Sunday, May 24, 2015

Book Review: As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

Fiction.  This is the 7th Flavia de Luce mystery novel, and I was waiting desperately for it to come out.  I waited a bit of time for my library to get it in eBook format and then had a marathon of reading it.  It is the first of the Flavia books that does not take place in her home town, the little English village of Bishop's Lacey.  This time she is away at the same boarding school her mother attended, Miss Bodycote's Female Academy, which is across the pond in Toronto.  It follows suit with most of the Flavia works, where after a little bit of time there, we are suddenly presented with a corpse out of nowhere, and Flavia is the girl to solve it all.

Since it is not in Bishop's Lacey we have a different cast of people to deal with, but it still has the same charm of her running around where she is not supposed to go, people who you are not sure if they are on the side of good or are perhaps involved in some larger conspiracy, and of course it includes Flavia's usual obsession with chemistry and her rapier wit.  We also get to learn a bit more about her legendary mother and a secret group in the process.  While I was a bit sad to see her leave the little English village, there are only so many people who can die mysteriously in such a small town.  I am happy with the broader story line opening up since it leaves us the possibility of having more novels about Flavia and more tidbits about her mother's mysterious life.

If you are a fan of the Flavia de Luce mysteries you will enjoy it, and if you are not, you should get reading, she is a pint-sized Sherlock with a lot more wit, humor, fun, and a lot more knowledge of chemistry, she is a total hoot!

And so it goes...

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