Precocious Flavia de Luce — an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving — is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. Amid a blizzard, the village gathers at Buckshaw to watch famed Phyllis Wyvern perform. After midnight, a body is found strangled by film. Flavia investigates.
My Thoughts :
In my attempt to get up to date with the many series I have either started and not yet managed to continue or have started and somehow not managed to continue, I decided to keep going with the Flavia de Luce mysteries.
This fourth installment takes place over the Christmas holidays and for once the mystery, as well as the many characters involved, are all stuck at Buckshaw and can't leave. A lovely twist that many a mystery has used in the past and not at all boring or unbelievable.
There isn't much point in me going into details about the cunning plot but will say that this was just as delightful and intriguing as the previous books. Flavia is a quirky character of a girl who is at most times more intelligent than the adults in her life even if she can sometimes be a little naive. This is a series you really have to try and then decide if it is something you will like. There isn't anything else that comes close to being as unusual and brilliant than Flavia de Luce and her stories.
I can highly recommend listening to this book via Audible. The narrator, Jayne Entwhistle, really brings Flavia to life and does a wonderful job portraying the characters. Her Flavia almost always sounds like she is smiling to herself and makes the story even more fun.
The next book in the series will definitely be listened to soon! I can't wait to see what other mysterious messes Flavia manages to get herself involved with. She is a very clever sleuth who isn't just well gifted but also sees things from a younger perspective.