Review: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley

Series: Flavia de Luce, book 4
By: DoubleDay Canada
Source: FMPL
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9780385668095


Young Flavia de Luce is at it again, and this time she has gotten herself into quite a pickle. With the de Luce family still in their financial bind Colonel de Luce has accepted an offer to host a ciné crew to shoot their film in the family home. Lo and behold, as Flavia’s reputation never ceases to follow her, the murder of the famous celebrity, Phyllis Wyvern, has occurred.

Unknowingly of the dangers to which this mystery has befallen young Flavia’s active mind, she indeed becomes Nancy Drew again to help the police solve the case, as the remaining de Luce household tries their best to entertain the visitors whom have overstayed their welcome during a terrible snow storm days before Christmas forcing everybody to remain in the house after they were entertained by Miss Wyvern and her co-star Mr. Duncan as they act a scene of Romeo and Juliette in the foyer.

You also read again characters from the previous book, A Red Herring Without Mustard. Nialla, a young lady who was employed by the puppeteer who died tragically. But this time she comes bearing the gift of a child. The death of Phyllis and in exchange the melancholy house is graced with a newborn boy on Christmas Eve.

In the end two people are figured as the terrible doers of Phyllis’ death, one of which succumbs to their own demise of a broken neck off the house and another in shackles. This book has ultimately been my favorite by far in the series as it has a lot more thrilling moments which interlude nice with Flavia’s constant ramblings of side-noted personal particulates.

Read the book and see if you can figure out who killed Phyllis Wyvern.

4 Star signature


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Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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4 Responses to Review: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley

  1. fishgirl182 says:

    I stopped reading this series after book 2. I don’t know what happened but I found Flavia to be super annoying and the plot slow. Just yesterday though I had a friend tell me that the rest of the series wasn’t so bad and that I should try again. Your review is making me re-think the series.

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