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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (11,275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Bradley Narrator: Jayne Entwistle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Flavia de Luce Series Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780307576446
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Alan Bradley, author of the most award-winning series debut of any year, returns with another irresistible Flavia de Luce novel.

In the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey, the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce had asked a Gypsy woman to tell her fortune—never expecting to later stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned almost to death in the wee hours in her own caravan. Was this an act of retribution by those convinced that the soothsayer abducted a local child years ago? Certainly Flavia understands the bliss of settling scores; revenge is a delightful pastime when one has two odious older sisters. But how could this crime be connected to the missing baby? As the red herrings pile up, Flavia must sort through clues fishy and foul to untangle dark deeds and dangerous secrets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • As satisfying as the mystery is, the multiple-award winning Bradley offers more…beautifully written, with fully fleshed characters…[Bradley] secures his position as a confident, talented writer and storyteller. Toronto Globe & Mail
  • Delightful….The book’s forthright and eerily mature narrator is a treasure. Seattle Times
  • As hilarious, gripping, and sad as the previous books in this enjoyable series….once again, Bradley succeeds.  And so, of course, does Flavia. Bookpage
  • This idiosyncratic heroine continues to charm. Wall Street Journal
  • Think preteen Nancy Drew, only savvier and a lot richer, and you have Flavia de Luce….Don't be fooled by Flavia's age or the 1950s setting: A Red Herring isn't a dainty tea-and-crumpets sort of mystery. It's shot through with real grit. Entertainment Weekly
  • Outstanding….In this marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery, Flavia manages to operate successfully in the adult world of crimes and passions while dodging the childhood pitfalls set by her sisters. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Oh, to be 11 again and pal around with irresistible wunderkind Flavia de Luce….A splendid romp through 1950s England led by the world’s smartest and most incorrigible preteen. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • Whether battling with her odious sisters or verbally sparing with the long-suffering Inspector Hewitt, our cheeky heroine is a delight. Full of pithy dialog and colorful characters, this series would appeal strongly to fans of Dorothy Sayers, Gladys Mitchell, and Leo Bruce as well as readers who like clever humor mixed in with their mysteries. Library Journal (starred review)
  • Think of Flavia as a new Sherlock in the making. Booklist


  • ACCLAIM FOR ALAN BRADLEY’S BELOVED FLAVIA DE LUCE MYSTERIES
  • Flavia is incisive, cutting and hilarious . . . one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature. USA Today
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
  • Wonderfully entertaining . . . sure to be one of the most loved mysteries of the year. Chicago Sun-Times
  • If ever there was a sleuth who’s bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it’s Flavia de Luce. . . . [A] scrumptious first novel. USA Today
  • A five-star performance for young and old . . . written with Dickensian flair, Sherlockian suspense and tongue-in-cheek fun. Mysterious Reviews
  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag
  • Utterly beguiling . . . wicked wit . . . The real delight here is [Flavia’s] droll voice and the eccentric cast. People (four stars)
  • Bradley takes everything you expect and subverts it, delivering a smart, irreverent, unsappy mystery. Entertainment Weekly
  • Discovering Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce books is several steps beyond pleasure—it’s a sheer delight. Winston-Salem Journal
  • Flavia, oh Flavia, how I’ve missed you!.....If you like your heroines whip-smart, lippy, and resourceful, Flavia’s your gal. Montreal Gazette
  • She remains irresistibly appealing. New York Times Book Review
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard will steal a mystery lover’s heart, and the clever Miss Flavia will surely keep it forever. Las Vegas ReviewJournal
  • “[Flavia] remains irresistibly appealing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Alan Bradley’s third Flavia de Luce mystery, A Red Herring Without Mustard, exceeds in every way, if that’s even possible, his first two…[Flavia] is always feisty, always smart. I adore her. And while it is wonderful to read her as an adult, I wish I’d had Flavia as a role model while growing up. It’s cool to be smart. It’s cool to be Flavia! And it’s great to be among her legion of fans.”

    Louise Penny, bestselling author of Bury Your Dead

  • “This idiosyncratic heroine continues to charm.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “As satisfying as the mystery is, the multiple-award winning Bradley offers more…Beautifully written, with fully fleshed characters…[Bradley] secures his position as a confident, talented writer and storyteller.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Think of Flavia as a new Sherlock in the making.”

    Booklist

  • “Delightful…The book’s forthright and eerily mature narrator is a treasure.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Outstanding…In this marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery, Flavia manages to operate successfully in the adult world of crimes and passions while dodging the childhood pitfalls set by her sisters.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Bradley’s third book about tween sleuth Flavia de Luce will make readers forget Nancy Drew.”

    People

  • “Oh, to be eleven again and pal around with irresistible wunderkind Flavia de Luce…A splendid romp through 1950s England led by the world’s smartest and most incorrigible preteen.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Think preteen Nancy Drew, only savvier and a lot richer, and you have Flavia de Luce…Don’t be fooled by Flavia’s age or the 1950s setting: A Red Herring isn’t a dainty tea-and-crumpets sort of mystery. It’s shot through with real grit.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Whether battling with her odious sisters or verbally sparing with the long-suffering Inspector Hewitt, our cheeky heroine is a delight. Full of pithy dialogue and colorful characters, this series would appeal strongly to fans of Dorothy Sayers, Gladys Mitchell, and Leo Bruce, as well as readers who like clever humor mixed in with their mysteries.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Flavia, oh Flavia, how I’ve missed you!…If you like your heroines whip-smart, lippy, and resourceful, Flavia’s your gal…This is a delightful read, and I was so immersed at one point I sailed right through my metro stop.”

    Montreal Gazette

  • “As hilarious, gripping, and sad as the previous books in this enjoyable series…Once again, Bradley succeeds. And so, of course, does Flavia.”

    BookPage

  • “Bradley has created a marvelous character in Flavia—very adult in some ways, very childish in others, full of energy and curiosity. [Bradley’s] story should appeal to readers of all ages looking to escape into a thoroughly entertaining world.”

    Tulsa World

  • “Bradley’s characters, wonderful dialogue, and plot twists are a most winning combination.”

    USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle Durrant | 2/3/2014

    " these stories never get old! not as good as the first but nonetheless entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 1/25/2014

    " I listened to this via audiobook and the lady that reads it is really great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tash Dahling | 1/24/2014

    " In the series so far, I think this book has been my favourite. Gypsies and secret tunnels and the wonderful Buckshaw. Lovely stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shae Johnnson | 1/12/2014

    " Just love Flavia! Great story again! Alan Bradley is an excellent writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 12/23/2013

    " Flavia is such a joy! Her treatment by her family was about to break my heart but, along with a good mystery solved, this one provided some comfort for her (and me). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casie | 12/13/2013

    " Engaging with quirky characters and a plot that barrels along like Flavia de Luce on her bicycle (named Gladys). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindy | 11/29/2013

    " Another wonderful installation in the Flavia De Luce mystery series. If you've loved the others, you are certain to enjoy this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary D. | 11/26/2013

    " Lemony Snicket for the discerning reader... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 11/19/2013

    " I'm sad there's only one more in this series...!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Martin | 11/5/2013

    " Flavia is back on track--and growing up a bit "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Medley | 10/7/2013

    " Third book of Flavia mysteries. I liked this short, easy mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 9/19/2013

    " The mystery wasn't especially compelling this time around. But I still love the narrator who captures Flavia's childish emotions and love of chemistry so well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyse Rudin | 1/29/2013

    " This is a third in a series about an 11 year old who's love of science enables her to solve murder cases in a small village in England. I love this series. This book was as good as the other two and I can't wait for the next one. So quaint and charming and the little girl is a pistol. Worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louann | 12/30/2012

    " Continue to love the character of Flavia. Can't wait for the 4th installment "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 8/22/2012

    " Good fun mystery series... I love the main character Flavia's wit and precociousness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 6/26/2012

    " I enjoy the Flavia de Luce mysteries more with each book. Flavia's character is both maddening and endearing -- you just want to shake her and then give her a hug. The JaYne Entwhistle audiobooks are wonderful: Entwhistle beautifully captures the brilliant, snarky 11-year-old's narrative voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck | 5/4/2012

    " Keeps up well with the story line. Could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/12/2012

    " Another great Flavia de Luce mystery! Probably my least favorite of the three but still entertaining nevertheless. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kir | 2/3/2012

    " I love love love Flavia de Luce. One of my favorite narrators, I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/18/2012

    " I was somewhat less engaged in Flavia's latest outing than I was in her previous two. I think it may be because i listened to the audiobook and I found the narrators voice to be a little distracting. In this case, I prefer the narrator inside my own head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Hokanson | 9/28/2011

    " Love the series..the ending in this one left me scratching my head, though...things didn't quite add up. But since the murder plots are really just a fun excuse to spend time with Flavia, who cares? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 9/23/2011

    " Flavia stumbles across a bludgeoned gypsy which leads to the mystery of a lost child and murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 9/20/2011

    " Cute story but not as engaging as the first 2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charity U | 9/16/2011

    " Okay. A tad of swearing. Fun mystery. Nothing terribly wrong with it, but I don't love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. | 8/5/2011

    " loved it - esp the interaction with the sisters. Very 'Agatha Christie'Have read them all and anxiously awaiting the next Flavia adventure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 7/16/2011

    " Flavia is a great character - a genius 11 year old with a dead mother, distracted father, 2 antagonizing older sisters and a local doctor and police officer who are alternately intrigued and exasperated by her! These stories are laugh-out-loud funny with many plot twists! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Echoswim | 6/29/2011

    " Totally love Flavia de Luce. She is AWESOME!! And the chemistry component is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/29/2011

    " This is the most clever series! I can't wait for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 6/25/2011

    " Flavia de Luce has definitely been growing on me, with this 3rd book being the best so far. The child genius has seemingly not aged at all over the course of 3 mysteries, so I am beginning to wonder how much longer she can be an 11 year old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 6/23/2011

    " We listened to book #3 in the Flavia DeLuce series with as much delight as the first two. WHO DOESN'T LOVE FLAVIA??? And the narrator's voice is enough reason to listen to these books, along with the ability to share the story with someone on a road trip! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 6/22/2011

    " Flavia de Luce is one of my all-time favorite characters. Interesting story and wonderful characters. I wasn't disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 6/20/2011

    " Another great Flavia De Luce mystery. I really love Flavia (she makes me laugh). The mystery is secondary.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dria | 6/19/2011

    " Great fun, blew through it in a lazy afternoon. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/18/2011

    " I liked this mystery better than the second one in the series. Flavia is hilarious, and the plot moves along quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/17/2011

    " I'm so glad to have found the series again and plan to read all installments. "

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