Title: Tuesday Mooney Wore Black
Author: Kate Racculia
Goodreads Rating: 3.92
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 Rhapsody.
Tuesday 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 inspired by his hero, Edgar Allan Poe—Tuesday’s adventure finally begins.
Puzzle-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 quickly. Pryce’s clues can’t be cracked with sharp wit alone; the searchers must summon the courage to face painful ghosts from their pasts (some more vivid than others) and discover their most guarded desires and dreams.
A 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 extraordinary.
Like a lot of readers this cover and synopsis intrigued me. Who wouldn’t love to read about a treasure hunt around the city of Boston, set up by a billionaire? I know that as a 30 something year old you’re never to old to take part in games and have fun, that is what this book was.
I loved the air of mystery surrounding the whole story. What was the point of the treasure hunt? What were the clues? Who was Vincent Pryce? Perhaps more importantly what was Nathaniel Arches story? All of these questions are answered and neatly tied up by the end but the adventure getting there was brilliant!
Tuesday Mooney was a delight. Yes she was a loner but she wasn’t as disconnected from the world as I first thought. She was stubborn, outspoken and highly observant which all served her well throughout the story. I think she was someone who was happy with her own company and didn’t feel the need to surround herself with huge numbers of people but she wasn’t shy as you’d expect her to be. She breamed with confidence and attitude which I loved! Dex was another great character. He was everything you would want in a best friend and I loved the relationship between him and Tuesday. Granted there was a moment towards the end of the book where I thought Tuesday could of done with a little more than an umbrella, as a helping hand, but overall the bond between these two characters was strong and their friendship true. My heart broke for Dorry. Ultimately she needed closure and when he true motives behind the game were revealed I wanted to wrap her up in my arms and give her the biggest hug I could summon.
The only thing I wanted extra from this book was a bit more of a treasure hunt. It started off very strong but I felt after the ‘invitation’ had been found it fell a bit flat before the funeral. The funeral itself was spectacular, the costumes were amazing and the ‘interview’ was intriguing. I don’t know how I would feel about their transport methods but the final showdown in the house was fantastic. As I mentioned previously I think a few of the people (other than Dorry) could of helped Tuesday out but it still made for a dramatic scene.
My favourite part was learning about the Arches story. This story within the story was a great addition and wow that family had some serious issues! If I was Tuesday I would probably distance myself from that brood and get on with my life. Their family was complicated but I enjoyed the connection to Vincent Pryce, it was well thought out.
Overall this was a fantastic read that I took pure enjoyment from and I believe one of the lessons behind the treasure hunt is something we could all learn from.
“A living isn’t something you make it’s something you do.”