Flavia de Luce #1
Mystery, Published 2010
Challenges: Mount TBR, Audio Book RC
Shelf Life: 2 years, 10 mos. – bought April 2010
Read March 2013, 10 hrs unabridged
It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.
For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”
I loved quirky Flavia. She is a 10 year old chemist, lover of anything poisons, amateur sleuth, and always looking to get back at her older 2 sisters. The book is told from Flavia’s POV and she is always sure she sees things the right way. When a dead black snipe shows up at the back door with a postage stamp stuck through its beak, Flavia is at once intrigued. Then when a mysterious man shows up to talk to her father in the middle of the night and a dead man shows up in the cucumber patch, she knows something has gone awry. Flavia takes the reader on a very interesting and usually amusing trip to solve the mysteries surrounding her grand home, Buckshaw. There are several mysteries that run throughout the book and they are slowly unraveled, leaving plenty of time for Flavia’s character development.
The audio is very well done and I’m looking forward to listening to the next in the series.
Unless some sweetness at the bottom lie,
Who cares for all the crinkling of the pie?
The Art of Cookery, William King
It was as black in the closet as old blood. (First line)