Sunday, 18 May 2014

09:25 – I just finished reading Alan Bradley’s latest Flavia de Luce mystery, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches. It’s as good or better than the earlier titles in the series, which is to say top-notch.

Flavia lives, with her father and two older sisters, in a stately old country home that is gradually rotting away because of the family’s reduced circumstances. Flavia, age 11 (almost 12), is a budding scientist who adores chemistry and uses her knowledge of chemistry to solve crimes. She’s fortunate enough to have “inherited” her late uncle Tarquin’s fully-equipped laboratory and makes the most of it, running investigations based on the state of chemistry, biology, and forensic science at the time.