Thursday, January 31, 2013


Ah, Flavia! I feel strongly that a reader either adores Flavia de Luce or can't stand her. If you're in the second camp, skip this one - Flavia is just like herself as always, only more so. I adore Flavia, and this, the fifth installment of her adventures, is no disappointment. Flavia is an eleven-year-old girl living in a decaying estate outside a small village in 1950s England. Her interests include getting revenge on her older sisters, distilling poisons with her impressive chemistry lab, and solving the shocking number of murders that take place in and around Bishop's Lacey (to the consternation and sometimes relief of the local constabulary).

As the five hundred's anniversary of St. Tancred's death approaches, Bishop's Lacey plans to unearth the grace of its patron saint. Naturally, Flavia can't keep away from such a grisly, macabre event, and she watches as the body of the church organist is pulled out of the tomb. Flavia uses her wits, her chemistry lab, and her keen powers of observation (along with the fact that a child is practically invisible and thus ideally suited to skulking about) to solve the murder.

The series begins with the delightful THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE. I recommend you start there, although the series need not be read strictly in order.

Source disclosure: I received an advance electronic copy of this book from the publisher.

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