As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia #7)
By Alan Bradley
Delacorte Press, 2015. 392 pages. Mystery.
In his latest mystery featuring the precocious Flavia de Luce, Flavia has been sent away -- exiled -- banished -- to Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada. And, as if being in a different country and having to live up to her mother's school legacy weren't hard enough, a body falls from her chimney her first night in the school. It's up to Flavia to figure out who is missing and who did the deed. But can she succeed, in a completely foreign environment?
I have always been a fan of Flavia's and it was exciting to see her in a completely different setting. Somehow, this book made her more real to me because she had so many moments of doubt that she never had back on her estate in England. Bradley keeps you guessing with the mystery and just as focused on whether Flavia will succeed as a boarding school student as solving the mystery. This was just good, clean fun all around.