Tam Menon treasures summers spent with prolonged household within the southern Indian group of Elathoor. For Tam, it’s the precise reverse of her life in Bengaluru in the entire finest methods, particularly since her father died. Often called Lili Villa, the household house is, amongst different issues, “the very best place on this planet to play hide-and-seek.” When her aunt and uncle, each physicians, uncover they’ve been robbed of jewellery, 10-year-old Tam and her cousins Arj and Mira imagine they’ll crack the case faster than the police. The investigation proves to be a difficult one, and the cousins uncover a number of long-hidden secrets and techniques concerning the grown-ups round them within the course of. The complexities of village life, Tam’s occasional mood, and Mira’s anxiousness are sensitively depicted. Whereas writer Menon primarily portrays the lives of Lili Villa’s servants with compassion, a number of passing remarks concerning the “pinching fingers” of the household’s driver might go away youthful readers confused and wishing the cousins would inform an grownup that they felt unsafe. It is a disgrace, because the rambunctious child characters and the e book’s playful tone (which continues into the closing glossaries of Kerala meals and Malayalam and Hindi vocabulary) in any other case make this a sprightly, amusing learn.