BCL Staff Picks for 2010
In the early 1950s, precocious eleven year old Flavia de Luce lives in the sleepy English hamlet of Bishop's Lacy, where she spends her time planning elaborate chemistry experiments and devising ways to aggravate her dreadful older sisters. When a travelling puppeteer turns up dead during a performance in front of the entire town, who better to solve the murder than clever and resourceful Flavia?
This is the second book in a series which begins with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and will continue with A Red Herring Without Mustard, due out in February. Alan Bradley has created a delightful set of mysteries with an utterly charming main character.