I got this book, as usual, from my local public library.
Another Flavia de Luce novel and I think it's my favorite so far. I say so far because all indications are that Mr. Bradley will continue to write these wonderful books, thank goodness. I love Flavia and her sleuthing!
Flavia de Luce is a precocious, Chemistry-loving, mystery-solving, 11-year-old girl living in rural 1950's England in a big old drafty mansion that her father cannot afford since her mother, the inheritor, passed away without a will. He gives in to the necessity of allowing a movie to be filmed in the home. Flavia and her sisters are thrilled and even put aside their bickering when the crew arrives just before Christmas. Flavia has conjured up a super-sticky glue which she slathers inside the chimney in order to catch Father Christmas but even that is forgotten when a murder occurs.
What I loved about it: Flavia, of course, but even secondary characters are well-described. Dogger is one of my favorites. I also love that all of Feely suitors end up at the house at the same time. Oh, and I love that Flavia still believes in Father Christmas as smart as she is.
What I didn't like: Hmm, can't think of anything.
Is it clean?: Yes, although some of the graphic details may be too much for younger children.