genre: adult mystery
This is Flavia's sixth novel that I have listened to, and I am still just as smitten with her as I was in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. This book takes us even further in the past of Flavia's family and the secrets are deeper than even our precarious nearly 12-year old chemistry enthusiast could imagine. I feel like the characters we've loved were more fleshed out, given more purpose and depth. Based on the cliffhanger of the last book, I wasn't sure how things were going to move forward and I was surprised by several of the plot twists. There were a few threads that hung awkwardly for me for a while and that distracted me, but they did get resolved eventually.
This is going to be a spoiler, for those who care:
I just want to note that I find the whole plot with Flavia's mother very interesting. It took me a minute to wrap my head around the intrigue, I had to shift my thinking in a way that moved my brain beyond Buckshaw and the surrounding towns, which took a little getting used to. Sometimes I forget how very recently an enormous war had been fought and so its fitting - I just had to get used to it.
I will be so disappointed if this is the last book. I love Flavia. Love.