I Am Half-sick of Shadows
A Flavia De Luce NovelBook - 2011
It’s Christmastime, and the 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. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop’s Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening’s shocking conclusion: a body found, past midnight, strangled to death with a length of film. But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene? As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must use every ounce of sly wit at her disposal to ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight.
Baker & Taylor
After the whole village of Bishop's Lacey descends on Flavia de Luce's family's estate during a raging blizzard to watch the filming of a movie, a person ends up dead, strangled by a length of film, and the 11-year-old budding chemist must find the killer. By the author of A Red Herring Without Mustard.
"Colonel de Luce, in desperate need of funds, rents his beloved estate of Buckshaw over to a film company. They will be shooting a movie over the Christmas holidays, filming scenes in the stately manse with a famous and reclusive star. She is widely despised, so it is to no one's surprise when she turns up murdered, strangled by a length of film from her own movies! With the snow raging outside and Buckshaw locked in, the house is full of suspects. But Flavia de Luce is more than ready to solve the wintry country-house murder. She'll have to be quick-witted, though, to negotiate the volatile chemicals of a cast and crew starting to crack--and locked in a house with a murderer!"--
After the whole village of Bishop's Lacey descends on Flavia de Luce's family's estate during a raging blizzard to watch the filming of a movie, a person ends up dead, strangled by a length of film, and the eleven-year-old budding chemist must find the killer.
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PimaLib_ChristineR Mar 02, 2018
If you love the world and characters of Flavia de Luce, you'll still probably enjoy this entry in the series, but it is likely the weakest to date.
As usual, Bradley does a good job of showing the childlike side of Flavia, as she schemes away in her laboratory, concocting a method to snare St.... Read More »
PimaLib_RavenousReaders Sep 17, 2015
Recommended by Sam at Himmel Park Library, who also enjoyed Weed that Strings and The Hangman's Bag by the same author.
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Forth book in the Flavia de Luce series. This one takes place in Buckshaw, the estate home where eleven year old Flavia lives with her irritating sisters and father. Due to suffering finances, Flavia’s father opens his estate to a film crew to film a movie on the premises. Being just a few days before Christmas, the vicar of the village Bishop’s Lacey has asked the famous star, Phyllis Wyvern to act out the famous Romeo and Juilet season at Buckshaw. Due to a terrible snow storm, those who came to watch the play had to spend the night. At some point, while everyone was asleep, Phyllis was murdered! Follow Flavia as she uncovers the truth behind this murder while keeping the police inspector on his toes.
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"Tendrils of raw fog floated up from the ice like agonized spirits departing their bodies."
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