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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Alan Bradley
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Christmas is coming - but for Flavia de Luce, in the deep midwinter there's a murder to solve...



All is not well at Buckshaw, home of Flavia de Luce...



With the family finances in a parlous state, Flavia's father has, with deep misgivings, rented Buckshaw to a film company for a location shooting. Naturally enough, director, crew and stars do nothing to endear themselves to the household - especially the servants - until, when a heavy snowfall cuts off Bishop's Lacey from the rest of the world, the actors are talked into staging a benefit performance in the parish hall.



But old jealousies surface, and the leading lady is murdered. Flavia, who has been enlisted to help out behind the scenes, finds herself up to her knees in snow - and murder!


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    Acclaim for Alan Bradley's beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award "If ever there was a sleuth who's bold, brilliant, and yes, adorable, it's Flavia de Luce."--"USA Today""Delightful . . . [Flavia is] a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes. . . . Fearless, cheeky, wildly precocious.""--The Boston Globe, "on" The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie"" " "Utterly beguiling . . . wicked wit . . . The real delight here is [Flavia's] droll voice and the eccentric cast."--"People" (four stars), on" The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag"" ""Outstanding . . . [a] marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review), ""on "A Red Herring Without Mustard"

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    Acclaim for Alan Bradley's beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award

    "If ever there was a sleuth who's bold, brilliant, and yes, adorable, it's Flavia de Luce."--"USA Today"

    "Delightful . . . [Flavia is] a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes. . . . Fearless, cheeky, wildly precocious.""--The Boston Globe, "on" The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie"
    " "
    "Utterly beguiling . . . wicked wit . . . The real delight here is [Flavia's] droll voice and the eccentric cast."--"People" (four stars), on" The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag"
    " "
    "Outstanding . . . [a] marvelous blend of whimsy and mystery."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review), ""on "A Red Herring Without Mustard"

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1113 KB
    • Print Length: 305 pages
    • Publisher: Orion (3 Nov. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005ZTC14Y
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    4.7 out of 5 stars
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Flavia! 16 Nov. 2011
    By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    This is the fourth in the Flavia de Luce series, another wonderfully endearing "cozy mystery" set "somewhere" in England in the 1950s. I absolutely love this series, they're the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life with one of the most captivating heroines in the shape of 11 year old Flavia.

    It's getting close to Christmas and the de Luce family finances are still in a perilous state so the Colonel reluctantly agrees to rent out Buckshaw to a film crew. The glamorous film star Phyllis Wyvern has agreed to perform a scene from Shakespeare in order to raise funds for the church roof, so the local villagers swarm to Buckshaw to see the leading lady in action. Blizzards conspire to keep the audience captive overnight but tis not the season to be jolly as a body is discovered and, with so many suspects, Inspector Hewitt needs all the help he can get to find the killer. Of course, Flavia, our amateur sleuth, is on hand to ferret out the culprit but she is already occupied with proving Santa's existence and concocting some splendiferous fireworks.

    If you are already a fan of Flavia, you will love this seasonal story as you are immediately transported into the snowbound world of Buckshaw and Bishop's Lacey. Flavia is as irrepressible as ever but she still has that cloud of sadness, the loss of her mother and her sisters' indifference/cruelty weigh heavily on her. Some much needed distraction comes with the arrival of the film crew and the glamour of the silver screen. There are a lot of new characters in this relatively short book but they really come to life for the reader, even the one who dies quite soon!

    Overall, a pleasure to read, an ideal Christmas treat which leaves me longing for the next instalment in Flavia's adventures, Seeds of Antiquity, hopefully out in 2012.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars SO HAPPY, FLAVIA'S BACK! 12 Nov. 2011
    By Gail Cooke TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Audio CD
    Do believe it was just about two years ago that Alan Bradley brightened my reading/listening life with his introduction of Flavia de Luce, an irresistible mixture of intelligence and mystery brought to life in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. She's a master in chemistry with a keen interest in poison, and an intrepid amateur sleuth. At that time I called Bradley's book an imaginative debut and a sure winner also noting how glad I was that it would be a series.

    My enjoyment of Flavia's shenanigans continued with A Red Herring Without Mustard in which Flavia visits a fortune teller who suddenly, unwillingly goes to her final reward. Eleven-year-old Flavia does have a penchant for running across dead bodies, and this unfortunate (fortunate for the reader) knack continues with I Am Half- Sick of Shadows.

    As the story opens Flavia is busy in her laboratory trying to work out something to trap Santa Claus. She's diverted from trying to capture the cheery old fellow when a film crew comes to Buckshaw, the de Luce's down at the bricks English estate. Said movie is to star the famous Phyllis Wyvern. And, since this is the most excitement the village of Bishop's Lacey has seen in generations the villagers gather to watch the actress perform. However, no one is prepared for the unscripted closing scene: a body is found strangled with a length of film.

    Once again Flavia's skill is put to the test And once again Los Angeles-based actress Jayne Entwistle delivers a superb narration.

    - Gail Cooke
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Youthful idealism 15 Nov. 2011
    By TerryB
    Format:Hardcover
    If you have already read Alan Bradley's first three books in this series you will love this one too - I know I did. I just find Flavia and her whole dysfunctional family so endearing. If you have never read any of these books get a copy of `The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie'. If you enjoy it you are in for a treat with another three books to keep you entertained.

    I was amazed to discover that Alan Bradley (a Canadian) had never set foot in the UK until he came over in 2007 to collect an award. He manages to create a very authentic idealised feel of rural England in the 1950's in these books.

    He is quoted as saying of the theme of the books: `Youthful idealism and how far it can take someone if it's not stamped out, as it so often is.' This for me sums it up rather wonderfully.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and Mayhem with Flavia de Luce 9 July 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I do like a bit of light-hearted stuff among all the serious books I read! This is the first novel that I've read of the Flavia de Luce series, and I'm absolutely hooked. It's set in rural England in the 1950s. Flavia, aged 11, amateur sleuth, precocious amateur chemist and expert on poisons, is a wonderful character. She lives with her father, two unsympathetic sisters, a house-keeper and her father's batman 'Dogger', in a large house, which is falling apart due to the fact that its owner, Flavia's mother Harriet, has disappeared in Tibet without leaving a will.

    It's a totally dysfunctional family, and a totally off-the-wall plot. Desperate for money to keep the old pile, and the family, from complete ruin, Colonel de Luce has rented the house out to a film crew just before Christmas. Mayhem, madness and a huge quantity of snow descend overnight, locking everyone indoors just in time for a grisly murder. And Flavia, being Flavia, is first on the scene.

    This is a YA book for adults and I'm definitely going to seek out the others - including the new one just out, called Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia De Luce Mystery 5). It reminds me of the Ladies No 1 Detective Agency - the same sense of humour and gentle escapism.

    Alan Bradley, like Alexander McCall Smith, is not a young author - born in 1938 - and didn't begin the Flavia de Luce stories until 2006, when he wrote the beginning of a story for the Crime Dagger Debut prize and found that he'd won! It only goes to show.......
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars A joy beginning to end
    Sometimes it's the ride that matters more than the mystery. With Bradley's books it's the voice and the way the main character's mind works. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Donna H. Murray
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Flavia
    Another excellent story in the Flavia de Luce series. Once again the occupants of Buckshaw are tested by a sudden murder and only Flavia is able to outwit the murderers and impress... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Pam
    5.0 out of 5 stars another Alan Bradley winner
    Excellent plot and characters captures the ambience of the period brilliantly revives memories of my long lost adolescence in his narrative
    Published 5 months ago by stuart faulkner
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    theses are really great books
    Published 5 months ago by K. A. Warren
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great fun... now the next in the series
    Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Flavia de Luce Rides Again
    Wonderful story, written to formula but still with original plot twists and interesting characters, carrying on the evolving story of the deLuce family and their failing fortune.
    Published 10 months ago by drhugh
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    not as good as the earlier ones
    Published 11 months ago by michael dodd
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun as always
    Great fun as always . for those looking for a series of detective novels to work their way through the Flavia De Luce books are light but great fun.
    Published 11 months ago by Silvery surfer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant Flavia De Luce
    I always wish these books were longer. I was lucky to find this series late so there was no wait between books. I am sad to have read them all now and hope for more soon. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Angela Eyles
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
    Wonderfully odd yet down to earth characters. I have enjoyed all the Flavia de Luce books and have reccomended them widely.
    Published 14 months ago by Miss C. H. Bowman-shaw
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