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A crystal ball filled with darkness,
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This review is from: A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel (Flavia de Luce Mysteries) (Hardcover)
The body count is starting to pile up a little around Buckshaw, the de Luce family's decaying mansion. When Flavia attends a church fair she accidentally burns down a fortune-telling gypsy's tent. To make amends, she invites the gypsy to park her horse and wagon on a remote spot on the grounds, but later discovers someone has viciously attacked the old woman. When the body of a local 'tough' is found hanging from a statue in the garden the next morning, Flavia starts her own investigation into the crimes - much to the consternation of Inspector Hewitt. But what's with the fishy smell at the crime scenes?
This is the kind of book I'd like to read slowly and savor the deliciously clever writing, but the story is so compelling that I can't help but read it quickly to find out what happens next. No matter how many times I tell myself to slow down and enjoy it, I just can't help myself (I took this one on a short vacation and found myself finished before the return flight was half over). Flavia's sisters are as mean as ever and I was glad to see a renewed attention on chemistry in this story, something I'd enjoyed in the first book (even though I don't understand much of it) but that felt less emphasized in the second. And Flavia is one of the most charming characters to come along in a good long while - she might not sound exactly like an 11 year old, but she sure is funny.