As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust

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AS CHIMNEY SWEEPERS COME TO DUST

BY ALAN BRADLEY

As I’ve said before the Flavia De Luce novels are my absolute favourite and us fans have been counting down to the seventh installment in this fantastic series – As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust – for what seems like forever! The last book The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches finished on a most exciting and unexpected cliffhanger.

Here, we pick up our brilliant young Flavia at her impertinent best as she finds herself “banished” from her beloved Buckshaw home in Bishops Lacey and “packed off” to her mother’s old boarding school in Canada.

Flavia takes an instant dislike to her escort across the Atlantic – Ryerson Rainsmith: “On paper, the man was already dead.” When she finally arrives at Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy she finds it full of bizarre rules, an intimidating headmistress (“The woman’s moods appeared to be connected to some inner weathercock that swung wildly round with every word. One moment she was almost tender, and the next a harridan”) and a murderess among the teachers. All isn’t as it seems with the resident girls either who disappear with alarming regularity.

Flavia starts to realise that the game is afoot and as a budding chemist and amateur poisons expert, she is soon on familiar ground when a body falls from the chimney in her room and she is dealt another gruesome puzzle to investigate. Through the unraveling of this mystery, Flavia begins to discover what it means to be her mother’s daughter and what the true purpose of the Academy really is. Continue reading

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A tale of the unexpected

THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES

BY ALAN BRADLEY

My friend Jane insisted that I promote this to the top of my reading pile after she devoured it on a trip to Cornwall this summer. And so I did. It didn’t take a lot of persuading as we are both such ardent fans of Flavia de luce and the Buckshaw clan.

The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches is the sixth book (and please not the last!) of this tremendously entertaining series. We pick up where Speaking From Among The Bones left off, waiting for Flavia’s mother to return after being presumed dead in Tibet for the last decade.

A specially commisioned train brings Harriett back to Buckshaw setting off a number of gruesome events and incredible revelations that unlock the sercrets of her past and unravels the details of young Flavia’s destiny. Continue reading

Fantastic fifth mystery with Flavia

SPEAKING FROM AMONG THE BONES: FLAVIA DE LUCE MYSTERY 5

BY ALAN BRADLEY

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The delightful eleven-year-old amateur sleuth is back! This is the fifth book in the Flavia de Luce series – my most favourite detective series of all. Not at all run of the mill and bursting full of hilarious characters and ghastly murders, Alan Bradley’s cult books are almost impossible to put down.

In this story the tomb of St Tancred is opened to reveal the body of the popular church organist lying in a pool of blood with a gas mask covering his once handsome face.

Our budding chemist and detective Flavia immediately engages her marvellous powers of deduction, not to mention eavesdropping and snooping, to lead her deep into the past, to a strange story of lost manuscripts and the precious Heart of Lucifer stone.

Accompanied by her trusty bicycle Gladys and with the use of the chemical laboratory at the family down at heel Buckshaw home, Flavia is as ever one step ahead of the police and the killers alike. Continue reading