March 18, 2013 by Reader's Connection
Thanks to Susanne for sending this.
Just when you think that all of the great fictional characters have already been created, along comes an author who has conjured up someone special.
In this case, it is an 11 year-old girl, pigtailed and precocious, who lives in the English countryside. With her trusty bicycle, Gladys, as her means of conveyance, she snoops around the village of Bishop’s Lacey, generally finding her way into some sort of mischief.
Young Miss Flavia Sabina de Luce resides at Buckshaw, a large, crumbling mansion containing a chemistry lab which once belonged to her Uncle Tarquin de Luce. As a chemist and a sleuth, Flavia manages to constantly annoy the local constables during their investigations, and yet she usually identifies the perpetrators long before anyone else.
Her older sisters, Ophelia and Daphne, taunt her mercilessly, but with her cleverness she knows exactly how to return the favor tenfold.
Canadian author Alan Bradley has created a smart, funny, and fearless junior detective in the form of Flavia. His irresistible mystery series only becomes more delightful with each and every installment.
You can visit Bradley’s website to join the Flavia fan club, and to download game instructions so that you can host your own “Murder Mystery Tea Party at Buckshaw”!