by Alan Bradley
Random House, 2010
*I bought this from the local bookstore.
Summary: Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old girl and aspiring chemist who stumbles upon a dead body in the garden of her English home in the 1950s. With the help of the local townspeople, she learns the identity of the dead man and begins looking for his killer.
Review: It is so easy to fall in love with Flavia, who is such a wonderful and vivid character. She is smart, mature, and wise beyond her years as she determines who committed murder. Yet, she can also be immature, petty, and silly when she is around her father and 2 sisters. The author does a fantastic job of describing Flavia's little world as she races around on Gladys (her bicycle) trying to determine who killed the man in the garden. The mystery itself was a little disappointing and I found myself easily guessing who the murder was. At times, the book had a hard time keeping my interest. In the end, I found it an entertaining and satisfactory read. Rating: *** out of 5
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