I have waited entirely too long to write this review--
I absolutely loved this story of brilliant little Flavia de Luce. She is going to be intimidating when she grows up. Wait. What am I talking about? She already is intimidating at the tender age of 11 or so. She's a brilliant scientist with an insatiable hunger for knowledge, she's a bratty younger sister, she has a truly wicked sense of humor, and she doesn't see any limits in what she can do. You go, girl.
I had absolutely no idea who had committed this murder or how everything was going to tie together. The story twisted so much on itself that I wondered if the author even had any idea where he was going. In the end, it was obvious that he did.
I listened to this as an audiobook and I eventually came to love Jayne Entwistle's narration. It was touch and go for a bit, I admit. She came across as trying entirely too hard to sound like a young girl, and her rising and falling tone of voice led to some ear-splitting pitches at first. I came around though and now I will be sure to listen to Flavia's future adventures as well.
For those of you who have read Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle and loved Merricat Blackwood, I think you will love Flavia de Luce as well. I kept picturing scenes of these two diabolical girls together and I have to say, I wanted to be in on the mischief they would inevitably make.
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