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I Am Half-sick of Shadows

Bradley, C. Alan (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
I Am Half-sick of Shadows
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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!"--
Authors: Bradley, C. Alan, 1938-
Title: I am half-sick of shadows
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2011.
Characteristics: 275 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: "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!"--
Local Note: 1 3 9 12 13
ISBN: 0385668090
9780385668095
Statement of Responsibility: Alan Bradley
Subject Headings: Motion pictures Production and direction Fiction. Actresses Crimes against Fiction. Murder Investigation Fiction. Girls England Fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Motion pictures
Actresses
Murder
Girls
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Jul 21, 2013
  • rstokowski rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Apr 05, 2013
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Another very enjoyable instalment of Flavia. Might not appeal to those who want a chance to suss out the whodunnit for themselves, but fun to read and a good tale, if a little short on well-explained motivation (I'm still not sure why that character was killed - so many possibilities floated, the final solution didn't stick with me). Ultimately I'd rather see a murder like this one in the hands of someone like P.D. James. For those who are interested, there's a clip on YouTube of the record Feely gives Flavia for Christmas (and the comments below the clip show that other Bradley aficionados had looked it up too): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvfoC5_tsgA

Jan 26, 2013
  • alforn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another terrific installment of the Flavia series. This book is easily my favourite one thus far...keep 'em coming!

Jan 11, 2013
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Again Flavia is the centre of a murder mystery set in the freezing cold of a blizzard that moves in and rages around Buckshaw, her ancestral home. She is definitely a self-starter and knows no impediments when it comes ot working on her chemistry experiments. A great read.

Jun 26, 2012
  • rachelkelly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love all of the Flavia books, but this is my favorite so far. She has an excellent vocabulary and expresses herself the way I would like to! Very fun read!

Mar 21, 2012
  • kmoyer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A much anticipated read that has lived up to expectations. Once again, fabulously eccentric characters (mostly likeable), well written dialogue and just enough ongoing sinister thoughts and deeds to maintain a delightful sense of the macabre throughout. What fun. Eagerly expecting the next installment and hopefully the translation of the first book to the big screen – I reckon it would be a natural winner.

Fourth 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. Reviewed by MH.

Mar 10, 2012
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Flavia is back, and this time there is a film crew at Buckshaw making a movie starring the great Phyllis Wyvern. But when the star of Silver Screen is found dead, strangled by filmstock, Flavia sets out to discover who did it. Along the way she unravels the very complicated history of the film star, as well as discovering a few things about the people in her life.

The Falvia de Luce mysteries are eminently readable, with twists and turns that the reader will enjoy. Flavia, as a heroine is both precocious and vulnerable. Her ongoing war with her sisters is reminiscent of so many sibling conflicts. The historical setting adds to the ambience of this book.

If there is one flaw, it is that Flavia is so good at science, even though she is only eleven. It speaks to an absence of any parenting on the part of Flavia's widowed father. Still this is a fun book, so pick it up and enjoy.

Feb 13, 2012
  • melwyk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the latest entry in the Flavia De Luce series (which I love) and it's set at Christmas, my favourite time of year. Plus it features glamorous film stars... even if they are a bit over the hill now. This story also shares a bit more background and adds depth to all the regular characters around the De Luce home. It was a delight, one which I read through in one sitting.

Feb 03, 2012
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Another delightful adventure from the whip-smart yet ingenuous Flavia.

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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.
Reviewed by MH.

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