Tracy Dungo Dungo itibaren Donguila, Gabon
There were many things that I loved about this book. Foremost was the writing - properly formal as reflective of an intelligent, curious, well educated, and mature 11 year old girl growing up in England in the 40's. Secondly, the personality of the main character - a girl who loved chemistry and science and used this knowledge to both torment her sisters and to evaluate information pertaining to the murder. Flavia was a fascinating blend of strength when dealing with intellectual issues and insecurity when dealing with family/emotional issues. It will be interesting to see how the sibling rivalry plays out in subsequent books in this series. Thirdly, a dead body in the backyard of a stately home in a small English village. For me, this is a perfect setting, reminiscent of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. Throw in a few red herrings, a turn in the plot that gave Flavia some very dark moments, and an endearing sidekick, and you have a well crafted, entertaining story. Highly recommended.