A Red Herring Without Mustard

A Red Herring Without MustardAward Winning Author Alan Bradley Returns With Another Beguiling Novel Starring The Insidiously Clever And Unflappable Eleven Year Old Sleuth Flavia De Luce The Precocious Chemist With A Passion For Poisons Uncovers A Fresh Slew Of Misdeeds In The Hamlet Of Bishop S Lacey Mysteries Involving A Missing Tot, A Fortune Teller, And A Corpse In Flavia S Own BackyardFlavia Had Asked The Old Gypsy Woman To Tell Her Fortune, But Never Expected To Stumble Across The Poor Soul, Bludgeoned In The Wee Hours In Her Own Caravan Was This An Act Of Retribution By Those Convinced That The Soothsayer Had 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 Had It Something To Do With The Weird Sect Who Met At The River To Practice Their Secret Rites While Still Pondering The Possibilities, Flavia Stumbles Upon Another Corpse That Of A Notorious Layabout Who Had Been Caught Prowling About The De Luce S Drawing RoomPedaling Gladys, Her Faithful Bicycle, Across The Countryside In Search Of Clues To Both Crimes, Flavia Uncovers Some Odd New Twists Most Intriguing Is Her Introduction To An Elegant Artist With A Very Special Object In Her Possession A Portrait That Sheds Light On The Biggest Mystery Of All Who Is Flavia As The Red Herrings Pile Up, Flavia Must Sort Through Clues Fishy And Foul To Untangle Dark Deeds And Dangerous Secrets I absolutely love Flavia, this precocious yet not obnoxious child sleuth has won over my heart, and I absolutely love her Which is why I totally love this book, because it shows us a little about Flavia Behind the lab glasses and witty remarks, lies the heart of a small kid, who misses his mother, and is hurt by her sister s hatred towards her Some scenes were very very touching, and although really emotional scenes sometimes fail to move me, Flavia with her simple emotions almost made me cry The mystery part of the book was excellent, better than the first two books i think although seriously, who cares Flavia has her future predicted by a gypsy woman and later brought her home after burning her caravan, hehe only to have her attacked in the middle of the night And thus Flavia had another juicy mystery in her hand, which she is determined to solve before the police does Its, like Flavia say jolly fun Her witty remarks, na ve yet very intelligent persona always kept me entertained and I almost obsessively added quotes from the book I would have added the whole book to be honest, because I thoroughly enjoyed every line from it I wanted to prolong reading this book , to enjoy Flaiva s company for as long as I could, but the book got so interesting in the end that I couldn t stop I don t know how I will survive till the next book comes out I think I will reread the series again, because I honestly don t think I will ever grow tired of riding with Flavia on Gladys, through the fields of Bishop s Lacy or watching her as she adds hydrogen Sulphide in her sitter s chocolate, or puts poison ivy in her lipstick What JOLLY FUN Highly Recommended 5 stars, hehe.I know I have added them already, but few of my favorite quotesI remembered Father remarking once that if rudeness was not attributable to ignorance it could be taken as a sure sign that one was speaking to a member of the aristocracy I had long ago discovered that when a word or formula refused to come to mind the best thing for it was to think of something else tigers for instance or oatmeal Then when the fugitive word was least expecting it I would suddenly turn the full blaze of my attention back onto it catching the culprit in the beam of my mental torch before it could sneak off again into the darkness An thisI had to make water I said It was the classic female excuse and no male in recorded history had ever questioned it I see the Inspector said and left it at that Later I would have a quick piddle behind the caravan for insurance purposes No one would be any the wiserIsn t she just awesome Last one, and my new mantraCompared with my life Cinderella was a spoiled brat ALONE AT LAST Whenever I m with other people, part of me shrinks a little Only when I am alone can I fully enjoy my own company Flavia de LuceFlavia de Luce spends a lot of time by herself somewhat by choice and somewhat by her incompatibility with the rest of the household She is the youngest of three daughters and is most decidedly lacking from any constructive supervision Her father is a philatelist and spends most of his time intently examining stamps with a magnifying glass for those hairline faults that make them valuable and collectible Her mother Harriet, the source of the family money, and the owner of the Buckshaw estate, had the audacity to disappear into the wilds of Nepal She is presumed dead Money is tight because the family estate is tied up, with much uncertainty of ever being resolved, because of the premature demise of Harriet So even though they live on this grand family estate it is slowly crumbling down around their ears Wallpaper dangles from walls and ceilings There are drafts every year and the gardens have been turned back to nature Flavia spends most of her time trying to avoid her older sisters Ophelia Feely and Daphne Daffy Those aren t exactly endearing nicknames that Flavia has assigned them, but they have been well earned Feely is concerned about clothes and improving her already beautiful complexion Daffy is a voracious reader, and rarely takes her eyes from the pages unless it is to help Feely with their latest bit of fun torturing Flavia The whole de Luce family is left to their own devices becoming and caricatures of themselves and less the well rounded individuals they would be if Harriet were still in the picture Flavia whenever possible escapes to her laboratory Her great uncle Tarquin de Luce had installed a full working laboratory with bunsen burners, shelves of chemicals, and beakers which provides everything an eleven year old with an inquisitive mind needs to discover the mysteries of the universe Finding her hands covered with blood she muses about the components of this red substanceRed blood cells, I remembered from my chemical experiment, were really not much than a happy soup of water, sodium, potassium, chloride, and phosphorus Mix them together in the proper proportions, though, and they formed a viscous liquid jelly a jelly with mystic capabilities, one that could contain in its scarlet complexities not just nobility but also treachery She makes the family cook cry Like most eleven year old girls she is capable of moments of great cruelty, but forget that part, tears are so interestingI had a special fascination with tears Chemical analyses of my own and those of others had taught me that tears were a rich and wonderful broth, whose chief ingredients were water, potassium, proteins, manganese, various yeasty enzymes, fats, oils, and waxes, with a good dollop of sodium chloride thrown in, perhaps for taste In sufficient quantities, they made for a powerful cleanser Flavia is only eleven, but in the course of this her third adventure she is going to find her third dead body She is the Jessica Fletcher of Bishop s Lacey Crime fascinates her and dead bodies aren t really people, but fresh research specimens It all begins with her going to see a gypsy to have her fortune told In the process she manages to light the tent on fire These things tend to happen around Flavia In an act of self preservation from the fire and from the impending punishment she flees the tent The old gypsy woman does manage to escape the fiery inferno left in Flavia s wake and in an act of contrition Flavia invites her to move her caravan to the family estate Later when she comes to check on the gypsy she finds her bloodied and battered and this time reacts with courage and saves her life Who would want to hurt an old gypsy woman The tale is older than Flavia Meanwhile a body shows up dangling from Poseidon s trident in the Buckshaw gardens with a de Luce silver shell fish fork stuck up one nostril This is the very same young man that Flavia caught in the house the night before attempting to liberate an antique from the house This sends Flavia on a flurry of investigations that somehow all have to be tied into a bow if she is ever going to find out the truth.She is beset with red herrings a cup of ale without a wench, why, alas, tis like an egg without salt or a red herring without mustard Thomas Lodge and Robert Greene A Looking Glasse, for London and Englande 1592 She is attacked by a gigantic rooster during a bit of snooping and illegal entry She is chased about by unscrupulous antique dealers She meets Porcelain, a niece of the gypsy woman, and doesn t realize how lonely she is until she meets a person that is odd enough to be a real friend to her Flavia, as always, is in trouble with the police Her curiosity will not let anything lie despite orders to the contrary She discovers hidden passages beneath Buckshaw that had been forgotten for generations This takes her to icky places she has never been beforeEven though I ducked the thing, its slimy finger still managed to caress my face, as if it were dying for want of human company And what is going on with the Wobblers They are a sect of religious fanatics that believe their children must be dunked in running water by the heel in the same way as Achilles Their membership is secret, but then secrets are what Flavia most likes to unlock So spend some time with a precocious young lady growing up in England shortly after WW2 She will make you feel proud to know her one moment quickly followed by the need to give her a good shake the next She hatches elaborate plans of revenge against her foes her sisters , but always manages to restrain herself from actually launching them Sometimes planning the demise of our most ardent enemies is cathartic enough without actually destroying them These aren t the type of books that I would typically read, but when each new volume comes out I become a buying zombie I know how it is to feel lonely in a house full of people I only wish I d possessed Flavia s moxie Oh and Flavia a word pleaseSpare us the pout There s enough lip in the world without you adding to it 3.5 but I don t think it deserves 4 I was another interesting an fun mystery having as lead investigator the 11 years old, chemistry lovin , murder aficionado, Flavia de Luce As per the previous books, I enjoy the mystery and Flavia s character but it is not very believable I mean, she acts and talks too much as a grown up And the relationship with her sisters is just creepy I can t believe they can be so mean to each other I will continue with the series but I am still waiting for the volume that will raise the bar. Full Disclosure I m in love with Flavia de Luce, the 11 year old who is deeply devoted to the study of chemistry, with a special interest in poisons, and an amateur sleuth Flavia spends her time humoring her widowed father, who spends most of his time engrossed in stamp collecting, and bedeviling and avoiding her two older sisters 17 year old Ophelia whose passion is music and 13 year old Daphne whose passion is reading In this third in the Flavia de Luce series, beginning with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Flavia is up to her old adventures and in and out of trouble as only an 11 year old with almost total freedom and a trusty bicycle named Gladys can be Set in the small English village of Bishop s Lacey after World War II, this book has everything a baby that has been missing for years, an accused gypsy whose tent at the village fete burns, and a corpse found hanging on a statue in a fountain at Buckshaw, the de Luce estate And, of course, Flavia finds herself squarely in the middle of the ensuing events Not only are there red herrings, but there is someone who is running around the village with a pronounced fishy smell Thank goodness for Kindle I bought this book the day it was released and I m eagerly awaiting the next adventure in the series A word of advice read these books, but read them in order It pays to get to know Flavia and her family Kudos, Mr Bradley

Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this name With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute now Ryerson University in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where

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  • Hardcover
  • 399 pages
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard
  • Alan Bradley
  • English
  • 06 June 2017
  • 9780385342322

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