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)
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!
After the first book, I had high expectations of this one. I was somewhat disappointed. The performance was just as magnificent as it was in the first book. Jayne Entwistle is a truly talented storyteller, but the plot was just not up to the standard of the first book. It moves very slowly because it lacks action and tension.
The mystery is somewhat interesting, but I would have liked it more if there had been more danger involved. Don't get me wrong - I don't like blood and guts - but I need more than descriptions to keep me motivated.
I wouldn't say this was a waste of my time or credit, but don't look to this as any sort of an action book. It was worth it for Jayne Entwistle's performance, and I will continue to read this series, but I hope the rest of the books are more like the debut and less like this one.
I find the story itself just wasn't compelling. When I listened to the 1st book I remember really enjoying it, laughing out loud, interested in the story. I listened to the 1st book quite a while ago but remember saying I was going to listen to his next one. Well, what a disappointment....
The story just didn't grab me...
The narration was quite good...
Uhm, I would have to say no...
Once again, Jayne Entwistle brings Miss Flavia de Luce to life in the second book. The ending to this story did not disappoint me. It was much different than the first. If the author had used the same technique as he did in the first book, I would not be looking forward to listening to the next. As a sequel, this book provides another very interesting mystery and advances our knowledge and understanding of the de Luce family and their friends with character development and back story.
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