genre: adult mystery
11 year old Flavia is a curious sort, the kind of girl who loves problems to solve and sees an unreal beauty in chemical formulas. So, when a stranger dies in her family's cucumber patch, Flavia naturally takes a great interest in what might have caused such a thing to happen. Her investigation takes her all over the British countryside (on her bike) as she finds out what a dead bird, a stamp and a from-out-of-town redhead have to do with her father and his past.
Oh my stars. Why did I not try this earlier? Per the advice of a friend, I listened to the audiobook which was DELIGHTFUL. The Yorkshire accent totally immersed me in the story. Flavia is crazy bright (so much that you really need to suspend your disbelief, which I was happy to do) and the mystery kept me very engaged (and I am REALLY not so much a mystery person). I liked the stamp-collecting subplot and sometimes Flavia's comments had me laughing out loud in my car. Despite the tangents in her internal dialogue sometimes going a little long for me, she's a wonderfully unique character that I wish I could meet in real life. I must listen to another.