Book 70 of 60 Book Challenge, Book 5 of Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge
This was the fourth book in the Flavia de Luce series – the 11-year-old British girl solving mysteries in a small town in the 1950s. And for once I have read the earlier books in the series.
There have been money problems building in the family. Giant estate, mom is long dead and dad sort of lives in a fog. But he snaps out of it long enough to rent out the house for the holiday season to a production company making a film with a rather well-known actress. Big Actress also agrees to a small charity performance at the house and the whole town shows up only to be snowed in on Christmas Eve. And can you see where this is going?
I guess you can call this a SPOILER but, you’d have to be completely new here not to pick it up:
When our heroine – a budding chemist – goes up on the roof to set a trap for Santa.. she will really end up catching the killer. But the point is that Dude wrote a character that I totally believe at age 11 would:
Shut up. It was charming.
Some progress was made in the ongoing meta drama of the sisters and the family finances. And can I just tell you that Dogger, the war hero/family retainer (he’s like the literary love child of Alfred the Butler and Boo Radley) is the best thing ever and now I am going to sit here for a minute and decide who is going to play him when the film rights are sold. I’m thinking Gary Oldman, but I’m always thinking Gary Oldman.