Flavia is back, with a curious mystery. The book opens with Flavia having her fortune told by an old gypsy that has just turned up in the area, after being gone for 20 years. This may seem like a fairly harmless beginning, but things quickly turn sour when the fortune-teller is found in her caravan, bludgeoned. And this seems to be connected to an earlier mystery, the kidnapping and death of a small child. And the gypsy is being accused of the deed by the mother. Just when Flavia thinks the drama is over, a well-known poacher is found, dead, hanging from a statue on her estate gardens.
I am so curious why Alan Bradley has created such awful siblings. I have never met siblings that treated each other as badly as the de Luce sisters do. Sibling rivalry? Of course, I've seen plenty of that. But this goes beyond the normal arguments and twitting into truly hateful behavior. But, I've heard that all is explained, so I keep reading.