[Rezension] Alan Bradley: I am half-sick of shadows (Flavia de Luce *4)

The monetary problems of the family still loom over Buckshaw, but her father found a way to make some money: he rented the estate is being rented to a film crew, that will shoot a period film on the old property. Unfortunately, but much to the satisfaction of Flavia’s criminalistic senses, a murder occurs in the night of a snow storm when half of the people of the nearby village are forced to stay at the mansion. But Flavia has another big project to take care of: Capturing Santa to confirm his existence once and for all.

The set up is very classic, a limited number of suspects, but the killer surely among them. Adding to this Bradley uses an old fashioned language and humor, forming the story into a classical „whodunnit“ reminding of Agatha Christie.

There is something unique about the adventures of Flavia de Luce. I enjoyed the latest installment a lot, although it felt a bit rushed in the last third. It is amazing how alive the snowy Buckshaw becomes while reading.


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