“Every Flavia de Luce novel is a reason to celebrate.”—USA Today
ALAN BRADLEY, AUTHOR OF THE MOST AWARD-WINNING SERIES DEBUT OF ANY YEAR, RETURNS WITH ANOTHER IRRESISTIBLE FLAVIA DE LUCE NOVEL.
“[Alan] Bradley has created one of the most original, charming, devilishly creative and hilarious detectives of any age or any time.”—Bookreporter
It’s Christmastime, and Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry—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 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 ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight.
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Alan Bradley's Speaking from Among the Bones.
“[Flavia is] the most intrepid and charming adolescent chemist/detective/busybody in all of rural, post–World War II England.”—The Seattle Times
“Quirky and delightful . . . Flavia is a classic literary character who manages to appeal to both young and old readers equally.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News
“Bradley’s plot twists and turns delightfully.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR BY THE SEATTLE TIMES
Christmas comes early for precocious Flavia de Luce with the arrival of a glamorous London film crew at Buckshaw, her family's country house, in Agatha-winner Bradley's fourth post-WWII mystery starring the endearing 11-year-old sleuth (after February 2011's A Red Herring Without Mustard). Flavia, a chemistry prodigy, must push her previous project concocting a super stickum to trap Santa to the back burner after actress Phyllis Wyvern turns up dead in a wingback chair with "a length of cin film, tied tightly, but neatly, in an elaborate black bow" around her throat. The murder investigation pits the cheeky schoolgirl's considerable deductive prowess against the local constabulary and puts her in grave danger. With its sharply drawn characters, including the hiss-worthy older de Luce sisters, and an agreeable puzzle playing out against the cozy backdrop of a British village at Christmas, this is a most welcome holiday gift for Flavia fans.
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I'm usually not a picky reader that has favorites, but as of this year, this book is my favorite book in the world!!!! If you are considering buying this, do it!! Its totally worth the twelve dollars! XD
I am still in love with Flavia. Wonderful character.
I am Half Sick of Shadows
I love Alan Bradley's books. I love to read them and delight when he writes another. I love Flavia. However, I couldn't wait for this audio book to finish as the narrator's voice sounds too old, too slow and too nasal. I finally quit and just purchased the book.