The Flavia De Luce Series by Alan Bradley
I just finished listening to the delightful installment of young Flavia De Luce in The dead in Their Vaulted Arches. I love this series for the way they make you feel, delighted, warm and cozy. I do have a bit of a Country Crush on England and nearly all of the books from the British Isles, so I might be biased, but I loved this Audiobook. Alan Bradley has written a series of these simple mysteries wrapped around the daily life of an 11 year chemistry savant named Flavia. They are particularly wonderful on Audio. They are read by the most lavishly articulate British reader, and they come to life in a way the written page does not.
In this recent book, Flavia learns more about the mysterious disappearance of her mother, Harriet. Harriet De Luce was lost in the Himalayan Mountains when Flavia was just a baby. Her sisters Daphne and Felicity have always felt this loss deeply. Flavia who has no memories of her mother, and Daphne and Felicity use this to goad her. As girls do, they often pit the pain at each other through words and spite. Flavia is always up to something in her laboratory. Many times seeking revenge for her sisters biting remarks with a chemical altering of their lipstick.
These books have such rich and quirky characters; you cannot help but be charmed by them. When you get into the series, it is like visiting old friends. Flavia is a British Nancy Drew with a bent for chemistry and getting up to mischief. I think this was Bradley’s best work yet, and I cannot wait to read more.
Here is the link to the Audiobook on Amazon:
Here is the link to the novel on Amazon:
If you want to start with the first in the series, it is called The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Here is the link to both the Audio and the book on Amazon.
Audiobook: (This is the cheapest Audiobook I have ever seen on Amazon!)
Here is the link to the First Book in the Series: