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A Red Herring without Mustard (Flavia de Luce Series #3)

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

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    terrific post WWII whimsical amateur sleuth

    In Bishop's Lacey, England the Gypsy looks into her crystal ball to inform eleven year old chemist and amateur sleuth Flavia de Luce her future. However, the hag tells her she has never in her life seen a darker future. Flavia is not one to be concerned as the child deals with an odd household on their Buckshaw Estate. Her widowed father the Colonel lives for his philately collection; her oldest sister Ophelia "Feely" loves her music; and the middle sister thirteen years old "Daffy" Daphne hides in her books. Flavia, who never met her mother Harriet (outside the womb that is), uses her late great-Uncle Tarquin's fully loaded chem lab as her escapism into the savory world of poison.

    Soon after the dark reading, Flavia finds the corpse of the ancient Gypsy. Someone stabbed the woman to death in her wagon. Flavia on her bike Gladys investigates the homicide while she contemplates that the murder appears to be one of passion perhaps vengeance; similar to what she thrives for against her older siblings though not with murderous malice. Instead of solving this killing, Flavia finds a second body. Her inquiry leads to an intriguing clue to what she considers the key mystery.

    This is a terrific post WWII whimsical amateur sleuth as Flavia follows the murder clues while eluding the demands of her older sisters and her father is to busy with his stamps. As with her previous cases (see The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag), the tweener keeps the story line focused as she investigates two homicides in which the clues twist into something personal.

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    Love flavia

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    Posted October 18, 2012

    Love It!

    So Sweet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Flavia is special

    Flavia continues her feud with her sisters and learns a little mire about her mother and father. She also discovers a surprise that Harriet was planning to give Father when she was to return after the last expedition when she disappeared.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Absolutely delightful

    Charming and unforgetable characters and wonderful use of lsanguage makes you hunger for more

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