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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel | [Alan Bradley]

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"If ever there was a sleuth who’s bold, brilliant, and yes, adorable, it’s Flavia de Luce.” (USA Today)

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    Kathleen St. Clair, MI, United States 01-03-12
    Kathleen St. Clair, MI, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I love these books!"

    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.

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    Jocelyn Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-02-12
    Jocelyn Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-02-12
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    "I can't get enough of Flavia de Luce"

    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.

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    Roxane RIO RANCHO, NM, United States 01-02-12
    Roxane RIO RANCHO, NM, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Flavia is a delight!"
    Where does I Am Half-Sick of Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I always look forward to the latest Alan Bradley audiobook, and this one does not disappoint.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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    Marilyn Vancouver, WA, United States 12-26-11
    Marilyn Vancouver, WA, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Flavia does it again"
    Would you listen to I Am Half-Sick of Shadows again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flavia, of course. She's a breath of fresh air.


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    Deana Granby, CT, United States 12-23-11
    Deana Granby, CT, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Cute Holiday Story/ Mystery"
    Where does I Am Half-Sick of Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    "An engaging 'Cozy' of a mystery."
    If you could sum up I Am Half-Sick of Shadows in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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    Kathleen Rogers Massachusetts 12-14-11
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    "Poor, poor, pitiful Flavia--"

    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.

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    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 12-01-11
    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 12-01-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Typical Flavia -- our favorite girl detective"

    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.

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    Bo Frazer Melbourne, FL USA 11-22-11
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    "Marvelous narrator"

    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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