A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, Bk 3)
A Red Herring Without Mustard - Flavia de Luce, Bk 3 Author:Alan Bradley In the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey, the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce had asked a Gypsy woman to tell her fortune -- never expecting to later stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned almost to death in the wee hours in her own caravan. Was this an act of retribution by those convinced that the sooths... more »ayer abducted a local child years ago? Certainly Flavia understands the bliss of settling scores; revenge is a delightful pastime when one has two odious older sisters. But how could this crime be connected to the missing baby? As the red herrings pile up, Flavia must sort through clues fishy and foul to untangle dark deeds and dangerous secrets. « less
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The third in the Flavia de Luce series. Better than the second, in my opinion. The plot holds together fairly well, and you can actually pick out a couple of clues as you read along, so the ending isn't one of those ridiculous "where did that come from?!" endings. I listened to the first two on CD. I read this one on paper but I could still hear the distinctive reader's voice in my head, so clearly she did a really good job.
I enjoy this series but by the time the third novel rolls around even an 11-year-old who knows about fingerprints should know better than to leave them at the scene of the crimes she investigates. Flavia De Luce is a wonderfully unique little girl whose interests are far different from those of many girls her age. She loves chemistry, experiments in her uncle's laboratory which has become her own, rides a bicycle named Gladys which belonged to her mother and which is her companion on most of her investigative treks. In this novel, she has her fortune told by a gypsy which seems too close to truth for comfort. In her discomfort she accidentally sets fire to the gypsy's tent. Feeling guilty for her clumsiness, she leads the gypsy to a spot on her father's land to park her wagon. Later, she checks on the gypsy woman and finds her injured inside her wagon, finds a doctor to aid her and visits her in the hospital. The woman's granddaughter, Porcelain, appears, adding more complexity to the story. The two find a local layabout hanging from a statue. Now, she has two interesting incidents to investigate: who injured the gypsy woman and who murdered the man hanging from the statue. As she goes about her investigations, one cannot help but smile at the antics of both adults and the children including Flavia's sisters, who torment her endlessly.