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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Christmas Book Review - I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley

About The Book:

It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop’s Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening’s shocking conclusion: a body found, past midnight, strangled to death with a length of film. But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene? As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must use every ounce of sly wit at her disposal to ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight.

“I Am Half-Sick Of Shadows” is a fun mystery, in its quirky and delightful way. And the snowy, Christmas setting makes it perfect to read this time of year. I love Flavia - she's a smart-alecky, intelligent little being who is just a delight to get to know!  If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting the little Miss de Luce, do yourself a favor and do so - you'll be glad you did!

About The Author:

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 second and third Flavia de Luce novels are The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag and the New York Times bestselling A Red Herring Without Mustard. Bradley lives in Malta with his wife and two calculating cats.

Check out his website at http://www.flaviadeluce.com/ for more information on this series, and other fun things!

My thanks to the publisher for the review copy of this book! I was not compensated for my opinion.

Meet Flavia de Luce.


Janel said...

I love Flavia! She is such a fun character to read about.

Harvee said...

It's on my wish list. Ive enjoyed the three other books in the series and see this one is good too.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

That does look like a fun book!

Karen Russell said...

I reviewed this one, too, so I'm glad you liked it as much as I did. Flavia is awesome, but I also like that Bradley is dropping hints about some larger mysteries (like Dogger's past and Harriet's disappearance). Can't wait to read the next one!

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I've been wondering about these Flavia de Luce books. Now that I know there is a Christmas one, I just may have to check out the whole series. Ack, the every teetering tbr stack!