As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
A Flavia de Luce Novel
Delacorte Press, 2015
From the back of the book: “Banished! Is how twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce laments her predicament, when her father and Aunt Felicity ship her off to Miss Bodycote’s Female academy, the boarding school that her mother, Harriet, once attended across the sea in Canada. The sun has not yet risen on Flavia’s first day in captivity when a gift lands at her feet. Flavia being Flavia, a budding chemist and sleuth, that gift is a charred and mummified body, which tumbles out of a bedroom chimney. Now, while attending classes, making friends (and enemies), Flavia is on the hunt for the victim’s identity and time of death, as well as suspects, motives, and means. Rumors swirl that Miss Bodycote’s is haunted, and that several girls have disappeared without a trace. When it comes to solving multiple mysteries, Flavia is up to the task—but her true destiny has yet to be revealed.”
Poor Flavia! Banished to the colonies! For being bad? No! For being too good as a spy and detective! Aunt Felicity is head of an underground organization of spies that works toward the common good of England and Flavia is now a part of it. This mystery has her trying to figure out who the other players are and what their purpose is, as well as solving a murder. The story is well written and the mystery is perplexing all the way to the end; there are lots of twists and turns along the way, which Flavia is able to decipher despite her raw homesickness.
I did miss reading about Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia’s home town, and all the accompanying characters; I also, surprisingly, missed her obnoxious sisters. But the book was enjoyable nonetheless and well worth the read. The next book is on hold at the library – I am #16 on the waiting list! Oh! I shall have to wait until after the holidays to enjoy another Flavia de Luce mystery. Bummer!!!