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Nooks & Crannies Paperback – May 10, 2016
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Gr 4–7—Tabitha Crum and her sidekick, a mouse named Pemberley, love a good mystery. Luckily, she has so many in her life: why don't her parents love her? What will she do when they abandon her at the local orphanage? Why has she, of all people, been invited to spend the weekend at the estate of the reclusive Countess Camilla DeMoss? It is soon revealed that Tabitha, along with five other children, might be the long-lost grandchild of the eccentric Countess, thus inheriting her large fortune. However, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems at Hollingsworth Hall. Why does the Countess always carry knives? What really happened to the Countess' dead son? Are there ghosts at the Hall? When the electricity goes out and a dead body turns up, the whole house goes into a panic. But the biggest mystery of all is: who is the true heir to the fortune? While the story certainly gets its inspiration from many places—Roald Dahl, Trenton Lee Stewart, and Scooby Doo—the way in which it is told is original, engaging, and funny. Tabitha is a smart, plucky heroine whom readers will get behind: they'll cry with her when she feels unloved, they'll be scared with her in the dark, and they'll cheer when she wins in the end. The writing is beautiful, expertly capturing all the suspense, hope, and love in the story. The conclusion is satisfying but, thankfully, with the possibility of further adventures. VERDICT A delightful gem that will fly off the shelves.—Laura Lutz, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"In the grand tradition of Roald Dahl. . . . A plucky amateur detective, secret passages, exaggerated characters, concealed identities, and dastardly villains equal a swell mystery." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Original, engaging, and funny.... The writing is beautiful, expertly capturing all the suspense, hope, and love in the story.... A delightful gem that will fly off the shelves." (School Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW))
“A compelling puzzle, vividly drawn characters, and a clever and capable young detective.” (Booklist (STARRED REVIEW))
"Packed with the delicious elements—hidden passages, unexplained noises, suspicious servants—of a traditional British mystery, Lawson’s (The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher) story, set in 1907 England, will keep readers engagingly puzzled throughout its multilayered twists and tangles....Well thought-out and deftly executed, Lawson’s novel will appeal to a wide audience." (Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW))
Top customer reviews
This changes slightly when Tabitha receives a letter from a mysterious and wealthy countess inviting her and five other children, along with their parents, to her manor house for a weekend. Mum and Dad are quick to let her know that after the weekend, when they hope to receive some sort of honor or monetary gain from the countess, they will be dropping her in an orphanage while they fly off to France.
Once at the Countess' manor, things rapidly go south. The Countess is not at all the cultured philanthropist they've been expecting, and her servants obviously fear and loath her. The house itself is rumored to be haunted and strange noises are heard in the night. Tabitha and Pemberly take it upon themselves to discover exactly what's going on.
The story is a classic mystery, complete with a murder, thefts, disappearances, and some very shady characters. The children are as different from each other as they can be, providing some entertaining conflicts. It's a fun story with some interesting plot twists stuffed into one short weekend. I recommend this to fans of mysteries and those who just enjoy a story about good people who stick to their principles.
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Like The Times, I followed this story with all due fortitude, awaiting each new divulgence...Read more