As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

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Random House, Inc.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Flavia de Luce—“part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (The New York Times Book Review)—takes her remarkable sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools in the captivating new mystery from New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley.

Banished! is how twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce laments her predicament, when her father and Aunt Felicity ship her off to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy, the boarding school that her mother, Harriet, once attended across the sea in Canada. The sun has not yet risen on Flavia’s first day in captivity when a gift lands at her feet. Flavia being Flavia, a budding chemist and sleuth, that gift is a charred and mummified body, which tumbles out of a bedroom chimney. Now, while attending classes, making friends (and enemies), and assessing the school’s stern headmistress and faculty (one of whom is an acquitted murderess), Flavia is on the hunt for the victim’s identity and time of death, as well as suspects, motives, and means. Rumors swirl that Miss Bodycote’s is haunted, and that several girls have disappeared without a trace. When it comes to solving multiple mysteries, Flavia is up to the task—but her true destiny has yet to be revealed.

Praise for As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
 
“Flavia de Luce [is] perhaps contemporary crime fiction’s most original character—to say she is Pippi Longstocking with a Ph.D. in chemistry (speciality: poisons) barely begins to describe her.”Maclean’s
 
“Another treat for readers of all ages . . . [As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust] maintains the high standards Bradley set from the start.”Booklist
 
“Exceptional . . . [The] intriguing setup only gets better, and Bradley makes Miss Bodycote’s a suitably Gothic setting for Flavia’s sleuthing. Through it all, her morbid narrative voice continues to charm.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Even after all these years, Flavia de Luce is still the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth.”The Seattle Times
 
“Plot twists come faster than Canadian snowfall. . . . Bradley’s sense of observation is as keen as gung-ho scientist Flavia’s. . . . The results so far are seven sparkling Flavia de Luce mysteries.”Library Journal
 
“A rattling good ‘girls’ own adventure’ yarn with an extensive cast of characters and suspects . . . When all is revealed, the links, misunderstandings and secrecy have a satisfying click.”Winnipeg Free Press
 
“A delightful installment in the series!”LibraryReads
 
Acclaim for Alan Bradley’s beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award
 
“If ever there were a sleuth who’s bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it’s Flavia de Luce.”USA Today
 
“This idiosyncratic young heroine continues to charm.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“Delightful . . . a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes.”The Boston Globe


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Baker & Taylor
"Flavia rules! In this New York Times bestselling series of enchanting mysteries, youthful chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve dastardly crimes -- but this time, she leaves behind her beloved English countryside, and takes her sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools!"--

Baker
& Taylor

Chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce uses her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve a crime in the unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools.
Young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again uses her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve a crime, but this time she leaves behind the English countryside and enters the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools. By the best-selling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Simultaneous.
"Flavia de Luce--"part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (The New York Times Book Review)--takes her remarkable sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools in the captivating new mystery from New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley"--

Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780345539953
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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PimaLib_MaryG Sep 21, 2015

Flavia is back, although this time she is totally out of her element as she crosses the pond to attend the same boarding school that her cherished mother attended. I loved this book as much as all the others in this delightful, wacky series.

#2 And chimney sweepers appear in this horror novel involving a dead body and girls vanishing.


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Really an updated Nancy Drew type novel, except for references to life in the 1950's which a younger reader would not understand. Arrogant 12 year old. Following the plot would be a challenge for younger reader and there were several plot lines left incomplete, perhaps to be filled-in through a later novel.
As an adult reader, I must remember not to read this author again

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Berneice01
Jul 29, 2016

This book is for the mature youth, reader, at least 13 or 14. The book has a complex plot.

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ScorchingSun
Jun 08, 2016

First part of the novel was lots of fun, with Flavia getting her usual feisty footing in a strange setting full of wacky characters. A few scenes were laugh-out-loud funny.
Latter portion of the story unfortunately sort of petered out.
Much of the attraction of these Flavia de Luce books depends on quirky, outrageous character interactions. A noticeable lack at the end.

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Rnalanismith
Jan 24, 2016

many clever turns-of-phrase; i chuckled throughout the entire book

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amalyndb
Jan 22, 2016

Flavia has been sent to Toronto to her mother’s finishing school. On her first night there, a body tumbles out of her room’s fireplace chimney, starting her off on a new case. Whose body? How did it get there? And how to manage to investigate in a new city, a new country without a friendly police contact and around school lessons?

A wonderfully dark and creepy boarding school setting in which Flavia, as always, manages to sift through the clues to find a solution.

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marthabwaters
Dec 22, 2015

The setting change for this seventh installment in the Flavia de Luce series made for a nice change of pace, despite how much I missed the familiar supporting characters in Bishop's Lacey. I also appreciate how Bradley is slowly, slowly showing that Flavia is growing up, in subtle ways. I enjoyed this book, as it was interesting to see Flavia in a setting where she felt alone and less than comfortable, rather than the small village in which she's lived her entire life -- but at the same time, I'm hopeful for a return home in the next book.

PimaLib_MaryG Sep 21, 2015

Flavia is back, although this time she is totally out of her element as she crosses the pond to attend the same boarding school that her cherished mother attended. I loved this book as much as all the others in this delightful, wacky series.

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mcmitch
Aug 09, 2015

Kind of disappointed in this one. I have really enjoyed the rest of the books in this series, so I always look forward to the next one coming out. However this one is missing something - the "Flavia-ness" that we all enjoy. Looking forward to the next one - hopefully that one is back on track.

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Shelaghkuse
May 09, 2015

I'm with the disappointed Flavia fans on this one. Not because of the change of venue per se, but because it left me with far more questions than it answered. What was the point of Flavia being there? It advanced the Nide story not one whit. All kinds of unresolved, thinly written characters. Hoping we get back on track next time.

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pjs_2
May 05, 2015

Flavia is my favorite young sleuth! I love her chemistry skills and her search for truth at all costs. Can't wait to see her in action back at Buckshaw.

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Berneice01
Jul 29, 2016

Flavia is a very smart and witty 12 year old attending Miss Bodycotes female Academy. When a body is found, in a most interesting way, Flavia sets out to solve the mystery. A fun read.

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