I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

Alan Bradley / Aug 17, 2019

I Am Half Sick of Shadows It s Christmastime and the precocious Flavia de Luce an eleven year old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime solving is tucked away in her laboratory whipping up a concoction

  • Title: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
  • Author: Alan Bradley
  • ISBN: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
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    B004X6PSCW
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  • Page: 452
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  • It s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce an eleven year old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime solving is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis It s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce an eleven year old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime solving is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop s Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening s shocking conclusion a body found, past midnight, strangled to death with a length of film But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must use every ounce of sly wit at her disposal to ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 305 pages Published by Delacorte Press first published November 1st 2011 More Details Original Title I Am Half Sick of Shadows ASIN B004X6PSCW Edition Language English Series Flavia de Luce 4 Characters Flavia de Luce, Ophelia de Luce, Daphne de Luce, Inspector Hewitt, Colonel de Luce Other Editions 44 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about I Am Half Sick of Shadows, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is this a stand alone book or I have to read the previous books first 1 likelike 8 months ago Add your answer Kelly It s better to read in order, but I don t think you would be confused if you read it on it s own flag See 1 question about I Am Half Sick of Shadows Lists with This Book Titlemania III Whole Sentence Titles 949 books 115 voters Popular Mysteries on with between 25000 and 49999 ratings 107 books 44 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 26, 2013 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it review of another edition IN MY ELEVEN YEARS of life I ve seen a number of corpses Each of them was interesting in a different way, and this one was no exception Flavia de Luce always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong right time She doesn t have to leave her small town of Bishop s Lacey to find a steady supply of bodies recently discarded by their souls Due to precarious pecuniary circumstances Flavia s father has recently rented out the ancestral home of Buckshaw to a film crew Flavia has been busy in he IN MY ELEVEN YEARS of life I ve seen a number of corpses Each of them was interesting in a different way, and this one was no exception Flavia de Luce always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong right time She doesn t have to leave her small town of Bishop s Lacey to find a steady supply of bodies recently discarded by their souls Due to precarious pecuniary circumstances Flavia s father has recently rented out the ancestral home of Buckshaw to a film crew Flavia has been busy in her long departed Uncle Tar s laboratory on the upper floors of the home She is whipping up a batch of chemical substances that will help her catch St Nicholas once and for all St Nick has no idea what is waiting for him on the roof of the de Luce house Scribbled in the margin of one of Uncle Tar s notebooks, I had found a quotation from Sir Francis Bacon We must not then add wings, but rather lead and ballast to the understanding, to prevent its jumping or flying Precisely what I had in mind for Saint Nicholas A dose of the old tanglefoot Later, in bed, my head filled with visions of reindeer stuck fast to the chimney pots like giant bluebottles to flypaper, I realized I was grinning madly in the dark With the film crew is the famous actress Phyllis Wyvern who is a mixture of niceties and temperamental outbursts She does make an astute comment about Flavia s interactions with her older sisters Ophelia Feely and Daphne Daffy Older sisters are much alike the world over half a cup of love and half one of contempt As Flavia observes Wyvern in action she also discovers most of her secrets and is soon on the trail of others Flavia is naturally nosy once she gets a whiff of something she doesn t understand I realized at once that a great actress can never be greater than when she s starring in her own life Besides an interest in dead bodies I noticed at once the way the illuminated cine screen was reflected in her eyeballs, giving the illusion for a moment that she was alive, her eyes sparkling But even though the eyes had not yet begun to cloud over she s not been dead for long, I thought something had already begun to soften her features, as if her face were being sanded down for repainting She is also overly fascinated by poisons and fantasizes regularly about implementing them on those that annoy her In my mind, Larshaw was already writhing on the floor, his face engorged, his eyes bulging from their sockets, hanging on with both hands to his gut, begging for the antidote to cyanide poisoning Wahaha, it does keep one sane just indulging in a bit of imaginary homicidal revenge, and you can even wish them a Merry Christmas through gritted teeth at the same time Her oldest sister Feely is popular with the local boys, a source of constant irritation to Flavia Feely had swains than Ulysses s wife, Penelope, had suitors I like swains better than suitors because it sounds like swine all of whom, through some strange quirk of fate, had now turned up at Buckshaw at the same time Her other sister Daffy can rarely be found without a book in her hand She s the sister I would be chasing after, for a chat about books, but would probably find that she has little time for me because conversation is just another thing that keeps her from reading another dozen pages in Bleak House or The Way We Live Now Books are like oxygen to a deep sea diver, she had once said Take them away and you might as well begin counting the bubbles Flavia is busier than any three eleven year old girls put together She is investigating a murder trying to avoid the police who are never too happy with her meddling concocting her chemical trap for Saint Nicholas and trying to learn as much as she can about the magic of movies As she puts the pieces together and begins to understand the why and the who she becomes the next target for a very Christmas Murder This is the fourth in a surprisingly charming and entertaining series.If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at or you can catch some of my reviews on flag 217 likesLike see review View all 46 comments May 15, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it review of another edition Mr Bradley, write faster flag 79 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 03, 2011 Danielle Young rated it really liked it review of another edition Probability and reality are not reasons to read a Flavia de Luce book, and that is as true for I Am Half Sick of Shadows as any of them I am not looking for a well crafted mystery when I read these books, I am looking to romp around with the characters especially Flavia that populate the strange little world of Bishops Lacey A romp with a good dash of firework chemistry is what this book delivers This book takes place solely in Buckshaw where pretty much the entire town of BL happens to Probability and reality are not reasons to read a Flavia de Luce book, and that is as true for I Am Half Sick of Shadows as any of them I am not looking for a well crafted mystery when I read these books, I am looking to romp around with the characters especially Flavia that populate the strange little world of Bishops Lacey A romp with a good dash of firework chemistry is what this book delivers This book takes place solely in Buckshaw where pretty much the entire town of BL happens to be as well , so you get a lot of Buckshaw and less of Flavia and Gladys touring the countryside In particular, you get to know Dogger better Dogger and he is a treat of a character and a mystery in and of himself A great addition to the series will she catch Father Christmas And if so will the German Father Christmas have to deliver all of England s presents , but if you re new to Flavia just start at the beginning flag 41 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Carolyn rated it really liked it Shelves christmas, murder mystery I think this might be my favourite of Alan Bradley s Flavia de Luce series yet She still gets herself into scrapes and just wait until you see what she is cooking up for Santa Claus in her chemistry lab but she seems to be growing up and is less an annoying child and an insightful, but nosy and still precocious pre adolescent In the week before Christmas, Flavia s impoverished father, Colonel Haviland de Luce has rented out the use of their stately home, Buckshaw House, to a film comp I think this might be my favourite of Alan Bradley s Flavia de Luce series yet She still gets herself into scrapes and just wait until you see what she is cooking up for Santa Claus in her chemistry lab but she seems to be growing up and is less an annoying child and an insightful, but nosy and still precocious pre adolescent In the week before Christmas, Flavia s impoverished father, Colonel Haviland de Luce has rented out the use of their stately home, Buckshaw House, to a film company Flavia always welcomes interesting company while her annoying older teenage sisters Daphne and Ophelia are excited that a pair of well known leading actors will be staying and acting under their roof After a charity performance by the lead actors, organised by the vicar to raise money for the church roof, the guests from the village become trapped at Buckshaw for the night when they discover they are snowed in and it is later that night that Flavia discovers the murder Flavia has certainly seen dead bodies that any eleven year old has a right to and is now well known to the local police who try their best to thwart her efforts to investigate Of course they are not successful and Flavia manages to use her wits to sleuth unnoticed, putting herself at risk of notice by the murderer.This is an engaging series with a very eccentric English family that I ve become quite fond of and plan to visit again soon flag 34 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 26, 2018 Chris Mara rated it really liked it Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old alchemist and super sleuth She actually has her own laboratory in the de Luce country estate, thanks to her deceased Uncle Tar She is quite precocious She is brilliant and not afraid of anything and is very observant and nosy, which gets her in a lot of trouble She does get herself back out of trouble because she is able to figure out and manipulate how I know, I m describing an 11 year old girl and those characteristics just don t seem normal for an 11 year Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old alchemist and super sleuth She actually has her own laboratory in the de Luce country estate, thanks to her deceased Uncle Tar She is quite precocious She is brilliant and not afraid of anything and is very observant and nosy, which gets her in a lot of trouble She does get herself back out of trouble because she is able to figure out and manipulate how I know, I m describing an 11 year old girl and those characteristics just don t seem normal for an 11 year old girl But she s lost her mother early on, lives with two sisters who are mean to her, a father who still mourns for his deceased wife and is always trying to chase away the financial troubles affecting his family and the east wing which is his part of the family estate He really does not spend much time with her and they really don t talk much And that s why Flavia is on the loose She s had to fend for herself most of her life with hardly any bit of supervision other than the female cook and house attendant, and her fathers friend from the war He oversees the home and its maintenance His name is Dogger and he appears to be kindredspirits with Flavia shows up knows when he s needed as if by magic or a second sense He supports her, protects her, never scolds her In order to raise money to save the estate, Flavia s father contracts with a movie producer to come out with the crew to film a movie at their estate Soon the place is overrun with strangers, wires and cables, cinema equipment, stage sets, cast and crew The village folk come down in a snowstorm for an impromptu pre performance and before you know it, everyone is snowed in and there s a dead body post show in the Blue Room Before the police are called, Miss Flavia does a little detective work of her own Flavia has helped the police solve previous crimes in the other Flavia books and thus has a reputation about herself At first the inspector doubts her and tries to brush her off, after all, she s only eleven years old However, when she notices clues that the police have missed, they treat her as a colleague with admiration She s a kid who is confident, really has her wits about herself and can read people, their body language and has the ability to think ahead If someone annoys her, she starts thinking of different sorts of poisons potions she might use on them She never does, but I think we may need to keep an eye on this girl as she gets older so her thoughts do not turn into actions I enjoyed this quick, little book I liked the cavorting skeleton on the front cover wearing a Santa hat Flavia was trying to concoct some sort of sticky resin chemical formula to trap Santa at the chimney when he came to visit on Christmas Eve and I believe that was the intention of the book cover Good grief, Flavia There were some unusual words I ve never heard of before This is highly irregular for me The words are pantechnician, Malay yellow, antimony, caravanserai, dekko and mustard police Excuse me, while I consult a dictionary flag 19 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 06, 2018 Emma rated it really liked it 4.5 stars Really enjoyed this one We get some hints about Dogger and Aunt Felicity s past and Flavia attempts to prove the existence of Father Christmas by scientific means This one has a slightly Agatha Christie vibe to it Loved the ice rink at the beginning of the book flag 17 likesLike see review May 04, 2011 Tatiana rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2011, mysteries thrillers horror There is plenty to love in this installment of Flavia de Luce s adventures, especially if you are her existing fan I Am Half Sick of Shadows is a Christmas story, with a great infusion of some new blood, which is a must for any series focusing on such a tiny place as Bishop s Lacey Flavia s father is forced to rent out Buckshaw to a movie company to film its new feature When the star of the movie is found murdered, Flavia is on full alert Now she has two Christmas cases on her hands the mu There is plenty to love in this installment of Flavia de Luce s adventures, especially if you are her existing fan I Am Half Sick of Shadows is a Christmas story, with a great infusion of some new blood, which is a must for any series focusing on such a tiny place as Bishop s Lacey Flavia s father is forced to rent out Buckshaw to a movie company to film its new feature When the star of the movie is found murdered, Flavia is on full alert Now she has two Christmas cases on her hands the murder and her project to confirm the existence of Santa Whatever you liked about the previous books in the series, is all there the humor, the charm, the interesting characters, the mischief However, I feel that in their zeal to deliver I Am Half Sick of Shadows just in time for Christmas, Bradley and his gang of editors and agents forgot to pay attention to the quality of this novel To put it bluntly, it is half baked Besides the wonky motives of the killer, far fetching backstories of some characters, multiple pointless cameo appearances of characters from previous books and half hearted at best red herrings, this book lacks simple continuity The part that especially stood out for me unless, of course, I misunderstood it was when a certain character in one chapter is sent out in a snowstorm to fetch a couple of people, in the next chapter is sitting in the Buckshaw s living room chatting and in the next is just coming from outside with the couple if you are curious, I am talking about Sergeant Graves in chapters 13 15 How is it possible that an editor of this book didn t notice this discrepancy, if even I, a person absolutely unobservant, did As usual in such cases, I am pretty sure nobody had read this manuscript before rushing it into print.In spite of its many obvious flaws, the book was still entertaining and funny I just hope the next one is edited and constructed better flag 17 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 14, 2011 Richard Derus rated it really liked it review of another edition Rating 4 of fiveThe Book Report Flavia de Luce does Christmas Buckshaw, Bishop s Lacey, is now the scene of Ilium Films s new Phyllis Wyvern extravaganza, The Cry of the Raven The film company has paid the desperately strapped for cash Colonel Haviland de Luce a sizable sum to use Buckshaw as the backdrop for this bound to be mega hit, which means Christmas will be spent with an entire film crew up the family s collective backside Flavia meets the famous Miss Wyvern as she enters the house Rating 4 of fiveThe Book Report Flavia de Luce does Christmas Buckshaw, Bishop s Lacey, is now the scene of Ilium Films s new Phyllis Wyvern extravaganza, The Cry of the Raven The film company has paid the desperately strapped for cash Colonel Haviland de Luce a sizable sum to use Buckshaw as the backdrop for this bound to be mega hit, which means Christmas will be spent with an entire film crew up the family s collective backside Flavia meets the famous Miss Wyvern as she enters the house, charming as cheesecake on a plate of strawberries, even winning the adulation of the normally suspicious Flavia by demonstrating her apparently genuine interest in matters of murder She quotes from the dreadful gossip sheet Illustrated London News about a recent scandalous killing Well then Not long after the lady s arrival, the cast and crew and director make their various appearances, as doe the Vicar, with a modest proposal He d like famous movie star Wyvern to appear as Juliet, her star making role, in a village fete in aid of the church roof s repair To absolutely universal astonishment, Miss Wyvern agrees, and the plot begins to spin faster and faster Since the hairpins have begun to fall, and Miss Wyvern s true meanness is revealed, the fact that she s murdered by someone present at Buckshaw after the fetewhich includes just about the whole village, since a blizzard s blown in, sealing all the audience in Buckshaw s foyercomes as no surprise whatever.Even though the bloom has gone off the rose of Flavia s admiration for the lady, a murder under her own roof is simply too much to resist meddling in And meddle she does, searching the victim s room and even standing in at the post mortem examination of the body Flavia, though, is callously shut out by Inspector Hewitt of the Hinley P.D as is his wont He has, thinks Flavia, personal animus against her now, as Flavia made a terrible break at tea taken in the Hewitt home.But in the end, Flavia solves the horrible, tawdry crime, and fails to become the next murder victim herself by dint of one of her chemistry experiments designed to trap Santa Claus on his way to the chimney, thereby disproving her horrible, heartless sisters s claims that there is no Santa And, at the very tippy end of the book, Buckshaw s future at the hands of the tax receivers is probably averted thanks to the very play that caused the Christmas crisis to begin witha lovely, deft scene that wrapped up an end I was really ticked about having loose.Merry Christmas indeed, Flavia.My Review Every series needs a Christmas book This is it If you liked the others, this one will please you but it has the standard plot hole and plausibility flaws If they didn t tick you off before, they won t now, either Happy Holidays flag 16 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 26, 2013 Nikki rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, crime At this point, I ve elected not to take these books seriously at all, and just enjoy them for what they are without picking nits After all, at least it features a curious, resourceful young girl who is interested in chemistry and forensics, who solves murders in a delightfully Blyton esque way by getting herself all tangled up in them Of course there re problems with this fetishisation of an old British country house and British spirit , etc, Flavia tampering with crime scenes, the nigh o At this point, I ve elected not to take these books seriously at all, and just enjoy them for what they are without picking nits After all, at least it features a curious, resourceful young girl who is interested in chemistry and forensics, who solves murders in a delightfully Blyton esque way by getting herself all tangled up in them Of course there re problems with this fetishisation of an old British country house and British spirit , etc, Flavia tampering with crime scenes, the nigh on abusive behaviour of Flavia s sisters although that does seem to be developing, slowly, book by book, and might perhaps become understandable later on No, nitpicking aside, I Am Half Sick of Shadows is fun How very like Flavia to try and prove the existence of Father Christmas by attempting to or less glue him to the chimney pots And there s a touch about her Aunt Felicity, and Dogger, which makes both of them interesting characters Well, I already found Dogger interesting, but I wasn t sure what the point of Aunt Felicity was Now I think she and Flavia have in common than we ve yet seen.The mystery itself is fairly perfunctory the murder isn t discovered until pretty much half way through I barely had time to get my head around the suspects before Flavia was getting attacked It s really less of a mystery series and of a quirky detective series, mysteries to some extent optional.Still, as I say, it s fun when I don t take it seriously British my foot The De Luces of this series are very, very English, and that s what Alan Bradley meant them to be British is unnecessarily inclusive of the Welsh, Scots and Irish There s not a trace of any of those nationalities here flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2012 Josie rated it liked it review of another edition Having read all four Flavia de Luce novels in the last couple of weeks, I m all Flavia d out for the time being She certainly is unique who else would try to capture Father Christmas by coating the roof and chimneys in birdlime but perhaps is best taken in small doses I don t think I can take much of her tampering with crime scenes Does this bother anybody else I could understand her looking around, but she disturbs the body, moves things around, and steals evidence for her own Having read all four Flavia de Luce novels in the last couple of weeks, I m all Flavia d out for the time being She certainly is unique who else would try to capture Father Christmas by coating the roof and chimneys in birdlime but perhaps is best taken in small doses I don t think I can take much of her tampering with crime scenes Does this bother anybody else I could understand her looking around, but she disturbs the body, moves things around, and steals evidence for her own investigations The Inspector has the patience of a saint I also disliked the implications in this book that Ophelia and Daphne have a special reason for hatin on Flavia so much They re older sisters they don t need an excuse to be bitches.P.S Who else noticed the continuity error midway through the book Sergeant Graves is sent out into the blizzard to fetch back the vicar and his wife He then conducts interviews and takes statements from everyone at Buckshaw before arriving back with the vicar and his wife a few pages later flag 10 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Oct 05, 2011 Laima rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves first reads, canadian authors, 2011 reading challenge, great eh, christmas, flavia I won this book from as a First Reads giveaway I am Half Sick of Shadows by Alan BradleyI very much enjoyed reading this novel It is the fourth installment in a series of books about Flavia de Luce Eleven year old Flavia lives with her sisters Daphne and Ophelia and her father, Colonel Haviland De Luce, in a rambling old mansion in the English countryside The story is set around Christmas sometime during 1940 s 1950 s era.Flavia is quite a character, someone straight out of the I won this book from as a First Reads giveaway I am Half Sick of Shadows by Alan BradleyI very much enjoyed reading this novel It is the fourth installment in a series of books about Flavia de Luce Eleven year old Flavia lives with her sisters Daphne and Ophelia and her father, Colonel Haviland De Luce, in a rambling old mansion in the English countryside The story is set around Christmas sometime during 1940 s 1950 s era.Flavia is quite a character, someone straight out of the fictional St.Trinian s School for Girls series of British movies She is smart, tormented by her older sisters, has a passion for chemistry, poisons and solving murders Author Alan Bradley is Canadian, but when reading this novel, you get the feeling that the story was written by a British author with a very wry, witty sense of humour I loved the writing In this story the colonel agrees to rent out part of the house to a film studio for a movie shoot as his funds are desperately dwindling The crew and actors move in during the Christmas season After a particularly painful production of Romeo and Juliet held for the local townspeople at the mansion, a terrible snowstorm leaves everyone present at the house stranded overnight A sleepless Flavia discovers Phyllis Wyvern, leading actress and major pain in the neck, murdered by strangulation There are plenty of suspects and Flavia s sleuthing skills are geared up for action.This novel would make an excellent Disney movie overall very entertaining and a fun story flag 9 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jan 18, 2012 Carl rated it it was ok review of another edition I am half sick of Flavia de Luce Yes, in this series she s been a precocious narrator of her own brilliant, amateur sleuthing as well as infatuation with chemistry, especially concerning poisons There s been a good amount of good humor, as well as violent denouements which don t fit the overall setting.The setting, a large, old estate in a small town, must have been begging for the full blown cozy treatment, because this one delivers that, in your face, to the point that in the end, the Insp I am half sick of Flavia de Luce Yes, in this series she s been a precocious narrator of her own brilliant, amateur sleuthing as well as infatuation with chemistry, especially concerning poisons There s been a good amount of good humor, as well as violent denouements which don t fit the overall setting.The setting, a large, old estate in a small town, must have been begging for the full blown cozy treatment, because this one delivers that, in your face, to the point that in the end, the Inspector who actually has shown competence this time around, not being so ridiculously shown up by a pre teen amateur has to point out that it s rather like an Agatha Christie mystery No sh , Sherlock.But, I found the plot way too staged, and the characters too stock and much less interesting than in prior books I can t say if that would be true to a new reader , the humor thinner, and the violent penultimate scene too unreal as in prior books It dragged so much that I sort of sped read my way through I won t be in such a hurry to read the next one Maybe the entire book was supposed to be tongue in cheek , but that could have been done in a much smaller manner or manor.And an afterthought One element of the plot is Flavia s serious attempt to catch or trap Father Christmas on the rooftop where he must obviously go to drop down the chimney Seriously And it s not until the end that this brilliant student of science figures out that maybe the Santa Claus scenario has some logical flaws Maybe I m the dummy, assuming this book was aimed at those smarter than a 5th grader flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing review of another edition Reason for Reading next in the series.Oh, the sweet pure pleasure of reading a Flavia de Luce mystery, the witty and wise 11yo chemist with a propensity for poisons Book 4 in the series is as fresh and original as book 1 and, I think at this point, my favourite in the series Making a great Christmas gift as our action takes place on Christmas Eve this is sure to please fans and newcomers alike Fans will be pleased to see familiar faces but newcomers won t miss a thing just jumping in with th Reason for Reading next in the series.Oh, the sweet pure pleasure of reading a Flavia de Luce mystery, the witty and wise 11yo chemist with a propensity for poisons Book 4 in the series is as fresh and original as book 1 and, I think at this point, my favourite in the series Making a great Christmas gift as our action takes place on Christmas Eve this is sure to please fans and newcomers alike Fans will be pleased to see familiar faces but newcomers won t miss a thing just jumping in with this series A great character study and return to the traditional British mystery, Bradley has the Christie flair down to a T The book entices us with two mysteries actually as the murder does not take place until 2 3s of the way into the book While the reader is kept guessing as to who will be murdered for the larger part of the book they are then rewarded with a splendid crime that has members of Flavia s own family on her list of suspects and her own life in danger at the climax Bradley has outdone himself If you have mystery lovers on your Christmas list, consider them taken care of flag 8 likesLike see review Jul 09, 2013 Lata rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, canlit, x2018 read I really don t care that much about the mysteries in this series I read these books to spend time with the inimitable Flavia de Luce She s often hilarious as she goes about her home and Bishop s Lacey while commenting on everything and everyone, and while plotting new ways to respond to Feely s and Daffy s taunts and put downs Though she doesn t spend much time on it, Flavia shows us how her sisters behaviour hurts her deeply.This installment, Flavia wants to find proof of Father Christmas a I really don t care that much about the mysteries in this series I read these books to spend time with the inimitable Flavia de Luce She s often hilarious as she goes about her home and Bishop s Lacey while commenting on everything and everyone, and while plotting new ways to respond to Feely s and Daffy s taunts and put downs Though she doesn t spend much time on it, Flavia shows us how her sisters behaviour hurts her deeply.This installment, Flavia wants to find proof of Father Christmas after his visit, and while she s avidly preparing for the fellow s appearance, there are other events happening around her a film crew using her home for a shoot, old resentments, murder, and a snowstorm Flavia, of course, shows up the police and their shoddy methods through her careful observation, frequent snooping and her prodigious intelligence On to the next book flag 12 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 04, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime mystery These are fun, easy, light, reads For me, the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley is just for fun I enjoy Flavia and her adventures I always say that she never sounds like a little girl, but this one was the closest of her being and acting her own age I really liked that and it made me smile I also like her family dynamic It is her anchor and she knows that, even with the tension with her sisters flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 10, 2018 Netta rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read 2018 A witty homage to the Golden Age of detective fiction and its dame Agatha Christie, though, honestly, having read four books of the series, I m so in love with Flavia, that I would not mind this book being just a story of de Luce family with bits of a decent detective Flavia is Conan Doyle ish sort of a detective, and yet she s a very touching 11 year old girl, who hunts down not only murderers but Father Christmas too I d love to conclude this mess of a review with a quote that nearly made me A witty homage to the Golden Age of detective fiction and its dame Agatha Christie, though, honestly, having read four books of the series, I m so in love with Flavia, that I would not mind this book being just a story of de Luce family with bits of a decent detective Flavia is Conan Doyle ish sort of a detective, and yet she s a very touching 11 year old girl, who hunts down not only murderers but Father Christmas too I d love to conclude this mess of a review with a quote that nearly made me sob in the train My father is not a hugger, but I wanted to hug him I wanted to run after him and throw my arms around him and hug him until the jam run out.But of course, I didn t We de Luces do not gush.And yet, perhaps, when they come to write the final history of this island race, there will be a chapter on all those glorious scenes that were played out only in British minds, rather than in the flesh, and if they do, Father and I will be there, if not hand in hand, them marching, at least, in the same parade. flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 31, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it review of another edition Absolutely spiffing 4.5 5 starsThis review was originally posted on my book blog.I listened to the audiobook version of I Am Half Sick of Shadows, narrated by Sophie Aldred.I picked up this audiobook from the library because it was the only title in the mp3 range which appealed to me I didn t have a clue that it s number 4 in a series, and I m very happy to report it made very little difference to my enjoyment of the story.I LOVED this It took a while to get used to Flavia s incredibly idiosy Absolutely spiffing 4.5 5 starsThis review was originally posted on my book blog.I listened to the audiobook version of I Am Half Sick of Shadows, narrated by Sophie Aldred.I picked up this audiobook from the library because it was the only title in the mp3 range which appealed to me I didn t have a clue that it s number 4 in a series, and I m very happy to report it made very little difference to my enjoyment of the story.I LOVED this It took a while to get used to Flavia s incredibly idiosyncratic voice and turn of phrase, but once I did, it was the best thing about the book It reminded me of how the Famous Five spoke to each other, but smarter If I d started the series at book 1, I m sure I would have already been at home with her voice and not needed this adjustment time That said, this book worked as a stand alone, I fell in love with Flavia and by the end was incredibly sorry it was all over.The mystery element of the story was good, if nothing new all the suspects trapped in a big house because of unexpected heavy snow we ve never seen that before The setting was excellent and the set up interesting The film crew and actors brought some old Hollywood glamour to the story But the star of the show is Flavia, her love of chemistry and her rather inventive experiments These include an attempt to prove the existence of Father Christmas by covering the chimney stacks in bird lime in the hope of trapping him there Brilliant flag 8 likesLike see review Sep 07, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves england, favorite authors, mystery, series, favorite covers, favorites, highly recommend There is but one word that appositely describes this book and its predecessors, delightful The plot, the setting, and the wonderful character of Flavia de Luce take the word delightful and fill it out to its bursting seams I want to read these stories as fast as I can, and, yet, I want them to never end I highly recommend this book and the others to anyone who needs a smile, a tug of the heart, a warm fuzzy feeling of comfort and joy In this latest tale, Flavia s beloved Buckshaw, decayi There is but one word that appositely describes this book and its predecessors, delightful The plot, the setting, and the wonderful character of Flavia de Luce take the word delightful and fill it out to its bursting seams I want to read these stories as fast as I can, and, yet, I want them to never end I highly recommend this book and the others to anyone who needs a smile, a tug of the heart, a warm fuzzy feeling of comfort and joy In this latest tale, Flavia s beloved Buckshaw, decaying ancestral home, has been rented out to a film company in order to help with the de Luce s always dwindling financial state It happens to take place at Christmas, and before the requisite murder occurs, Flavia is using her skills in chemistry and deduction to lay a trap for Father Christmas When a body is discovered with a knot of film around the neck, it is in a house full of Bishop s Lacey s residents who are snowbound after a charity performance at Buckshaw Flavia turns to her usual cunning bag of tricks and wit to unmask a killer in the crowd Thank you, Alan Bradley, for a most entertaining Christmas present flag 7 likesLike see review Feb 24, 2018 Lady Clementina ffinch ffarow rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, mystery, series, alan bradley, flavia de luce, murder Book 4 of the Flavia de Luce series, this was actually the third I ve read since I haven t yet got my hands on book 3 In this one, it is Christmas time at Bishop s Lacey, and Colonel de Luce, in even dire straits has decided to let out Buckshaw to a film crew To her surprise the famous actress Phyllis Wyvern has heard of Flavia her success as a detective previously , and they strike up something of a friendship, Ms Wyvern seeming to understand Flavia than others do But before long Book 4 of the Flavia de Luce series, this was actually the third I ve read since I haven t yet got my hands on book 3 In this one, it is Christmas time at Bishop s Lacey, and Colonel de Luce, in even dire straits has decided to let out Buckshaw to a film crew To her surprise the famous actress Phyllis Wyvern has heard of Flavia her success as a detective previously , and they strike up something of a friendship, Ms Wyvern seeming to understand Flavia than others do But before long there is a murder But unlike in previous books, this one has happened when half of Bishop s Lacey is at Buckshaw for a performance of scenes from Romeo and Juliet for charity, and they re pretty much camping there since they re snowed in The police arrive on the scene, of course but it is Flavia who once again catches on to the most vital clues Meanwhile Flavia is also laying a trap from Santa Claus who she is convinced exists from something that happened with her Christmas wishlist the previous year This was another enjoyable instalment in the series for me The mystery itself was interesting and one where I didn t guess the murderer but not as complex as the previous one I read The Weed the Strings the Hangman s Bag though there were plenty of secrets, and complex relationships for Flavia to weave through For me, though in this series, than the mystery, it is Flavia s character, her voice, and indeed her antics that I enjoy the most, and on those counts this book didn t disappoint at all There is as usual plenty of chemistry, and lots of literary references great fun Feely and Daffy her sisters actually showed they were slightly human in this one Can t wait to read the next one flag 8 likesLike see review Sep 05, 2011 Kevin rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves england, mystery thrillers, favorites The only disappointment I found in this book was that it ended at 300 pages instead of at 3000 I adore Flavia De Luce She is one of my favorite characters in all fiction.A couple of quotes from this series Tell them we may not be praying with them, Father told the Vicar, but we are at least not actively praying against them Books are like oxygen to a deep sea diver, she had once said Take them away and you might as well begin counting the bubbles Anyone who knew the word slattern wa The only disappointment I found in this book was that it ended at 300 pages instead of at 3000 I adore Flavia De Luce She is one of my favorite characters in all fiction.A couple of quotes from this series Tell them we may not be praying with them, Father told the Vicar, but we are at least not actively praying against them Books are like oxygen to a deep sea diver, she had once said Take them away and you might as well begin counting the bubbles Anyone who knew the word slattern was worth cultivating as a friend I remembered a piece of sisterly advice, which Feely once gave Daffy and me If ever you re accosted by a man, she d said, kick him in the Casanovas and run like blue blazes Although it had sounded at the time like a useful bit of intelligence, the only problem was that I didn t know where the Casanovas were located I d have to think of something else Start this series with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the PieMy highest of recommendations flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2016 Mai Laakso rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves male writer, crime, children s books, young adult Ihmelapsi Flavia de Luce on 11 vuotias, mutta uskoo viel joulupukkiin ja siihen, ett joulupukki tulee savupiipun kautta tuomaan lahjat Tuo ei mene oikein l pi, mutta onneksi h n alkaa ep ill asian oikeaa laitaa, jo oli aikakin No sit ennen h n oli ajatellut pyydyst joulupukin kiinni ja kehitteli erikoisliimaa ja liimasi kartanon kattoa sielt sun t lt , mutta liimaan ei tarttunut joulupukki, vaan ihan eri tyyppiT m hurmaava myrkynkeitt j neitokainen on ilahduttanut jo nelj ss suome Ihmelapsi Flavia de Luce on 11 vuotias, mutta uskoo viel joulupukkiin ja siihen, ett joulupukki tulee savupiipun kautta tuomaan lahjat Tuo ei mene oikein l pi, mutta onneksi h n alkaa ep ill asian oikeaa laitaa, jo oli aikakin No sit ennen h n oli ajatellut pyydyst joulupukin kiinni ja kehitteli erikoisliimaa ja liimasi kartanon kattoa sielt sun t lt , mutta liimaan ei tarttunut joulupukki, vaan ihan eri tyyppiT m hurmaava myrkynkeitt j neitokainen on ilahduttanut jo nelj ss suomennetussa kirjassa h nen laajaa ihailijalaumaansa Itse olen nauraa kikatellut lukiessani Flavian touhuista Varsinkin siskosten kanssa kehittyy aika mukavia ja luonnollisia riidanpoikasia Syanidit vain h yry ja raketit lentelev t kirjan juonikuvioissa, mutta ehtik Flavia n kem n joulupukin Vai veik kaiken huomion filmausporukka, joka majoittautui kartanoon, koska se ainainen rahapula vaivaa Voi Romeo, Romeo Julia kujersi flag 6 likesLike see review Jun 16, 2018 Aletheia Johanna rated it liked it review of another edition Ihana, ihana Flavia Tuo nuori ja nokkela myrkynkeitt j ratkoo j lleen murhaa, joita tuntuu mahtuvan kummallisen paljon pieneen englantilaiseen kyl n T ll kertaa tapahtumat sijoittuvat Buckshawiin suljettu huone tyylisess astelemassa, kun lumimyrsky saartaa joukon ihmisi kartanoon ja kuuluisa n yttelij t r l ytyy murhattuna huoneestaan Oli ihana tutustua tuohon r nsistyneeseen de Lucejen kotipaikkaan l hemmin viimein Flavialla on j lleen my s omat pikku projektit meneill n sill h n ha Ihana, ihana Flavia Tuo nuori ja nokkela myrkynkeitt j ratkoo j lleen murhaa, joita tuntuu mahtuvan kummallisen paljon pieneen englantilaiseen kyl n T ll kertaa tapahtumat sijoittuvat Buckshawiin suljettu huone tyylisess astelemassa, kun lumimyrsky saartaa joukon ihmisi kartanoon ja kuuluisa n yttelij t r l ytyy murhattuna huoneestaan Oli ihana tutustua tuohon r nsistyneeseen de Lucejen kotipaikkaan l hemmin viimein Flavialla on j lleen my s omat pikku projektit meneill n sill h n haluaa saada kiinni joulupukin, todistaakseen rsytt v n nen kk ille siskolleen olevansa oikeassa tuon vanhan partasuun suhteen Ei parhaimpia Flavia dekkareita, mutta hyv ja viihdytt v kuitenkin Eritt in nopealukuinen kirja, johon mahtui sopivasti juonenk nteit ja tunnelmaa N m kirjat upeine kansineen ovat valloittaneet syd meni flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Heather rated it really liked it Shelves mystery thriller One of my favorites of the series so far The audio version of this series is just wonderful The narrator does a fantastic job bringing precocious Flavia to life Takes a little longer to listen instead of just read, but I wouldn t miss a chance to hear her read the story flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 25, 2011 Chance Lee rated it liked it review of another edition I liked this one, but not as much as the others in the series It took a while to get going The entire book is set in Buckshaw, Flavia s epic estate This incredible mansion would be a fine enough setting, but I missed Flavia zipping around Bishop s Lacey on her trusty bicycle, Gladys At the half way point, the residents Bishop s Lacey comes to Buckshaw for a show Ah ha, Flavia doesn t need to travel to Bishop s Lacey Bishop s Lacey will come to her This is when I finally became invested in I liked this one, but not as much as the others in the series It took a while to get going The entire book is set in Buckshaw, Flavia s epic estate This incredible mansion would be a fine enough setting, but I missed Flavia zipping around Bishop s Lacey on her trusty bicycle, Gladys At the half way point, the residents Bishop s Lacey comes to Buckshaw for a show Ah ha, Flavia doesn t need to travel to Bishop s Lacey Bishop s Lacey will come to her This is when I finally became invested in the book, only to be a little disappointed when the quirky residents are under utilized I ve wanted Flavia to have another chat with the town s little gossip maven, Maximillion Brock, ever since her debut novel.Many of the new and returning characters are also haphazardly sprinkled about Two or three of movie crew seem to exist purely to lurk around and be shady suspects, and a returning character from The Weed That Strings the Hangman s Bag makes an appearance that serves absolutely no narrative purpose.Flavia does spend a bit of the novel pre occupied with capturing Saint Nicholas Her brilliant scheme to trap him of course involving an ingenious chemical mixture reminds us that despite her brilliant scientific and deduction skills, Flavia is still an eleven year old girl.There are some funny and tender moments, but this holiday Flavia is of a delightful stocking stuffer than a filling Christmas feast flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2016 Emilie rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves love the cover, mystery T m oli tasoltaan yht hyv kuin edellisetkin kirjat Viihdyin loistavasti Flavian veike ss ja tottelemattomassa seurassa, tunnelma oli mainio ja Agathamainen Miinusta siit , ettei kirjasarja kokonaisuudessa tuntunut kehittyv n t ss kirjassa mihink n suuntaan Flavian ja h nen siskojensa v linen ainainen huono suhde meinasi jo v h n kyll stytt flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2017 SheriC PM rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 7 mystery thriller, 7 ya, 0 owned, 4 format audio, 5 rated 4 stars, 7 holiday I ve been in a reading funk lately, trying to read some holiday themed books to put me in the Christmas spirit and finding myself left Grinchy than jolly by the experience So I decided to take a break from the holiday stories and get in some light entertainment in the form of my favorite little scamp, Flavia deLuce Only to find that the next book in the series is set at Christmas In retrospect, the cover art featuring a dancing skeleton in a Santa hat should have been a dead giveway, bu I ve been in a reading funk lately, trying to read some holiday themed books to put me in the Christmas spirit and finding myself left Grinchy than jolly by the experience So I decided to take a break from the holiday stories and get in some light entertainment in the form of my favorite little scamp, Flavia deLuce Only to find that the next book in the series is set at Christmas In retrospect, the cover art featuring a dancing skeleton in a Santa hat should have been a dead giveway, but I can only plead inattention due to upper respiratory infection In this installment, the deLuce family finances has forced them to allow a film crew to invade their ancestral home, while Flavia has decided on an empirical approach to determining whether Father Christmas is real, by cooking up a sort of people version of fly paper in her chemistry lab to slather around the chimney Meanwhile, there s a murder, and Flavia is her usual delightfully obnoxious self in disrupting the official investigation and ferreting out the clues Audiobook, purchased via Audible, with another fantastic performance by Jayne Entwistle flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 01, 2017 Deanna rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017, mystery, uno red It s Christmas time at Buckshaw in the fifth Flavia du Luce mystery, I Am Half Sick of Shadows but this Christmas promises to be quite different In order to earn money to pay off the family s debts, Colonel du Luce has rented our the use of Buckshaw to a film company The whole village is excited about the imminent arrival of the famous film star, Phyllis Wyvern The vicar asks the actress if she would be willing to do a short scene in order to help raise money for roof repair, and she quickly It s Christmas time at Buckshaw in the fifth Flavia du Luce mystery, I Am Half Sick of Shadows but this Christmas promises to be quite different In order to earn money to pay off the family s debts, Colonel du Luce has rented our the use of Buckshaw to a film company The whole village is excited about the imminent arrival of the famous film star, Phyllis Wyvern The vicar asks the actress if she would be willing to do a short scene in order to help raise money for roof repair, and she quickly agrees to perform a scene from Romeo and Juliet with her costar Things quickly go from bad to worse when the villagers are snowed in, and then Phyllis Wyvern is found murdered by Flavia Now in addition to preparing glue to catch Saint Nicholas and making fireworks to set off as her Christmas present to the village, Flavia has a murder to solve.This is definitely my favorite of the Flavia series so far The mystery is well done as usual, but I found her Christmas plans to be quite funny and entertaining I definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys mysteries Five stars flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 26, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2012, detective, mystery Review from Badelynge.The de Luce family have suspended their usual Christmas preparations in order to try to generate some much needed cash, hiring out Buckshaw to a film company Usually Christmas is the one time of the year that the warring sisters declare a temporary truce for the celebrations but that seems unlikely amongst the uproar of visiting film royalty It s not long before things start going wrong and most of the population of Bishop s Lacy is camped out in the halls, pretty much s Review from Badelynge.The de Luce family have suspended their usual Christmas preparations in order to try to generate some much needed cash, hiring out Buckshaw to a film company Usually Christmas is the one time of the year that the warring sisters declare a temporary truce for the celebrations but that seems unlikely amongst the uproar of visiting film royalty It s not long before things start going wrong and most of the population of Bishop s Lacy is camped out in the halls, pretty much snowed in and trapped with a killer at large amongst them Much as Flavia de Luce loves a good murder to keep her 12 year old deductive skills finely honed, even she has to admit that juggling vital scientific experiments proving the existence of Father Christmas at the same time as digging into family history, while making sure the local police are suitably impressed with her cleverness and creating the firework display to end all firework displays, might be a little too much for even her array of skills.This one is possibly as good as the series debut Flavia and co just dance off the pages which seem to evaporate under your fingers and into your brain If you can get it into your reading schedule over the Christmas period then all much the better Flavia is as fascinating and captivating as ever, straddling the line of cleverness and hopeless naivety and brought to life by Alan Bradley with lots of wit, cheekiness and flashes of surprising depth of feeling Whether you buy into his somewhat Ealingesque image of 1950s rural England doesn t really matter it s just too much fun to give a damn flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2014 Book Concierge rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves audio, british, canadian author, christmas, concierge, family, funny, library, murder, mystery Audio performed by Jayne Entwhistle3 In this 4th installment of the Flavia DeLuce series we find Buckshaw overrun with a cinema crew just at Christmas It s the perfect setting for the film and they ll pay handsomely keeping the estate afloat for another year Flavia, however, is much concerned with whether Father Christmas is real In an effort to settle the question once and for all, she concocts a chemical trap her own sort of SuperGlue which she spreads around the chimneys Mean Audio performed by Jayne Entwhistle3 In this 4th installment of the Flavia DeLuce series we find Buckshaw overrun with a cinema crew just at Christmas It s the perfect setting for the film and they ll pay handsomely keeping the estate afloat for another year Flavia, however, is much concerned with whether Father Christmas is real In an effort to settle the question once and for all, she concocts a chemical trap her own sort of SuperGlue which she spreads around the chimneys Meantime, half the village has come to Buckshaw in a snowstorm for a benefit performance featuring the film s two stars As the snow turns to a blizzard they are all trapped on the estate, without phone or a means to travel back to town It s the perfect setting for a murder Bradley is stretching the plot rather thin in this book The murder doesn t happen until half way through the book As much as I love Flavia, I read the series for the mysteries and her efforts to solve them While Flavia certainly helps to identify the killer, she spends much time on her elaborate schemes for Christmas she s made fireworks as well at the trap for Santa One thing I definitely did appreciate was the somewhat improved behavior of her sisters they were far less cruel to her in this book than in previous installments I also liked the additional information about Dogger, Colonel DeLuce and Flavia s deceased mother As usual, Jayne Entwhistle is marvelous voicing Flavia and the other characters on the audio version She is simply perfect flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves mystery I have truly enjoyed this series I say enjoyed since this is the fourth and latest book in the series I hope there are Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old, precocious, independent, and intelligent young girl and an amateur detective I wouldn t want to have her as a daughter she d be too much for me to handle As a character in book, however she is a delight She is a bane in the side of the local inspector, since she can t seem to control her impulses and her curiosity enough to not l I have truly enjoyed this series I say enjoyed since this is the fourth and latest book in the series I hope there are Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old, precocious, independent, and intelligent young girl and an amateur detective I wouldn t want to have her as a daughter she d be too much for me to handle As a character in book, however she is a delight She is a bane in the side of the local inspector, since she can t seem to control her impulses and her curiosity enough to not look further into the murder She is driven from a scientific perspective, rather than a competitive urge to show up the police She is a bit overconfident in her abilities, reckless and presumptive but her intent is truly to help and learn, even if it doesn t work out or interpreted in that way.The family dynamics are also becoming interesting to me Flavia s mother died shortly after she was born she has not real memories of her mother She longs for a intimate relationship with her father but the actual real and communicative connections with her father are few and far between They are intimate and precious however when they do occur Her sisters are horrid and seemingly abusive to her in the first three books In this book, you learn that at least one of the sisters truly loves her It s not clear, however, why she has been a bitch to her in the past I look forward to further books and development in this series flag 4 likesLike see 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Association for his novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first of a series featuring eleven year old Flavia de Luce, which has since won the 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel,the 2010 Dilys Award,the Spotted Owl Award, and the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has also been nominated for the Macavity, the Barry, and the Arthur Awards.Alan Bradley lives in Malta with his wife Shirley and two calculating cats Other books in the series Flavia de Luce 10 books Books by Alan Bradley More Trivia About I Am Half Sick of 13 trivia questions More quizzes trivia Quotes from I Am Half Sick of Books are like oxygen to a deep sea diver, she had once said Take them away and you might as well begin counting the bubbles 152 likes Although it is pleasant to think about poison at any season, there is something special about Christmas, and I found myself grinning 24 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 9161, 13056, 5162, 546, 114 if 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        Librarian Note There is than one author in the 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 Librarian Note There is than one author in the 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 he remained for 25 years before taking early retirement to write in 1994.He became the first President of the Saskatoon Writers, and a founding member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild His children s stories were published in The Canadian Children s Annual, and his short story, Meet Miss Mullen, was the first recipient of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children s Literature.For a number of years, he regularly taught Script Writing and Television Production courses at the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division at both beginner and advanced levels.His fiction has been published in literary journals and he has given many public readings in schools and galleries His short stories have been broadcast by CBC Radio.He was a founding member of The Casebook of Saskatoon, a society devoted to the study of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockian writings Here, he met the late Dr William A.S Sarjeant, with whom he collaborated on their classic book, Ms Holmes of Baker Street This work put forth the startling theory that the Great Detective was a woman, and was greeted upon publication with what has been described as a firestorm of controversy.The release of Ms Holmes resulted in national media coverage, with the authors embarking upon an extensive series of interviews, radio and television appearances, and a public debate at Toronto s Harbourfront His lifestyle and humorous pieces have appeared in The Globe and Mail and The National Post.His book The Shoebox Bible McClelland and Stewart, 2006 has been compared with Tuesdays With Morrie and Mr God, This is Anna In July of 2007 he won the Debut Dagger Award of the British Crimewriter s Association for his novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first of a series featuring eleven year old Flavia de Luce, which has since won the 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel,the 2010 Dilys Award,the Spotted Owl Award, and the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has also been nominated for the Macavity, the Barry, and the Arthur Awards.Alan Bradley lives in Malta with his wife Shirley and two calculating cats


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    1. IN MY ELEVEN YEARS of life I ve seen a number of corpses Each of them was interesting in a different way, and this one was no exception Flavia de Luce always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong right time She doesn t have to leave her small town of Bishop s Lacey to find a steady supply of bodies recently discarded by their souls Due to precarious pecuniary circumstances Flavia s father has recently rented out the ancestral home of Buckshaw to a film crew Flavia has been busy in he IN MY [...]



    2. Probability and reality are not reasons to read a Flavia de Luce book, and that is as true for I Am Half Sick of Shadows as any of them I am not looking for a well crafted mystery when I read these books, I am looking to romp around with the characters especially Flavia that populate the strange little world of Bishops Lacey A romp with a good dash of firework chemistry is what this book delivers This book takes place solely in Buckshaw where pretty much the entire town of BL happens to Probabil [...]


    3. I think this might be my favourite of Alan Bradley s Flavia de Luce series yet She still gets herself into scrapes and just wait until you see what she is cooking up for Santa Claus in her chemistry lab but she seems to be growing up and is less an annoying child and an insightful, but nosy and still precocious pre adolescent In the week before Christmas, Flavia s impoverished father, Colonel Haviland de Luce has rented out the use of their stately home, Buckshaw House, to a film comp I think t [...]


    4. Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old alchemist and super sleuth She actually has her own laboratory in the de Luce country estate, thanks to her deceased Uncle Tar She is quite precocious She is brilliant and not afraid of anything and is very observant and nosy, which gets her in a lot of trouble She does get herself back out of trouble because she is able to figure out and manipulate how I know, I m describing an 11 year old girl and those characteristics just don t seem normal for an 11 year Flav [...]


    5. 4.5 stars Really enjoyed this one We get some hints about Dogger and Aunt Felicity s past and Flavia attempts to prove the existence of Father Christmas by scientific means This one has a slightly Agatha Christie vibe to it Loved the ice rink at the beginning of the book


    6. There is plenty to love in this installment of Flavia de Luce s adventures, especially if you are her existing fan I Am Half Sick of Shadows is a Christmas story, with a great infusion of some new blood, which is a must for any series focusing on such a tiny place as Bishop s Lacey Flavia s father is forced to rent out Buckshaw to a movie company to film its new feature When the star of the movie is found murdered, Flavia is on full alert Now she has two Christmas cases on her hands the mu There [...]


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