What a delight this story is! The main character, Flavia de Luce, is a 12-year-old English girl with an interest in chemistry and a knack for solving crimes. Although I once again entered a “series” mid-stream, it was fairly easy to understand without having read the previous books. I will however, add them to my list of books to read in the future.
As the story begins, Flavia has just returned from Canada where she was sent in punishment for bad behavior. She arrives home to discover her father, a widower, is gravely sick in the hospital. Left to her own devises while he is absent, Flavia becomes embroiled in the solving of the murder of a local wood carver. Much like Holmes, her powers of deduction and keen observation skills lead her on a treacherous journey. She’s one brave little girl; much wiser than her years.
If you enjoy Holmes, you will fall in love with Flavia. It’s elementary!