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A Red Herring without Mustard (Flavia De Luce 3) - Alan Bradley

A Red Herring without Mustard (Flavia De Luce 3) - Alan Bradley

Title: A Red Herring without Mustard

Author:  Alan Bradley

ISBN:  9780752897158

Weight:  799g

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A Red Herring without Mustard by Alan Bradley

“You frighten me,” the Gypsy said.  “Never have I seen my crystal ball so filled with darkness.”

So begins eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce’s third adventure through the charming but deceptively dark byways of the village of Bishop’s Lacey.  What the fortune teller in fact claimed to see was a vision of Flavia’s mother, Harriet, who died on a mountainside in Tibet when Flavia was less than a year old.  “She’s trying to come home,” the old woman intones.  “And she needs your help.”

For Flavia, the old gypsy’s words open up old wounds and new possibilities – not all of them nice ones.  Is she a faker, motivated by the fact that the rom used to camp in the grounds of Buckshaw until Flavia’s father turned them off, with tragic results?  Or is there some truth to her powers, and the message she brings back from the other side?

And when the village is rocked by another ghastly murder, how will a growing fascination with gypsy lore help Flavia to solve it?

A gypsy fortune teller reveals a dark secret about Flavia’s dead mother in the third novel in Alan Bradley’s award-winning whimsical period crime series.

Peer & Press Reviews

I’m a devotee of good storytelling that sucks me in and won’t let go until the book is over.  A Red Herring Without Mustard is the third of Alan Bradley’s charming series featuring 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, an eccentric child with a fascination for chemistry and death.  The pitch-perfect books are set in the 1950s, but there is nothing sentimental about Flavia and her world.

Val McDermid, Good Housekeeping

I loved it.  The writing grabbed me and refused to let go before I reached the bottom of the first page.  It’s witty and thought-provoking.  I found myself reading about some quite gruesome situations with a grin on my face because the writing was just so good.  You’ll love Flavia – clever, but not a clever-clogs… and with her own uncertainties.  She’s no angel… and the trick with the Bible quote was wicked but funny.

Sue Magee, The Book Bag

Flavia is mercilessly addictive.

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: A Red Herring without Mustard
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Series: Flavia De Luce – book 3
Overall condition: Very fine / Very fine
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Imprint: Orion Books
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Mackays
ISBN 13: 9780752897158
ISBN 10: 0752897152
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 389
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 143 x 38mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Shirley Bradley
Jacket design: Nathan Burton Design
Jacket image: Huw Evans

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