- File Size: 769 KB
- Print Length: 28 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (December 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 9, 2014
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PEPS86E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse: A Flavia de Luce Story (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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The thing I like best about Alan's Flavia novels are the characterizations. In the novels, Alan paints delightful word pictures - creating over six novels and large cast of delightful, if often tragic, characters, each with their own distinct personalities and quirks. The settings, too, become characters - decaying old Buckshaw, the village of Bishop's Lacey, spooky Rooks End, the police station at Hinley, etc.
Sad to say, most of that is missing from this short story. There is barely any mention of settings, and most of Alan's large cast of quirky characters are entirely missing.
Flavia is summoned by letter, sneaks off to Greyminster, witnesses the scene of the crime, and the departs, five pounds richer for her trouble, case closed, before we can fully get into the story.
The only danger in this story comes from Flavia's trespassing on the grounds of Greyminster school for boys, and there is one hilarious episode where Flavia is caught in a boy's dorm room and talks her way out of trouble. But the trail of clues is short, as is the story, and it is all over far too soon.
Never one to resist a mystery, or a dead body, Flavia summons Gladys and sets off immediately.
Upon her arrival she discovers a corpse in a bathtub and a very upset young boy.
Will she solve the mystery before the body is discovered by the authorities?
This is Flavia de Luce we are talking about.
Alan Bradley's short story, featuring the beloved young sleuth, was released today and it is a nice little appetizer to consume while waiting for the newest novel, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, due for release on January 6th.
The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse is a short story, emphasis on short. I suspect Amazon's website will soon be flooded with low-star reviews complaining about paying 99 cents for a story that can be read in 15-20 minutes. These complaints always annoy me, simply because they often come off as if the person didn't bother to read the description of the product, which clearly states it is a short story. I can accept that it is valid to discuss value for output when it comes to purchase prices for short fiction, we all have our own opinions about the value of short fiction, but it is not okay, in my book, to be an irresponsible consumer, purchase something without carefully reading the description, and then complain as if you were ripped off.
(Steps down from soap box)
I will eschew any further detailed discussion of the story itself as it truly is a short work and it would be heartless of me to ruin it for Flavia fans. Suffice it to say that it is a Flavia story. All the hallmarks of what make Flavia de Luce's adventures so engaging are here. Do they work as effectively in a short story? Yes and no. Of necessity the mystery wraps up quickly, but then again Bradley gives us a mystery which fits well with a quick solution. But it is so fitting with who Flavia is that she would be present if a dead body in odd circumstances turned up in her village.
I was thrilled to see Gladys have a small part in the story. She is certainly one of my favorite non-human characters in fiction, and by far my favorite bicycle.
I had pre-ordered the short, a few weeks back and was excited when it showed up on my Kindle. A brief interlude with Flavia and her remarkable brain was a fun addition to my day.
"The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse" highlights Flavia's love of chemistry and her knack of observing the small, telling details that everyone else misses. It's a lot of fun to read, and marks a milestone for her-- but you'll have to read the story for yourself to find out what that milestone is! Never read a Flavia de Luce mystery before? This short story is an excellent way to "test the water."
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Although enjoyable, I felt like the characters were minimally developed.Read more