{book} a new(er) Flavia de Luce

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust A Flavia de Luce Novel, book 7 By Alan Bradley ARC via NetGalley w/ gratitude to Delacorte Press* Release Date January 6, 2015. “Hard on the heels of the return of her mother’s body from the frozen reaches of the Himalayas, Flavia, for her indiscretions, is banished from herContinue reading “{book} a new(er) Flavia de Luce”

{book} the dead in their vaulted arches

>>a spoiler-free review<< The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce Novel #6) by Alan Bradley ARC thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley release date: January 2014 “Young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the EnglishContinue reading “{book} the dead in their vaulted arches”

{book} I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

There are a lot of 11-year-old girl heroes with pluck and wit, but Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce stands out. While she is superlative in many ways, her vulnerabilities are of as much value to the plot, and none of it feels contrived; which is key, isn’t it? Even if Flavia survives the latest murder-mystery, sheContinue reading “{book} I Am Half-Sick of Shadows”

happy wednesday

I guest posted over at Sean’s blog “Sean’s Cyclebabble” today. The post is titled “bikes in books in brevity” where I briefly remark upon a few encounters with bikes in books. Referenced are Nancy Springer’s The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery, Crunch by Leslie Connor, and Alan Bradley’s Flavia de LuceContinue reading “happy wednesday”


A Red Herring without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley Delacorte Press, 2011. 399 pages, hardcover. Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in theContinue reading “delicious”

the thread that holds

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery (book 2) by Alan Bradley Delacorte Press, 2010. 364 pages (hardback).   I am not sure you will read a better review of Alan Bradley’s The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag than Carl V.’s review over at Stainless Steel Droppings. As IContinue reading “the thread that holds”

the sweetness at the top of the pile…

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley Delacorte Press (Random House), 2009. 373 pages In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. ItContinue reading “the sweetness at the top of the pile…”