Flavia DeLuce is growing up. She's not the brash, showoffy little girl she once was, but a bit more reserved. Perhaps this is due to finally dealing with her mother being found in a plane crash after she has been missing in action for the last 10 years.
I enjoyed the story and the deLuce family even though they were all extremely subdued.
On a spring morning in
1951, eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce
gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of
her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train's arrival in the
English village of Bishop's Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall
stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear.
Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd...
was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for
Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces' crumbling estate, Flavia
puts her sleuthing skills to the test.
Following a trail of
clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the
attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving
none other than Winston Churchill himself.
Surrounded by family,
friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office - and making
spectacular use of Harriet's beloved Gypsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit -
Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer