This is one of the best of Alan Bradley's books about Flavia de Luce and her adventures. As always, Flavia's precocious ways get her in and out of trouble but she always prevails. I have both read and listened to the books and as long as Jayne Entwistle is the narrator, I will always prefer listening to them. She is the perfect voice for Flavia.
This book had it all: Mystery, intrigue, history and humor. The surprise ending leaves Flavia fans anxious for the next book. Can't wait.
The reader is fabulous.
The story is interesting
The writing is superb!
Flavia, of course, is my
She is always
causing a kerfuffle!
One of the best
readers out there!
Wanted to but could
I hope Alan Bradley
keeps them coming
with Jayne Entwistle!!
This is Bradley's 5th book in the series and he has said he had 7 in mind when he started. He keeps making Flavia ever more captivating.
Bradley admits in the plot that Flavia's world sure has become a series of murder plots, but we don't mind...
Ms. Entwistle still sounds fresh, still has all the girlish inflections, and still makes us want more.
There is a lifelong memory at the end of the first half, where Flavia has a revealing conversation with her father.
Bradley seems to be moving toward an overarching plot for his last two books. May he be as successful in those as in the ones produced thus far.
I've listened to all of the Flavia de Luce Novels and loved every one of them, but this novel has the best mystery so far. I must admit, I didn't put it all together even though all the clues were there.
Alan Bradley has created a wonderfully saucy and precocious girl detective with Flavia de Luce. She is a genius with Chemistry and has a great grasp of human nature, even for 12 years old. She doesn't miss a thing! Somehow, Mr Bradley makes it all believable. In this installment, Flavia finally gets a chance to shine in the end, by recounting her deductions to the idolized Inspector Hewitt and his adored wife, Antigone. A milestone for Flavia!
With all the family dynamics, problems and personalities in the de Luce household, this series keeps us enthralled from book to book. Each book so far has satisfied us with complete stories. This one, however, leaves us with several unanswered questions and a startling cliffhanger. If I'd have known, I may have waited to read it until the next book is released!
Jayne Entwistle, once again, does a marvelous job narrating. She brings Flavia to life with oodles of personality and mischievous charm.
I highly recommend any of the books in this series - especially this one! It is a charming cozy mystery with available clues but subtle twists that will keep you guessing until the end.
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
Flavia de Luce is the draw in these books. I've read the 4 previous books in this series and just downloaded the latest offering (which I'm saving to read until I've read everything else in the world - including, but not limited to, the active ingredients of NyQuil - in Egyptian hieroglyphs!) because I really hate when these stories end!
The only books which compare to this one are "The Sweetness At a The Bottom Of The Pie", "The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag", "A Red Herring Without The Mustard", and "I Am Half-Sick of Shadows" - ALL by Alan Bradley, ALL narrated by Jayne Entwistle, and ALL "Flavia de Luce Novels"! Sorry - no smoke & mirrors - nothing but the real thing!
In this book, there was a plot twist not presented in any of its predecessors. A CLIFFHANGER! And a very compelling and critical one. It came, totally unexpected, out of the blue, at the very end of the book. To say I was "verklempt" is to put a soft spin on my shock and surprise. And not to be able to go back to Audible and download the then yet-to-be-released Book 6 was enough to give a 63 year-old woman a massive stroke!!
Not only WANTED to listen in one sitting - I DID! And would have kept right on listening if the next book in the series had been released for download at the time!
Yeah!! Please, Alan Bradley, be ready to release Book 6, "The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches" within a week because I know that this elderly de Luce devoteé can not handle going "cold turkey" while waiting "with bated breath for Book 7!!! 😟
I love this girl! Alan Bradley is a genius. And the ending! Wow!
I especially enjoy the way Bradley develops his characters. All of them - major and secondary. Having three sisters, I understand (to some extent) the animosity between Flavia and her siblings. Thankfully none of us were into poisons. I sense we're already seeing a thaw there a bit.
Again the narration is perfection. Give me more!
Another great Flavia adventure. Jayne Entwistle is a perfect narrator for this series. the series keeps getting better
Flavia had managed to insert herself into the room so that she could see the opening of Saint Tancred’s grave on the quincentennial of his death, for herself, despite the fact that at not quite twelve years of age, she was not supposed to be anywhere near this historic spectacle. Just at a critical point, the lid of the tomb was jambed, and Flavia, being the only one small enough, was asked to peek in, which would mean she would have the first glimpse of the dead saint. There, in the crypt, the lid became stuck, and only Flavia, armed with her torch, was small enough to peer into it to see the long dead saint. But it was not Sir Tancred’s remains that met her eyes, but poor, dead Mr. Collicutt.
In the meantime, her sister Feely was preparing for her debut as the new church organist following the sudden disappearance of the missing Mr. Collicutt. Flavia managed to learn, despite the enormous attempts of one and all to keep it from her, that Feely was engaged to be married to one of her admirers. She and Daffy even managed to share a hug when they sorrowed over the coming loss of both Feely and their lifelong home, Buckshaw, which was to be sold.
This is the first of the five Flavia de Luce novels I’ve read where I listened to Jayne Entwistle reading it. While she doesn’t read Flavia quite the way I hear it, she does a smashing job, and I have to say that once I became accustomed to some of the little things she added that I thought rather a bit unnecessary at first for such dry humour, I found myself rather enjoying it, and finally enjoying it so much I have to give Jayne’s reading five stars and a heart.
Does Flavia solve the mystery of who Feely is going to marry and who killed Mr. Collicutt and why? Does she solve any of the other little mysteries that, true to a Flavia de Luce novel, come her way? The best way to find out is to read or listen to the novel yourself