Monday, February 27, 2012

MMGM: THREE TIMES LUCKY (Review and Giveaway)

This one doesn't release until May 10th, but I'm giving away my ARC to one lucky commenter. ;o)

Three Times Lucky
THREE TIMES LUCKY, by Sheila Turnage, refers to how Mo (short for Moses) is lucky that, when she was a baby, her mother's tying her to a makeshift raft saved her during a terrible hurricane, lucky the Colonel was handy to save her from the flood, and lucky that Miss Lana decided to keep her. The reader is lucky that Mo has spent so much time piecing together her past that she's practically a detective; by the end of the fifth chapter there's a murder to be solved, and her best friend is the only real suspect.

And this isn't one of those stories where you find out it was just an accident or a misunderstanding. Those tend to make me crazy. There's at least one seriously scary person running amok in Tupelo Landing, and Mo has to figure out out who the bad guys are before they hurt or kill the people she cares most about. THREE TIMES LUCKY is a wild ride. I loved it: beginning, middle, and ending. Oh, how I loved the ending! If you're into middle grade and murder mysteries, this book is a happy combination.

As I mentioned before, I'm giving away my ARC to one commenter. This contest is open internationally and will close at midnight on Thursday. I'll announce the winner on Friday. If you'd like to read about more Marvelous Middle Grades, the following people would love to oblige you:

Shannon Whitney Messenger (our founding mother)
Joanne Fritz 
Shannon O'Donnell 
Barbara Watson
Michael Gettel-Gilmartin
Natalie Aguirre
Deb Marshall
Karen Yingling

Have a Marvelous Monday! 


  1. Thanks Myrna. I hadn't heard of this at all but it sounds good. What an intriguing title.

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    1. Yes, and thank you so much for sending it to me! :o)

  3. Love the sound of this one! Thanks for the chance to win the ARC too.

  4. Looks like a fun Spring Break read to me!

  5. This one is new to me. Would love to find out more.
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  6. This makes me curious because it's hard to imagine what a middle grade murder mystery would look like or how it would be handled.

    I'll have to check it out!


  7. hi miss myrna! yikes! a murder mystery. for sure im putting this on my wanna read list. sounds exciting.
    ...smiles from lenny

  8. Good to know that Mo has done a lot of the detective work for us by the 5th chapter! Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the contest!!

  9. Middle grade murder mystery! Wow, I've got spinal tingles just thinking about it.

  10. I've never seen this one before, but it sounds wonderful!! Thanks so much for the review, Myrna! :-)

  11. Thank you for the great review! This is the first time I hear about this book. It sounds fantastic!
    And thank you for the awesome giveaway! :D

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. Looks like a good book for my kids. laurisawhitereyes at yahoo dot com

  13. I always love your books that you recommend!

  14. so good to see all these recommendations!would love to win!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  15. Always need more murder mysteries, so I'll have to take a look at this one! And remember, my blog is all middle grade, all the time!

    1. I will link to you from now on. I'm sorry for the oversight.

  16. Fun giveaway, Myrna! Thanks! (And even if I don't win, I'm definitely checking out THREE TIMES LUCKY:) )

  17. And this is now closed. Thanks so much for all of your enthusiasm! :o)

  18. I have an ARC already, but now that you mention the murder mystery part, it may move up in the pile. It was looking a bit quirky/Southern for my taste, but I'll take a look at it now!

  19. Congrats to the winner. I'm definitely up for a good MG mystery!