Tuesday, 13 January 2015

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust - A Flavia de Luce Mystery

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
A Flavia de Luce Mystery
by Alan Bradley

Hardcover, 384 pages

Banished! Flavia de Luce has been sent, with disagreeable travelling companions, all the way to Canada to be schooled in her mother's Alma Mater.

Loneliness gives way to curiosity as the mysteries of the school, its history, staff, grounds and pupils consume our intrepid sleuth.

I think this is my favourite book of the series so far. We see Flavia a little more mature, less pinging off of the familiar family members and more relying on her own wits and sense of self.

I hope the series never ends.

From the Back Flap:

"One of the most remarkable creations in recent literature" (USA Today), Flavia de Luce, "part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire" (New York Times Book Review) is back in Alan Bradley's captivating internationally bestselling mystery series.

     Flavia rules! In this internationally bestselling series of enchanting mysteries, youthful chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve dastardly crimes--but this time, she leaves behind her beloved English countryside, and takes her sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools!

ALAN BRADLEY was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. He coauthored Ms. Holmes of Baker Street, to great acclaim and much controversy, followed by a poignant memoir, The Shoebox Bible. Now the internationally bestselling author of 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, Speaking from Among the Bones and Dead in Their Vaulted Arches. Bradley lives with his wife and two calculating cats, where he is at work on future Flavia de Luce mysteries.