Sunday, June 4, 2017

A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley

A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A while back (2015) I decided to attempt getting through the Flavia de Luce books again. They are not bad by any means, but my wife enjoys them more than I do and my attention wanders a bit in between installments. Well, I got through 2 books, and sure enough, my attention wandered. The good thing for me is that I put first five or so books on my phone, and there I was running a week or two ago and my audio book ended. As I ran along I navigated to my book folder and selected the first thing that I hadn't listened to yet, and so progress on my Flavia goal has recommenced.

I like the mystery aspect of these books, as well as the characterization. Flavia is a precocious star. I do struggle with the impossible thought processes and behaviors packed into this 11 year old character, but as long as I can put that aside, the story is enjoyable. Some of the description, and even the style of the author tends to be overly wordy and drag a bit, but I've found that I easily overcome the objection by listening to it at 1.5x speed.

Overall, I enjoyed this read, especially as it pertained to the overall series. Read it, but start with book 1, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.