As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

Large Print - 2015
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Banished! is how twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce laments her predicament when her father and Aunt Felicity ship her off to Miss Bodycote's Female Academy, the boarding school that her mother attended across the sea in Canada. Yet the sun has not yet risen on Flavia's first day in captivity when a gift lands at her feet. And Flavia being Flavia, a budding chemist and sleuth, that gift is a charred and mummified body which tumbles out of a bedroom chimney.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press Large Print,, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410476173
Characteristics: 487 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Feb 13, 2019

Flavia is exiled to the Canadian finishing school where her Mother had also attended. She will find out more about her Mother's life but also she starts her new school with a surprising bang. Hold on to your hat!

Mar 12, 2018

Order of reading 1. the Sweetness at the bottom of the Pie 2. The Weed that strings... 3. A Red herring without mustard 4. I am half sick... 5. Speaking from Among... 6. The Dead in their vaulted... 7. Curious Case of... 8. A Chimney Sweeper Comes to Dust 9. Thrice the Brindled Cat 10. The Grave's a Fine...

Really an updated Nancy Drew type novel, except for references to life in the 1950's which a younger reader would not understand. Arrogant 12 year old. Following the plot would be a challenge for younger reader and there were several plot lines left incomplete, perhaps to be filled-in through a later novel.
As an adult reader, I must remember not to read this author again

Jul 29, 2016

This book is for the mature youth, reader, at least 13 or 14. The book has a complex plot.

Jun 08, 2016

First part of the novel was lots of fun, with Flavia getting her usual feisty footing in a strange setting full of wacky characters. A few scenes were laugh-out-loud funny.
Latter portion of the story unfortunately sort of petered out.
Much of the attraction of these Flavia de Luce books depends on quirky, outrageous character interactions. A noticeable lack at the end.

Jan 24, 2016

many clever turns-of-phrase; i chuckled throughout the entire book

Jan 22, 2016

Flavia has been sent to Toronto to her mother’s finishing school. On her first night there, a body tumbles out of her room’s fireplace chimney, starting her off on a new case. Whose body? How did it get there? And how to manage to investigate in a new city, a new country without a friendly police contact and around school lessons?

A wonderfully dark and creepy boarding school setting in which Flavia, as always, manages to sift through the clues to find a solution.

PimaLib_MaryG Sep 21, 2015

Flavia is back, although this time she is totally out of her element as she crosses the pond to attend the same boarding school that her cherished mother attended. I loved this book as much as all the others in this delightful, wacky series.

Aug 09, 2015

Kind of disappointed in this one. I have really enjoyed the rest of the books in this series, so I always look forward to the next one coming out. However this one is missing something - the "Flavia-ness" that we all enjoy. Looking forward to the next one - hopefully that one is back on track.

May 09, 2015

I'm with the disappointed Flavia fans on this one. Not because of the change of venue per se, but because it left me with far more questions than it answered. What was the point of Flavia being there? It advanced the Nide story not one whit. All kinds of unresolved, thinly written characters. Hoping we get back on track next time.

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Jul 29, 2016

Flavia is a very smart and witty 12 year old attending Miss Bodycotes female Academy. When a body is found, in a most interesting way, Flavia sets out to solve the mystery. A fun read.


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