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“Flavia de Luce is unlike any other “detective” in literature; she’s a bit like a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew. In 1950 Britain, a precocious, 11-year-old girl, Flavia, lives with her sisters and her father on the family estate, Buckshaw. When she finds a body in the cucumber...”see full review » see other reviews »
“11 year old Flavia is a curious sort, the kind of girl who loves problems to solve and sees an unreal beauty in chemical formulas. So, when a stranger dies in her family's cucumber patch, Flavia naturally takes a great interest in what might have caused such a thing to happen. Her investigation takes her all over the British countryside (on her bike) as she finds out what a dead bird, a stamp and a from-out-of-town redhead have to do with her father and his past.
Oh my stars. Why did I not try this earlier? Per the advice of a friend, I listened to the audiobook which was DELIGHTFUL. The Yorkshire accent totally immersed me in the story. Flavia is crazy bright (so much that you really need to suspend your disbelief, which I was happy to do) and the mystery kept me very engaged (and I am REALLY not so much a mystery person). I liked the stamp-collecting subplot and sometimes Flavia's comments had me laughing out loud in my car. Despite the tangents in her internal dialogue sometimes going a little long for me, she's a wonderfully unique character that I wish I could meet in real life. I must listen to another. ”
“listening”Kathie D wrote this review 11 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I can't wait to read the rest of this series!.... Enjoyed it! ”Diana S wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love Flavia and the characters Bradley creates.”Marye wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fun little mystery!”Gail S wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“304 pp”Dale A wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoy most books that involve small towns or villages. Even English ones.”Debbo wrote this review Monday, April 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Mini Book Review: As usual when I love a book I struggle with reviewing it. My jumbled way of writing (not to mention my way of speaking) cannot due justice to the brilliance of this story. Flavia is a delightfully wicked little imp. She is charming yet devilishly naughty and positively brilliant. I fell in love with her within 5 paragraphs of this wonderfully charming, yet fast paced story. Bradly is a gifted storyteller and it was the kind of book you just don't want to put down. The opening paragraph hooks you in and it just keeps getting better and better. It is full of dark twisted humour, fascinating secondary characters and an enchanting setting. I need to move in to Buckshaw just to spend time in my dream library. I am a little disappointed that I have to read 4 or 5 other books before I can get to the next story in this wonderful series. I look forward to learning more about Flavia and her truly unique world. I think fans of The Spellman Files will enjoy as well.
"I made the Girl Guide three-eared bunny salute with my fingers. I did not tell him that I was technically no longer a member of that organization, and hadn't been since I was chucked out for manufacturing ferric hydroxide to earn my Domestic Service badge. No one had seemed to care that it was the antidote for arsenic poisoning."
I purchased this after my coworker and Fellow Jen recommended it to me - Thanks Jen, you were bang on”