Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Am Half Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley

This is another Flavia de Luce installment.  I love Flavia.  If you are not familiar with this precocious an eleven-year-old sleuth, I highly recommend starting at the beginning of the series.

It's Christmastime and Flavia, a budding chemist is whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick.  She is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop’s Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening’s shocking conclusion: a body found, past midnight, strangled to death with a length of film. But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene? As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must use every ounce of sly wit at her disposal to ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight.

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