Flavia de Luce is a very practical 11 year old surrounded by impractical people. So when a man expires in her garden with the words “Vale” on his lips, she takes it upon herself to investigate this mystery to help her poor reclusive father.
What I liked about it:
The characters were fun and believable, as was the sibling rivalry. I think perhaps the pranks the girls played on one another were a little. . . out of character for girls, but it didn’t interfere with the story and made it more fun. The mystery was also interesting, and was hard to figure out, although not so hard that you couldn’t figure it out on your own. The story was rich and nuanced, and full, not lacking like some stories, and not overly simple like some mysteries can be. Overall a solid novel.
What I didn’t like about it:
So, this is kind of picky. Most people will most likely never notice it. I read a lot of British mystery novels. My favorite mystery novelist ever is Agatha Christie. And this book is set in Britain, so I desperately tried to fit a British tone and accent to it. But it wasn’t working, and it was bothering me so much so that I had to look up the author. Once I figured out he was Canadian I was able to let the British accent go and continued on sanely. I told you that it was picky.
It was a good mystery, and I think if you like mysteries you will enjoy this book. I know I enjoyed this book enough to continue on with the series.