I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel (Hardcover)
By Alan Bradley
Published: Delacorte Press, 11/01/2011
Oh yes, she’s back! That eleven year old, poison obsessed sleuth from 1950s England is in the thick of another murder! And this one has a bit of a Christmas theme to it. It’s been a long time since I’ve read any mystery books, but this series (due to be six in all) is a delight to read. I enjoy this little girl showing up the police with her astute observations and then immediately being intimidated by her brutal older sisters. Alan Bradley writes a smart book here and the other three as well. He has clever references to literature, chemistry and the day-to-day life of a once wealthy family struggling to make ends meet. Oh yes, she’s back and I’m always glad to see Miss Flavia de Luce!
The other characters are equally engaging, including Dogger, the handyman who comes to the rescue. And Gladys her bike even makes a regular appearance.