Author: Alan Bradley
Provided Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce is an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia’s family calls home. A dead bird is found on the door-step, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.
Review: Although March is early in 2013, I feel confident enough to say that Flavia de Luce is my favorite narrative voice of the year. She is an intelligent, intuitive, feisty and witty eleven-year old girl who lives in the English countryside with her father and two older sisters. Amongst the trials and hilarity of trying to seek vengeance against her older sisters, her adoration of chemistry, and journeys on her faithful bike (named Gladys), Flavia encounters an event that excites her. For one morning she stumbles across a dying man in the cucumber garden, which sets into motion a mystery that can only be solved by our favorite sleuth as she attempts to clear her father of murder charges. If you are into wit and adventure then this is the beginnings of a series that is perfect for you.
In addition, I would like to heft on the praise for Alan Bradley. He has created a unique character who is full of life; the reader can not help but be drawn to her. It was only based upon a review I had seen of the fifth book that I began this series, and I am so glad I did. Do you want to continue the line of good book finds based upon a review? If so then read this The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie!