Although the book is set at Christmas, you won’t regret reading I Am Half-Sick of Shadows at other points in the year because the story is so fun.
The book is the fourth in the Flavia de Luce mystery series, and it does not disappoint. If you’re not already a Flavia fan, I highly recommend the series. The books build on each other, so be sure to read them in order (links are to my reviews): The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, and A Red Herring Without Mustard.
In this latest installment, mystery again comes to Buckshaw, which Flavia’s father has rented out to a film production team in order to make money to help keep the old estate afloat. Like the other books, this one includes lots of jolly scrapes and Flavia’s precocious knowledge of chemistry and determination to involve herself in any police cases of note.
As with any good component of a series, the book illuminates Flavia’s family relationships a little bit more, sheds more light on some of the ongoing mysteries of the house, and advances our understanding of Flavia’s motivations.
I love how fun these books are, and that they are books I would gladly give a pre-teen without worrying that the content was inappropriate or that the subject matter was inane. And even though the heroine is a 10ish year old girl, adults will enjoy the book too because it’s well written and full of interesting facts and tidbits.
As with the other books in the series, I highly recommend I Am Half-Sick of Shadows.
If you’re a Flavia fan, which one is your favorite?
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