Booklist called this one of the best crime novel debuts of the year. It features a wily 11 year old sleuth (Flavia), who has a passion for chemistry. Booklist calls Flavia the most engaging child sleuth since Harriet the Spy.
Phil (Staff) (Queen's Square)
This unusual mystery by Canadian Alan Bradley will have you smiling from page 2. (On page 1, 11-year Flavia de Luce is tied up in a closet -- no laughing matter.) Motherless, precocious, chemistry-keen Flavia is a sort of 1950's British Harriet the Spy/ Miss Marple as she sets about to prove her father's innocence when he is accused of murdering a former classmate for the sake of a penny postage stamp. This is the first of a trilogy, so we can expect more of the pesky older sisters, helpful spinster librarian, dour gardener, mystified local constabulary and the delightfully spunky Flavia. What fun!
Nancy Ryan (Staff) (Queen's Square)