The Book: As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, by Alan Bradley
The Blurb: Hard on the heels of the return of her mother’s body from the frozen reaches of the Himalayas, Flavia, for her indiscretions, is banished from her home at Buckshaw and shipped across the ocean to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Toronto, her mother’s alma mater, there to be inducted into a mysterious organization known as the Nide. No sooner does she arrive, however, than a body comes crashing down out of the chimney and into her room, setting off a series of investigations into mysterious disappearances of girls from the school.
The Babble: Once again Flavia de Luce unscrambles a tricky murder mystery with humor, wicked smarts and aplomb. This time Flavia must sort out matters without her usual ensemble of distant father, horrid sisters, and faithful retainers as she has been ‘banished’ from her beloved Buckshaw to boarding school in Toronto where enemies and allies alike are hard to identify and the ‘greater good’ must be protected at all costs. Jam packed with action and delightful imagery, Mr. Bradley’s seventh de Luce installment is every bit as charming as the first.
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