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)
I'm sure the books are fun to read, but what really makes it for me is Jayne Entwistle. No one else could "voice" Flavia so perfectly. Not inseparable from reality (I mean a child who is an expert in chemistry and poisons?), but who cares. The story goes on to make me feel like I'm running around solving mysteries with her and her rickety bike (I wonder if Gladys could carry us both?). Read the books, or better yet, listen to them.
This is the fourth book by Alan Bradley featuring young Flavia. I love her constant desire to poison or otherwise injure her older sisters. It is wonderful to see her relationships continue to develop.
I am amazed that Alan Bradley is not an Englishman born and bred. He has so wonderfully captured english country life at it's best... And worst.
I always look forward to the latest Alan Bradley audiobook, and this one does not disappoint.
Jayne Entwistle perfectly captures the eccentric Flavia, who reminds me of a talented-and-gifted version of Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family cartoons--an eleven-year-old chemistry nerd loaded to the gills with irony.
Flavia is fresh voice amongst all the jaded detectives out there. She's a wonderful mixture of cleverness and naivete. I am looking forward to next Flavia story.
Flavia, of course. She's a breath of fresh air.
I like this Flavia de Luce series - but maybe not as much as I wish I did. The main character being a child gets old quickly for me. I read the first in the series and realized I wouldn't read any others--- but listening to the holiday mystery at Christmas time seemed like a nice prospect. This isn't much of a mystery-- it's very character-driven and well-written, but in my mind not a mystery. Still, it was nice to listen to-- well-narrated and put me in a festive mood.
Cozy detectective tale... told from the point of view a very advanced youngster of a detective. We like this series a great deal. The story this time around may not have quite as gripping as say the first but it's a very comfortable world if you've visited before and the reader is entirely right for the story.
she is caught up in a series that doesn't quite know where it is going. Yes, she in amusing, and yes, the Jayne Entwistle does a wonderful job bringing her to life, but most of it is too twee by half.
We've gone through most of a year with Flavia, the precocious 11 year old, but what happens next? I don't think I am going to stick around to find out.
Flavia has wormed her way into our hearts and we eagerly await each new adventure. We loved the Christmas setting and all the action at Buckshaw.
I dread the day when one of these series is not performed by Jayne Entwistle. And I am amazed when I read a rare review in which the reader was unhappy with her performance! All of this series is charming and clever, not so much in the plot as in the unique point of view. I eagerly await #5.
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