Hailed as “a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes” by The Boston Globe, Flavia de Luce returns in a much anticipated new Christmas mystery from award-winning andNew York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley.
In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But with Flavia’s blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now seems both too empty—and not empty enough. Only too eager to run an errand for the vicar’s wife, Flavia hops on her trusty bicycle, Gladys, to deliver a message to a reclusive wood-carver. Finding the front door ajar, Flavia enters and stumbles upon the poor man’s body hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door. The only living creature in the house is a feline that shows little interest in the disturbing scene. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation. It’s amazing what the discovery of a corpse can do for one’s spirits. But what awaits Flavia will shake her to the very core.
This book is perfect for History Corner, as it takes us back again to Victorian England the to the mysterious world of precocious Flavia de Luce, and since we're talking about Christmas gifts this week, it's pre-Christmas setting is timely too! This is the 8th book in the series, and perhaps one of the strongest, as new characters are added to intermingle with those who are core to Flavia's world. How they share their 6 degrees of separation makes for part of the mystery in the book. At age 12, Flavia sees herself differently after her unwanted soujourn to the new world- older, wiser, more aware of things in the world. But is she really? In this book Flavia has to test her observation skills, along with her mystery solving and chemistry knowledge to decide what really happened to the wood-carver. It's a tight mystery that will have adults and kids eagerly turning the pages. Due to the early subject matter of the feath, I would recommend it for older kids however.
About the Author:
ALAN BRADLEY was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. He coauthored "Ms. Holmes of Baker Street," to great acclaim and much controversy, followed by a poignant memoir, "The Shoebox Bible." Now the internationally bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series, Bradley lives with his wife and two calculating cats in the Isle of Man, where he is at work on future Flavia mysteries. The author lives in Isle of Man, UK.