Jen K’s #CBR5 Review #30: A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley

This is the third novel in a mystery series centered around eleven year old Flavia DeLuce, taking place in 1950s England. Flavia lives in the family home with her two older sisters, both whom she describes as torturers (usually, they have at least one or two sweet moments in a novel, but in this one, Ophelia and Daphne seemed to have declared all out war on Flavia), her slightly distant father, and Dogger, all around handy man. Additionally, there is a housekeeper/cook who takes care of the family on a daily basis, while Flavia’s mother died during a mountain climbing incident when Flavia was only 1 (I keep waiting for there to be more to this than there is). Flavia is an amateur chemist, having long ago claimed a deceased uncle’s laboratory as her own, and spends much of her time conducting experiments and reading about poisons.

Read the rest of my short review at my blog.  Popcultureboy recently reviewed the fourth installment of the series.

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