A Red Herring without Mustard
By Alan Bradley
What do a Gypsy’s crystal ball, fishy smell, and a lobster pick have in common?
They are all clues in the third murder-mystery to be solved by the incomparable Flavia de Luce. Remember, I recommend this book for mystery lovers of all ages, 11 and up. That includes MG, YA, and adult mystery lovers!
Review: I loved returning to Bishop’s Lacey and the local eccentrics, from Father the Stamp Collector to Dogger the Gardener. Flavia wanders further afield and almost gets confined to her house during this investigation, but she finds out more about Harriet, her deceased mother, when she visits the house of a portrait painter. This book seemed the longest of the Flavia books—towards the end, I just wanted to find out what happened, though I enjoyed her foray into an underground tunnel. Maybe I was just overly excited to start the fourth book, where a film uses Buckshaw for a set.
Song to Read By: Flavia mentions that her sister Ophelia plays this song on piano for Porcelain. Anton Dvorak's Gypsy Song, Opus 55 number 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cm3niF97T0