7 An enjoyable romp of a mystery. … Shepperson’s drawings make the story even more amusing. [S]ure to be a crowd pleaser.
—School Library Journal
This funny, thoroughly entertaining change of pace for Coman seamlessly blends fantasy and reality in that wonderful way children can, and Shepperson’s splendid, Quentin Blake-style further enliven an engaging story of espionage, family loyalty, and justice prevailing.
Cut from the same cloth as Lemony Snicket’s Baudelaire orphans, the resourceful siblings try to make the best of their comically gloomy situation. ...llustrations with inviting black-and-white art that reveals the siblings’ affection for each other in the face of La Grande Maison’s creepiness, this arch gothic mystery shows that being a pillar of society isn’t a prerequisite for being a loving parent.
R Coman’s combination of one part comedy to three parts puzzle works well, and the slightly disheveled, wavy lines of the illustrations complement the enthusiasm and energy of the child protagonists. Ivy and Ray are an appealing duo that will bring out the evidence-collector in many middle-grades children and reluctant readers.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Dickens and Damon Runyon meet Annie in a story that has a fresh voice. … there’s fun to be had … great .
Coman displays her versatility with this sly comedy … [An] affectionate portrayal of familial relations.
[A] hilarious adventure yarn.... Hijinks and hilarity pave the way for a fun read, capturing the reader from the first page. Rob Shepperson's line drawings complement the tongue-in-cheek tone. Coman is well known for her serious, compelling storytelling. Now her voice can be heard in this light-hearted work, with a positive message of perseverance, reminiscent of the Lemony Snicket books and Spiderwick Chronicles series so very popular right now. Recommended
—Library Media Connection