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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel Paperback – February 9, 2016
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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
From the Hardcover edition.
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.
Top customer reviews
Bradley's description of this all girls boarding school with ancient traditions and rules is wonderfully done. Just as Buckshaw drew me in, Flavia's new home is just as alive. One of the big heroines is Harriet de Luce, so Flavia learns about her mother through those who knew her.
Flavia adjusts well to the change but on her first night, a corpse falls into her room from the chimney/fireplace. Flavia has several mysteries to unravel: What is the identity of the dead person? How and why did she die? Who are the other agents at the school? Who to trust? What is her role?
One of my favorite Flavia de Luce novels, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust doesn't disappoint!
There’s a lot happening as we work our way toward that ending. There’s the corpse in the chimney, the missing girls, and the doctor’s wife who may have fallen overboard during a midnight cruise. Flavia hardly ever goes into the chemistry lab which is a shame, but she’s busy with so many other fun things like using the telephone directory. In America, you just dial, you don’t have to wait for an operator. And the shop lady loves her ‘accent.”
I kept writing down interesting Flavia quotes. She has a wonderful way of observing commenting on school and life.
Most recent customer reviews
Humorous,suspenseful and just plain entertaining .