Review: A Red Herring Without Mustard

A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The third book in this cute little series, and I think it's starting to show some wear and tear. There's still plenty to enjoy here: Flavia is still clever but not supernaturally so, she hasn't turned into an adult in a kid's body and Bishop's Lacey continues to be quirky without being farcical. Flavia's family faces a real world problem that Flavia hasn't taken on as her own, and new characters come into the story in a sensible way, or at least in a sensible pattern. It's the mysteries that are becoming a bit of a stretch, with murders building on top of each other because if any of them stood on their own they'd have been solved in one chapter. This book took more suspension of disbelief than the previous two, and I hope that's not a new pattern that Bradley is incorporating into this series.

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