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by Alan Bradley

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Traditional

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If you're looking for an unusual series, a Flavia de Luce mystery might be a good choice. Flavia is an 11-year-old sleuth (circa 1950s) with an odd penchant for poisons and other curious activities. The mystery has a bit of an Agatha Christie feel to it, although maybe it's just the English country setting that brings that out. But the pace of the novel is slow and, at times, the story is confusing, especially at the beginning, when Flavia fakes her death.

A well-known puppeteer's van breaks down in a rural village, and he agrees to put on a show for the locals while he waits for repairs. When he dies during the performance, Flavia helps the police discover the cause
of death and solve the mystery of his murder. (DELACORTE, Mar., 384 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed By: Roseann Marlett

Publisher: DELACORTE

Published: March 2010

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