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Fiction Amateur Sleuth

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

A Flavia de Luce Mystery

by (author) Alan Bradley

Doubleday Canada
Initial publish date
Nov 2015
Amateur Sleuth, Cozy, Historical
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2015
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"One of the most remarkable creations in recent literature" (USA Today), Flavia de Luce, "part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire" (New York Times Book Review) is back in Alan Bradley's captivating internationally bestselling mystery series.
Flavia rules! In this internationally bestselling series of enchanting mysteries, youthful chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve dastardly crimes--but this time, she leaves behind her beloved English countryside, and takes her sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools!

About the author

Contributor Notes

ALAN BRADLEY was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. He coauthored Ms. Holmes of Baker Street, to great acclaim and much controversy, followed by a poignant memoir, The Shoebox Bible. Now the internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, A Red Herring without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Speaking from Among the Bones and Dead in Their Vaulted Arches. Bradley lives with his wife and two calculating cats, where he is at work on future Flavia de Luce mysteries.

Editorial Reviews

Nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller

"Alan Bradley turns [Flavia de Luce] around and makes her new again. . . . [As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust] is great fun." —The Globe and Mail

"There are plenty of Flavia witticisms and musings. . . . And we're kept guessing right until the end." —The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)

“[The Flavia de Luce books] are delightfully clever mysteries. . . . Full disclosure: I am an unabashed fan of Flavia, equal parts sass, smarts and scientist. . . . Book 7 is fantastic. Can’t wait for No. 8.” —Montreal Gazette

“These wonderful books set in small town England in the 1950s are great for mystery lovers of all ages.” —The Province (Vancouver)

“Flavia has a strong voice for an 11-year-old girl, a character you wouldn’t expect a middle-aged man—Bradley started writing these novels after retiring at age 55—to be able to create authentically.” —Toronto Star

“[As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is] a rattling good ‘girls’ own adventure’ yarn with an extensive cast of characters and suspects. . . . when all is revealed, the links, misunderstandings and secrecy have a satisfying click.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“Flavia, the brilliant, motherless, chemistry-obsessed, poison-loving kid at the heart of these books has become one of my favorite literary characters.” —Star-Telegram (Fort Worth)

“Set in 1951, Bradley’s exceptional seventh series whodunit . . . takes Flavia de Luce, a preteen with an interest in poisons, from her family home in Bishop’s Lacey, England, to Canada, where she is to attend her late mother’s alma mater, Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy. . . . Bradley makes Miss Bodycote’s a suitably Gothic setting for Flavia’s sleuthing. Through it all, her morbid narrative voice continues to charm.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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