What I’m Reading: Flavia de Luce Books, and The Shoebox Bible

Dear Book Lovers,

If you’ve never read any of Alan Bradley’s books, you are really missing out! I was introduced to his books by somebody who knew I’d love them (thanks, Tracie), and now, I can’t stop. I wait for his next book, and have read them all except the one about Sherlock Holmes; I’ll get to that one. I’ve checked them all out in Kindle format from the public library except one, which I *gasp!* purchased. That’s how good this author is: I’m in love with his writing.

Flavia de Luce is a “dangerously smart eleven-year-old” girl who lives at Buckshaw, a leaky and ramshackle mansion. She rides her bicycle, Gladys, when she needs to get around. Her father is a melancholy philatelist and her mother is either dead or missing, or both. Flavia has two older sisters who seem to hate her, and she has a passion for chemistry and poisons. She gets really excited when somebody is murdered, thinks dead bodies are fascinating, and usually figures out “whodunit” before the police do. Flavia Feeds information to the police to help them solve the murder mysteries, and has been awarded medals for the same. She is amazing, macabre, and funny. The books:

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

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The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag

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A Red Herring Without Mustard

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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

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Speaking from Among the Bones

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The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse
This short story is only available as an ebook.

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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d

This last book was actually written before the others, and instead of being fiction as the Flavia de Luce novels are, it’s a true story about Alan Bradley’s family. It is one of the most beautifully written, poetic, touching, and poignant things I have ever read. This book is a reason to love reading – I highly recommend it and all of Alan Bradley’s books.

What happens to a family when the father runs away? How does the mother never lose faith? She makes her own Bible – in a shoebox under the floorboards.

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The Shoebox Bible

Read on!
Glorianne Muggli

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