Not as good as the first one but still quite entertaining.
If you look at this as a story of Flavia, her family, and her community it's first-rate. The mystery was a little weak but Flavia's actions and discoveries are what make this book good. I had a few "ouch" moments, such as reference to "long distance" calls which wasn't a British term, to my knowledge.
The narration was excellent. I will continue with this series if only to see how Flavia torments her sisters.
Flavia is at a peak of her detecting prowess. The narrator brings her to life in such a delightful way. What a complex plot! Bravo!
Quaint yet complicated story! Flavia de Luce is a firecracker of a character. Her adventures, dabbling in chemistry, and preoccupation with death and all things morbid combine to make one of my favorite literary personalities. I loved this book and its surprisingly twisted turns. Jayne Entwistle's narration is absolute perfection for such a story and made every minute a total joy. The characters and intrigue jumped right out of the prose and into real life. I felt as if I'd been transported to the 1950 British countryside.
What can I say, I love this series. The writing is polished, the characters are delightful, and Jane Entwistle is the perfect narrator. I hope Alan Bradley doesn't give up on it and I would love to read on as Flavia ages.
Great reading of this entertaining character. I plan to continue reading all of them. Good vocabulary words as well
No criminal is safe when my favorite 11-year-old sleuth is on the case. Charming, precocious Miss DeLuce will keep you laughing (even when grisly murders occur). The narrator perfectly captures this unlikely heroine. Enjoy!
These stories are amazing. Flavia is funny, witty and exceptionally smart! You feel what she feels and sees what she sees. So on rare occasions when her feelings are hurt, because after all she is only eleven, your heart breaks. Then it leaves you wishing for the culprit to get their comeupins... lol
I love that kid!
After the first book, I had high expectations of this one. I was somewhat disappointed. The performance was just as magnificent as it was in the first book. Jayne Entwistle is a truly talented storyteller, but the plot was just not up to the standard of the first book. It moves very slowly because it lacks action and tension.
The mystery is somewhat interesting, but I would have liked it more if there had been more danger involved. Don't get me wrong - I don't like blood and guts - but I need more than descriptions to keep me motivated.
I wouldn't say this was a waste of my time or credit, but don't look to this as any sort of an action book. It was worth it for Jayne Entwistle's performance, and I will continue to read this series, but I hope the rest of the books are more like the debut and less like this one.