My rating: (4 / 5)
Crime solving chemist (and kid) Flavia DeLuce is at it again in this, the third installment of the Flavia DeLuce mysteries from Alan Bradley. Set in post World War II England, Flavia is the youngest daughter of a widower on a bankrupt estate. As the situation grows more dire for her family, a gypsy woman turns up looking for a place to camp, and the ever effable Flavia offers her a place on their estate of Buckshore.
When the woman is nearly beaten to death, discovered of course by a midnight jaunt of our intrepid girl detective, things start to get really interesting.
If you liked the other two Flavia novels, this one won’t disappoint you. It’s sharp and witty and fun to read. Overall, an excellent novel with a flair for dramatic mystery.