Alan Bradley I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

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Christmas is coming - but for Flavia de Luce, in the deep midwinter there's a murder to solve... All is not well at Buckshaw, home of Flavia de Luce... With the family finances in a parlous state, Flavia's father has, with deep misgivings, rented Buckshaw to a film company for a location shooting. Naturally enough, director, crew and stars do nothing to endear themselves to the household - especially the servants - until, when a heavy snowfall cuts off Bishop's Lacey from the rest of the world, the actors are talked into staging a benefit performance in the parish hall. But old jealousies surface, and the leading lady is murdered. Flavia, who has been enlisted to help out behind the scenes, finds herself up to her knees in snow - and murder! (Quelle:'E-Buch Text/03.11.2011')
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  • Alan Bradley - I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce #4)

    I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
    franzisbookchase

    franzisbookchase

    30. June 2014 um 18:51

    In (Very) Short: + 4th Falvia de Luce mystery + funny and entertaining + whodunit mystery + the relationships between Flavia, Dogger, and her sisters are the basis of the story constellation and the icing on the cake My Opinion: The 4th book in the Falvia de Luce mystery series „I am Half-Sick of Shadows“ is again another wonderful read. I am a fan of Falvia, her investigative method, and her wonderful view on her sisters, the town, and the world. Flavia is the youngest daughter of Colonel de Luce who lost his wife many years ago. He is busy mourning his late wife and his stamp collection to really pay much attention to his three daughters. While the older daughters love to torment Falvia, his youngest daughter is a passionate chemist, who loves to experiment and occasionally does that on her sisters. This time the de Luce rent the mansion to a film crew shooting a movie with the famous Phyllis Wyvern – an actress all three de Luce girls are fans off. After Ms Wyvern agrees to help the church of Bishops Lacey by acting a scene from Romeo and Juliet for their benefit, the entire town is stranded at Buckshaw during a blizzard, only to discover a dead body. Falvia and the police start to investigate. The cover is a lovely continuation of the previous novels and captivates the eye this time in a lovely read. A little bolder than the previosu books in either purple, light green and yellow. The writing is fluent and Falvia is wonderfully sarcastic and sometimes as lost and overwhelmed with her sisters attitude as an 11 year old should be. I particularly her relationship with Dogger and the head investigator. They do but heads yet he is never disrespectful or condecending towards her. The mystery itself starts a little late this time around and some readers, who read this soley as a crime story, might be disappointed. I, however, was not. After reading many Christies I know that it sometimes takes time before a crime is committed or the investigation begins. And I really enjoy spending time with Flavia, Dogger, and her sisters. The crime was a very nice whodunit (and I honestly wasn't sure who did it) and the end was interesting, exiting, surprising and explosive to say the least. A very good read. Bottom Line: An entertaining and funny read with a wonderfully nosy and wicked Flavia and an explosive finale.

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  • Rezension zu "I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Mystery" von Alan Bradley

    I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
    walli007

    walli007

    06. May 2012 um 09:41

    Noch eine kleine Eisfee Es weihnachtet auf Buckshaw, doch leider ist die weihnachtliche Besinnlichkeit nicht ungetrübt. Wegen der ewigen finanziellen Probleme sieht sich Colonel de Luce gezwungen, der Bitte einer Filmcrew nachzugeben - gegen Geld versteht sich - auf Buckshaw filmen zu dürfen. Außer dem Colonel und Dogger sind alle ziemlich angetan von diesem Trubel, schließlich kommen zwei sehr bekannte Schauspieler in das Herrenhaus. Flavia hat jedoch eigentlich etwas ganz anderes im Sinn. Sie will den Weihnachtsmann stellen, um ihren blöden Schwestern zu beweisen, dass es ihn wirklich gibt. Auch dieses Buch um Flavia ist sehr gelungen. Fast so als könnte man beim Lesen dieser Reihe nichts falsch machen. Zwar geht es etwas langsam los und man fragt sich, ob 11jährige tatsächlich noch an den Weihnachtsmann glauben (in den 50ern vielleicht), aber schnell entwickelt die Story ihren speziellen Flavia-Charme und alles ist gut. Etwas weniger gut ist es natürlich für die, die im Verlauf der Handlung zu Schaden kommen. Da hat der Autor mit viel Phantasie ein kleines Schauspieler-Drama erdacht, das mit großer Glaubwürdigkeit daher kommt. Doch auch Flavia kommt nicht zu kurz. Fast scheint es so, als stünde sie an der Schwelle einer Reife, die dem langsamen älter werden entspricht, was mir sehr gut gefallen hat. Und auch Buckshaw erhält eine neue Chance. Und den Weihnachtsmann gibt es vielleicht doch.....

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