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review 2017-05-01 13:43
Flavia de Luce 8 - Mord ist nicht das letzte Wort von Alan Bradley
Flavia de Luce 8 - Mord ist nicht das letzte Wort: Roman - Alan Bradley,Gerald Jung

Wie, was und wer?

 

Ach, wie lange musste ich auf einen weiteren Flavia de Luce - Band warten? Lange, viel zu lange nach meinem Geschmack und noch schlimmer, ich muss jetzt wieder ewig warten!!! 

Denn der neue Band ist schwupdiwups schon ausgelesen und eigentlich möchte ich sofort wissen, wie geht es weiter mit meinen Freunden auf Buckshaw!

 

Aber der Reihe nach...

Ander als viele andere Autoren gelingt es Alan Bradley, dass seine Reihe um die 12-jährige, zugegeben neunmalkluge und nerdige Flavia im ländlichen England der 50er Jahre immer spannender und nicht langweiliger wird. Da können sich andere mal ein paar Scheibchen abschneiden. 

Im neuen Band ist Flavia wieder zurück aus dem "Exil" des kanadischen Internets und erwartet eigentlich ein großes Begrüßungskomitee, aber nix da... keiner scheint sie so recht vermisst zu haben von der de Luce-Sippe, denn Colonel de Luce ist schwer krank und die Sorge um ihn, treibt alle um. Da braucht es schon eine Leiche, um die Spürnase Flavia abzulenken und auf andere Gedanken zu bringen. 

 

Der Fall war ganz schön verzwickt, aber letztlich passend und es machte Spaß, gemeinsam in Wohnungen herumzuschnüffeln, Aufflüge nach London zu machen oder Leute auszufragen. Flavia hat es echt drauf! 

Das Ende, also das Buchende, ist hingegen nicht so erbaulich und lässt den geneigten Leser nach einer Fortsetzung gieren.

 

Es gibt 5 von 5 Sternen für eine tolle, unterhaltsame und Chemikalien reiche Lektüre!!!

 

 

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quote 2017-05-01 13:29
Dabei sind die traumlosen Nächte manchmal die schlimmsten, weil man aus ihnen zurückkehrt, ohne zu ahnen, wo man war und was man getan hat.
Flavia de Luce 8 - Mord ist nicht das letzte Wort: Roman - Alan Bradley,Gerald Jung

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quote 2017-04-28 07:20
Erstaunlich, was für ein Hochgefühl so ein Leichenfund auslösen kann!
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review 2017-04-22 09:55
"The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie" by Alan Bradley
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley

I came across "The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie" when I was looking for new Canadian authors to read.  Alan Bradley gets great press, so I bought this book even though I was concerned that I might be getting an extended one line joke in which an aristocratic, 1950's  stiff-upper-lip Brit attitude was made amusing by being exhibited by an eleven your old girl.

 

What I got was something much more complex and engaging than that. I got Flavia de Luce, a young girl with a remarkable mind and dauntless heart, who is determined to solve a murder her father has been arrested for committing.

 

The book is set in England in 1950. shortly after the end of the war. Eleven year old Flavia lives in a large and once grand Stately Home with her two older sisters who are close to each other but exclude her, her emotionally withdrawn father and no memory of Harriet, her adventurer mother who is missing, presumed dead.

 

The book is tolde entirely in the first person from Flavia's point of view, su its success depends upon enjoying seeing through her eyes. Alan Bradley pulls this off perfectly- Flavia speaks and thinks in the over elaborate language of an intelligent, self-educated unsocialised child, intoxicated by the complexity of the world and unblinkingly confident in her ability to master it. Here is her description of her discovery, some years earlier, of the love of her life: Chemistry

The book’s title was An Elementary Study of Chemistry, and within moments it had taught me that the word iodine comes from a word meaning “violet,” and that the name bromine was derived from a Greek word meaning “a stench.” These were the sorts of things I needed to know!"

Flavia is proud of her rational mind and of having the objective curiosity of a scientist but also gives full reign to her imagination. This is her description of stepping into the grounds at night.

"As I stepped outside, I saw that the silver light of dawn had transformed the garden into a magic glade, its shadows darkened by the thin band of day beyond the walls. Sparkling dew lay upon everything, and I should not have been at all surprised if a unicorn had stepped from behind a rosebush and tried to put its head in my lap."

Flavia, recognises that her fascination with death and poisons might be considered pathological but she also knows that it is a true part of herself. When she comes across dying man in her garden and holds his head as he breathes his last, she is honest about her reaction:

"I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life."

"The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie" is a splendid detective story. Its characters and plot put Agatha Christie to shame. It evokes uppor-class England in the first half of the last century deftly and simply. It unfolds the plot at just the right pace. Yet, by far the biggest achievement of the book is the gentle disclosure of the mystery of Flavia de Luce herself.

 

Flavia lives in an emotional desert that could crush a lesser girl. She feels that she is not loved. Her solution is to decide that she must love herself. At one point, riding her mother's bike, that Flavia restored and rechristened as Gladys, at great speed, she gives way to joy, thinking:

"I was me. I was Flavia. And I loved myself, even if no one else did. “All hail Flavia! Flavia forever!” I shouted, as Gladys and I sped through the Mulford Gates, at top speed, into the avenue of chestnuts that lined the drive at Buckshaw."

I didn't want this book to end because I didn't want to leave Flavia. Fortunately, there are another four books in the series. I will be visiting her again soon.

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review 2017-04-11 02:03
Flavia de Luce Solves Again
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery - Alan Bradley,Jayne Entwistle

I think I'd have phrased things a bit differently, but in the interest of time, I'm just going to copy and paste from my thoughts when I read the book a couple of years ago and add in a bit for the audiobook:

 

The plucky young chemist with a nascent obsession with death is back in action. The case is a little less personal for Flavia de Luce this time, but that doesn't stop her from jumping in whole hog to get to the bottom of it.

 

Flavia runs into a couple of traveling performers with some car trouble and before you know it, she's got them some help--and a gig. While she hangs around the TV star and his assistant, she finds herself surrounded by some of her town's darker history and then face to face with a murder. And Flavia being Flavia, she can't resist sticking her nose in and making sure all the knots are untangled--particularly the ones adults are ignoring, despite them being painfully obvious to her.

 

We get less of Flavia's sisters (and the rest of the household, come to think of it) in this installment--but when they're around, their impact is greater. Clearly, as this series continues, there's going to be some serious drama on the homefront with some major implications for the de Luce family, I hope Bradley tackles that quickly, the foreshadowing's getting old quickly.

 

Unlike with so many other amateur sleuths (particularly juveniles), it's nice to see that her reputation and track record are acknowledged by some in the community -- which is both a help and a hindrance, I hope to see more of that in the future.

 

Entwistle really impressed me again with her narration. Not just the way she nails Flavia -- both the good and the bad aspects of her personality. But her work on the rest of the characters -- the TV star's assistant in particular -- really won me over, showing a little more range than we got to see, er, hear last time.

 

My only major quibble with this installment is that it takes far too long to set the main action of the novel up--in a 348 page mystery novel, you'd better get to the central crime before page 150 or so. Unless you've got a heroine like Flavia to focus on, I can't imagine being patient enough to wait that long to get the ball rolling. Entwistle's performance helps, but, man, it drags on awhile before Bradley's done setting things up and gets things moving.

 

Another fun (occasionally hilarious) read, with a mystery satisfyingly twisty, with just enough red herrings to get you through it.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/04/10/the-weed-that-strings-the-hangmans-bag-audiobook-by-alan-bradley-jayne-entwistle
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