Genre: Murder mystery
Stats: Published January 2015, 392 pages, 9 discs – 11 hours, read by Jayne Entwistle
Book Blurb: (Goodreads) Hard on the heels of the return of her mother’s body from the frozen reaches of the Himalayas, Flavia, for her indiscretions, is banished from her home at Buckshaw and shipped across the ocean to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Toronto, her mother’s alma mater, there to be inducted into a mysterious organization known as the Nide.
No sooner does she arrive, however, than a body comes crashing down out of the chimney and into her room, setting off a series of investigations into mysterious disappearances of girls from the school.
What I liked: Alan Bradley always makes a good mystery that you can’t figure out but this is not his best book. I really enjoy his names i.e., Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy – wonderful. Jayne Entwistle was as good as usual. Book spoiler: I’m surprised he is bring Flavia back to England so soon. I figured there would be a few books at this institution. Maybe he didn’t like it (someone at his publishing house maybe told him he has to change the scene) and that’s why the book isn’t the best.
What I didn’t like: The story seemed a bit disjointed. It wasn’t as tightly written with clues and characters as his 6 other books, but hey – 6 good books in row is a good record. I can’t complain too much.