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A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce #3)

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Alan Bradley, author of the most award-winning series debut of any year, returns with another irresistible Flavia de Luce novel

In the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey, the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce had asked a Gypsy woman to tell her fortune—never expecting to later stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned alm
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Jeffrey Keeten
Oct 28, 2013 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full Disclosure--I'm in love with Flavia de Luce, the 11 year old who is deeply devoted to the study of chemistry, with a special interest in poisons, and an amateur sleuth. Flavia spends her time humoring her widowed father, who spends most of his time engrossed in stamp collecting, and bedeviling and avoiding her two older sisters--17 year old Ophelia whose passion is music and 13 year old Daphne whose passion is reading. In this third in the Flavia de Luce series, beginning with The Sweetness ...more
As always, a delight.

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
Jul 06, 2010 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Flavia de Luce fans
If you are contemplating reading A Red Herring Without Mustard you probably already adore Flavia de Luce, a precocious 12-year old amateur sleuth. If you feel wishy-washy about the girl, don't expect her to undergo a major personality transformation in this book, Flavia remains the same smart, naive, sneaky, lying chemist/detective as she was in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag. And I wouldn't have her any other way.

As such series go, whenever a
Shayantani Das
Jul 03, 2011 Shayantani Das rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love flavia or other precocious yet not arrogant pre teens.
Recommended to Shayantani by: inoli and I can't thank him enough:)
I absolutely love Flavia, this precocious yet not obnoxious child sleuth has won over my heart, and I absolutely love her. Which is why I totally love this book, because it shows us a little more about Flavia. Behind the lab glasses and witty remarks, lies the heart of a small kid, who misses his mother, and is hurt by her sister’s hatred towards her. Some scenes were very very touching, and although really emotional scenes sometimes fail to move me, Flavia with her simple emotions almost made m ...more
Nov 22, 2013 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I loved the first book in this series, and was not disappointed in the followup, although there seemed to be a lot more sadness in the life of the precocious 11 year old Flavia this time. She is still an intrepid detective, and her fights with her sisters have some of the funniest lines I've read in years, but the dysfunction in the family had a very lonely edge to it that made it hard to have as much FUN. The depth of it, however, was really fascinating.

The mystery in this installment was very
Perhaps I took too long to read A Red Herring Without Mustard. If I'd zipped through it on sunny Sunday afternoon, the rambling plot would have been a trifle to be indulged instead of endured. About two-thirds of the way in, brakes were put on the pace and the exposition became redundant.

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
Lisa Vegan
This was a wonderful book choice to transition me from 2011 to 2012.

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
Jul 18, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2011, review
Review from Badelynge
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
Aug 24, 2011 L.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm telling you I love these books so much I'm afraid to share them. I would be sad to hear anyone say anything negative about my girl Flavia. These are the Agatha Christie books for the young at heart. I absolutely adore them, and each is even better than the last.
Feb 15, 2011 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore Flavia de Luce, a precocious 11 year old who tries to solve the murders that seem to be occuring quite frequently in the town of Bishop's Lacy. (I listen to audio, so forgive me if I spell things wrong.) Quite frankly, the little village has so many murders, I would think one would be safer living in South Los Angeles.

Reading A Red Herring Without Mustard, I realized what makes the character of Flavia so appealing. She is extremely intelligent, perhaps too much for her own go
Richard Derus
Dec 03, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: 53 of seventy-five
Authors: [[ALAN BRADLEY]]
Rating: 4.125* of five

The Book Report: Flavia de Luce of Buckshaw, Bishop's Lacey, is in it up to her neck again in this third outing of Alan Bradley's wildly popular series. This time she burns down a gypsy woman's fortune-telling tent, takes the woman home over her father's presumed objections, and then finds the lady bludgeoned almost to death in her caravan.

Next up is a meeting with the gypsy's semi-esta
Mar 04, 2016 Twig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I`ve read this book in one sitting and oh my dear Flavia, you are the most adorable 11 year old girl I`ve ever known!! ...more
Jan 19, 2017 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the latest escapades of Flavia's life. This one is just as great as the previous two. It's chalked full of murder, mystery, mayhem and sister drama. Cant wait to read the next one.
Oct 15, 2016 Niina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dekkari
Hopeisen hummerihaarukan tapaus on Alan Bradleyn kolmas 11-vuotiaasta yksityisetsivästä, Flavia de Lucesta kertova teos. Agatha Christien salapoliisitarinoiden jalanjäljissä kulkevan Flavian tutkimuksia on aina ilo lukea, ja jopa yli 400 sivumäärä tuntuu lyhyeltä jouhevan tekstinkuljetuksen ansiosta. Monen ikäiset lukijat saavat näistä teoksista paljon irti, eikä kerronta oli murhista huolimatta ole liian veristä, siksi voisin suositella Flavia-sarjaa jo yläkoululaisillekin.

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I'm somewhat torn on the subject of Flavia de Luce. I find the books fun to read, but the hail-fellow-well-met Englishness (as portrayed by a Canadian writer who never went to England prior to starting on the first book). It's just a total fantasy, and I can never tell how seriously people are taking it.

As for the mystery in this particular installment, I figured it out relatively quickly, but it's still fun to follow along, and I love that the main character is a young girl who is fascinated wi
I adore Flavia! Honestly this 11 year old precocious chemist is someone I wish were a friend...maybe my favorite character in any book!

A couple of my favorite quotes...
"Anyone who knew the word slattern was worth cultivating as a friend."

"Tell them we may not be praying with them," Father told the Vicar, "but we are at least not actively praying against them."

"It is not unknown for fathers with a brace of daughters to reel off their names in order of birth when summoning the youngest, and I had
Aug 16, 2015 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rating!

Another wonderful installment to this series written by one of the BEST storytellers I've come across!!

Apr 20, 2015 Aleshanee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 Sterne

Also die Cover sind wirklich toll gemacht! Ich liebe ja Scherenschnitte und die Stimmung der Bücher wird da wunderbar transportiert - leicht morbide und mit einer guten Portion trockenem Humor. Der Autor ist sich auch im dritten Band seinem Schema gleichgeblieben. Der Schreibstil ist wirklich was besonderes und aus der Sicht von Flavia eine erfrischende Abwechslung.

Nur wenige Monate nach dem Mord an dem Puppenspieler stolpert die 11jährige Flavia wieder über eine Leiche. Dieses Mal hä
May 12, 2011 Joanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Since I was still half expecting a dagger to be plunged between my shoulder blades, I'm afraid I did not return her hug, which I received in stiff silence, rather like one of the sentries at Buckingham Palace pretending he doesn't notice the liberties being taken by an excessively affectionate tourist.

To say I'm a fan of this series would be an understatement.

Flavia de Luce is one of my favourite protagonists around. An 11-year old girl with a flair for chemistry and sleuthing, she possesses the
Nov 27, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Flavia continues to my favorite heroine, her extraordinary intelligence pitted against her eleven year old naivety often makes for laugh out loud situations. The chemistry abilities she uses to solve her cases and torture her older sisters also add to the fun. The rest of the cast of characters with her father, faithful servant and friend Dogger and even the cook is more rounded out in this third volume of the series. Highly recommended.

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Fearing that the first word that comes to mind for this review is inadequate, I hesitate to use the word "delightful" in describing the character of Flavia de Luce and the books in which she stars, but delightful she is and they are. I am simply smitten with this enchanting series from Alan Bradley. He doesn't miss a beat with this latest addition to the tale of an eleven year old precocious girl who has her own chemistry lab and an uncanny knack for uncovering puzzling clues and solving mysteri ...more
Oh Flavia, you poor, silly child.

I just love Flavia, with her "I'm so clever" attitude, and her youthful misinterpretation of all the adults around her. Bradley does a wonderful job, as usual, of portraying Flavia as an obnoxious, precocious and neglected little girl, who thinks she knows all-sees all, but is still just a child.

There's still a mystery concerning her mother, I suppose Bradley isn't going to hand us that one anytime soon. In the meantime, he gives us another dead body, more chemi
Barbara ★
I only picked this book up as it was a winner in the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards and I'm doing a challenge based on that list. I think I might have enjoyed this more when I was a teenager. At this stage of my life, I found it rather childish and unbelievable. The heroine is an 11 year-old girl after all. There was so much miscellaneous information (Flavia is a self-proclaimed know-it-all) that I totally lost track of the mystery and had difficultly keeping in mind who/what/why she was chasing c ...more
Apr 01, 2015 Amritha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books of this series. This one is not as good as the first two ones where the mystery is concerned but then I don't read it for the mystery. Flavia, the precocious 11 year old chemistry enthusiast and her antics are what keeps drawing me to the series. We have a gypsy, an attempt to murder, a murder, a few creepy people and Flavia roaming around the country side on Gladys and pulling one over the policemen. In this book we get to know Flavia a bit more, her lon ...more
Carolyn Hill
Mar 28, 2011 Carolyn Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kathy Stewart
The best of the series so far. With a gypsy fortune-teller, an underground religious sect, antique forgeries, an unknown family portrait, a vicious attack, and a murder at the Poseidon fountain, the plot bubbles over with intriguing dynamics like a boiling beaker in one of Flavia's chemical experiments. The irrepressible voice of eleven-year-old Flavia lifts this series way above the norm for English cozy mysteries. Despite her acid tongue, I found her more sympathetic in this book as she shows ...more
3.5 stars. I definitely liked the mystery plot of this one better than the previous book. Yet I always find myself asking, what is it that keeps me reading this series? For frankly, child genius Flavia isn't always the most loveable character: consistently fascinated with the morbid and gruesome, coolly fibbing her way in and out of sticky situations and withholding evidence from the local police inspector to get even with him for treating her like a little girl. Even Alan Bradley's writing, wit ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleven year old Flavia de Luce solves another mystery of a murder, an assault on a fortune teller and a buried baby, all on her backyard. She is beginning to sound like she lives in my neighborhood in Baltimore instead of an idyllic 1950's English country side of Bishop's Lacey. There is one hilarious bit in which she daydreams about how she will be showered with adulation by the police when she digs up important clues only later to be told she has contaminated the crime scene. And when she is t ...more
Narrow Gate
Jan 30, 2017 Narrow Gate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The third book in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series is A Red Herring Without Mustard. Eleven year old Flavia goes in a gypsy's tent to have her fortune told, but the old woman's words startle her causing her to jump, knock over a candle, and burn the tent. The old woman is clearly to ill to travel, so Flavia offers to let her stay at a quiet portion of Buckshaw until her health improves. That night, Flavia wakes in the middle of the night, discovers an intruder in the house, and decides to go ...more
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Flavia de Luce (9 books)
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce, #4)
  • Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce, #5)
  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce, #7)
  • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (Flavia de Luce, #8)
  • The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce, #9)

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