By Alan Bradley
Award-winning writer Alan Bradley is a grasp of the British comfortable secret, and in Flavia de Luce, he has created a wickedly smart and intrepid younger sleuth, hailed as "one of the main notable creations in fresh literature" (USA Today). Now, during this appealing publication package deal, readers can keep on with Flavia as she stirs up hassle to resolve the main confounding of crimes.
The Sweetness on the backside of the Pie: it's the summer season of 1950--and on the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, Flavia de Luce, an eleven-year-old aspiring chemist with a keenness for poison, is intrigued by means of a chain of inexplicable occasions: A lifeless chicken is located at the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia reveals a guy mendacity within the cucumber patch and watches him as he is taking his death breath. For Flavia, who's either appalled and thrilled, lifestyles starts in earnest whilst homicide involves Buckshaw.
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: Flavia de Luce, a genius at investigating murders, thinks that her days of crime-solving within the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop's Lacey are over--until puppeteer Rupert Porson has his personal strings sizzled in an unlucky rendezvous with electrical energy. yet who'd do one of these factor, and why? All clues aspect towards a suspicious loss of life years previous and a case the neighborhood constables can't solve--without Flavia's aid. yet in getting so with regards to who's pulling the strings of this dance of demise, has Flavia gotten in far more than her head?
A pink Herring with out Mustard: within the hamlet of Bishop's Lacey, the unflappable Flavia de Luce had requested a Gypsy lady to inform her fortune--never looking ahead to to later stumble around the negative soul, bludgeoned virtually to dying in her personal caravan. used to be this an act of retribution via these confident that the soothsayer kidnapped an area baby years in the past? because the pink herrings pile up, Flavia needs to style via clues fishy and foul to untangle darkish deeds and unsafe secrets.
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: It's Christmastime while a movie staff arrives at Buckshaw, Flavia de Luce's liked domestic, to shoot a film starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging snowfall, the total village of Bishop's Lacey gathers to observe Wyvern practice, but not anyone is ready for the evening's surprising end: a physique stumbled on strangled to loss of life with a size of movie. Who one of the assembled site visitors might degree this kind of chilling scene? because the typhoon worsens, Flavia needs to ferret out a killer hidden in undeniable sight.