A Red Herring Without Mustard

Flavia de Luce is still at it. The precocious eleven-year-old chemist that we first met in "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie", my Pick for September 2009, has continued to solve the mysterious deaths that occur just about every year in her 1950's English hamlet of Bishop's Lacy. Flavia works alone, using her knowledge of chemistry and an independent line of investigation to deduce the identity of the murderers of the gypsy fortune teller Fenella Faa and the ne're-do-well Brookie Harewood well ahead of the village constable, Inspector Hewitt. Last year, Flavia solved the murder of puppeteer Rupert Porson, in "The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag" in the same entertaining, amusing style. These are the perfect light-reading books for your summer vacation. "The Weed" is already available in paper, and the paper edition of "A Red Herring" will be out in October - too late for summer but good for a year-end gift.

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Pick Attribution: 

Alan Bradley

Publication Date: 
Saturday, January 1, 2011