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3.00004089472706 out of 53.00004089472706 out of 53.00004089472706 out of 53.00004089472706 out of 53.00004089472706 out of 5 3.00 (16,139 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: March 2010 ISBN: 9780307576422
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From Dagger Award–winning and internationally bestselling author Alan Bradley comes this utterly beguiling mystery starring one of fiction’s most remarkable sleuths: Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

Flavia thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacy are over—and then Rupert Porson has an unfortunate rendezvous with electricity. The beloved puppeteer has had his own strings sizzled, but who’d do such a thing and why? For Flavia, the questions are intriguing enough to make her put aside her chemistry experiments and schemes of vengeance against her insufferable big sisters. Astride Gladys, her trusty bicycle, Flavia sets out from the de Luces’ crumbling family mansion in search of Bishop’s Lacey’s deadliest secrets.

Does the madwoman who lives in Gibbet Wood know more than she’s letting on? What of the vicar’s odd ministrations to the catatonic woman in the dovecote? Then there’s a German pilot obsessed with the Brontë sisters, a reproachful spinster aunt, and even a box of poisoned chocolates. Most troubling of all is Porson’s assistant, the charming but erratic Nialla. All clues point toward a suspicious death years earlier and a case the local constables can’t solve—without Flavia’s help. But in getting so close to who’s secretly pulling the strings of this dance of death, has our precocious heroine finally gotten in way over her head?
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Quotes & Awards

  • Flavia is incisive, cutting and hilarious . . . one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature. USA Today
  • 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
  • A pitch-perfect performance that surpasses an already worthy debut. Houston Chronicle
  • Discovering Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce books is several steps beyond pleasure—it’s a sheer delight. Winston-Salem Journal
  • Wickedly funny. The Times-Picayune
  • “Flavia is incisive, cutting, and hilarious…One of the most remarkable creations in recent literature.”

    USA Today

  • “Utterly beguiling…Wicked wit…The real delight here is [Flavia’s] droll voice and the eccentric cast.”

    People (4 stars)

  • “Bradley takes everything you expect and subverts it, delivering a smart, irreverent, unsappy mystery.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Brisk, funny, and irrepressible, Flavia is distinctly uncute, and the cozy village setting has enough edges to keep suspicions sharp…Bradley gives a pitch-perfect performance that surpasses an already worthy debut.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Like its heroine, the novel is spiky, surprising fun.”

    Parade

  • “A gloriously eccentric cast of characters…There’s not a reader alive who wouldn’t want to watch Flavia in her lab concocting some nefarious brew.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Endlessly entertaining…The author deftly evokes the period, but Flavia’s sparkling narration is the mystery’s chief delight. Comic and irreverent, this entry is sure to build further momentum for the series.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[Flavia’s] sleuthing skills both amaze and amuse.”

    Mystery Scene

  • “Bradley’s second novel is both creepy and laugh-out-loud funny, and his style is as dark, witty, and charming as Flavia herself.”

    NPR

  • “Bradley has once again created an engaging, whimsical, twisting tale that rewards readers as much with its style and background as it does with the central investigation…Compellingly larger than life.”

    Edmonton Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 2/18/2014

    " I love this writing style. It is fascinating to me that an older gentleman could create such a wonderful, precocious, girl-character! I liked this one as much as the first book. Even though there were some sad elements in it, the story development, the characters that come to town, the family relationships (such as they are) were more developed in this one that the first book. On to book three! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/23/2014

    " It's good but not as good as the first book. Flavia is up to her old tricks; investigating a long unsolved mystery that is brought to the forefront after a traveling puppeteer's van breaks down. The writing is great but I still have my same complaint. There is not an eleven year old on this earth that thinks or speaks like Flavia. It does get in the way of the story for me sometimes so I pretend she's fourteen. The mystery is intriguing and I was surprised by the ending which I like. No fun seeing the killer a mile away. I will definitely read the third and fourth of the series and then I must switch genres. I'm all mysteried out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Vyvial | 1/22/2014

    " Love Flavia... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 FittenTrim | 1/15/2014

    " Flavia is still a delightful character, but the novel takes forever to get going. The plot moves from complex to convoluted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Flowers | 1/8/2014

    " a bit of a redo of the first one, but still quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 12/31/2013

    " I would give this a 4.5 if I could. I am really loving Miss Flavia, she's such a fun character and I again found myself laughing out loud in certain passages, she has such a creative mind. I'm looking forward to the next adventure with her!! "

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

    " I'm looking forward to reading the next books in this series. It's always nice to find an enjoyable series -- thanks Shauna. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Auckerman | 11/8/2013

    " The second Flavia de Luce, another light entertaining book--good balance to technical reading and writing all day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 11/2/2013

    " I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could. A little slower than the first Flavia mystery but I liked the background information/history of Bishop Lacey's residents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 11/2/2013

    " The main character totally makes these books. I liked this one more than the first, but it probably was because I knew what to expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 10/3/2013

    " Cute, but the plot was a bit thin this time around, and it stretched a bit at times. Hoping for something a bit better in the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 9/30/2013

    " This is another entertaining book! Flavia is in everyone's business and knows all there is to know. Following her around is such a relaxing adventure for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 9/14/2013

    " These stories are just so good. Where does the author get all these way out details and historical facts that he throws in. The main character, Flavia DeLuce, is just so real and outlandish. These books would translate so well to a TV series on PBS. Keep them coming, Mr. Bradley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 4/12/2013

    " Excellent follow-up to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Flavia is at it again, this time investigating the murder of a puppeteer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindzie | 1/27/2013

    " I liked this book a lot more than the previous one in the series. I felt like it brought more of Flavia's mischievous side back out and more of her love of chemistry was emphasized. The story line was more interesting to me as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eli | 9/1/2012

    " Still not charmed by Flavia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 5/30/2012

    " this was another great book in this series. again flavia solves the whole crime before the police. she uses her chemistry knowledge to deduce a number of important details. I wish I could be flavia! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hollis | 5/4/2012

    " Too many similies, not enough plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Moberg | 4/18/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Flavia, her family and the people in the village are intriguing and quirky in the best way. I look forward to learning more about them all, but especially Flavia. The mystery is a good one, too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moira Sr. Fogarty | 1/17/2012

    " I quite enjoyed this second book in the series - not as complex as first but the characterizations are fun and Flavia is becoming more aware of herself and her interaction with others. A fun read and very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 12/7/2011

    " I wasn't as sucked in as I was with the first book, but this one was still excellent. Flavia is as fun as ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Light | 11/19/2011

    " I enjoyed this one slightly less than the first in the series. While Flavia was equally as precocious, I did not enjoy the secondary and tertiary village characters quite as much with the sole exception of the strong-willed and fast-swooping aunt. On to the third. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Grossi | 11/15/2011

    " I just love Flavia! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 11/11/2011

    " I wasn't sure at first, despite the great writing, because I don't always like child protagonists, but I was completely won over by the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 8/10/2011

    " I still really enjoyed it, but not as much as the first. I'll continue to read the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 6/28/2011

    " I tried to listen to this, but Flavia must be read. She is in the woods, over the hill, down the road on Gladys, up in the dovecoat, and next to the puppet master. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robotbee | 6/27/2011

    " Wonderful. See my review of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 6/27/2011

    " Very enjoyable read & I'm looking forward to reading the other 2 Flavia De Luce books. Thanks for recommending it Bobbi?
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/26/2011

    " Another delightful Alan Bradley read. A little darker, a little more sinister, and a wonderful escape from my boring daily life. :) I could only be so lucky to have a little girl like Flavia... "

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

    " Not quite as good as the first, but still lots of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 6/22/2011

    " Loved this second book also, the story of Flavia and her travels of her bike Gladys. Now, can't wait for the 3rd book in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 6/20/2011

    " Slightly disappointing after how much I loved the first book. Still enjoyable though. And Flavia remains an intriguing and peculiar heroine.

    2.5 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tisha | 6/20/2011

    " This was another clever Flavia DeLuce mystery. She is a fun heroine to follow. "

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

    " Fantastic series, terribly fun characters, good solid mysteries. I love this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 6/19/2011

    " Not quite as good as book #1, but still very enjoyable and fun to read. I love Flavia's character and the surrounding village - and also faithful Dogger. Looking forward to reading the third book soon : ) "

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

    " Really fun! The main character solving the mystery is very likeable and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M. | 6/17/2011

    " Not quite as jaw-droppingly great as the first one, but I still loved Flavia's twists and turns and obsession with poison. Will definitely read the third one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/15/2011

    " This book was just as good as the first book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. These books would make a great seriew on PBS. "

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About the Author
Author Alan Bradley

Alan Bradley is the internationally bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the CWA Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. Among his other Flavia de Luce novels are The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, and Speaking from among the Bones.

About the Narrator

Jayne Entwistle is an award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards for her outstanding performance for the Flavia de Luce series.