"One of the most remarkable creations in recent literature" (USA Today), Flavia de Luce, "part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire" (New York Times Book Review) is back in Alan Bradley's captivating internationally bestselling mystery series.
Flavia rules! In this internationally bestselling series of enchanting mysteries, youthful chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve dastardly crimes--but this time, she leaves behind her beloved English countryside, and takes her sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools!
Set in 1951, Bradley's exceptional seventh series whodunit (after 2014's The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches) takes Flavia de Luce, a preteen with an interest in poisons, from her family home in Bishop's Lacey, England, to Canada, where she is to attend her late mother's alma mater, Miss Bodycote's Female Academy. On Flavia's very first night there, a fellow student, P.A. Collingwood, bursts into her room and reveals that three other girls have disappeared. When the head of school, Miss Fawlthorne (aka the Hangman's Mistress), knocks at Flavia's door, Collingwood flees up the chimney, dislodging a mummified corpse and detaching its skull. This intriguing setup only gets better, and Bradley makes Miss Bodycote's a suitably Gothic setting for Flavia's sleuthing. Through it all, her morbid narrative voice continues to charm (e.g., "If you're anything like me, you adore rot. It is pleasant to reflect on the fact that decay and decomposition are what make the world go round").
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Flavia continues to be as charming and clever as ever. A fun and engaging read. Highly recommend you start at the beginning of the series (Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie) and font stop.