Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I Am Half Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
To read my reviews of the other books in this series see: March 31, 2011 post for The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, April 20, 2011 for The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag, and Sept 1, 2011 for A Red Herring Without Mustard (I apologize that for some reason I can't get the hyperlinks to work at this time).
Title:I Am Half Sick of Shadows (Flavia De Luce #4)
Author: Alan Bradley
Genre: Adult Mystery
Alerts/Warnings: Death associated with murder mysteries
Premise: "Colonel de Luce, in desperate need of funds, rents his beloved estate of Buckshaw over to a film company. They will be shooting a movie over the Christmas holidays, filming scenes in the stately manse with a famous and reclusive star. She is widely despised, so it is to no one's surprise when she turns up murdered, strangled by a length of film from her own movies! With the snow raging outside and Buckshaw locked in, the house is full of suspects. But Flavia de Luce is more than ready to solve the wintry country-house murder. She'll have to be quick-witted, though, to negotiate the volatile chemicals of a cast and crew starting to crack--and locked in a house with a murderer!" (King County Library System)
Opinions: I enjoy a really good murder mystery and this was a really fun murder mystery. Once again the preteen chemistry expert, Flavia de Luce, strives to solve a murder before the police. The thing that I quite enjoy about Flavia is that, even though she is brilliant, she is still a kid at heart and is looking for solid ground in life to stand on. She still has childhood wishes and dreams. This makes her a complex character that I love to read about. Flavia's ingenuity knows no bounds and her love for chemistry keeps the subject far from boring for one as me who isn't so proficient in that area. Mr Bradley does a fantastic job piquing the readers interest and leaving them looking forward to finding out what this pint-sized heroine will be up to next.