I was worried at the end of the last Flavia de Luce novel, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, that we had seen the end of the young chemist who keeps tripping over corpses. Sending her off to school in Canada was a natural ending. Then I learned the Bradley was writing a new chapter in his feisty heroine’s story with As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust. I am not disappointed.
Poor Flavia is heartbroken as she sails away from England and her beloved Buckshaw, Even though no one understood her there except her Aunt Felicity, it was home. Now she’s sailing to Canada to attend the same school her mother did, years before. She’s not too fond of the people who are escorting her either. The Rainsmiths insist on treating her like a child, for pity’s sake! On the bright side, the same night Flavia arrives at Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy, a body falls out of the chimney in Flavia’s room. Flavia can’t resist the opportunity to investigate, no matter if she has to break every school rule to do it.
Miss Bodycote’s is no ordinary school. Since the turn of the Twentieth century, Miss Bodycote’s has been training young women to serve as undercover agents in a mysterious agency called the Nide. Everything is a secret and Flavia is constantly frustrated when no one will tell her anything. She truly is on her own. Of course, this doesn’t stop our intrepid amateur detective as she follows the clues to find out who was in her chimney and who put the poor woman there and why.
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is a wonderful new entry in the Flavia de Luce series.
I received a free copy of this ebook from Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. It will be released 6 January 2015.