Nooks & Crannies: 09/10/17
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson is a tween caper involving a haunted house, an eccentric countess, and six families vying for an inheritance. The protagonist in this adventure is Tabitha Crum, a child who is treated more like a servant than a member of the family, by her money hungry parents.
This book reads like someone pulled story elements from a grab bag containing pages from The Rescuers, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Peppermints in the Parlor. Then these elements were stitched together while watching Clue, Murder by Death and perhaps a marathon of Scooby Doo.
The most troublesome part of this book is how it's set in England but nothing feels particular English about the characters or the settings. It would be better set in a completely imaginary place with a similar but entirely fictional history.