Monday, February 27, 2012

A Red Herring Without Mustard

Has it really been over a year since I read the second Flavia de Luce novel?!  Well, let me tell ya.  The third installment did not disappoint.  Flavia is back in all of her chemistry-obsessed, crime-solving, British goodness.

This time a mysterious Gypsy woman is attacked, and a string of clues leads everything right back to Buckshaw, the de Luce estate.  It also invites tons of that hysterical sibling rivalry between our heroine and her two older sisters, who mostly despise each other.  My favorite of Flavia's expletives this time around: Saints on skates! 

Further proof of this novel's genius takes shape in the following excerpt from page 132:

Miss Mountjoy was the retired Librarian-In-Chief of the Bishop's Lacey Free Library where, it was said, even the books had lived in fear of her.  Now, with nothing but time on her hands, she had become a freelance holy terror.

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