“Nicole R said: 3.5 stars round up to 4
Eleven year old Flavia has once again found herself in the wrong place and the wrong time - or if you have a penchant for solving mysteries like her, perhaps it's the wrong place at the right time. Flavia finds herself in the caravan of a gypsy woman who is staying on Buckshaw land; the woman has been attacked but, due to Flavia's quick thinking, she survives. However, Flavia is determined to find out who attacked her and quickly finds herself entrenched in secret religious societies, forgers, and murderers.
I thought this book was much improved over the second installment, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag but still lacks the charm of the first book, The Sweetness At The Bottom of the Pie. We got a bit more interaction between Flavia and the Inspector but it still didn't reach the brilliant cat-and-mouse game expectations and there was some chemistry but never enough for me.
What I particularly liked about this installment though was that more was revealed about Flavia's family. Her sister's still tortured her but we get a bit of insight to when her mother was still alive. And, while I still think her father should know more about what she is up to, he takes more notice in Red Herring. We also get a bit of insight to the fact that Flavia is perhaps a bit lonely when she makes a new friend.
Overall, cozy mystery still isn't my favorite genres but Bradley has convinced me to read a fourth installment should he so choose to write one!
This is the third installment in the Flavia Deluce mystery series. As usual there is a body. Flavia defies authority and puts herself in the midst of mystery and danger. Her sisters continue to torture her and her father continues to be the world’s most ineffectual parent. I like Flavia, and although Bradley’s plot formula is, by now, becoming very predictable, I will probably continue to read every book that he adds to the series.
Ladyslott said: 4****
Flavia de Luce is back in this third installment of the series by author Bradley.
Once again our precocious scientist and budding detective finds herself entangled in yet another murder mystery.
I enjoyed this book a bit more than the last, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag. The mystery here was actually not quite as interesting; however we do learn a bit more about our intrepid heroine and her beloved mother Harriet. While the relationship between Flavia and her older sisters is still one of torture and retaliation there are little tiny glimmers of genuine feeling for each other peeking through, although I still don’t understand why they treat her so poorly. There are also signs that Flavia’s dad is not totally oblivious to his youngest child but actually may be just a tiny bit proud of her. It is also abundantly clear that Flavia is desperately lonely and longing for a friend. The scene in the book with Flavia talking to Gladys, her bike, almost brought me to tears. The final scene in the laboratory also got me a little choked up. Here’s hoping that we see a little more growth in Flavia’s relationship with her family, especially with her father. I would also like to see more interaction between Flavia and Inspector Hewitt, I love the repartee between the two and as often as he is exasperated with her I think he actually admires her.
Good entry in the series, I’m looking forward to ‘I Am Half Sick of Shadows” due this November 2011.
Lindz L said: 5 stars
Oh, how I love the Flavia de Luce series. They're a little unbelievable, very funny, and very "stiff upper lip" British.
Flavia (young, precocious, poison-enthusiast) has her fortune told by a gypsy at the fair. In talking with the woman more, she discovers this gypsy had, years ago, been cast out of the area by Flavia's own father. What is more, this woman was accused of kidnapping a baby all those years ago. When the gypsy woman is found bludgeoned almost to death, Flavia knows she must help solve the mystery.
This series is a lot of fun. I spent a lot of time just writing down quotes I liked from it. I highly recommend this book for any fan of the mystery genre, science, or fun in general ;)
LibraryCin said: 3.5 stars
In the third book of the Flavia de Luce series, a gypsy woman is hit over the head and almost killed, and a little later, a man is murdered, and found by Flavia and her new friend, the gypsy's granddaughter, Porcelain.
I think the novelty is wearing off a little bit. I still like Flavia's character and Jayne Entwistle is still perfect as Flavia, but the stories are still leaving something to be desired. I'm still rating it good, but that rating continues to be for Flavia herself and Jayne as Flavia. I hear the books get better, so I will continue on, and enjoy Jayne as Flavia for a while yet.”