Crime

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I am Half-sick of Shad­ows Alan Bradley, Orion, $32.99 Bradley’s orig­i­nal and en­ter­tain­ing sleuth is an 11-year-old with a pas­sion for chem­istry, par­tic­u­larly poi­sons. Flavia de Luce, her im­pov­er­ished stately home, per­pet­u­ally mourn­ing fa­ther and book­ish older sis­ters were in­tro­duced in The Sweet­ness at the Bot­tom of the Pie. Her fourth ad­ven­ture be­gins when she de­cides to prove the ex­is­tence of Fa­ther Christ­mas, but this rad­i­cal ex­per­i­ment soon takes a back seat to the ex­cite­ment of a film crew at Buck­shaw. Film­ing has not even be­gun, how­ever, be­fore old en­mi­ties sur­face, a snow­storm turns Buck­shaw into the clas­sic “locked room” and ob­ser­vant Flavia is once again rel­ish­ing the chal­lenge of a cun­ning mur­derer. Katharine Eng­land ½

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