from Goodreads: “New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley has enchanted readers worldwide with one of the most award-winning mystery series ever. Featuring the irresistible, incorrigible eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, whom the Chicago Sun-Times called “a delightful, intrepid, acid-tongued new heroine,” the family de Luce lives on the once glorious, now crumbling estate of Buckshaw, in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey, where murder happens more than it should and the brilliant amateur detective (and dedicated poison enthusiast) spends equal time dodging her older sisters and solving the most ghastly of crimes.”
Let me start this off with one important sentence “if you haven’t read Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series, you need to get on that!!”
Now that that has been said, lets get down to the nitty gritty. Alan Bradley is a wonderful writer. Simple as that. I started this series not too long after hearing major praise about it from best sellers lists and other reviewers. I’m glad I picked it up. The series follows an 11-year-old girl named Flavia De Luce who manages to find herself in serious situations involving dead bodies. Flavia is so appealing to the reader that she keeps you hooked from book to book. Her quirky personality, her investigative curiosity and innocence makes for an addictive funny story; a story I believe everyone will love! Each book follows the loveable protagonist and the mysteries surrounding the dead bodies she discovers. Even after being told by the detective to stay way from the murders so they can do their jobs, thick headed Flavia feels it necessary to solve the crimes herself, with the help of her great uncles old laboratory. Murder mystery, scientific equations and a stubborn child make for awkward situations that keep the reader entranced.
I have just recently finished the third book in the series (there are five books total, so far! The fifth just came out last month). And I was not disappointed! Normally, quite a few series get redundant with every new book, feeling repetitive and boring to the reader. This one didn’t! Alan Bradley is a master at keeping the story fresh! I cannot wait to purchase the next two books so I can get completely caught up with this series. In the meantime, I just want to strongly urge you to pick up the first book in this series and give it a try! You won’t be disappointed!!!