As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Flavia de Luce, child detective, has been shipped off to Canada to study at Miss Bodycote’s School for Girls, her mother’s alma mater. As soon as she arrives a body falls down the chimney and Flavia embarks on solving another mystery, this time without the help of her faithful companions or the interference of her sisters.

I have long been a fan of the Flavia de Luce novels and was really looking forward to reading the latest in the series. Sadly, I have to say I was disappointed. Although Flavia is a child, the previous novels have definitely been written for the adult reader – I am afraid to say that this one is most definitely aimed at a younger audience; the language and plotting appear much more simplistic and much more suitable for readers the same age as Flavia herself. I don’t have a problem with this, but I would have liked to know before I read it as I must say I did feel it out of keeping with the rest of the series.

In summary then, a pleasing romp for younger readers but certainly not on the same level as those in the rest of the series. I shall certainly read reviews before decifing whether to embark upon the next one.

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