Friday, August 7, 2009
A wonderful cozy mystery featuring an exceptionally precocious 11yr old chemistry whiz , Flavia de Luce, who helps solve a current murder, an old murder originally thought to be a suicide, and the theft of an extremely valuable stamp belonging to King George VI. A book that will be devoured by all pre-teen girls in the same way we once devoured Nancy Drew, and Trixie Belden. At the same time, if adults can suspend belief in such a level of forensic aptitude in an 11 year old, it is an excellent read for all mystery lovers. It is well plotted, suspenseful, and the characters are well drawn. In addition, since this was my weekly audio 'read' I must commend Jane Entwhistle, the narrator. She was spot on as an 11 year old who is going on 50. I'm not sure I could handle any more of Miss da Luce, but I know in a few years my granddaughter will.