Mystery Series (8 of 10)
Flavia De Luce
1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – 4/5
2. The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag – 4/5
3. A Red Herring Without Mustard – 4/5
4. I am Half-sick of Shadows – 3/5
5. Speaking from Among the Bones – 3/5
6. The Dead in their Vaulted Arches – 3/5
6.5 The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse – 4/5
7. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust – 4/5
8. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d – 3/5
What is it about?
Flavia de Luce is a curious twelve-year-old genius with a penchant for chemistry. In this book she discovers her favorite thing – a dead body – and follows the trail of clues toward unmasking the murderer. This book is set in 1950’s England.
You do not need to have read the previous books in the series for this one to make sense. You could even say that the Flavia in book 8 is very similar to the Flavia in book 1.
Was it good?
It was okay. This might be my least favorite book in the series. In general I think this series is a cute mystery that is good to read during a reading slump because it is easy and entertaining.
This particular story has some issues though. What was previously “cute” now seems more like “seeking out trouble”. Also, the fact that there was hardly any interaction between 12-year-old Flavia and her family seemed odd. Finally, both the mystery and the dramatic plot twist were obvious from 300 pages away.
I would like to say again that some of the books in this series are really quite good. Have you read any of them?