A missing organist, ghostly sightings, a buried Saint, and an eleven-year-old amateur sleuth with a penchant for poisons…This and more you will find in the latest offering by Alan Bradley. Flavia de Luce (chemistry genius, youngest of three sisters, and fearless adventurer) once again falls headfirst into a murder mystery in her hometown of Bishop’s Lacey. While seeking clues and traipsing the countryside on her beloved bike Gladys; Flavia meets a bevy of intriguing and mysterious characters. These characters and a number of strange happenings help her to put all of the pieces of this murder mystery together. The story is told from Flavia’s point of view and has the insights and humour only a young girl can find in the everyday! Set in 1950’s England this book offers all the best parts of a good murder mystery without the foul language and situations that can accompany stories set in modern-times.
This is the fifth Flavia de Luce novel written by Alan Bradley and is every bit as strong and well written as his first: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Published in 2009). If you loved the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew books as a child (or perhaps you still do), or if you are looking for a good murder mystery that will make you smile, laugh, and shake your head in wonderment…look no further. Flavia de Luce delivers it all! To accept delivery you need only visit your local library (or a bookstore) for copies of these wonderful titles. They are available in CD Audiobook, Hardcover, Large Print, or E-book.
Alan Bradley and has had a long and varied career working in Radio and Television; and has taught Script Writing and Television Production courses at the University of Saskatchewan. He currently lives in Malta and has been nominated for, and won, numerous awards for this series of books. So support another talented Canadian author and give Alan Bradley’s books a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Book Review by Diana McCarthy, Falkland Branch