Finding Frankie

A Tuper Mystery Book 2

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
316 Pages
Reviewed on 10/13/2021
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Author Biography

Teresa Burrell has dedicated her life to helping children and their families in both the courtroom and the classroom.

As an attorney in San Diego, Burrell maintained a private law practice for twelve years, which specialized in domestic, criminal, and civil cases. Her work in juvenile court focused on representing abused minors and juvenile delinquents. Burrell has received several awards and special recognition from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers for her countless hours of pro bono work with children and their families.

Burrell has also enjoyed a satisfying career as a teacher. She has taught children of all ages with diverse backgrounds and special needs. After creating an after-school program that kept kids off the street, she received a community service award.

Now in semi-retirement in California, Burrell continues to educate groups about social issues impacting children and write novels, many of which are inspired by actual legal cases. She is the author of The Advocate Series which now contains eleven novels: The Advocate is the first in The Advocate Series. I have ten more, The Advocate's Betrayal, The Advocate's Conviction, The Advocate’s Dilemma, The Advocate’s Ex Parte, The Advocate’s Felony, The Advocate’s Geocache, The Advocate’s Homicides, The Advocate's Illusion, The Advocate's Justice, The Advocate’s Killer, and The Advocate's Labyrinth. I have also started a second series with a character named Tuper who first appeared in Book #6, The Advocate's Felony. Those books are Mason's Missing, Finding Frankie and Recovering Rita.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

A hit-and-run driver leaves Tuper’s best friend, Squirrely, for dead and Tuper holding a duffle bag full of thousands of dollars, a pistol, and a twenty-five-year-old newspaper. As Squirrely lies in a coma, on a fine line between life and death, Tuper and Lana dig into the past to discover the who, what, and why of the attempted murder. Confronted with a convoluted past, rife with lies, fraud, and blackmail, the pair makes little headway until the killer makes a mistake.

In Finding Frankie, the second novel in The Tuper Mystery Series, author Teresa Burrell exhibits exceptional skill in combining character and plot-driven stories. The characters, Tuper and Lana, are quintessential in their own right. Tuper, the old man who knows a guy, reminded me of my country born and bred grandfather, while Lana, a young and brilliant computer techie wise beyond her years, is the embodiment of today’s millennial generation. The plot becomes ever thicker as twists and turns, lies and loss of memories combine to create a roller coaster story of mystery and suspense; a whodunit par excellence. An author can’t write a story like this without a real understanding of human nature and in-depth knowledge of today’s cyber world. Burrell has a wealth of knowledge in the emotive and rational capacities of humankind and/or the patience and ambition for deep research; I’m betting on a combination of the two. Finding Frankie is a “super-Tuper” detective/mystery story guaranteed to please every fan of these genres. I loved it and look forward to more.

Susan Sewell

A homeless man is the victim of a hit and run, and his friend believes that it isn't an accident in the outstanding sleuth mystery, Finding Frankie (A Tuper Mystery Book 2) by Teresa Burrell. Tuper may be getting along in years, but he still has what it takes to get things done. A few months ago Tuper teamed up with Lana, a talkative and savvy techie. His resourcefulness combined with Lana's cyber skills is unbeatable. Now they must use their ingenuity to help their friend Squirrely. A few days ago Squirrely gave Tuper his backpack and asked him to hold it for him. Later Squirrely is hit by a car and before he loses consciousness he tells Tuper to give the contents of his bag to Elba. Not sure who or what Elba is, Tuper and Lana take a look inside the backpack. They are stunned to find several thousands of dollars and a twenty-five-year-old newspaper. Together, Tuper and Lana start digging into Squirrely's shadowy past. What does an old newspaper and money have in common with Squirrely's history? With Squirrely in a coma, Tuper and Lana have to find out for themselves.

Finding Frankie (A Tuper Mystery Book 2) by Teresa Burrell is an excellent mystery and is the second book in a remarkable amateur sleuth mystery series. This is an entertaining novel set in the beautiful countryside of Montana. It has an intriguing plot and distinctive characters. The two main characters, Tuper and Lana, are likable in their own right. The snarky badinage between them keeps the story moving and interesting. There is subplot developing within the series in regard to Lana's past and I can't wait to discover her secret. Those who know that age makes no difference to crime and enjoy following the exploits of a crusty crime-solving septuagenarian and his loquacious sidekick will love this story. I must add that although this is the second book in the series, I never got lost and highly recommend it to amateur sleuth enthusiasts.

Lit Amri

“The sound of screeching tires, followed by a thud and a deafening clang of metal on metal interrupted the quiet. By the time they were outside, the vehicle had left the lot and turned the corner.” When Squirrely, a homeless man, is hurt by a hit-and-run driver, Tuper is determined to catch the culprit. Yet, the incident is more complicated than he thought as a duffle bag stuffed with thousands in cash, a pistol, and a 25-year-old newspaper were in Squirrely's possession. With the help of his tech-savvy sidekick, Lana, they uncover an old secret buried deep in Squirrely's past; the death of a high school classmate, an illegal adoption, and a tragic event. Finding Frankie is the second installment in the Tuper Mystery series by Teresa Burrell.

Set in Montana, protagonist Tuper is resolute, casually methodical, easily exudes an aura as a protector, and always conveniently knows “a guy” who can help him in his endeavors. I gravitated toward the chatty but brilliant hacker Lana and her intriguing background story. Despite their differences in age and personality, Tuper and Lana made a great team in investigating the hit-and-run case. The plot moves at a steady pace as the duo drives to several towns, looking for clues and tracking people for information, getting closer and closer to the truth while dodging potential dangers along the way. Simply put, Finding Frankie is an engaging mystery read and I look forward to reading Book 3 of the Tuper Mystery series, hoping that Lana's past will take center stage.