As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust: A Flavia De Luce Novel
As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust: A Flavia De Luce Novel

As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust: A Flavia De Luce Novel

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Flavia de Lucepart Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events (The New York Times Book Review)takes her remarkable sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools in the captivating new mystery from New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley.

Banished! is how twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce laments her predicament, when her father and Aunt Felicity ship her off to Miss Bodycotes Female Academy, the boarding school that her mother, Harriet, once attended across the sea in Canada. The sun has not yet risen on Flavias first day in captivity when a gift lands at her feet. Flavia being Flavia, a budding chemist and sleuth, that gift is a charred and mummified body, which tumbles out of a bedroom chimney. Now, while attending classes, making friends (and enemies), and assessing the schools stern headmistress and faculty (one of whom is an acquitted murderess), Flavia is on the hunt for the victims identity and time of death, as well as suspects, motives, and means. Rumors swirl that Miss Bodycotes is haunted, and that several girls have disappeared without a trace. When it comes to solving multiple mysteries, Flavia is up to the taskbut her true destiny has yet to be revealed.

Praise for As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

Flavia de Luce [is] perhaps contemporary crime fictions most original characterto say she is Pippi Longstocking with a Ph.D. in chemistry (speciality: poisons) barely begins to describe her.Macleans

Another treat for readers of all ages . . . [As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust] maintains the high standards Bradley set from the start.Booklist

Exceptional . . . [The] intriguing setup only gets better, and Bradley makes Miss Bodycotes a suitably Gothic setting for Flavias sleuthing. Through it all, her morbid narrative voice continues to charm.Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Even after all these years, Flavia de Luce is still the worlds greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth.The Seattle Times

Plot twists come faster than Canadian snowfall. . . . Bradleys sense of observation is as keen as gung-ho scientist Flavias. . . . The results so far are seven sparkling Flavia de Luce mysteries.Library Journal

A rattling good girls own adventure yarn with an extensive cast of characters and suspects . . . When all is revealed, the links, misunderstandings and secrecy have a satisfying click.Winnipeg Free Press

A delightful installment in the series!LibraryReads

Acclaim for Alan Bradleys beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award

If ever there were a sleuth whos bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, its Flavia de Luce.USA Today

This idiosyncratic young heroine continues to charm.The Wall Street Journal

Delightful . . . a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes.The Boston Globe

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