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? Download and start listening now!