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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel Hardcover – January 6, 2015
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Praise for As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
“Flavia de Luce [is] perhaps contemporary crime fiction’s most original character—to say she is Pippi Longstocking with a Ph.D. in chemistry (speciality: poisons) barely begins to describe her.”—Maclean’s
“Another treat for readers of all ages . . . [As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust] maintains the high standards [Alan] Bradley set from the start.”—Booklist
“Exceptional . . . [The] intriguing setup only gets better, and Bradley makes Miss Bodycote’s a suitably Gothic setting for Flavia’s sleuthing. Through it all, her morbid narrative voice continues to charm.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Even after all these years, Flavia de Luce is still the world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth.”—The Seattle Times
“Plot twists come faster than Canadian snowfall. . . . Bradley’s sense of observation is as keen as gung-ho scientist Flavia’s. . . . The results so far are seven sparkling Flavia de Luce mysteries.”—Library Journal
“A rattling good ‘girls’ own adventure’ yarn with an extensive cast of characters and suspects . . . When all is revealed, the links, misunderstandings and secrecy have a satisfying click.”—Winnipeg Free Press
“A delightful installment in the series!”—LibraryReads
Acclaim for Alan Bradley’s beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award
“If ever there were a sleuth who’s bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it’s Flavia de Luce.”—USA Today
“Part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Flavia is a pert and macabre pragmatist.”—The New York Times Book Review
“This idiosyncratic young heroine continues to charm.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Delightful . . . a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes.”—The Boston Globe
About the Author
Alan Bradley is the internationally bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns, and the memoir The Shoebox Bible. His first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, received the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Dilys Winn Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award, and was nominated for the Anthony Award. His other Flavia de Luce novels are The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Speaking from Among the Bones, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, and As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.
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If you haven't read any of the Flavia de Luce stories before, please do yourself a favor and don't start reading with this one. So, I was disappointed but I still give the book three stars because it is a part of the Flavia background and I'm glad I know about the things that happened to her when she got to Canada. I have to tell you though, my finger hovered over that "2" for a while before I made up my mind. I want for the next one to be better so I will get it, but only after I read the reviews to find out which way the wind blows.
This book didn't deliver on any of those promises. For those of you who like a good boarding school story, with friends and enemies and nighttime revels and scrapes galore, you will be disappointed to learn that there is practically none of the above. We hardly meet Flavia's schoolmates or teachers and she doesn't even really go to class. For those of you who like a good mystery, not only was it not clear what the real mystery was (missing girls? dead ex-wife?) there wasn't much in the way of clearing it up, either. And for those of you who, like me, were interested in Flavia's nascent career as some kind of spy, well--no one will talk about that, and they will repeatedly tell you that they can't talk about that, until you're pretty sure that the author himself has no idea where he's going with it.
Then, to cap it all off, Flavia (spoiler alert) gets sent back home to England at the end of the book, so I guess this was less of a turning point in the series than a brief and confusing excursion. Did her sainted mother also spend no more than two weeks at the academy where she's worshiped? I was hoping for new, interesting characters, and a new, interesting plot. I got neither. Do I sound bitter? I feel bitter. I was really looking forward to this one, and I'm afraid it was a dud.
Many thanks to NetGalley for providing this review copy in exchange for this review.
This 7th outing of Flavia De Luce’s adventures is so much better than the last few have been. I was growing so weary of the same old thing that I skipped #6, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches. To me, the plots were becoming rote: body, murder, adventure, droll humor, ending.
Now I regret not reading book #6 only because I feel like I missed a turning point. Chemistry loving Flavia is growing up, and the series is fresh again. The setting is new, the characters are new, and we are seeing a new side of Ms De Luce as well.
Flavia has been sent to a girls’ boarding school in Canada, which was noted in the ending of book #6. She is to become a member of an organization called the Nide, following in the footsteps of her mother, who is revered as a goddess at Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy. On Flavia’s first night there, a body falls out of a chimney, and wham! shes off working on another murder. She is very homesick, and references are made to the Buckshaw clan only via our heroine’s thoughts.
There is a lot of interaction between Flavia and the other students, and I found the conversations to be razor sharp and fun to read. The condescending tones which the adults use to interact with Flavia are gone, and it seems that everyone is treated more or less, as an equal. Of course, there is the caste system found in all schools, but since this is a classroom that is supposedly turning women into spies or the like, everyone is assumed to be intelligent and well-spoken.
I loved the whole tone of this book! The only problem I had is that it seemed that the plot was going in circles, with tiny plotlets added to round out her experience at school. Even though the conversations with her peers were scintillating, it seems that much of the content had to be read between the lines, and that got to be exhausting. By the time the murder was solved I wasn’t sure exactly what was going on. Is Flavia IN the Nide? Was the ending happy or sad? It seemed to me that the secret society was like Fight Club–don’t talk about it. This vagueness was the only thing that bothered me. Otherwise, you will see Flavia maturing and coming to terms with new emotions, with flashes of the egotistical mad chemist here and there.
Bradley has given me new faith in this series, and I will go back to read #6. For those who have been following our girl all along–you will like this, as long as you don’t expect to be reading about Daffy, Feely, Dogger, and Bishop’s Lacey. This was a refreshing break; a cleansing of the palate. As Flavia would say, it was a “jolly good” read.
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