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I AM HALF-SICK OF SHADOWS, by Alan Bradley

4/series. Anyone who loves quirky British mysteries with unusual detectives (forget Miss Marple and Agatha Raisin, this book's got the real deal) will find 11-year old Flavia de Luce the perfect sleuth. Persecuted by her two older sisters, benignly neglected by her philatelist father, bolstered by a survivor of World War One's horrific trench warfare, Flavia survives life at Buckshaw, the ancestral pile, by hanging out in her inherited Victorian-era laboratory. Where she reads her Uncle Tarquin's notes and makes poisons, among other things. In this novel, she makes birdlime to test whether or not Santa Claus is real. Humiliating though it is, the deLuce's are dead broke and in order to keep the roof over their heads, a movie crew arrives. As does a blizzard. And most of the nearby village. And murder. Another 5, full of surprises, chock full of moments from harrowing to precious to heart-breaking.
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