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by Alan Bradley

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth, Historical

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This exquisitely written, laugh-out-loud story features amateur detective and chemist Flavia De Luce, a 12-year-old living in 1951 Britain. But it isn’t a YA; it’s for any reader who enjoys language, appreciates the nuances of a sensitive girl’s life and enjoys an intriguing mystery.

The tomb of Saint Tancred is to be opened at the local church. Flavia is, of course, fascinated and brings a list of scientific questions she wants answered. She fully expects to be there no matter what the adults think. She immediately finds a body — not of the saint — and a series of mysteries she knows she can solve. What happened to the missing organist of St. Tancred’s church? Who is this Adam Sowerby, who’s investigating the same mysteries and wants to join Flavia in her work? And perhaps most important to Flavia, what can she learn about her late mother from the man imprisoned in a great house outside her town? (DELACORTE, Feb., 400 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed By: Page Traynor

Publisher: DELACORTE

Published: February 2013

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