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

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

by Alan Bradley
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A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's unfair to go on here and give a bad rating because you don't agree with BN pricing. (and it is 9.99)On that note... Please read this book! If you loved the other books in this series...you won't be disappointed! They say don't judge a book by it's cover...in this case, DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ONE PERSONS UNFAIR RATING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all other books in this series, but have not yeat read this one - based on the previoius two I'll go out on a limb and give it four stars. I also own a Kindle. The reviews should be limited to the book, don't slam the book due to B&N business practises. I agree it's ridiculous to pay more than paperback (and 25% more than a competitor's price) - but that is not under the author's control!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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. Harriet Klausner
hanro More than 1 year ago
Flavia: "I have no fear of the dead. Indeed in my own limited experience I have found them to produce in me a feeling that is quite the opposite of fear. A dead body is much more fascinating than a live one and I have learned that most corpses tell better stories. I’d had the good fortune of seeing several of them in my time.”
AvalonBound More than 1 year ago
It's the third book I've read in the Flavia de Luce series, so obviously I do love something about these books. However, I think emotion bled into some of my star rating. It's just so hard to dislike 11 year old Flavia and this series is the perfect escape when that's exactly what you're looking for. I do a lot of willing suspension of disbelief in these books, but possibly a little more in this one. Flavia's intellect is clearly superior and her knowledge of chemistry is remarkable...a little too remarkable at times. At eleven she can't possibly know every single reaction and chemical makeup of all things in the Universe, and yet she apparently does. I really could have done without knowing the elements of the skin on top of a cold mug of formerly hot chocolate and I think everyone else could have done too. It added nothing to the story. What does add to the story for me is the believable torment from her sisters, both of whom must miss their mother so much that they have misdirected their grief by taking it out on Flavia, who was only one year old when their mother died in a mountain climbing accident and does not remember her. And additional tension is created from the financial difficulties of their father, who appears poised at the precipice of bankruptcy at all times. What I don't understand is how they have not yet resolved his wife's estate after ten years. There is also a fair bit of contrived plot in this, but when did that ever stop Bradley before? I still enjoy watching Flavia dart about the countryside on faithful old Gladys (her bike) and she does move the story forward with her sleuthing in a convincing way. Never mind that bodies seem to litter Buckshaw's grounds like confetti throughout Flavia's short career as a detective. It is still fun and eminently readable. Bradley is an engaging author and Flavia is an adorable protagonist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The child who took down license plate number to the master chemist she is becoming is absolutely delightful, thrilling, informative, well set with characters that unfold and is a good read. I read these books because I like Agatha Christie and good mysteries. This one is a cliffhanger. So many questions unanswered but some are answered. I do question the recent inclusion in many of these continuing stories, the Harry Potter series for one, that the past books summaries appear on pages of the books throughout as part of the story. I just wonder why the third story with all it's content could not be written like the first.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Can Flavia Sift Through the Red Herrings? An eleven-year-old who solves murders. That might not seem like a normal protagonist for a series aimed at adults, but Alan Bradley has done a remarkable job of doing just that with Flavia DeLuce. A Red Herring Without Mustard is her third case, and it’s another enjoyable read. When a gypsy woman pulls into town, Flavia can’t resist getting her fortune read. It turns out this woman has visit the village of Bishop’s Lacey in the past and has even stayed in the pasture behind the de Luce family home. After Flavia accidentally burns down the woman’s tent, she feels responsible for giving the gypsy a place to stay and suggests that she once again camp in that pasture. Hours later, the gypsy has been attacked and is fighting for her life. Flavia’s feelings of responsibility only grow, and she sets out to find the person responsible for the vicious act. With the path seeming to lead through a dead body and several competing theories, can Flavia separate what really is happened from the red herrings? Actually, seeing how everything came together in the end was one of my favorite things in the book. No, I’m not going to spoil anything, but this really is a well plotted novel with a few things I thought were superfluous actually tying in to the main story in the end. That’s not to say there aren’t a few passages that couldn’t have been trimmed. Flavia’s inner monologue at times distracts from the story as it is unfolding. A little of it is fun and cute and realistic for an eleven-year-old, but it could have been used more sparely in the book. Likewise, I must say that Flavia herself can become a bit annoying. There were times I wanted to smack some sense into her, which is probably proof that she is a realistic eleven-year-old. Fortunately, she did get some talking to by other characters a couple of times that covered much of what I wanted to say to her. The rest of the cast are equally as well developed and interesting to spend time with. Since Flavia is our narrator, we see them through her eyes, but the result are characters we come to care about. The series is set in 1950 England, and I enjoy getting a visit to another time and place. Bishop’s Lacey is a small village, so this is very much a different time and place, and that is evoked completely in these pages. Having now listened to three of the books this year, I find watching some threads that carry through the books quite interesting. While nothing is resolved yet, something that was mentioned in book one becomes a bigger sub-plot here. Meanwhile, Flavia has been involved in three murders in three months. I’d worry if she weren’t enjoying herself so much. As I just hinted, yes, I listened to the unabridged audio again. Jane Entwistle is still narrating them, and if she ever stops I don’t know what I will do. Even if I were to pick up a book and read it, I’d still hear her voice in my head. And that’s a good thing because she provides such enthusiasm in the narration you can’t help but picture Flavia as you listen, yet she never goes over the top. I definitely plan to continue visiting Bishop’s Lacey and Flavia de Luce next year. I’m curious to see where the family and other characters we’ve already come to know go next. And if you are looking for a different mystery, be sure to pick up A Red Herring Without Mustard today and get lots in a good story.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
A delicious novel with a murder mystery that none other than 11 year old Flavia can solve. The story is so rich with details of 1950's England, in a simple little village, where murder seems to be commonplace. The story does involve gypsies and a bit of fortune-telling (not my favorites features). But still... I loved reading "A Red Herring Without Mustard"!
pm42 More than 1 year ago
Situations are constantly moving with questions left to answered when more information is gathered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the characters, especially when Flavia talks to her beloved bike! Can't wait for the next adventure.
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Glacial is such a fun character, and her sleuthing is entertaining. This series is an enjoyable read!
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So Sweet!
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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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Charming and unforgetable characters and wonderful use of lsanguage makes you hunger for more
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