A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce #3)
In the third installment of this bestselling, award-winning, sister-poisoning, bicycle-riding, murder-investigating, and utterly captivating series, Flavia de Luce must draw upon Gypsy lore and her encyclopaedic knowledge of poisons to prevent a grave miscarriage of justice.
“You frighten me,” the old Gypsy woman says. “Never have I seen my crystal ball so filled with darkn
Whenever I’m with other people, part of me shrinks a little. Only when I am alone can I fully enjoy my own company.” Flavia de Luce
Flavia de Luce spends a lot of time by herself somewhat by choice and somewhat by her incompatibility with the rest of the household. She is the youngest of three daughters and is most decidedly lacking from any constructive supervision. Her father is a philatelist and spends most of his time intently examining stamps with a magnifying glass for those...more
Flavia is so much fun! She’s a hoot. But, with each book, I also find her more & more endearing. And she really makes me appreciate chemistry.
For the first time I’m enjoying Gladys as her own character, not just as an accoutrement of Flavia’s.
I would have preferred Roma to Gypsy, though this is historical fiction and I’m sure the term is more correctly used for this time and place. But then right away the word for horse was...more
One-sentence summary: Flavia de Luce returns in her third mystery, investigating a long-ago missing child, the brutal attack on a gypsy fortune-teller, and a murdered local thug.
I feel like I've already said everything I need to about this series in my short reviews of the other two books. This one isn't any different -- it's delightful, charming, and funny, but it has dark undertones (her sisters' treatment of Flavia, which seems to be worse in this book; her father's abs...more
The third installment in this series starring a precocious 11-year-old chemistry wizard finds our heroine, Flavia de Luce, caught up with an old gypsy woman and her granddaughter.
I really enjoy this series, and this one is quite good. Bradley puts far less emphasis on Flavia’s chemistry wizardry, and relies more on her indomitable spirit, her curiosity, grace under pressure, quick thinking, and ability to lie through her teeth. Yes, her sisters contin...more
This third outing of Alan Bradley's irrepressible Flavia De Luce gets the series back up to top form. Flavia saves the life of an old Gypsy fortune-teller who has been beaten and left for dead. Ok our young heroine had almost managed to burn her to a crisp the previous evening but the less said about such details the better. Flavia sets out to track down the assailant, trampling over several crime scenes in the process, bamboozling the local constabulary and driving her fami...more
As such series go, whenever a...more
Flavia 11 burns the church fête tent of gypsy Fenella Faa, offers a campsite in recompense when the docto...more
I think I enjoy these books so much because there's so much character development. After...more
I know that one isn’t supposed to excessively include quotes in a book review, but I don’t consider my incoherent ramblings about my enjoyment of the books I’ve read to be proper book reviews anyway, so what the hell.
I easily dove back into Flavia’s world with this one. Admittedly, the mystery and plausibility of events might be a bit vague or construed, but I don’t care. I just like to follow Flavia around and listen to her musings, because they are highly enjoyable...more
There were heaps of elements that I did love, namely Flavia and her irascible, invincible spirit. Bradley loves this little girl and taking care to round out her precociousness with vulnerability. Flavia is tak...more
(Though Caroline should be keeping a close eye on her Nook, which is where I suspect she hides #6...)
One of my favorite things about the series are the clever titles, lovely on their own, but this one is especially ties into the story.
Flavia... such an empathic and insightful 11 year old girl - she is both strong and vulnerable, not caring a whit...more
Flavia de Luce is a precocious 11-year-old who uses her logical and inquisitive brain, along with her love of chemistry, to solve mysteries.
Flavia lives in impoverished splendor with her distant, stamp loving father, her two self-involved older sisters, a gossipy housekeeper, and a harmless but undoubtedly crazy caretaker.
Flavia and her trusty bicycle, Gladys, engage in adventures with dead bodies, gypsies,...more
Flavia's adventures include five books, and since I never read a series out of order I had to read this 3rd one, in o...more
This was another great installment i...more
Set shortly after the events of t...more
But I'm still pretty ambivalent.
At times I feel a certain empathy for the lead character, but there's just so much about Flavia (in fact, nearly ALL the characters in this series) that's so completely obnoxious, it seems I can't read more than a chap...more
I absolutely adore Flavia de Luce. The year is 1950, and the setting is Buckshaw, a sprawling English estate near the small village of Bishop's Lacey. Flavia is the eleven year old and youngest daughter of a widower. The two older daughters, Ophelia, 17, (Feely for short) and Daphne, 14, (Daffy), torment Flavia, as sisters sometimes are wont to do. Each sister has her own pas...more
Father, Colonel de Luce keeps Harriet's bedroom as a shrine,...more
If you are unfamiliar with this series, you might want to read my reviews of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag, the first two books in the series.
Flavia is eleven years old, living on an old estate in England in the 1950s with her father and two older sisters. She's precocious, smart, and fancies herself...more
With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the Universit...more