I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

I Am Half Sick of Shadows It s Christmastime and the precocious Flavia de Luce an eleven year old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime solving is tucked away in her laboratory whipping up a concoction

  • Title: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
  • Author: Alan Bradley
  • ISBN: 9780385344012
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

    It s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce an eleven year old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime solving is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed PhyllisIt s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce an eleven year old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime solving is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop s Lacey gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening s shocking conclusion a body found, past midnight, strangled to death with a length of film But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must use every ounce of sly wit at her disposal to ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight.

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    1. Jeffrey Keeten

      IN MY ELEVEN YEARS of life I ve seen a number of corpses Each of them was interesting in a different way, and this one was no exception Flavia de Luce always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong right time She doesn t have to leave her small town of Bishop s Lacey to find a steady supply of bodies recently discarded by their souls Due to precarious pecuniary circumstances Flavia s father has recently rented out the ancestral home of Buckshaw to a film crew Flavia has been busy in her long [...]

    2. Danielle Young

      Probability and reality are not reasons to read a Flavia de Luce book, and that is as true for I Am Half Sick of Shadows as any of them I am not looking for a well crafted mystery when I read these books, I am looking to romp around with the characters especially Flavia that populate the strange little world of Bishops Lacey A romp with a good dash of firework chemistry is what this book delivers This book takes place solely in Buckshaw where pretty much the entire town of BL happens to be as we [...]

    3. Tatiana

      There is plenty to love in this installment of Flavia de Luce s adventures, especially if you are her existing fan I Am Half Sick of Shadows is a Christmas story, with a great infusion of some new blood, which is a must for any series focusing on such a tiny place as Bishop s Lacey Flavia s father is forced to rent out Buckshaw to a movie company to film its new feature When the star of the movie is found murdered, Flavia is on full alert Now she has two Christmas cases on her hands the murder a [...]

    4. Richard Derus

      Rating 4 of fiveThe Book Report Flavia de Luce does Christmas Buckshaw, Bishop s Lacey, is now the scene of Ilium Films s new Phyllis Wyvern extravaganza, The Cry of the Raven The film company has paid the desperately strapped for cash Colonel Haviland de Luce a sizable sum to use Buckshaw as the backdrop for this bound to be mega hit, which means Christmas will be spent with an entire film crew up the family s collective backside Flavia meets the famous Miss Wyvern as she enters the house, char [...]

    5. Nikki

      At this point, I ve elected not to take these books seriously at all, and just enjoy them for what they are without picking nits After all, at least it features a curious, resourceful young girl who is interested in chemistry and forensics, who solves murders in a delightfully Blyton esque way by getting herself all tangled up in them Of course there re problems with this fetishisation of an old British country house and British spirit , etc, Flavia tampering with crime scenes, the nigh on abusi [...]

    6. Josie

      Having read all four Flavia de Luce novels in the last couple of weeks, I m all Flavia d out for the time being She certainly is unique who else would try to capture Father Christmas by coating the roof and chimneys in birdlime but perhaps is best taken in small doses I don t think I can take much of her tampering with crime scenes Does this bother anybody else I could understand her looking around, but she disturbs the body, moves things around, and steals evidence for her own investigations T [...]

    7. Laima

      I won this book from as a First Reads giveaway I am Half Sick of Shadows by Alan BradleyI very much enjoyed reading this novel It is the fourth installment in a series of books about Flavia de Luce Eleven year old Flavia lives with her sisters Daphne and Ophelia and her father, Colonel Haviland De Luce, in a rambling old mansion in the English countryside The story is set around Christmas sometime during 1940 s 1950 s era.Flavia is quite a character, someone straight out of the fictional St.Trin [...]

    8. Nicola Mansfield

      Reason for Reading next in the series.Oh, the sweet pure pleasure of reading a Flavia de Luce mystery, the witty and wise 11yo chemist with a propensity for poisons Book 4 in the series is as fresh and original as book 1 and, I think at this point, my favourite in the series Making a great Christmas gift as our action takes place on Christmas Eve this is sure to please fans and newcomers alike Fans will be pleased to see familiar faces but newcomers won t miss a thing just jumping in with this s [...]

    9. Donna

      These are fun, easy, light, reads For me, the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley is just for fun I enjoy Flavia and her adventures I always say that she never sounds like a little girl, but this one was the closest of her being and acting her own age I really liked that and it made me smile I also like her family dynamic It is her anchor and she knows that, even with the tension with her sisters.

    10. Carl

      I am half sick of Flavia de Luce Yes, in this series she s been a precocious narrator of her own brilliant, amateur sleuthing as well as infatuation with chemistry, especially concerning poisons There s been a good amount of good humor, as well as violent denouements which don t fit the overall setting.The setting, a large, old estate in a small town, must have been begging for the full blown cozy treatment, because this one delivers that, in your face, to the point that in the end, the Inspecto [...]

    11. Claire

      Absolutely spiffing 4.5 5 starsThis review was originally posted on my book blog.I listened to the audiobook version of I Am Half Sick of Shadows, narrated by Sophie Aldred.I picked up this audiobook from the library because it was the only title in the mp3 range which appealed to me I didn t have a clue that it s number 4 in a series, and I m very happy to report it made very little difference to my enjoyment of the story.I LOVED this It took a while to get used to Flavia s incredibly idiosyncr [...]

    12. Kathy

      There is but one word that appositely describes this book and its predecessors, delightful The plot, the setting, and the wonderful character of Flavia de Luce take the word delightful and fill it out to its bursting seams I want to read these stories as fast as I can, and, yet, I want them to never end I highly recommend this book and the others to anyone who needs a smile, a tug of the heart, a warm fuzzy feeling of comfort and joy In this latest tale, Flavia s beloved Buckshaw, decaying ances [...]

    13. Kevin

      The only disappointment I found in this book was that it ended at 300 pages instead of at 3000 I adore Flavia De Luce She is one of my favorite characters in all fiction.A couple of quotes from this series Tell them we may not be praying with them, Father told the Vicar, but we are at least not actively praying against them Books are like oxygen to a deep sea diver, she had once said Take them away and you might as well begin counting the bubbles Anyone who knew the word slattern was worth culti [...]

    14. Mai Laakso

      Ihmelapsi Flavia de Luce on 11 vuotias, mutta uskoo viel joulupukkiin ja siihen, ett joulupukki tulee savupiipun kautta tuomaan lahjat Tuo ei mene oikein l pi, mutta onneksi h n alkaa ep ill asian oikeaa laitaa, jo oli aikakin No sit ennen h n oli ajatellut pyydyst joulupukin kiinni ja kehitteli erikoisliimaa ja liimasi kartanon kattoa sielt sun t lt , mutta liimaan ei tarttunut joulupukki, vaan ihan eri tyyppiT m hurmaava myrkynkeitt j neitokainen on ilahduttanut jo nelj ss suomennetussa kirjas [...]

    15. Chance Lee

      I liked this one, but not as much as the others in the series It took a while to get going The entire book is set in Buckshaw, Flavia s epic estate This incredible mansion would be a fine enough setting, but I missed Flavia zipping around Bishop s Lacey on her trusty bicycle, Gladys At the half way point, the residents Bishop s Lacey comes to Buckshaw for a show Ah ha, Flavia doesn t need to travel to Bishop s Lacey Bishop s Lacey will come to her This is when I finally became invested in the bo [...]

    16. Emilie

      T m oli tasoltaan yht hyv kuin edellisetkin kirjat Viihdyin loistavasti Flavian veike ss ja tottelemattomassa seurassa, tunnelma oli mainio ja Agathamainen Miinusta siit , ettei kirjasarja kokonaisuudessa tuntunut kehittyv n t ss kirjassa mihink n suuntaan Flavian ja h nen siskojensa v linen ainainen huono suhde meinasi jo v h n kyll stytt.

    17. Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

      Book 4 of the Flavia de Luce series, this was actually the third I ve read since I haven t yet got my hands on book 3 In this one, it is Christmas time at Bishop s Lacey, and Colonel de Luce, in even dire straits has decided to let out Buckshaw to a film crew To her surprise the famous actress Phyllis Wyvern has heard of Flavia her success as a detective previously , and they strike up something of a friendship, Ms Wyvern seeming to understand Flavia than others do But before long there is a m [...]

    18. SheriC (PM)

      I ve been in a reading funk lately, trying to read some holiday themed books to put me in the Christmas spirit and finding myself left Grinchy than jolly by the experience So I decided to take a break from the holiday stories and get in some light entertainment in the form of my favorite little scamp, Flavia deLuce Only to find that the next book in the series is set at Christmas In retrospect, the cover art featuring a dancing skeleton in a Santa hat should have been a dead giveway, but I can [...]

    19. Deanna

      It s Christmas time at Buckshaw in the fifth Flavia du Luce mystery, I Am Half Sick of Shadows but this Christmas promises to be quite different In order to earn money to pay off the family s debts, Colonel du Luce has rented our the use of Buckshaw to a film company The whole village is excited about the imminent arrival of the famous film star, Phyllis Wyvern The vicar asks the actress if she would be willing to do a short scene in order to help raise money for roof repair, and she quickly agr [...]

    20. Michael

      Review fromBadelynge.The de Luce family have suspended their usual Christmas preparations in order to try to generate some much needed cash, hiring out Buckshaw to a film company Usually Christmas is the one time of the year that the warring sisters declare a temporary truce for the celebrations but that seems unlikely amongst the uproar of visiting film royalty It s not long before things start going wrong and most of the population of Bishop s Lacy is camped out in the halls, pretty much snowe [...]

    21. Book Concierge

      Audio performed by Jayne Entwhistle3 In this 4th installment of the Flavia DeLuce series we find Buckshaw overrun with a cinema crew just at Christmas It s the perfect setting for the film and they ll pay handsomely keeping the estate afloat for another year Flavia, however, is much concerned with whether Father Christmas is real In an effort to settle the question once and for all, she concocts a chemical trap her own sort of SuperGlue which she spreads around the chimneys Meantime, half the v [...]

    22. Barbara

      I have truly enjoyed this series I say enjoyed since this is the fourth and latest book in the series I hope there are Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old, precocious, independent, and intelligent young girl and an amateur detective I wouldn t want to have her as a daughter she d be too much for me to handle As a character in book, however she is a delight She is a bane in the side of the local inspector, since she can t seem to control her impulses and her curiosity enough to not look further int [...]

    23. J. Brook

      This novel lacks the wit and descriptive brilliance of the previous installments Perhaps it was hastily written to meet the Christmastime deadline It was a quick read, as were the others, but I did not find myself as amused or deliciously satisfied as I had been with its predecessors Dogger my favorite is still the most mysterious and complex character in the series, and I am glad to get a better glimpse into his psyche However, I would like to see significant maturation in the characters relat [...]

    24. Asghar Abbas

      Delightful as alwaysnever change Flavia, never change Even if faux Britishness is too much at times.Following, not Nolan s movie, is the direct result of an idea impelled while reading this wonderful book author_blog

    25. Tiffy_Reads

      Loved this one as much as I did the previous ones Simply adore Flavia, she s a riot Can t wait to start the next book

    26. Trisha

      another great audio book The girl reading it is so great at really bringing out Flavia.honestly what is Flavia s sister s issues though They are so cruel to her.

    27. Melissa

      Christmas at Buckshaw is just what I wanted Only Flavia de Luce would think of flooding an entire portrait gallery to create an indoor ice skating rink The amateur chemist and detective is back for a holiday adventure Her overly logical brain has worked out a plot to catch Santa with a sticky chemical solution applied to the roof She s so clever it s easy to forget that she s still a little girl, wondering if Santa exists As the de Luce family s finances dwindle, Flavia s father decides to rent [...]

    28. An Odd1

      I am half sick of shadows Flavia 4 by Alan Bradley is from Tennyson s Lady of Shalott , the red cover and Santa hat, is Flavia de Luce, precocious 11, using her superb chemist skill to test the presence of Father Xmas with birdlime glue on the chimney pot, and celebrate the night with extra dose gunpowder firecrackers off the roof For much needed funds, her widowed father Haviland rents their magnificent manor Buckshaw to famous 1950s British movie director Val Lampman He brings star Phyllis Wyv [...]

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