best friend Dex (money manager by day, karaoke-zealot by night) and the mysterious Nathaniel Arches, eldest son of a wealthy family who held a long-running feud with the dead man.

As the clues are solved, excitement across the city reaches fever pitch – but nothing is as it seems, and the puzzle-within-a-puzzle holds something much darker than a vast fortune at its heart…

Tuesday Mooney Wore Black by Kate Racculia Review

A Thoroughly Enjoyable Theatrical Treasure Hunt of a Book

After reading the blurb for Tuesday Mooney Wore Black, I was rather intrigued and really quite excited to read it. It seemed like it would be part detective, part mystery novel and more than anything else it sounded fun.

It didn’t disappoint. This is a detective story but not a ‘whodunit’. It is more of a ‘who will inherit’ in the form of a grand treasure hunt around Boston. It is a great big puzzle and one thing I do love is a puzzle.

The premise reminded me of the books we had as children, which if you could solve them, would lead you to some buried treasure somewhere in the country. We found them terribly exciting and would pour over them looking for clues but sadly they were impossible to solve.

For Tuesday Mooney though it doesn’t seem so impossible. In her day job she is a seeker of information. She already has a file on the deceased and this gives her something of a head start when it comes to the treasure hunt.

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I found Tuesday intriguing and likeable even though she has the makings of a loner. She wears black, played at witchcraft as a teenager and talks to the ghost of her presumed dead best friend.

I liked the other characters in the book too. Tuesday’s attempts to keep the world at a distance are frustrated by her friend Dex and her teenage next-door neighbour Dorry. Both the hiders and the seekers are an entertaining and eccentric bunch of people, with different motives for their involvement in the game.

It isn’t all fun and games of course. There is a lot at stake and there is a serious and sinister undergame being played at the same time. As the hunt continues the two games become intertwined and Tuesday becomes caught up in both.

It was a great read on a rainy day and it made me smile.

Published by: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-000836-661-2

(This book is set to publish October 21st 2019)

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