I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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 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.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Books on Tape, 2011.
ISBN: 9780307879486
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Entwistle, Jayne
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red_zinger
Nov 21, 2018

book 4

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FVReader
Sep 30, 2016

A fun, holiday story. Flavia de Luce is an enjoyable character.
This story was a bit weak in the mystery but the back story more than made up for it. We learn more about Flavia's family and the villagers with every book.

The narration by Jayne Entwistle is wonderful. She is the perfect Flavia de Luce.

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billmacrotarian
Sep 02, 2013

I am Half-Sick of Shadows is the fourth in the series set in post war England which features now 12-year old Flavia de Luce. Flavia solves murder mysteries using her knowledge of chemistry and analytical capabilities all the while driving her older sisters crazy and her widowed father to distraction. In this entry Flavia, a film company, and the local villagers, are trapped in the family estate over Christmas due to a snow storm. Naturally, there’s a murder that Flavia has to solve. In a convergent side plot Flavia schemes to trap Father Christmas to determine whether or not he’s real. The results are delightful and should produce a few chuckles along the way. This is the first murder mystery I have read that I would recommend for young readers as well as adults.

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maipenrai
Jun 11, 2013

*** 1/2 stars. First of all, I am in love with precocious 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, the heroine of this mystery series. She has her own chemistry lab and is far too smart for her own good. It?s Christmastime, and Flavia is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. She must know "scientifically", once and for all, if he really exists. This may sound like at best an amusing subplot, but Bradley incorporates Flavia?s trap into the main mystery. "I am half-sick of shadows" is a quote from Tennyson's "The Lady of Shallot" who is tired of living a shadow life and wants to engage the real world. Due to financial problems, Flavia?s father rents the family estate Buckshaw to a film company over the holidays. The title most aptly applies to the lead actress in the movie production. One of the actors is murdered on a night when practically the entire village is stranded at Buckshaw during a snowstorm. Shadows is the most Agatha Christie-like of Bradley?s mysteries, featuring a classic country house whodunnit. The mystery itself is an intellectual puzzle, with wonderfully placed clues and red herrings. This is book 4 in the series. I recommend the books and especially love to listen to these mysteries and Flavia's unique voice.

mayfairlady Dec 18, 2012

great Christmas time mystery - good narration

samdog123 Feb 20, 2012

Another wonderful book by Alan Bradley! The action here takes place at Buckshore, which is snowed in right at Christmas. When a film crew arrives on location at Buckshore, old emotions surface and a murder occurs. Of course, Flavia DeLuce and the Inspector are on hand to solve the case. The nasty sisters, Phily and Daffy and on hand as well, as are the ever faithful Dogger and Mrs. Mullet. Love these books. If you have the time, borrow the CD copy. The reader, Jane Entwhistle, reads all the titles and I think she's the best reader I've ever heard.

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SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"Tendrils of raw fog floated up from the ice like agonized spirits departing their bodies."

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