As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is the seventh installment in my favorite little mystery series by Alan Bradley about girl chemistry genius and aspiring private investigator, Flavia de Luce. Suffice it to say, if you are new to these books, don’t jump right in with this one; begin with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and work your way up to this. It will all come together so much more nicely!
As this is a review on book seven, I thought it best to let you know that I’m assuming a certain degree of knowledge. In that respect there are spoilers contained within, but nothing that would be a spoiler if you’ve read books one through six. Reader beware! Alright, now that I have business out of the way, let me get on with telling you what’s what about this book.
In a bold change of setting, Bradley eschews the beloved Buckhorn Manor and the English town of Bishop’s Lacey, and sends Flavia to Canada for a new set of adventures at her mother’s alma mater, Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy. Flavia is none to pleased at this turn of events, but resolves to make the best of things.
Within short order, Flavia finds herself mired knee-deep in dead bodies and missing classmates. Secrets and danger lurk around every corner as Flavia does her best to unravel the mysteries of this ancient boarding school.
Although the book retained the characteristic warmth and flavor of the series, like Flavia, I missed the characters from the other books and look forward to seeing them return. Despite their best efforts, no one at Bodycote’s is able to antagonize Flavia quite as nicely as her own sisters, Daphne and Ophelia.
I don’t think that this installment ranks among my favorites in the series, but it still was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. It’s like saying that I don’t care for pumpkin pie as much as custard pie; it’s still pie, and it’s still fantastic!
So this is my favorite mystery series. I’d love to hear about yours!
Until then, happy reading!
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