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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,137 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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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

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by Jessica Vyvial | 1/22/2014

    " Love Flavia... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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. "

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