- File Size: 769 KB
- Print Length: 27 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: #21,748 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.
"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."
In this story, Flavia is twelve and back at Buckshaw. A letter slipped under her door asks for her immediate help with a (you guessed it!) corpse, murdered and covered, inexplicably, in a thin film of copper. At Greyminster, the boys' school just down the way. The student who sent the note (one Haxton or Plaxton--the scrawl was difficult to decipher) is frantic, as anyone would be if they found a dead body in the bathtub down the hall. Flavia sniffs around, questions a few boys, sits demurly under a tree posing as a visiting sister, and--no surprise here!-- solves the mystery 1-2-3.
Available only as an e-book, Curious Case is short. And fairly predictable. But in some ways that just why we read series, right? So if you just want to check in on Flavia to see how she's doing, send it to your Kindle today.
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"I was peering through the microscope at the tooth of an adder I had captured behind the coach house that very morning after church, when there came a light knock at the laboratory door."
Flavia de Luce is NOT your typical preteen. She's brilliant, serious, and resourceful with a wry sense of humor. Flavia is a "chemical connoisseur" and prefers to spend her time conducting chemical experiments and solving crimes.
If you've never encountered Flavia, you're in for a treat. This short story is a good introduction. Flavia receives a hand-delivered note stating, "Murder! Come at once." The writer had pressed so hard that his pencil snapped in the middle of his signature, which is barely legible. The address is that of the local boy's school, which she is already familiar with.
"Murder, urgency, frenzy, fear: Who could resist? It was my cup of tea." (Flavia)
To reveal more would ruin the fun. Just download this story and enjoy!
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Although enjoyable, I felt like the characters were minimally developed.Read more