Sonntag, 16. März 2014

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce:" One of the marks of a truly great mind, I had discovered, is the ability to feign stupidity on demand."

I have just finished the sixth installement of the Flavia de Luce series which, even though it is aimed at young adults,  is one of my favourites.
Set in 1951, Flavia an eleven-year-old chemist and detective is struggling with her most personal case so far, the return of her long-lost mother Harriet in a coffin. 
On top of that she has to deal with the murder of a tall stranger, who only minutes before his death gave her a cryptic message to pass on to her father.

I wasn't really expecting all that much from the sixth book of a series as the writers sometimes run out of steam but was totally won over by this very emotional and gripping story of family, grief and war-time secrets . Also it's a bit of a cliff-hanger so now I can't wait for the next book.
If you don't know Flavia and her adventures yet you will have to start at the very beginning with "The sweetness at the bottom of the pie".