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Kate Racculia Books In Order

Publication Order of Tuesday Mooney Books

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts / Wore Black (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

This Must Be the Place (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bellweather Rhapsody (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Kate Racculia
Kate Racculia was born in the year 1980 and is a researcher and writer. She studied design, illustration, Jane Austen, and Canada at the University of Buffalo. She has her MFA from Emerson College, and teaches genre fiction and novel workshops at Grub Street, which is Boston’s non-profit creative writing community.

As a teenager, Kate was a bassoonist. In Syracuse, New York, her hometown, she played with quite a few bands, which include: the Lyncourt Summer Concert Band, her high school band, the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra, and a variety of different NYSSMA festivals. Nigel was the name of her bassoon.

Kate posts a lot of pictures of her cat up onto the Internet, wants to grow up to be Jessica Fletcher, and is a total sucker for a saxophone solo. She has worked as a music and movie reviewer, designer, a bookseller, a cartoonist, a coffee jerk, a planetarium operator, and a proposal writer.

“Bellweather Rhapsody” received an Alex Award and was named the Best Book of the Summer by Publishers Weekly in the year 2015.

Kate’s debut novel, which was called “This Must Be the Place”, was released in the year 2010. Her work is from the genres of literary fiction and mystery.

“This Must Be the Place” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2010. A never mailed postcard. A sudden death. Long buried secrets set the stage for a heartbreakingly real and luminous novel about some lost souls finding each other.

The Darby-Jones boarding house in Ruby Falls, New York is home to Mona Jones as well as her daughter Oneida. Both of whom are loners and self-declared outcasts that have made the perfectly restricted family unit: the two of them along with the four eclectic boarders that live in their house.

Their quiet and small life gets upended when Arthur Rook turns up in the middle of his nervous breakdown, devastated by his wife’s death, carrying a pink shoe box that has all his wife’s keepsakes and mementos. He holds a postcard from sixteen years ago, which was addressed to Mona but it was never sent.

Slowly but surely the contents of the box start fitting together and tell a story. One of a lost love, a powerful friendship, and a secret that could change everything that Arthur, Mona, and Oneida know is true if it is revealed. The stories could teach everybody about love, how deep it runs, how strong it can make us, and right when it all seems lost, how tightly it brings us all together.

The author has a fantastic way of revealing each of the secrets, so when they are uncovered, you are stunned but still believe each one. Each of the characters is endearing and quirky that makes you care greatly about what will happen to each one of them. The banter in the novel snap, crackles, and pops, Racculia’s writing is both warm and smart, and she writes such an original tale with her unique voice shining through.

“Bellweather Rhapsody” is the second stand alone novel and was released in the year 2014. Fifteen years back, a murder-suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and Minnie Graves, the young bridesmaid that witnessed it happen. Hundreds of high school musicians have gathered at the Bellweather for the yearly Statewide festival; Minnie has come back to face old demons; and there is a blizzard coming that threatens to trap everybody inside.

A young prodigy goes missing from infamous room 712, the hunt for her entwines an eccentric cast of caretakers, conductors, teens on the verge, and the adults being haunted by memories.

Fans found this one to be a beautifully crafted, well written, and wildly entertaining read. Readers found this one to be quite fun, with a high amount of quirk in it and a very colorful cast of characters. Each of the characters were engaging and felt real, and the novel always holds your interest throughout. Racculia’s writing is excellent, magical, and beautiful with a great story powering it all. Kate writes the most resonant of descriptions about music, how it truly works in both the heart and the head. The book is captivating and twisty, and hilarious and exuberant.

“Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts” is the first novel in the “Tuesday Mooney” series and was released in the year 2019. A dead billionaire. A handsome stranger. A citywide treasure hunt. Tuesday Mooney’s life is going to change. Forevermore.

Tuesday Mooney sure is a loner. She keeps to herself, socializes only begrudgingly, and spends a lot of time watching old X-Files and Twin Peaks DVDs. Vincent Pryce, the most eccentric billionaire in Boston, dies and leaves behind him an epic treasure hunt through the city, with clues that are inspired by the man’s hero, Edgar Allan Poe. It is here that Tuesday’s adventure finally gets started.

Puzzle-loving Tuesday hunts for clue after clue, and is joined by a motley crew: an adoring teen neighbor, a wisecracking friend, and a cagey, handsome young heir. The hunt puts their mettle right to the test, and with other teams from all over the city also trying to locate the prize, a piece of Pryce’s immense wealth, they have to move rather quickly. Pryce’s clues cannot be cracked with only sharp wit alone; these seekers have to summon up the courage to face down painful ghosts of their pasts, some of which are more vivid than others and find their most guarded dreams and desires.

Fans found themselves unable to read the book fast enough and is a cleverly written story with humor and suspense woven into things. Readers found this to be a fun story, with characters that take this to a whole other level. Especially Tuesday, who has a mind for puzzles and investigating people. Her friendship with Dorry is a heartwarming one, as she helps be a friend after Dorry’s mom died. The way these characters are so real feeling helped keep readers emotionally invested in what is going on.

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