A Red Herring Without Mustard
Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey—mysteries involving a... show more
Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in Flavia’s own backyard. Flavia had asked the old Gypsy woman to tell her fortune, but never expected to stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned in the wee hours in her own caravan. Was this an act of retribution by those convinced that the soothsayer had abducted a local child years ago? Certainly Flavia understands the bliss of settling scores; revenge is a delightful pastime when one has two odious older sisters. But how could this crime be connected to the missing baby? Had it something to do with the weird sect who met at the river to practice their secret rites? While still pondering the possibilities, Flavia stumbles upon another corpse—that of a notorious layabout who had been caught prowling about the de Luce’s drawing room. Pedaling Gladys, her faithful bicycle, across the countryside in search of clues to both crimes, Flavia uncovers some odd new twists. Most intriguing is her introduction to an elegant artist with a very special object in her possession—a portrait that sheds light on the biggest mystery of all: Who is Flavia? As the red herrings pile up, Flavia must sort through clues fishy and foul to untangle dark deeds and dangerous secrets.
Publish date: 08-02-2011
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages no: 391
Edition language: English
Series: Flavia de Luce (#3)
Oh Flavia the crimes you get yourself mixed up in. This story involves a number of crimes and interesting characters and dives you right into the thick of things. I enjoy these books a lot. Flavia, her family and the other cast of characters are fun and interesting and even though these books invol...
3.5 out of 5 stars! I still haven't loved another one of Flavia's books as much as I did the first one, but this one was a definitive improvement over the second one. What I really liked in this book was that for the first time, the author really touches three things that seemed to be overlooked i...
I was the platinum. It was going to take more than a single opponent to overcome Flavia Sabina de Luce. Every new book in this highly entertaining series by Alan Bradley brings a new wave of smile across my face. Surely this series has to be one of the best-est and the freshest of all the crime se...
I know, I know - I'm not supposed to excessively include quotes in a book review, but I have never consider my incoherent ramblings about my enjoyment of the books I’ve read to be proper book reviews anyway, and this isn't goodreads where I'm told what is good and proper and will be punished if foun...
This series has the best titles, and the best covers. They both convey this welcoming want for me, and I’m compelled to read them almost against my will. As of writing this, I’m actually four books in to the series, and unfortunately Bradley seems to be a bit hit or miss with his mysteries and sense...