I Am Half-sick of Shadows

I Am Half-sick of Shadows

eBook - 2011
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"Colonel de Luce, in desperate need of funds, rents his beloved estate of Buckshaw over to a film company. They will be shooting a movie over the Christmas holidays, filming scenes in the stately manse with a famous and reclusive star. She is widely despised, so it is to no one's surprise when she turns up murdered, strangled by a length of film from her own movies! With the snow raging outside and Buckshaw locked in, the house is full of suspects. But Flavia de Luce is more than ready to solve the wintry country-house murder. She'll have to be quick-witted, though, to negotiate the volatile chemicals of a cast and crew starting to crack--and locked in a house with a murderer!"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780345532152
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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PimaLib_ChristineR Mar 02, 2018

If you love the world and characters of Flavia de Luce, you'll still probably enjoy this entry in the series, but it is likely the weakest to date.

As usual, Bradley does a good job of showing the childlike side of Flavia, as she schemes away in her laboratory, concocting a method to snare St. Nicholas and prove once and for all that her sisters are only being cruel to her, again, in insisting that St. Nick is a myth.

On the other hand, her father, the Colonel, has let out Buckshaw for the holidays, to a film crew, hoping to stem the tide of their rising debts. With a blizzard on the horizon and a house full of melodramatic characters, both from the film and from the village, Bradley uses the time-honored trope of people being trapped in a confined space with the killer amongst them somewhere. It was here that I felt the story began to slip. While the Flavia novels are always a good romp, the murder side of the plot became increasingly unrealistic and unlikely. In fact, it started to feel slap-dash and in the need of a good edit.

Despite its flaws, a bad day with Flavia is still better than a good day without her.

Dec 14, 2016

Homemade fireworks, a sticky trap for Father Christmas and a good murder. What more can you ask for?

Sep 30, 2016

A fun, holiday story. Flavia de Luce is an enjoyable character.
This story was a bit weak in the mystery but the back story more than made up for it. We learn more about Flavia's family and the villagers with every book.

The narration by Jayne Entwistle is wonderful. She is the perfect Flavia de Luce.

ehbooklover Aug 16, 2016

I overdid it with mystery novels when I was younger and I haven't read many of them of late because of that fact. This is one of the very few in the genre that I still enjoy. For me, it's all about Flavia! The actual mysteries are fun, however the characters are what makes this particular series shine. The perfect cozy read for a very rainy morning spent in bed with my cats.

Jan 22, 2016

A film company descends on Buckshaw, having leased the hall for filming a movie. Meanwhile, Flavia is intent on creating a trap for Father Christmas in order to prove to her sisters that he indeed exists. Murder and mayhem ensue in the most lovely of ways.

martha_w Dec 01, 2015

Flavia de Luce's fourth mystery is a perfect seasonal read. Flavia's always-enjoyable narration is as enjoyable as ever, and while the mystery in this one wasn't the best in the series, the developments in Flavia's relationship with her two older sisters was especially satisfying. A perfect December read.

Dec 27, 2014

Good series and great narrator. Flavia is great fun, both smart and naive, as befits an 11 year old.

Sep 02, 2013

I am Half-Sick of Shadows is the fourth in the series set in post war England which features now 12-year old Flavia de Luce. Flavia solves murder mysteries using her knowledge of chemistry and analytical capabilities all the while driving her older sisters crazy and her widowed father to distraction. In this entry Flavia, a film company, and the local villagers, are trapped in the family estate over Christmas due to a snow storm. Naturally, there’s a murder that Flavia has to solve. In a convergent side plot Flavia schemes to trap Father Christmas to determine whether or not he’s real. The results are delightful and should produce a few chuckles along the way. This is the first murder mystery I have read that I would recommend for young readers as well as adults.

Jul 21, 2013

I love the vivid language and the tongue-in-cheek manner in which Alan Bradley creates this unique heroine and tells her story. She is an amazing, adventurous, witty 11-year-old girl with a penchant for solving crime. What fun!

Jun 11, 2013

*** 1/2 stars. First of all, I am in love with precocious 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, the heroine of this mystery series. She has her own chemistry lab and is far too smart for her own good. It?s Christmastime, and Flavia is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. She must know "scientifically", once and for all, if he really exists. This may sound like at best an amusing subplot, but Bradley incorporates Flavia?s trap into the main mystery. "I am half-sick of shadows" is a quote from Tennyson's "The Lady of Shallot" who is tired of living a shadow life and wants to engage the real world. Due to financial problems, Flavia?s father rents the family estate Buckshaw to a film company over the holidays. The title most aptly applies to the lead actress in the movie production. One of the actors is murdered on a night when practically the entire village is stranded at Buckshaw during a snowstorm. Shadows is the most Agatha Christie-like of Bradley?s mysteries, featuring a classic country house whodunnit. The mystery itself is an intellectual puzzle, with wonderfully placed clues and red herrings. This is book 4 in the series. I recommend the books and especially love to listen to these mysteries and Flavia's unique voice.

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tamcsa Jan 28, 2012

Forth book in the Flavia de Luce series. This one takes place in Buckshaw, the estate home where eleven year old Flavia lives with her irritating sisters and father. Due to suffering finances, Flavia’s father opens his estate to a film crew to film a movie on the premises. Being just a few days before Christmas, the vicar of the village Bishop’s Lacey has asked the famous star, Phyllis Wyvern to act out the famous Romeo and Juilet season at Buckshaw. Due to a terrible snow storm, those who came to watch the play had to spend the night. At some point, while everyone was asleep, Phyllis was murdered! Follow Flavia as she uncovers the truth behind this murder while keeping the police inspector on his toes.
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"Tendrils of raw fog floated up from the ice like agonized spirits departing their bodies."


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