I just finished a mystery called The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag and before that I read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, both written by Alan Bradley. They are mysteries about a young girl in 1950s England named Flavia de Luce. She is a brilliant chemist, living with her slightly absent-minded father and two aggravating sisters who are respectively a brilliant musician and reader. Flavia rides around her small English village on her bike, name Gladys, and solves mysteries.
this post, I love stories about precocious young detectives who solve difficult mysteries in their everyday lives and I think that Flavia is going on my list of favorites. Her funny voice shines through so well.
In the first book, a man is killed in her garden and she is convinced that her father did it. But, to solve this mystery, she has to go back and solve another mystery about a man with whom her father went to school. In the second book, Flavia meets a famous puppeteer and his assistant, the frantic and slightly distressed Nialla. When the puppeteer is killed by a bolt of electricity and then hung by marionette strings, Flavia sneaks around the village inspector who is looking in all the wrong places and does some sleuthing on her own.
I have read just the first two in this fantastic mystery series. I can't wait to read the next!