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All My Friends Are Still Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Doctor Who: The Spear of Destiny by Marcus Sedgwick
Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
A Female Focus: Great Women Photographers by Margot F. Horwitz
A Finder's Fee by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood
The Girl in the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Ian Edginton
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
Mission Mumbai by Mahtab Narsimhan
The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King
Mutt's Promise by Julie Salamon
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King
Tailing a Tabby by Laurie Cass
A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

Miscellaneous
The invisible Pokémon Go player
Mind the gap (between reading and reviewing)
On reading diversely
Stop Americanizing imported English language books

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: 08/26/16

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley is the seventh of the Flavia de Luce mysteries. Flavia is sent to her mother's boarding school. Shortly after she arrives, a body is discovered in the chimney of the great hall.

When Flavia was shipped off to Canada at the close of The Dead in their Vaulted Arches I was super-excited to see what Flavia would do with a chance of location. And when the body showed up only a dozen or so pages I was encouraged that we would be back to the headstrong, devious Flavia of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

Except she isn't. She's out of sorts throughout the entire book. The school she's in is weird. It's built from a cobbled together series of buildings. The school prides itself on not providing new students with maps. I expected Flavia to find all the secret passages, make keys for all the best rooms, and basically have the run of the place.

But she doesn't. She acts like a lost, scared, mopey girl the entire book. Even when she's investigating the murder she's shy, apologetic, and completely out of character.

The book ends with a reset switch. Flavia's sent packing for England. Out of some crazy loyalty to this series, I have the eighth book, Thrice the Blinded Cat Hath Mew'd on my wishlist. But if it's Flavia isn't showing her earlier book gumption by the end of it, I'm giving up on the series.

Three stars

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