Alan Bradley

I looove the Flavia de Luce mysteries.

Part of the appeal is Flavia. She’s a girl detective.

Part of the appeal is the time in which the books are set – the 1950’s – and the Englishness of it all. I loved the Nancy Mitford novels, and these books are set in a similar time and place. So there is the large country house, but not much money around. Lots of eccentric characters and bad behaviour.

The stories are so bittersweet. When anyone is kind to Flavia you just want to cheer.

There’s been four so far – ‘The Sweetnees at the Bottom of the Pie’, ‘The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag’, ‘a Red Herring without Mustard’ and ‘I am Half-Sick of Shadows’.

Whenever I finish a book, I can’t wait for the next to be written. There are two more planned, due early 2013 and 2014. I can’t wait!

‘The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag’ was included in a list of 9 Mysteries Every Thinking Woman Should Read on Oprah. At first glance I wasn’t tempted by the other books. But given how much I love Flavia, I might give the other books a try.