All is not well at Buckshaw, home of Flavia de Luce...With the family finances in a parlous state, Flavia's father has, with deep misgivings, rented Buckshaw to a film company for a location shooting. Naturally enough, director, crew and stars do nothing to endear themselves to the household - especially the servants - until, when a heavy ...
All is not well at Buckshaw, home of Flavia de Luce...With the family finances in a parlous state, Flavia's father has, with deep misgivings, rented Buckshaw to a film company for a location shooting. Naturally enough, director, crew and stars do nothing to endear themselves to the household - especially the servants - until, when a heavy snowfall cuts off Bishop's Lacey from the rest of the world, the actors are talked into staging a benefit performance in the parish hall. But old jealousies surface, and the leading lady is murdered. Flavia, who has been enlisted to help out behind the scenes, finds herself up to her knees in snow - and murder!
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Another great murder mystery solved by chemical deductions in the mind of young Flavia de Luce! This series contains some of the best mysteries for modern-written books. Read this one in December if you won't mind a little murder with your Christmas.
Oct 18, 2012
Great Tween reading
Granddaughter likes Alan Bradley books and this is one of four so far that she has enjoyed.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-09-26 Christmas comes early for precocious Flavia de Luce with the arrival of a glamorous London film crew at Buckshaw, her family's country house, in Agatha-winner Bradley's fourth post-WWII mystery starring the endearing 11-year-old sleuth (after February 2011's A Red Herring Without Mustard). Flavia, a chemistry prodigy, must push her previous project-concocting a super stickum to trap Santa-to the back burner after actress Phyllis Wyvern turns up dead in a wingback chair with "a length of cine film, tied tightly, but neatly, in an elaborate black bow" around her throat. The murder investigation pits the cheeky schoolgirl's considerable deductive prowess against the local constabulary-and puts her in grave danger. With its sharply drawn characters, including the hiss-worthy older de Luce sisters, and an agreeable puzzle playing out against the cozy backdrop of a British village at Christmas, this is a most welcome holiday gift for Flavia fans. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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