I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 4)

By Alan Bradley

“Every Flavia de Luce novel is a cause to celebrate.”—USA Today
ALAN BRADLEY, writer OF the main AWARD-WINNING sequence DEBUT OF ANY 12 months, RETURNS WITH one other impossible to resist FLAVIA DE LUCE NOVEL.
“[Alan] Bradley has created essentially the most unique, fascinating, devilishly inventive and hilarious detectives of any age or any time.”—Bookreporter
It’s Christmastime, and Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a keenness for chemistry—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. yet she is quickly distracted while a movie workforce arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English property, to shoot a film starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging snow fall, the complete village of Bishop’s Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to observe Wyvern practice, but not anyone is ready for the evening’s surprising end: a physique came across strangled to demise with a size of movie. yet who one of the assembled visitors might degree this type of chilling scene? because the typhoon worsens and the checklist of suspects grows, Flavia needs to ferret out a killer hidden in undeniable sight.
“[Flavia is] the main intrepid and captivating adolescent chemist/detective/busybody in all of rural, post–World battle II England.”—The Seattle Times
“Quirky and pleasant . . . Flavia is a vintage literary personality who manages to entice either old and young readers equally.”—Wichita Falls Times list News
“Bradley’s plot twists and turns delightfully.”—Fort worthy Star-Telegram

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Yet this present day, taking into consideration the snow and the practiced funereal velocity at which the vicar frequently drove, it appeared prone to be way past 11 earlier than they arrived. It was once, in truth, no longer till 1 / 4 earlier person who the vicar’s Morris pulled up exhausted on the entrance door, piled like a refugee’s cart with quite a few primarily formed gadgets projecting from the home windows and lashed to the roof. once they climbed out of the auto, i'll inform that Father and Aunt Felicity were quarreling. “For heaven’s sake, Haviland,” she was once asserting, “anyone who can’t inform a chaffinch from a brambling ought to not be allowed to seem out the window of a railway carriage. ” “I’m rather certain it used to be a brambling, Lissy. It had the distinctive—” “Nonsense. convey my bag, Denwyn. the single with the massive brass padlock. ” The vicar appeared a section shocked to be ordered approximately in such an offhanded demeanour, yet he pulled the carpetbag from the backseat of the automobile and passed it to Dogger. “Clever of you to consider iciness tires and chains,” Aunt Felicity stated. “Most ecclesiastics are useless washouts by way of motor vehicles. ” i wished to inform her concerning the bishop, yet I saved quiet. Aunt Felicity bore down at the entrance door in her ordinary bulldog demeanour. underneath her full-length motoring coat, I knew, she will be donning her entire Victorian explorer’s regalia: two-piece Norfolk jacket and skirt, with additional wallet sewn in for scissors, pens, pins, knife, and fork (she traveled together with her personal: “You by no means comprehend who’s eaten what with unusual cutlery,” she was once keen on telling us); numerous lengths of string, diverse elastics, a equipment for slicing the ends off cigars, and a small glass touring box of Gentleman’s savour: “You can’t locate it because the struggle. ” “You see? ” she stated, getting into the lobby and taking within the jungle of movie gear at a look. “It’s simply as I informed you. The ciné moguls have their hearts set on laying waste to each noble domestic in England. They’re Communists to the final guy Jack. Who do they make their photos for? ‘The humans. ’ as though the folk are the one ones who desire wonderful. Pfagh! It’s sufficient to make the heavenly hosts raise their manna. ” i used to be happy she hadn’t stated God, as that might were blasphemous. “Mornin’, Lissy! ” somebody referred to as out. “Tryin’ to head directly, are you? ” It was once Ted, an identical electrician Desmond Duncan had spoken to. He used to be occupied on a scaffold with an important mild. Aunt Felicity stifled a tremendous sneeze, rummaging in her handbag for a handkerchief. “Aunt Felicity,” I requested incredulously, “do you recognize that guy? ” “Ran into him someplace in the course of the battle. a few humans always remember a reputation or a face, you recognize. fairly amazing. within the blackout, I daresay. ” Father pretended he hadn’t heard, and made instantly for his examine. “If it was once within the blackout,” I requested, “how may he see your face? ” “Impertinent little ones must be given six coats of shellac and manage in public areas as a caution to others. ” Aunt Felicity sniffed. “Dogger, you'll take my baggage as much as my room.

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