As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel

By Alan Bradley

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Flavia de Luce—“part Harriet the secret agent, half Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket’s A sequence of unlucky Events” (The manhattan occasions e-book Review)—takes her awesome sleuthing prowess to the all at once unsavory international of Canadian boarding colleges within the attractive new secret from New York instances bestselling writer Alan Bradley.

Banished! is how twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce laments her crisis, whilst her father and Aunt Felicity send her off to overlook Bodycote’s woman Academy, the boarding tuition that her mom, Harriet, as soon as attended around the sea in Canada. The sunlight has no longer but risen on Flavia’s first day in captivity while a present lands at her toes. Flavia being Flavia, a budding chemist and sleuth, that present is a charred and mummified physique, which tumbles out of a bed room chimney. Now, whereas attending periods, making neighbors (and enemies), and assessing the school’s stern headmistress and college (one of whom is an acquitted murderess), Flavia is at the hunt for the victim’s id and time of dying, in addition to suspects, causes, and skill. Rumors swirl that leave out Bodycote’s is haunted, and that a number of women have disappeared with out a hint. in terms of fixing a number of mysteries, Flavia is as much as the task—but her real future has but to be revealed.

Praise for As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
 
“Flavia de Luce [is] possibly modern crime fiction’s most unusual character—to say she is Pippi Longstocking with a Ph.D. in chemistry (speciality: poisons) slightly starts to explain her.”Maclean’s
 
“Another deal with for readers of every age . . . [As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust] continues the excessive criteria Bradley set from the start.”Booklist
 
“Exceptional . . . [The] fascinating setup basically will get greater, and Bradley makes leave out Bodycote’s a definitely Gothic surroundings for Flavia’s sleuthing. via all of it, her morbid narrative voice keeps to charm.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Even finally those years, Flavia de Luce continues to be the world’s maximum adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth.”The Seattle Times
 
“Plot twists come quicker than Canadian snow fall. . . . Bradley’s feel of statement is as prepared as gung-ho scientist Flavia’s. . . . the implications thus far are seven gleaming Flavia de Luce mysteries.”Library Journal
 
“A damn strong ‘girls’ personal event’ yarn with an intensive solid of characters and suspects . . . whilst all is printed, the hyperlinks, misunderstandings and secrecy have a lovely click.”Winnipeg loose Press
 
“A pleasant installment within the series!”LibraryReads
 
Acclaim for Alan Bradley’s liked Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers’ organization Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award
 
“If ever there have been a sleuth who’s daring, awesome, and, convinced, lovely, it’s Flavia de Luce.”USA Today
 
“This idiosyncratic younger heroine maintains to charm.”The Wall highway Journal
 
“Delightful . . . a mixture of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes.”The Boston Globe

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I assumed of expensive outdated Dr. Kissing, parked in his rickety bathtub chair at Rook’s finish, who, in his historic quilted smoking jacket and tasseled hat, his cigarette ash drooping like an acrobatic grey caterpillar from the leaf of his decrease lip, was once comfortable as a trojan horse in a rug. Dr. Kissing had definitely by no means complained approximately his lot in existence, and that i mentally begged his forgiveness for even suggesting that he may have performed. “Very good, then,” pass over Moate acknowledged without warning, clearing her throat as though to wipe the conversational slate fresh. “Now, again to this own matter … you’re worried, you are saying? ” “Well, no longer a lot nervous as worried,” I admitted. “It’s in regards to the Rainsmiths. ” I dared now not say extra. “What approximately them? Has one in every of them performed whatever to you? ” “Not to me,” I acknowledged, “but maybe to another individual. ” “To who? ” she demanded ungrammatically. “I mustn’t say. tuition ideas forbid it. ” even though I stored a sober face, i used to be smiling inwardly. protecting oneself by way of hiding in the back of the foundations used to be a smart trick, like utilizing a mouse to stampede the enemy’s elephants and inflicting them to trample him to dying. Shakespeare had a word for it (as he had a word for everything): “hoist by way of his personal petard,” which, in line with Daffy, intended rousted by way of the scent of one’s personal barn burners. “Forget the varsity rules,” she acknowledged. “When a toddler is in danger, the foundations needs to be put aside. ” Who did she imagine was once in danger? I puzzled. I had admitted being worried and nervous, yet I had acknowledged not anything approximately being at risk—which was once truly not more than a weasel note for possibility. “Now, then,” she stated in a calming voice, “tell me in regards to the Rainsmiths. ” “I imagine they could have murdered an individual. ” “Who? ” she stated immediately. “In specific. ” “Clarissa Brazenose. ” i may have pointed out the names of Le Marchand and Wentworth, yet i wished to maintain issues uncomplicated. I had already advised to overlook Fawlthorne that this trio should still be alive, yet leave out Moate used to be no longer conscious of that. Partial disclosure is a pointy knife that may be used repeatedly so long as you watch what you’re doing. “That’s a really critical accusation,” pass over Moate acknowledged. “Are you certain? ” “No. I simply imagine they could have. yet i wished to inform an individual. ” “Well, I’m completely satisfied you probably did. I shall definitely see that—” someplace a bell went off, and moments later, the halls have been choked with the sound of many ft. A babble of loud voices got here nearer and nearer, and unexpectedly the horde, like a buffalo herd, used to be upon us. “Later,” pass over Moate stated, mouthing the phrases to be heard above the clamor. “We shall speak later. ” Then, her voice unexpectedly restored, she shouted harshly: “Girls! ladies! ladies! we aren't savages! ” I nodded to allow her comprehend that I had understood and, like a salmon combating its manner upstream, I muscled my method to the door. I pressured myself to plod doggedly alongside the halls to my room. nobody paid me the slightest recognition. whilst I reached Edith Cavell, I stepped within, closed the door, and flattened my again opposed to it. Now that it was once secure to take action, my breath all started coming in nice, ragged gulps.

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