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WINNER OF THE AGATHA • ARTHUR ELLIS • DILYS • DEBUT DAGGER AWARDS 

“Wonderfully entertaining . . . sure to be one of the most loved mysteries of the year . . . [Flavia is] a delightful, intrepid, acid-tongued new heroine.”—Chicago Sun-Times

It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.

For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”

BONUS: This edition contains a The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie discussion guide and an excerpt from Alan Bradley's The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2009
April 28
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
8.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Am book reader ,

ALL HAIL FLAVIA!

Some may be confused with the fact that spunky but not annoying protagonist, 11 year Flavia’s adventures, is a children’s book, but adults like me were most pleasantly surprised. I read the sample, bought the book and then the whole series. Absolutely fantastic ! Move over Harry...Flavia is here.

E0RTIZ ,

A book for the young scientist in all of us

Such a fun book! Flavia is a wonderfully developed character who is incredibly fun, witty and full of surprises! On to the next book in the series!

acedia@speed ,

Witty, evocative and literate

A clever mystery with an appealingly different female protagonist; Flavia will be a favorite of all smart women who didn't quite fit in (or worry too much about it) when they were young girls.

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