I have been reading cozy mysteries pretty heavily for the past year, but still pick up another type of book from the library every visit. I seem to always find the best books from just randomly wandering through the aisles and looking at different books that the title or cover grabs my attention.
One of those great finds was the Flavia DeLuce series, written by Alan Bradley. Whenever I find a new series that I adore, I always wish I had found it sooner. But sooner I was reading a different great series I loved and thought the same thing about.
Flavia is an 11 year old girl with two older sisters who love to torment her, a father who is aloof, and a housekeeper whom she seems to adore as much as she dislikes. Her father’s friend, Dogger, seems to be the anchor for Flavia in a family that frustrates her. Dogger is the groundkeeper, chauffeur, and basic man-of-many trades who lives on the estate with the family.
Flavia’s skill with chemistry, and her own extensive lab, has her solving murders in her village that seem to give the police force a run for their money. With Dogger’s help, Flavia seems to stay one step ahead of the police, and the murderers, and each new story builds upon the last, giving you a picture of the dynamics of this broken family, this motherless child, and the friendships she forms from solving mysteries.
There are only two books in the series I have not read yet, and hopefully I can get them from my library soon!
What is the last great read that you discovered?
I love these two though I’ve only read four so far. I enjoyed Flavia’s ‘voice’ even though she doesn’t always sound eleven.
I agree. She is a great main character!
I’ll read any crime novel that Anthony Horowitz writes, but he doesn’t do series. However, Donna Leon doe. I enjoy her Inspector Brunetti Venetian crime novels. I’m not really into cosies, but each to their own!
I will have to look up both of these authors. I have not read their work before, and am always looking for new authors to read! Thanks for sharing!
I love these books! I like that they don’t try and feel gritty and dark but instead let you have the fun of solving a mystery with minimal scariness.
I love this series!! I read and listen to this. Right now, I’m listening to the latest book and the voice actors really bring Flavia to live! I always recommend this series to people who love reading crime and with a note: don’t put it down because the leading character is an 11 yo, trust me, this is a series for adults!
Thanks for sharing! I will have to see if I can find the audio books. It’s one of my most favorite series 🙂