It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop’s Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening’s shocking conclusion: a body found, past midnight, strangled to death with a length of film. But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene? As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must use every ounce of sly wit at her disposal to ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight.
©2011 Alan Bradley (P)2011 Random House
"If ever there was a sleuth who’s bold, brilliant, and yes, adorable, it’s Flavia de Luce.” (USA Today)
good voice not grinding or annoyingperfect for the characters
made me laugh, sad, joy, i cant wait for the next one
I love Flavia!
This series is enjoyable, engaging, and well written. Flavia and friends are a unique group of characters that always entertain.
I've not been disappointed with any of the books in the Flavia de Luce series. And Jayne Entwistle (narrator) is perfect! She really brings the characters to life.
A definite MUST LISTEN!
This is not my favorite of the Flavia de Luce novels but it is very close to my favorite. It is difficult to choose a favorite, since they are all such wonderfully written books with vibrant characters and imaginative plots.
I can be summed up in one word. Handsome, intelligent, honest, humble, brave, exciting, fun, kind, trustworthy, sexy! All these words work.
I love all the characters in these books because they are so interesting. The Santa trap and the murder investigation was a great way to highlight a 11 year-old's one foot in childhood, one foot in the adult world state of being. However, the murder mystery itself was a little thin and forced. I hope the next book has a better mystery.
This story was a pretty good 😊 story, but to me Flavia books are amazing! So compared to most of her books, this one was marginal. The plot was okay and the story was not very memorable. I hold Alan Bradley books to a high standard (especially Flavia ones), but this did not reach that level. If you enjoy this then good for you... it is just not my favorite, and definitely not worth a credit. (Audible payment)
Enjoy or not it is your choice....
I just love these stories! I often listen three-times over and each time I hear something new! I really enjoy Flavia and her whole family. Towards the end of this book we seem to be getting hints that the relationship between Flavia and her sisters is maturing... Nice ending to a fun read! Can't wait to get into the next one!
Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series. Have enjoyed all of the books so far.
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