By Alan Bradley

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Flavia de Luce—“part Harriet the secret agent, half Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket’s A sequence of unlucky Events” (The manhattan instances ebook Review)—takes her outstanding sleuthing prowess to the all of sudden unsavory international of Canadian boarding colleges within the appealing new secret from New York instances bestselling writer Alan Bradley.

Banished! is how twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce laments her difficulty, whilst her father and Aunt Felicity send her off to overlook Bodycote’s woman Academy, the boarding institution that her mom, Harriet, as soon as attended around the sea in Canada. The sunlight has now not but risen on Flavia’s first day in captivity while a present lands at her toes. Flavia being Flavia, a budding chemist and sleuth, that present is a charred and mummified physique, which tumbles out of a bed room chimney. Now, whereas attending sessions, making pals (and enemies), and assessing the school’s stern headmistress and college (one of whom is an acquitted murderess), Flavia is at the hunt for the victim’s id and time of dying, in addition to suspects, reasons, and capability. Rumors swirl that pass over Bodycote’s is haunted, and that numerous women have disappeared with out a hint. in terms of fixing a number of mysteries, Flavia is as much as the task—but her actual future has but to be revealed.

Praise for As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
 
“Flavia de Luce [is] probably modern crime fiction’s most unique character—to say she is Pippi Longstocking with a Ph.D. in chemistry (speciality: poisons) slightly starts off to explain her.”Maclean’s
 
“Another deal with for readers of every age . . . [As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust] keeps the excessive criteria Bradley set from the start.”Booklist
 
“Exceptional . . . [The] interesting setup in simple terms will get greater, and Bradley makes omit Bodycote’s a definitely Gothic surroundings for Flavia’s sleuthing. via all of it, her morbid narrative voice keeps to charm.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Even in spite of everything those years, Flavia de Luce remains to be the world’s maximum adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth.”The Seattle Times
 
“Plot twists come swifter than Canadian snowstorm. . . . Bradley’s feel of commentary is as willing as gung-ho scientist Flavia’s. . . . the implications to date are seven gleaming Flavia de Luce mysteries.”Library Journal
 
“A damn reliable ‘girls’ personal event’ yarn with an intensive solid of characters and suspects . . . whilst all is published, the hyperlinks, misunderstandings and secrecy have a lovely click.”Winnipeg loose Press
 
“A pleasant installment within the series!”LibraryReads
 
Acclaim for Alan Bradley’s cherished Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers’ organization Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Winn Award, and Arthur Ellis Award
 
“If ever there have been a sleuth who’s daring, fabulous, and, definite, lovable, it’s Flavia de Luce.”USA Today
 
“This idiosyncratic younger heroine maintains to charm.”The Wall road Journal
 
“Delightful . . . a mixture of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes.”The Boston Globe

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She was once going to attend till I spoke, a tactic I well-known as one from my very own toolbox. we'd take a seat right here, then, she and that i, obtrusive at one another in obdurate silence until eventually the cows got here domestic from the pastures of Heaven. i need to hand it to her: pass over Fawlthorne was once sturdy at this video game. yet now not as good as I. I waited until eventually it appeared that certainly one of us needs to absolutely scream, after which I acknowledged unexpectedly: “Clarissa Brazenose continues to be alive, isn’t she? ” not more and no much less. I left it at that. leave out Fawlthorne blinked yet she acknowledged not anything. “And so are Le Marchand and Wentworth. They’re all nonetheless alive, yet they’ve long past undercover. ” i believe i used to be as stunned as leave out Fawlthorne. truly, the assumption have been forming in a few again room of my mind for really many years, i noticed, yet had no longer published itself till it was once wanted. “If that have been true,” leave out Fawlthorne stated, “—and I’m now not for a second announcing that it is—it will be very harmful wisdom. ” I nodded, biting my lip properly, as though I knew way over I did. i didn't take pleasure in being at the outs with this lady. She had, as I had spotted from the start, an unforeseen mild facet that used to be not only at odds, yet even perhaps at struggle along with her position as headmistress. Hadn’t she, in any case, doled out to me the so-called punishment of writing a paper on William Palmer? And now, simply at the present time, she had sentenced Gremly to skate 100 laps around the outdated rink. Gremly! Who enjoyed curler skating as Dante enjoyed Beatrice—as Romeo enjoyed Juliet—and as Winnie-the-Pooh enjoyed honey! inspite of no matter what her grim connections to the Nide could be, the girl used to be at middle a softie. and that i couldn’t aid loving her for it in a classy approach. “All right,” I stated, attending to my toes. “I comprehend. i'm forbidden to invite and also you are forbidden to inform. Neither folks a lot cares for it, yet that’s the best way issues are. ” With that, I bought to my toes and walked out of the room, and she or he didn’t lots as raise a finger to prevent me. The attention-grabbing factor was once this: Even ahead of I reached the door, her eyes have been dampening. again in Edith Cavell, I stood on my head within the mattress, my heels opposed to the wall. i wished to imagine. I had puzzled this prior to: What if this complete enterprise have been a sham, a put-up activity? What if my being banished to Canada and the surprising visual appeal of the physique within the chimney have been simply a part of a few substantial warfare game—some immense workout within which we all have been pawns in a online game staged by means of inconceivably distant manipulators for his or her personal veiled reasons? if that is so, pass over Fawlthorne can be as a lot on the mercy of those shadowy masters as i used to be, either one of us within the grip of powers past our knowing. Or—and I shuddered on the thought—was this easily the way in which existence used to be? possibly God was once grasp, destiny the hand that moved us at the taking part in board, and likelihood the finger that flicked us bum-over-boiler into the trench on the slightest misstep. regardless of the fact, it was once all an excessive amount of for me, and that i fell asleep status on my head. I aroused from sleep with a fierce headache and a crick in my neck.

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