I have written before about how much I enjoy Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce novels, so I was happy to get to read the latest in his series, A Red Herring Without Mustard, while we were at the beach. Actually I read the first quarter while sitting in a walk-in clinic waiting to be treated for pinkeye, but that is neither here nor there.
As I mentioned in my reviews of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag, I enjoy the Flavia novels because they are so well written and such good fun. I always find I’ve learned a good deal of random knowledge about chemistry or stamps or English dissenters or whatnot as a result of reading these stories, and always totally enjoy myself.
If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, I’d encourage you to read them before picking up A Red Herring Without Mustard, as it does reference characters and incidents from the previous two books.
I was also elated to find out that the next novel comes out in November, so we haven’t long to wait for another Flavia story.
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