Whenever someone posts a generic “what should I read” status on social media, and if mystery is a genre they enjoy, I often to go this Alan Bradley series. Flavia de Luce, the youthful Angela Fletcher of 1950s England, is fun to follow on her exploits. It is just refreshing to have a fun female character to follow! Bradley has done a good job of keeping it fresh – though the murder mystery portion is formulaic, we have watched Flavia grow as she has faced family adversity and tragedy. The main characters have changed as the years have passed, but have stayed true to their characters. These are not flashy books, and predictable mysteries, but they are comforting and nice read when you want something familiar.
This book focuses a little more on one of Flavia’s sister’s, who is normally relegated to more of a back of house role. Also, a change in scenery as they have taken a family trip gives a new environment to explore. In addition, this book focuses heavily on the relationship between Dogger (the family servant) and Flavia which gives that relationship a little more room to breathe.
I did struggle a bit to get through this book – I think it just wasn’t capturing my attention in the moment. I saw it at the library and snagged it out of habit, rather than actual desire, so it was a big of a forced march. I checked out the next one in the queue which I think I might return and wait to read, rather than force it at present.