From Dagger Award-winning and internationally best-selling author Alan Bradley comes this utterly beguiling mystery, starring one of fiction’s most remarkable sleuths: Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.
Flavia thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacy are over—and then Rupert Porson has an unfortunate rendezvous with electricity. The beloved puppeteer has had his own strings sizzled, but who’d do such a thing and why? For Flavia, the questions are intriguing enough to make her put aside her chemistry experiments and schemes of vengeance against her insufferable big sisters. Astride Gladys, her trusty bicycle, Flavia sets out from the de Luces’ crumbling family mansion in search of Bishop’s Lacey’s deadliest secrets.
Does the madwoman who lives in Gibbet Wood know more than she’s letting on? What of the vicar’s odd ministrations to the catatonic woman in the dovecote? Then there’s a German pilot obsessed with the Brontë sisters, a reproachful spinster aunt, and even a box of poisoned chocolates. Most troubling of all is Porson’s assistant, the charming but erratic Nialla. All clues point toward a suspicious death years earlier and a case the local constables can’t solve—without Flavia’s help. But in getting so close to who’s secretly pulling the strings of this dance of death, has our precocious heroine finally gotten in way over her head?
©2010 Alan Bradley (P)2010 Random House Audio
"Billiant, irresistible and incorrigible, Flavia has a long future ahead of her. Bradley's mystery debut is a standout." (Kirkus Reviews)
Such an enjoyable tale! Jane Entwhistle has given Flavia life! Murder has never been more outrageously fun! This is my second go round with the series. Can't wait for the next book!
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!
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