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published: Oct 2012
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publisher: Doubleday Canada
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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

by Alan Bradley

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list price: $21.00
edition:Paperback
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category: Fiction
published: Oct 2012
ISBN:9780385668118
publisher: Doubleday Canada
imprint: Anchor Canada
Description

Colonel de Luce, in desperate need of funds, rents his beloved estate of Buckshaw to a film company. They will be shooting a movie over the Christmas holidays, filming scenes in the decaying manse with a reclusive star. She is widely despised, so it is to no one's surprise when she turns up murdered, strangled by a length of film from her own movies! With a blizzard raging outside and Buckshaw locked in, the house is full of suspects. But Flavia de Luce is more than ready to put aside her investigations into the true identity of Father Christmas to solve this yuletide country-house murder.

Contributor Notes

ALAN BRADLEY was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. Prior to taking early retirement to write in 1994, he was director of television engineering at the University of Saskatchewan media center for twenty-five years. His versatility has earned him awards for his children's books, radio broadcasts of his short stories, and national print for his journalism. He also 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, and A Red Herring Without Mustard, Bradley lives in Malta with his wife and two calculating cats, where he is at work on future Flavia de Luce mysteries.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 100
Grade:
7 to 8
Editorial Review

Praise for I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
"A thrilling ride. Out of a creaky old mansion, he conjures a vivid and vivacious story--and yes, raises a few old ghosts, too. . . . Delicious, lighthearted holiday read best served by a crackling fireplace with warm eggnog - but please, hold the noxious compounds."
—The Globe and Mail

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My favourite series ever!

http://cozylittlebookjournal.blogspot.ca/2012/02/i-am-half-sick-of-shadows-flavia-de.html

This is definitely just as delightful as any in the series, and perhaps even more fast-paced, but the one thing that perplexes me about the last few books in the Flavia de Luce series is the character of Dieter. He's a former Nazi soldier and recent prisoner of war who decided to remain in Britain after the war. The series takes place in 1950, so the atrocities of the war would be all too present in the characters' minds, yet none of them has a problem with welcoming a Nazi into their home. He's even considered a likely--and suitable!--candidate to become a member of the family by courting one of the de Luce sisters. Why the Nazi sympathy, Mr. Bradley? It's the one thing that bothers me in an otherwise flawless series.

For more reviews, please visit my blog, CozyLittleBookJournal.

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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce, Book 4)

It’s Christmas time, and Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old detective with a passion for chemistry, is distracted when a film crew arrives to shoot a movie at her family’s decaying English estate. While the entire village is amassed at Buckshaw to watch the famous Phyllis Wyvern perform, a body is found, strangled with a length of film. Flavia must outwit the killer, who may be hidden in plain sight.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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