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A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel

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ISBN13: 9780385343466
ISBN10: 0385343469
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Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in Flavia’s own backyard.

Flavia had asked the old Gypsy woman to tell her fortune, but never expected to stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned in the wee hours in her own caravan. Was this an act of retribution by those convinced that the soothsayer had abducted a local child years ago? Certainly Flavia understands the bliss of settling scores; revenge is a delightful pastime when one has two odious older sisters. But how could this crime be connected to the missing baby? Had it something to do with the weird sect who met at the river to practice their secret rites? While still pondering the possibilities, Flavia stumbles upon another corpse—that of a notorious layabout who had been caught prowling about the de Luce’s drawing room.

Pedaling Gladys, her faithful bicycle, across the countryside in search of clues to both crimes, Flavia uncovers some odd new twists. Most intriguing is her introduction to an elegant artist with a very special object in her possession—a portrait that sheds light on the biggest mystery of all: Who is Flavia?

As the red herrings pile up, Flavia must sort through clues fishy and foul to untangle dark deeds and dangerous secrets.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

"A distinctive new American voice in mystery fiction." —NPRs Fresh Air

Synopsis:

"A distinctive new American voice in mystery fiction." —NPR’s Fresh Air

When Claire DeWitt’s ex-boyfriend Paul Casablancas, a musician, is found dead in his Mission District house, Claire is on the case. Paul's wife and the police are sure Paul was killed for his valuable collection of vintage guitars. But Claire, the best detective in the world, has other ideas. Even as her other cases offer hints to Paul’s fate—a missing girl in the grim East Village of the 1980s and an epidemic of missing miniature horses in Marin County-–Claire knows: the truth is never where you expect it, and love is the greatest mystery of all.

 

About the Author

“She remains irresistibly appealing.”  —New York Times Book Review

“A Red Herring Without Mustard will steal a mystery lover’s heart, and the clever Miss Flavia will surely keep it forever.”  —Las Vegas ReviewJournal

“Flavia, oh Flavia, how I’ve missed you!.....If you like your heroines whip-smart, lippy, and resourceful, Flavia’s your gal.”  —Montreal Gazette

“As satisfying as the mystery is, the multiple-award winning Bradley offers more…beautifully written, with fully fleshed characters…[Bradley] secures his position as a confident, talented writer and storyteller.”  —Toronto Globe & Mail

“Delightful….The book’s forthright and eerily mature narrator is a treasure.”  —Seattle Times

 “As hilarious, gripping, and sad as the previous books in this enjoyable series….once again, Bradley succeeds.  And so, of course, does Flavia.”  —Bookpage

"This idiosyncratic heroine continues to charm." —Wall Street Journal

“Think preteen Nancy Drew, only savvier and a lot richer, and you have Flavia de Luce….Don't be fooled by Flavia's age or the 1950s setting: A Red Herring isn't a dainty tea-and-crumpets sort of mystery. It's shot through with real grit.”  —Entertainment Weekly

“Outstanding….In this marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery, Flavia manages to operate successfully in the adult world of crimes and passions while dodging the childhood pitfalls set by her sisters.”  —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Oh, to be 11 again and pal around with irresistible wunderkind Flavia de Luce….A splendid romp through 1950s England led by the world’s smartest and most incorrigible preteen.”  —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Whether battling with her odious sisters or verbally sparing with the long-suffering Inspector Hewitt, our cheeky heroine is a delight. Full of pithy dialog and colorful characters, this series would appeal strongly to fans of Dorothy Sayers, Gladys Mitchell, and Leo Bruce as well as readers who like clever humor mixed in with their mysteries.”  —Library Journal (starred review)

 “Think of Flavia as a new Sherlock in the making.”  —Booklist

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“Flavia is incisive, cutting and hilarious . . . one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature.”—USA Today

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

 

“Wonderfully entertaining . . . sure to be one of the most loved mysteries of the year.”—Chicago Sun-Times

 

“If ever there was a sleuth who’s bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it’s Flavia de Luce. . . . [A] scrumptious first novel.”—USA Today

 

“A five-star performance for young and old . . . written with Dickensian flair, Sherlockian suspense and tongue-in-cheek fun.”  Mysterious Reviews

The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag

 

 “Utterly beguiling . . . wicked wit . . . The real delight here is [Flavia’s] droll voice and the eccentric cast.”—People (four stars)

 

“Bradley takes everything you expect and subverts it, delivering a smart, irreverent, unsappy mystery.”—Entertainment Weekly

 

“Discovering Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce books is several steps beyond pleasure—it’s a sheer delight.”—Winston-Salem Journal

From the Hardcover edition.

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SeattleMom, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by SeattleMom)
2011 was a year of many challenges but also the year I discovered a new, talented, creative fiction author! The older I get the more challenging this is.

Alan Bradley's main character is Flavia de Luce, the 11 year old enthusiast of chemistry, with a special interest in poisons. Flavia’s superior observational and questioning talents leads her into secret misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey, a stolen toddler, and finally a dead body in her backyard. It is possible to be 11 again and be Flavia rescuing gypsies, making and losing BFFs (best friends forever), and eluding her two officious older sisters.

This is no penny mystery when the murderer is obvious by the 3rd chapter. Pedaling Gladys, her bicycle once enjoyed by her dead mother, Flavia uncovers odd twists, tangled dark deeds and dangerous secrets.
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mdjohnso50, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by mdjohnso50)
The most entertaining Flavia de Luce to date. The precosious 10 is up to her old tricks looking for clues to an assault of an old gypsy woman and the murder of a local resident, if only her two sisters and her father would stay out of her way.
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I heart Flavia, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by I heart Flavia)
I discovered this series of books just a few months ago and they have quickly risen to the top of my all-time favorites list. A fantastic series...and I cannot wait for more!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385343466
Author:
Bradley, Alan
Publisher:
Bantam
Author:
Bradley, Alan
Author:
Gran, Sara
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
mystery;england;fiction;flavia de luce;chemistry;1950s;gypsies;murder;historical fiction;british;canadian;crime;historical;historical mystery;uk;novel;britain;detective;cozy mystery;poison;antiques;sisters;murder mystery;humor;ya;gypsy;forgery;young adult
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Flavia de Luce
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
MAP IN FRONT MATTER
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , "A distinctive new American voice in mystery fiction." —NPRs Fresh Air
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"A distinctive new American voice in mystery fiction." —NPR’s Fresh Air

When Claire DeWitt’s ex-boyfriend Paul Casablancas, a musician, is found dead in his Mission District house, Claire is on the case. Paul's wife and the police are sure Paul was killed for his valuable collection of vintage guitars. But Claire, the best detective in the world, has other ideas. Even as her other cases offer hints to Paul’s fate—a missing girl in the grim East Village of the 1980s and an epidemic of missing miniature horses in Marin County-–Claire knows: the truth is never where you expect it, and love is the greatest mystery of all.

 

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