My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh you impish minx Flavia, I have missed you dearly. In my hearts of hearts, I so wish you were real and of my own flesh and blood. Bradley has done such a magical job of creating this world of Flavia de Luce. Each and every character is flawed and so richly developed that you have a hard time believing that they are not real. Each and everytime I finish one of these tales I feel bereft and counting down to the next installment.
This tale starts very soon after the end of the previous novel, with the delightfully frank Flavia returning from her adventures in Canada awaiting an epic homecoming. Unfortunately, she is to be disappointed as her father has fallen ill and the whole house is in turmoil. So much change for our little charming imp of satan. Nothing is as she was expecting and she is unsure of her place and of who she has become. Thank goodness she once again stumbles upon a corpse and immerses herself in the mystery, which takes her mind off of all the changes going on around her. There are plenty of fun hi jinks and some delightfully true observations of life, love and family. And as always it is the characters in this series that have me coming back for more. Not one feels like a caricature
I can't go into much more as I would give away too much of the story but I do suggest some tissues. Please Mr Bradley, I need more right away. Please if you haven't read (or even better, listened to) this series, get thee to a book store asap, you will not regret it.
Alas, I find it always so hard to write an eloquent review on stories that I feel so passionate about.
"Real life is messy, and it's probably best to keep that in mind. We must learn never to expect too much."
“You can learn from a glance at anyone's library, not what they are, but what they wish to be.”
"Faith and hope are a piece of cake but charity is a Pandora's box: the monster in the cistern which, when the lid is opened, comes swarming out to seize you by the throat.”
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