Hailed as "a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes" by The Boston Globe, Flavia de Luce returns in a much anticipated new Christmas mystery from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley.
In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But with Flavia's blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now seems both too empty—and not empty enough. Only too eager to run an errand for the vicar's wife, Flavia hops on her trusty bicycle, Gladys, to deliver a message to a reclusive wood-carver. Finding the front door ajar, Flavia enters and stumbles upon the poor man's body hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door. The only living creature in the house is a feline that shows little interest in the disturbing scene. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation. It's amazing what the discovery of a corpse can do for one's spirits. But what awaits Flavia will shake her to the very core.
From the Hardcover edition.
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 Flavia de Luce series, Bradley lives with his wife and two calculating cats in the Isle of Man, where he is at work on future Flavia mysteries.
New York Times Bestseller
"There is such a thing as willing suspension of disbelief brought on by sheer outlandish charm, and that's what [Alan] Bradley and some delicious writing have tapped." —London Free Press
"Mystery fans seeking novels of wit, an immersive English countryside setting and rich characterizations will be rewarded with this newest entry in the award-winning series." —Library Journal, starred review
"Bradley's preteen heroine comes through in the end with a series of deductions so clever she wants to hug herself. So will you." —Kirkus Reviews
"Flavia's a winner, a mix of sparky irreverence and wrathful propriety." —Publishers Weekly
Praise for As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust:
• "Flavia de Luce [is] perhaps contemporary crime fiction's most original character." --Maclean's
• "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
• "[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
• "Exceptional . . . [The] intriguing setup only gets better, and Bradley makes Miss Bodycote's a suitably Gothic setting for Flavia's sleuthing. [Flavia's] morbid narrative voice continues to charm." --Publishers Weekly, starred review