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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Bradley Narrator: Jayne Entwistl Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Flavia de Luce Series Release Date:
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It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “With its sharply drawn characters, including the hiss-worthy older de Luce sisters, and an agreeable puzzle playing out against the cozy backdrop of a British village at Christmas, this is a most welcome holiday gift for Flavia fans.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Who can complain when that serial charmer Flavia is on hand, wreathed in Tennyson and Shakespeare?”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Acclaim for Alan Bradley’s beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award
  • If ever there was a sleuth who’s bold, brilliant, and yes, adorable, it’s Flavia de Luce. USA Today
  • Delightful . . . [Flavia is] a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes. . . . Fearless, cheeky, wildly precocious. The Boston Globe, on The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
  • Utterly beguiling . . . wicked wit . . . The real delight here is [Flavia’s] droll voice and the eccentric cast. People (four stars), on The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag
  • Outstanding . . . [a] marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery. Publishers Weekly (starred review), on A Red Herring Without Mustard
  • Selected for the December 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/20/2014

    " I have loved all of the Flavia de Luce adventures. She is only an eleven year old girl, but somehow all the adventures she gets into appeal to this old lady. Being only tolerated by her older sisters and greatly teased, I can relate to that. I am also caught up in her scientific knowledge. I eagerly await for each new book to be published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kellyann | 2/19/2014

    " As other readers have mentioned, there are some loose threads here that hopefully will be wrapped up in later books. Over all, though, I may have enjoyed this Flavia de Luce book more than any other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janeene | 2/8/2014

    " totally enjoy this series! Flavia always makes me smile "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karyn The Pirate | 2/5/2014

    " Flavia does it again! She never fails to delight. Although this is not my favorite of the series, it did shed a little more light on Dogger and his past. It also made my heart hurt for Flavia when she gets hugged by Phyllis Wyvern. It makes you think it might have been her actual first hug. "

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