Book Review: As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

January 5, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

Book Review: As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan BradleyAs Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Series: Flavia de Luce #7
Published by Random House Publishing Group on Expected publication: January 6th 2015
Genres: Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 416
Source: NetGalley
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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.

My Thoughts

To be honest I did not realize this was the seventh in a series! I received this from Netgalley and was so excited about the title and synopsis that I must have overlooked the series number. The good news is that I was able to read this without feeling like I missed too much. From the beginning I was hooked and absolutely love the main character, Flavia de Luce.

Flavia is definitely a girl after my heart! She is a scientist and as such thinks in very logical ways. I just love this! Even at a very young age I can tell she has a sharp mind. The first pages held me in rapture as I tried to figure out what in the world was going on! Loved it!

As we get further into the book, however, things start to fade. Flavia is so curious but it feels almost as an Alice in Wonderland curious. Has no one heard the expression that curiosity killed the cat? It’s important! But Flavia is determined to find out who the girl is that came out of the chimney. Not only that but to find her murderer also! Because that is what 12 year olds do! At least 12 year olds that are Flavia de Luce.

The book was fun but the mystery was a bit out there for me. There were so many twists and turns that I simply couldn’t keep up. I did still enjoy Flavia’s crazy ways but some of the things she did were just not understandable. For instance she goes to the laundry to get a bit of peace and quiet and when she sees she is not alone she decides to fake that she is lost and proceeds to carry on and on and on. I didn’t see a reason for all of that. She could have simply slipped away. Some of the predicaments she finds herself in, she has PUT herself in!

But truly, it was interesting and so cute! For someone to be able to come into the series and understand the character and plot is amazing. I cannot wait to read the first few books and maybe that will shed some light on this one!

In short: Very Sherlock Holmes ish! Adorable and funny.

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
3.5 / 5
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Overall: 4.1 / 5



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