Sunday, 23 October 2011

Armchair Novel Review: A Red Herring Without Mustard

A Red Herring Without Mustard
by Alan Bradley

Paperback, 416 pages
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

In this third book of Alan Bradley's wildly popular Flavia de Luce series, our precocious eleven year-old detective visits a Gypsy woman to have her fortune told. After hearing frightening and mysterious messages about her own mother, and accidentally burning down the Gypsy's tent, Flavia decides that she must take care of the woman herself.
But soon after Flavia stows her away on the rambling property of Bishop's Lacey, the Gypsy is beaten almost to death. It is up to Flavia (with modest help from the police) to find out who attacked the Gypsy and what deeper mysteries are plaguing her otherwise pastoral country home.

I love this series, Flavia reminds me of Sherlock Holmes- as an eleven year old girl. She of the bubbling potions, plotting sisters, trusty bicycle, and intense curiosity. Once you let Flavia into your life - you will be hooked!

Flavia de Luce books in order:
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
A Red Herring Without Mustard
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows -coming soon! 

Also by Alan Bradley:
A Study in Sherlock (contributor)

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