- Published: New York : Delacorte Press, 2009.
- Year Published: 2009
- Description: 373 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Detectives -- Fiction. -- England
- Motherless families -- Fiction.
- Sisters -- Fiction.
- Luce, Flavia de (Fictitious character)
- Girls -- Fiction. -- England
- Murder -- Fiction. -- Investigation
- England -- Fiction.
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The sweetness at the bottom of the pie
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Call number: Mystery
Available Copies: Pittsfield Adult
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, must exonerate her father of murder. Armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together and examine new suspects, she begins a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself.
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When she discovers a corpse in her garden, Flavia begins her career as a young detective. The police don't appreciate her meddling, but [SPOILER ALERT], she solves the crime in the end.
I very much appreciated having a young female character demonstrate so much intelligence and bravery, something I find lacking in many novels for children. Note, however, that as it is set in the 1950s, the Flavia series does demonstrate the prejudices of the era, including sexism and xenophobia.
Very cute, very entertaining!
It's perfectly understandable why she might bite off more than she can chew, since she's only 11 and frequently too-curious. I like her quick wit, resourcefulness and gung-ho attitude. I also like the concept of unassuming-child-as-detective, she's someone who can wander about asking questions without raising suspicion.
Flavia is feisty, fevered and flawed and I'm thoroughly looking forward to her next adventure.
Well paced, and well written, I look forward to more in the series... "The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag" is out now.
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