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A Red Herring Without Mustard Audiobook

A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in Flavia’s own backyard.

Flavia had asked the old Gypsy woman to tell her fortune, but never expected to stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned in the wee hours in her own caravan. Was this an act of retribution by those convinced that the soothsayer had abducted a local child years ago? Certainly Flavia understands the bliss of settling scores; revenge is a delightful pastime when one has two odious older sisters. But how could this crime be connected to the missing baby? Had it something to do with the weird sect who met at the river to practice their secret rites? While still pondering the possibilities, Flavia stumbles upon another corpse—that of a notorious layabout who had been caught prowling about the de Luce’s drawing room.

Pedaling Gladys, her faithful bicycle, across the countryside in search of clues to both crimes, Flavia uncovers some odd new twists. Most intriguing is her introduction to an elegant artist with a very special object in her possession—a portrait that sheds light on the biggest mystery of all: Who is Flavia?

As the red herrings pile up, Flavia must sort through clues fishy and foul to untangle dark deeds and dangerous secrets.

©2011 Alan Bradley (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

“Flavia is incisive, cutting and hilarious . . . one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature.” (USA Today)

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    Samantha Salamone Wilmington, VT 09-11-16
    Samantha Salamone Wilmington, VT 09-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Flavia"

    My grandmother purchased this for me several years ago, and Flavia and I have become very chummy since. I adore these books!

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    Maine Knitter 09-07-16
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    "I am hooked on Flavia"

    I just love Flavia! Thank you, Alan Bradley, for creating this amazing character.

    This book was great. The author is a master at character development and descriptions. I really enjoy the interaction between Flavia and the Inspector. I loved the hint at his wife, Antigone, getting to know Flavia more.

    The very end was superb!

    The narration makes these books. Jayne Entwistle is the perfect reader.

    I am hooked on Flavia and her adventures. Thankfully, there are more ahead.

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    Natalie J. Slater 07-06-15
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    "Excellent listen."

    This is my favorite Flavia so far! I love this girl! The narration is perfect!

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    Lillian 05-07-15
    Lillian 05-07-15
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    "Truly enjoyable, a fun listen!"

    Flavia DeLuce is the most precocious 11 year old I've ever "met". The book is nicely paced and entertaining. I love reading it with my daughters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ellen Purkis Victoria, British Columbia Canada 02-15-15
    Mary Ellen Purkis Victoria, British Columbia Canada 02-15-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Classic Flavia!"

    Just great listening. Such a terrific little heroine! I love her -- and her character is developing so nicely over time!


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    Kathi 02-09-14
    Kathi 02-09-14 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Precocious little sleuth!"

    It is challenging to say more about Flavia de Luce than has already been written. She is a precocious 11 year old, who seems to channel parts of the essence of older Bobbsey twins or a younger Nancy Drew--but this time for grownups. I loved Nancy Drew as a kid--and I feel as though this series touches some long forgotten place of delight & admiration I held for that clever adolescent when I was quite young!

    Flavia, as most people now know, lives in a huge old house, which is burdened by debt, with her father (who is mostly concerned with his stamp collections), and two older sisters (almost as cruel as Cinderella's step sisters)--except they are full sisters who just spend all their time torturing Flavia, the youngest.

    Flavia has been born with a talent and intellect that appear to be genius level, and as fate (and the writer) would have it, she has inherited the curiosity and analytical mind of her (late) Great Uncle Tarquin, who has left behind a full laboratory--complete with chemicals and scholarly books on chemistry. Naturally, by the time she has turned 11, she has mastered all of it--and so, in this rather quirky household, she turns to the laboratory and her knowledge of chemistry (as well as her quick mind for putting puzzles together) to help solve the murders and mysteries that tend to appear with regularity all around her.

    In this case, she feels responsible for an old gypsy woman whom she consulted earlier in the day, when she winds up assaulted on the de Luce property in the middle of the night. She wants to find who would do this to her, and in her further adventures in that attempt, she learns of other mysterious doings that all (in the end) touch on the gypsy's plight.

    One has to suspend a bit of belief of course, to enjoy the characterization of a child who cleverly solves murders that even elude the police. On the one hand, she has her young age and innocent look to help get her places that perhaps adults could only go with suspicion. She also has her great sidekick, the old bike she has named "Gladys." She has an unusual level of trust by the police (due to her previous successes) and is helped greatly by the family gardener and cook. But mostly, she just noses about, occasionally gets herself into real danger, but comes out in the end with the solution in hand.

    While the mysteries are good,and the people (are deliberately--as suits the overall effrect) somewhat two dimensional, the real joy in these is the freshness of approach that Alan Bradley has used to create such a charming little character. And I would say that the narration is particularly difficult--because an adult having to simulate a child's voice through much of the book--cannot be easy. But I think that Jayne Entwhistle has done a wonderful job of achieving a credible child's voice. These are fun to listen to--made a bit easier when all the characters (and their attached personality traits) are absorbed. When I read the first one, I began it with some readiness not to enjoy it. But I have truly enjoyed them--especially for the realization that a grown man has done such an excellent job of creating an 11 year old girl for the heroine!



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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 02-05-14
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 02-05-14 Member Since 2014

    OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!

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    "ADDICTED TO FLAVIA!!!"

    A previous reviewer claimed to be "Flavia'd out". After only THREE de-lightful romps with de Luce?! I say that is most definitely a person who doesn't love life or who is so bent down by the traumas of our time that he or she has no room for a little fun and a lot of joy. Alan Bradley never fails to give his readers a great time, like a day at the fair or a ringside seat at "The Greatest Show On Earth". Flavia is a precocious 11 year-old amateur chemist, part-time detective, and full-time pain in the rear-ends of adults. Not precocious in the "I want to smack this kid in the mouth" way. Flavia makes you remember when you were a kid and grown-ups paid no attention to you, talked around you and about you as if you weren't in the room, or gave you stupid admonishments like "Do as I say, not as I do"! Flavia's brilliant little mind always finds her in the middle of a murder but, unlike a regular pre-teen girl, she doesn't shy away or get the "vapors" over a little bit of decomposition. Instead her brain starts dissecting the crime in a way to be envied by the top Scotland Yard Inspector. I've read ALL of the books in the series and, at 63 years old, should have found nothing of interest in the machinations and misadventures of a girl young enough to be my grandchild. Yet, the one thing in common which we all have in common with Flavia de Luce is that, ONCE - for a mere 365 days - we were all 11 years-old.

    Narrator Jayne Entwistle is the perfect voice for Flavia. She doesn't perform like an adult TRYING, but failing hopelessly, to imitate the voice of a child - Entwistle actually sounds like a young adolescent girl, complete with the tongue-in-cheek....well, "cheekiness" that IS Little Miss de Luce. Alan Bradley delivers another great story. I am definitely a fan and, in the future, will buy his Flavia books as soon as they are released!!! I'll never ever be "Flavia'd out" because I've got so much room in my life for a good time!! ❤️❤️👍❤️❤️

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    Patricia A. Mathews 01-26-14
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    "Completely enjoyable"
    If you could sum up A Red Herring Without Mustard in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flavia de Luce is a wonderful blend of youth and intellect.


    What does Jayne Entwistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Entwistle captures the immature of Flavia.


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    Anita RICHMOND, TEXAS, United States 03-13-13
    Anita RICHMOND, TEXAS, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Flavia Hit!"

    Love the Flavia series! This is the 3rd one I've listened to and it's just as good as the first. The narrator, Jayne Entwistle, IS Flavia. She's perfect! Thank you Mr. Bradley for bringing us Flavia de Luce!

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    Mickey Lincoln, NE, United States 09-18-12
    Mickey Lincoln, NE, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Ya gotta love Flavia!"
    Where does A Red Herring Without Mustard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is one of my favorites - although each book is intriguing in it's own right they are best read in order and it is delightful to watch the whole story unfold with each new book. We are watching Flavia grow up. And as I read each book, it is the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Red Herring Without Mustard?

    When the children were trapped in the tunnel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moments when her father begins to recognize Flavia's gifts.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Unraveling the secrets of the families of Bishops Lacey


    Any additional comments?

    Since this is an audio book I'm not sure of the spelling of the estate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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