“The 'loosening' of a corset sets the tone for another hilarious story by the author of the bestseller The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. At Smugwick Manor life is very nice if you are a Luggertuck, but very not nice if you are a lowly kitchen servant like Horton Halfpott. As M'Lady's corset loosens, so do the rules at the manor, allowing for a series of thefts that get Horton arrested just as the love of his life, Celia, is about to be kidnapped. A clever entertainment with important life lessons for all ages.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
Tom Angleberger's farcical middle-grade mystery begins when M Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it has never been loosened before ), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of the Loosening, the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can t tell a lie? Or one of the many colorful cast members in this romp of a mystery that combines supreme silliness with a tale of a young hero with heart.