I Am Half-sick of Shadows

I Am Half-sick of Shadows

eBook - 2011
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"Colonel de Luce, in desperate need of funds, rents his beloved estate of Buckshaw over to a film company. They will be shooting a movie over the Christmas holidays, filming scenes in the stately manse with a famous and reclusive star. She is widely despised, so it is to no one's surprise when she turns up murdered, strangled by a length of film from her own movies! With the snow raging outside and Buckshaw locked in, the house is full of suspects. But Flavia de Luce is more than ready to solve the wintry country-house murder. She'll have to be quick-witted, though, to negotiate the volatile chemicals of a cast and crew starting to crack--and locked in a house with a murderer!"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345532152
0345532155
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (297 p.)

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PimaLib_ChristineR Mar 02, 2018

If you love the world and characters of Flavia de Luce, you'll still probably enjoy this entry in the series, but it is likely the weakest to date.

As usual, Bradley does a good job of showing the childlike side of Flavia, as she schemes away in her laboratory, concocting a method to snare St. Nicholas and prove once and for all that her sisters are only being cruel to her, again, in insisting that St. Nick is a myth.

On the other hand, her father, the Colonel, has let out Buckshaw for the holidays, to a film crew, hoping to stem the tide of their rising debts. With a blizzard on the horizon and a house full of melodramatic characters, both from the film and from the village, Bradley uses the time-honored trope of people being trapped in a confined space with the killer amongst them somewhere. It was here that I felt the story began to slip. While the Flavia novels are always a good romp, the murder side of the plot became increasingly unrealistic and unlikely. In fact, it started to feel slap-dash and in the need of a good edit.

Despite its flaws, a bad day with Flavia is still better than a good day without her.

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AdventureGirl7
Dec 14, 2016

Homemade fireworks, a sticky trap for Father Christmas and a good murder. What more can you ask for?

ehbooklover Aug 16, 2016

I overdid it with mystery novels when I was younger and I haven't read many of them of late because of that fact. This is one of the very few in the genre that I still enjoy. For me, it's all about Flavia! The actual mysteries are fun, however the characters are what makes this particular series shine. The perfect cozy read for a very rainy morning spent in bed with my cats.

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amalyndb
Jan 22, 2016

A film company descends on Buckshaw, having leased the hall for filming a movie. Meanwhile, Flavia is intent on creating a trap for Father Christmas in order to prove to her sisters that he indeed exists. Murder and mayhem ensue in the most lovely of ways.

martha_w Dec 01, 2015

Flavia de Luce's fourth mystery is a perfect seasonal read. Flavia's always-enjoyable narration is as enjoyable as ever, and while the mystery in this one wasn't the best in the series, the developments in Flavia's relationship with her two older sisters was especially satisfying. A perfect December read.

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rstokowski
Jul 21, 2013

I love the vivid language and the tongue-in-cheek manner in which Alan Bradley creates this unique heroine and tells her story. She is an amazing, adventurous, witty 11-year-old girl with a penchant for solving crime. What fun!

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modestgoddess
Apr 05, 2013

Another very enjoyable instalment of Flavia. Might not appeal to those who want a chance to suss out the whodunnit for themselves, but fun to read and a good tale, if a little short on well-explained motivation (I'm still not sure why that character was killed - so many possibilities floated, the final solution didn't stick with me). Ultimately I'd rather see a murder like this one in the hands of someone like P.D. James. For those who are interested, there's a clip on YouTube of the record Feely gives Flavia for Christmas (and the comments below the clip show that other Bradley aficionados had looked it up too): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvfoC5_tsgA

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alforn
Jan 26, 2013

Another terrific installment of the Flavia series. This book is easily my favourite one thus far...keep 'em coming!

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GLNovak
Jan 11, 2013

Again Flavia is the centre of a murder mystery set in the freezing cold of a blizzard that moves in and rages around Buckshaw, her ancestral home. She is definitely a self-starter and knows no impediments when it comes ot working on her chemistry experiments. A great read.

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rachelkelly
Jun 26, 2012

I love all of the Flavia books, but this is my favorite so far. She has an excellent vocabulary and expresses herself the way I would like to! Very fun read!

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tamcsa Jan 28, 2012

Forth book in the Flavia de Luce series. This one takes place in Buckshaw, the estate home where eleven year old Flavia lives with her irritating sisters and father. Due to suffering finances, Flavia’s father opens his estate to a film crew to film a movie on the premises. Being just a few days before Christmas, the vicar of the village Bishop’s Lacey has asked the famous star, Phyllis Wyvern to act out the famous Romeo and Juilet season at Buckshaw. Due to a terrible snow storm, those who came to watch the play had to spend the night. At some point, while everyone was asleep, Phyllis was murdered! Follow Flavia as she uncovers the truth behind this murder while keeping the police inspector on his toes.
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