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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

(Flavia de Luce #7)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  24,360 ratings  ·  3,282 reviews
Banished! is how twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce laments her predicament, when her father and Aunt Felicity ship her off to Miss Bodycote's Female Academy, the boarding school that her mother, Harriet, once attended across the sea in Canada. The sun has not yet risen on Flavia's first day in captivity when a gift lands at her feet. Flavia being Flavia, a budding chemist and ...more
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Judy Lesley
While I liked the continued character building of this incredible fictional youngster, Flavia de Luce, I cannot in all honesty say I enjoyed this book as a whole. It will always be set apart in my mind as "that Flavia book", the one I kept arguing with.

One of the major reasons I have been able to accept an 11 year old girl, now turned 12, as the solver of all her previous murder investigations is because the author gave me logical reasons for everything that happened in his books. Flavia workin
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flavia goes on an adventure to Canada. A reluctant adventure, as it was not her choice to leave dear Buckshaw and the people she loves. Still, she faces her voyage in true Flavia fashion, with flair and tongue firmly in cheek.
Flavia's way of seeing things still makes me smile.

A description of a woman she meets:

'She was wrapped in a dress of turquoise silk, with a matching scarf on her head and far too much magenta lipstick on her mouth. Need I say more?'

No need to say more, Flavia, tells me al
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Flavia De Luce is sent from her home at Buckshaw, England to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Toronto, her mother’s alma mater. She is there to be inducted into the mysterious organization called Nide. But a body comes crashing down out of the chimney the very first night at the school and Flavia can’t help trying to find out the identity of the dead body and who stuffed it into the chimney.

This is my first Flavia De Luce book, but not my last. I had no problem getting into the story, but of co
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Oh my Lord.....more Flavia....oh my Lord.I can't wait!!!!!!

I have to admit I was a tad disappointed in this book of the series.It didn't seem to be of the same caliber as the other books,but still enjoyable.
Richard Derus
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: Hard on the heels of the return of her mother’s body from the frozen reaches of the Himalayas, Flavia, for her indiscretions, is banished from her home at Buckshaw and shipped across the ocean to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Toronto, her mother’s alma mater, there to be inducted into a mysterious organization known as the Nide.

No sooner does she arrive, however, than a body comes crashing down out of the chimney and into her room, setting off a serie
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From the beginning I’ve been a big fan of Flavia de Luce, and I thought Book #6 (The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches) was the best yet. Unfortunately, this seventh book felt like a misstep. The biggest change is that Flavia is not freewheeling about her beloved English village, but banished to an all-girls’ boarding school outside Toronto. Although there are some promising characters (with quirky nicknames) to make up for the change, none quite live up to the stock cast. I think, also, that the pre ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xx2017-completed
“There is no sadder word in the English language. The very sound of it – like echoing iron gates crashing closed behind you; like steel bolts being shot shut – makes your hair stand on end, doesn’t it?”


With those words, Flavia’s next adventure begins. She is on her way to an academy for young ladies – across the pond, as it’s now often referred to – in Toronto, Ontario. She arrives homesick and heartsick, convinced that her family has sent her away as a nuisance, regardless of wha
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
3.5 stars. Book was courtesy of NetGalley.

Flavia at the age of twelve --finally-- has left her beloved Buckshaw to sail off to a girls' school in Canada, the same school where her late mother attended and is still much revered. Upon being awaken in the middle of her first night by a schoolmate, a human skeleton is discovered when it conveniently plops down from within the fireplace chimney, much to Flavia's shear delight. Who is this corpse, how long has it been there, and most importantly to Fl
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in Canada where Flavia is shipped off to boarding school. I much prefer the setting of her ancestral home, and all the characters from home but Flavia is still Flavia and I still enjoyed story, even though it was a bit random. Looking forward to getting back to this series’ home setting.
My god, am I hesitant to criticize an author's choice to change things up.

It seems as though, as readers, we're always hoping that an author will take our favourite characters in new and exciting directions... and at the same time we fear losing all those things that make them our favourite characters - personality, context, place, secondary characters off which they ping and play and conflict.

And before reading As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, I would've easily said I was eager for a change
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Tread carefully if you haven't read the 6th installment, this is no real, huge spoiler but I was surprised by the ending of book 6 and don't wanna spoil the surprise for anybody.

Flavia sets out for a new life: She arrives at her new school in Canada and is torn between excitement and homesickness. But luckily (for someone like our Flavia) in her first night at the new school a dead body is found. To Flavia's joy in the chimney of her own bedroom.

The following days are filled with her adjustment
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly I did not find this book as wonderful and entertaining as the author's previous works. Maybe it is because Flavia was out of her element, or maybe I missed the other ancillary characters that enhanced her life in the stories, but this book just lacked the charm of the previous ones. Happily the author plans to return his heroine to her mileeu in the next book. The mystery was ok but again did not have the verve of previous stories. So all in all I am giving this review only 3 stars, ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia #7) follows Flavia to the same boarding school her mother attended, Miss Bodycote's Female Academy, in Canada. She feels shunned and banished by her family whom she fears have already forgotten her.
Before she's even unpacked her suitcase or spent a night at her new school, a charred body falls out of the chimney in her room, and she becomes a sleuth again.
In this new location, she has the opportunity to make new friends and acquire new mentors, yet she mu
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate hate hate to rate this so low. I love Flavia! I love this series. However, this one felt so very forced to me. It read as if Alan Bradley just really needed a different location in which to place Flavia. He sends her from her family home in England (Buckshaw) to a private girls school in Canada. Then within hours of her arrival she finds a dead body, in a very unbelievable place I might add. Between that and other people disappearing I was not sure whose body we were looking for and whose ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Fun adventure for Flavia away from Bishop's Lacey. I missed Dogger and Gladys but Flavia met a role model only she could love (view spoiler). Also a shocking discovery -- the correct pronunciation is [FLAY-vee-ah] not [FLAH-vee-ah]. ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. This seventh Flavia adventure poses an interesting question: how much of the appeal of this series lay in the idyllic English setting and a by now familiar cast of characters? And how much of it was Flavia herself? As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is set in Canada, where Flavia has been sent for boarding school. Buckshaw is a distant memory. Flavia misses her chemistry lab, Dogger, and even her sisters. There's an entirely new cast of characters at the school: a mercurial headmistress ...more
Thank you to Netgalley, Random House Publishing Group-Bantam Dell and author, Alan Bradley, for the ARC of "As Chimney Sweepers Comes to Dust", (Flavia de Luce, #7). Here we return to the series, but the setting for this novel has changed from the UK to Toronto, Canada.

The village of Bishop's Lacey and Buckshaw, where Falvia de Luce's father and sisters Ophelia and Dalphne were carrying on with their lives. But for twelve year old Falvia, after the death of her mother,her life was about to chang
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: series

It is very difficult to sustain a series with strong characters and interesting situations along with that level of wit and articulacy which is why this book is such a gem. I think I remember reading that the series would continue through 6 books, but I am very thrilled that the series will continue.

Flavia is in Toronto but her heart is at Buckshaw; she has to learn to contend with her new circumstances ... turning 12, her mother's legacy, a new school, a lot of new classmates, a secret so
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Another wonderful installment in this series. The 7th book & I'm still not tired of Flavia's story. I just want to give so much love to her, the little outcast that she is. This time she was in Canada &, although, it was great to have new characters & scenery, I missed Buckshaw & Bishop's Lacey. ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! This is where I started with FDL, (book 7), with no expectations, (isn't it YA?) and was happily surprised that it was set in Canada. It's like, Unfortunate Events meets the Elegance of the Hedgehog, with a touch of a Mary Russell. The heroine is a sad, painfully deprived, self-involved little egotist, but somehow that's perfectly ok. ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the 7th book in the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. I have enjoyed them all, but this one is my favorite one yet. I loved the story line. It was well crafted. I also loved the humor. Flavia is a smart little cookie and her antics were creative and often funny.

I missed Dogger and the family dynamic she had when she was at home. So I was pleasantly surprised the characters in this book were equally loaded with strong traits and helped carry the story home. Well done.
Couldn't get into it... the setting, perhaps? It dragged, and I dragged with it. I loved all before it, so don't wish to spoil those experiences. ...more
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My ARC courtesy of Random House/Net Galley - much thanks!

3.5 stars.

Flavia de Luce goes away to school in Canada, and finds a mummified corpse up (or, rather, down) her chimney the first night. I missed the Buckshaw/Bishop's Lacey gang, but still a fun read.

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I struggled with this. I picked up this book because I wanted to delve back into the cozy world of of a little weird detective girl in 1951 rural England, who is obsessed with chemistry. What I got instead was a 12 year old at a boarding school in Canada. Especially the first half of the book, where she tries to settle and adjust to Miss Bodycote's Female Academy felt like I was reading "what if?" fan fiction - not bad per se, but... off? There was so much set up, so much "secret society" talk w ...more
What could be more fun than Flavia helping the local constabulary solve a crime around her village? Why, Flavia sent away to Miss Bodycote's Lady's Academy in Toronto where a dead body drops from her chimney the first night she is 'incarcerated' as she sees it.

This seventh edition to the Flavia de Luce mysteries picks up on the heels of the previous book. Flavia has discovered secrets about her family's hidden heritage and the place she now has in it and that includes the need to send her away t
First Sentence: “Banished!” the wild wind shrieked as it tore at my face.

Falva de Luce has been sent off to boarding school in Toronto; the same school her mother had attended. On her first night there, down from the chimney in her room drops a charred and mummified body. It had clearly been there some time and it’s head had separated from the rest. Flavia is determined both to find out the victim’s identity and who killed her, but also solve the mystery of girls disappearing without a trace fr
I am an avowed fan of the Flavia de Luce series and have rated every book up to this one with a solid 4 stars. This 7th installment was overall less engaging to me. Flavia who just turned 12, has been "banished" to Toronto to the boarding school her mother attended, Miss Bodycote's Female Academy. I realized early in this read that much of the interest of the series revolves around the dynamics created with Flavia's family, the family's estate Buckshore and the cast of characters in and around B ...more
Flavia de Luce is "banished" from her beloved Buckshaw and sent overseas to Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Toronto, Canada. Upon her arrival, she is almost immediately beset by a mystery to solve. A body literally falls out of the chimney in her new room at the academy.

While I enjoyed getting another visit with Flavia, this was not one of the better mysteries of the series. I am also still confused about what Flavia was supposed to be doing at the Academy and how her time with Miss Fawlthorne
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ya-books
Alan Bradley has such a beautiful way with words. I love his stories and how he is able to create a 12 year old girl with such realism and flair.

I wasn't sure I wanted to read about Flavia in another setting; I really loved her English family and her home.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed her adventures in Canada.

I find the author's endings to be a little weak, but the mystery more than makes up for it.

4 Stars
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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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Flavia de Luce (10 books)
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