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On a spring morning in 1951, eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test. Following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself. Surrounded by family, friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office — and making spectacular use of Harriet’s beloved Gipsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit — Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer.

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Alan Bradley is the internationally bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His other Flavia de Luce novels are The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, and Speaking from Among the Bones.

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Stacia V, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Stacia V)
This is one of the few series of books that I have read. (Generally, I much prefer stand-alone novels.) Yet, the Flavia books are so fun & enticing, I've read all of them.

Alan Bradley does not disappoint in this one. I'm not sure if it is the last Flavia book or not -- a long time ago, I read that there were six books slated for this series. (I do hope he will continue Flavia's adventures....)

The characters & story arc have grown throughout the series & I think Bradley saved the best for last. This book is a bit more somber in tone (but still has the fun & intellectual Flavia touches we all know & love) & sets the storyline up in a wholly different manner than I expected. Though more serious, it's still cracking good fun. Bravo.

It's a great wrap-up to the series & still a perfect segue into another set of adventures for Flavia should Bradley choose to continue the series. A win-win all the way around.
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ISBN:
9780385344050
Subtitle:
A Flavia de Luce Novel
Author:
Bradley, Alan
Author:
Bradley, Alan
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
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Series:
Flavia de Luce
Publication Date:
20140114
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.8 x 5.25 x 1.16 in 0.8 lb

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