Welcome back to Short Story Sunday! As promised, Sundays here on Little Book Reviews will be dedicated to that unsung literary hero: the short story. Today’s selection is The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse, a clever little tale by my favorite mystery author, Alan Bradley.
While toiling away in her laboratory, girl genius Flavia de Luce receives a letter summoning her to the local boy’s school. The reason? Murder. Once again, Flavia finds herself knee-deep in an investigation and racing to beat the police to the finish line.
Bradley did a fantastic job setting the scene for murder and mystery. As always, his characterization was wonderfully spot-on. The story felt a bit rushed, though, and ended much more abruptly than I would have liked. A little more suspense and investigation would have added a lot to the story. All in all, it was probably not his best offering, but it was still a fun little bedtime story. At 99 cents on Amazon, The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse definitely served its purpose.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Alan Bradley, this is not the best place to start. I recommend picking up a copy of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. You’re sure to fall in love with Flavia and her funny little ways. I did, and now I’ll follow her just about anywhere.
So, do you have a favorite literary character? What is it that you love the most about that character? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.
Until then, happy reading!
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