A Flavia de Luce Mystery
Post War England
This is the fourth book in a mystery series featuring the precocious, self-taught, 11-year old chemist–Flavia de Luce. I can’t imagine any 11-year-old being this smart but then, I suppose I can’t imagine any household being visited by four murders in one year either. The beauty of fiction. I like following a series since each book wraps up a nice little who-done-it yet there are other mysteries unravelling slowly–like a soap opera. It certainly keeps me watching for the next book in the series to be released.
This book has a Christmas background . Father is almost completely out of funds so he reluctantly rents the entire Buckshaw Estate to a film company. Flavia and her two sisters, beautiful Ophelia and bookworm Daphne, are excited about the impending film shoot and the townspeople at nearby Bishop Lacey are thrilled to have movie stars in their midst. A special Christmas eve fund-raiser for the church is planned at the estate–but of course, all does not go smoothly. A blizzard strands the household and then there is a murder .It’s a little Agatha Christie-like (which is referenced in the book) but definitely entertaining.
The main characters reveal a few more secrets; just enough to keep the reader anticipating the next book . A quick and enjoyable read.