I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce #4)
All I want for Christmas is Flavia! Just in time for the holidays comes the fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series that is one of the most lauded mystery debuts—starring "one of the most remarkable creations in recent literature" (USA Today).
Colonel de Luce, in desperate need of funds, rents his beloved estate of Buckshaw to a film company. They will be shoot
Flavia de Luce always seems to be in the wrong place at the
The Book Report: Flavia de Luce does Christmas. Buckshaw, Bishop's Lacey, is now the scene of Ilium Films's new Phyllis Wyvern extravaganza, The Cry of the Raven. The film company has paid the desperately strapped-for-cash Colonel Haviland de Luce a sizable sum to use Buckshaw as the backdrop for this bound-to-be-mega hit, which means Christmas will be spent with an entire film crew up the family's collective backside. Flavia meets the famous Miss Wyvern as she enters the house ...more
I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
I very much enjoyed reading this novel. It is the fourth installment in a series of books about Flavia de Luce. Eleven year old Flavia lives with her sisters Daphne and Ophelia and her father, Colonel Haviland De Luce, in a rambling old mansion in the English countryside. The story is set around Christmas sometime during 1940’s-1950's era.
Flavia is quite a character, someone straight out of the ...more
Oh, the sweet pure pleasure of reading a Flavia de Luce mystery, the witty and wise 11yo chemist with a propensity for poisons. Book 4 in the series is as fresh and original as book 1 and, I think at this point, my favourite in the series. Making a great Christmas gift as our action takes place on Christmas Eve this is sure to please fans and newcomers alike. Fans will be pleased to see familiar faces but newcomers won't miss a thing just jumping in with th ...more
The entire book is set in Buckshaw, Flavia's epic estate. This incredible mansion would be a fine enough setting, but I missed Flavia zipping around Bishop's Lacey on her trusty bicycle, Gladys. At the half-way point, the residents Bishop's Lacey comes to Buckshaw for a show. Ah-ha, Flavia doesn't need to travel to Bishop's Lacey; Bishop's Lacey will come to her! This is when I finally became invested in ...more
Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old, precocious, independent, and intelligent young girl and an amateur detective. I wouldn’t want to have her as a daughter; she’d be too much for me to handle. As a character in book, however; she is a delight.
She is a bane in the side of the local inspector, since she can’t seem to control her impulses and her curiosity enough to not l ...more
In this 4th installment of the Flavia DeLuce series we find Buckshaw overrun with a cinema crew just at Christmas. It’s the perfect setting for the film and they’ll pay handsomely (keeping the estate afloat for another year). Flavia, however, is much more concerned with whether Father Christmas is real. In an effort to settle the question once and for all, she concocts a chemical trap – her own sort of SuperGlue – which she spreads around the chimneys. Mean ...more
The de Luce family have suspended their usual Christmas preparations in order to try to generate some much needed cash, hiring out Buckshaw to a film company. Usually Christmas is the one time of the year that the warring sisters declare a temporary truce for the celebrations but that seems unlikely amongst the uproar of visiting film royalty. It's not long before things start going wrong and most of the population of Bishop's Lacy is camped out in the halls, pretty much s ...more
The setting, a large, old estate in a small town, must have been begging for the full blown "cozy" treatment, because this one delivers that, in your face, to the point that in the end, the Insp ...more
As the de Luce family’s finances dwindle, Flavia’s father decides t ...more
Shenanigans, people. I am a sucker for shenanigans.
But overall, I just wasn't moved by it. The writing style's fluid and lambent, and Flavia is a ...more
Flavia lives at Buckshaw, a grand country house, and for the Christmas period a film crew is visiting to make a feature film starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Flavia's two sisters, Ophelia ('Feely') and Daphne ('Daffy') are smitten with the star and are really looking forward to the experience.
Ah Flavia. My girl. The eleven year old chemistry queen and whodunit heroine returns for her fourth foray into Miss Marple-ville. Flavia is working on a super glue that will prove the existence of Santa Claus, h ...more
Meanwhile Flavia's father, Col. DeLuc ...more
Einige Kurzgeschichten nur über die innige Geschwisterliebe, einige tiefe Gespräche mit dem Colonel und auch noch einige Anekdoten über und mit Dogger. Eine klein ...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 University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where ...more