Red Herrings

“Red blood cells, I remembered from my chemical experiments, were really not much more than a happy soup of water, sodium, potassium, chloride, and phosphorus.  Mix them together in the proper proportions, though, and they formed a viscous, liquid jelly: a jelly with mystic capabilities, one that could contain in its scarlet complexities not just nobility but also treachery.”

The third installment of the Flavia de Luce mystery series; “A Red Herring Without Mustard” has been just as good as its predecessors.  Even though I’m only on page 111 it is  my personal opinion  that the book has been better than “The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag”, which wasn’t nearly as well written or planned out as “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie”.

I’ve begun to expect great things from Alan Bradley and so far this book is delivering.  “A Red Herring Without  Mustard” has been action packed and Flavia de Luce is as interesting as ever, with her knowledge of chemistry and detection skills.  Flavia is an eleven year old Miss. Marple, investigating the mysterious deaths that keep occurring in the small English town of Bishop’s Lacey.  While the plot may be preposterous to some, for me it is the epitome of a light, fun and entertaining read.  How can you go wrong with a series of books in which Philately and Anthony Trollope are mentioned within paragraphs of one another?


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