I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce, #4) by Alan Bradley

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce, #4)

It's Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce - an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving - is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces' decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern. Amid a raging blizzard, the entire village of Bishop's Lacey gathe...


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TitleI Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce, #4)
ISBN9780385344012
Author
Release DateNov 1st, 2011
PublisherRandom House Doubleday
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages293 pages
GenreMystery, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult, Audiobook
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Reviews I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce, #4)

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2013-12-26
    ”IN MY ELEVEN YEARS of life I’ve seen a number of corpses. Each of them was interesting in a different way, and this one was no exception.”Flavia de Luce always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong right time. She doesn’t have to leave her small town of Bishop’s Lacey to find a steady supply of bodies recently discarded by their souls. Due to precarious pecuniary circumstances Flavia’s father has recently rented out the ancestr...
  • Jenny
    2011-05-15
    Mr. Bradley, write faster!
  • Danielle Young
    2011-12-03
    Probability and reality are not reasons to read a Flavia de Luce book, and that is as true for I Am Half-Sick of Shadows as any of them. I am not looking for a well crafted mystery when I read these books, I am looking to romp around with the characters (especially Flavia) that populate the strange little world of Bishops Lacey. A romp (with a good dash of firework chemistry) is what this book delivers. This book takes place solely in Buckshaw (w...
  • Richard Derus
    2011-12-14
    Rating: 4* of fiveThe Book Report: Flavia de Luce does Christmas. Buckshaw, Bishop's Lacey, is now the scene of Ilium Films's new Phyllis Wyvern extravaganza, The Cry of the Raven. The film company has paid the desperately strapped-for-cash Colonel Haviland de Luce a sizable sum to use Buckshaw as the backdrop for this bound-to-be-mega hit, which means Christmas will be spent with an entire film crew up the family's collective backside. Flavia me...
  • Tatiana
    2011-05-04
    There is plenty to love in this installment of Flavia de Luce's adventures, especially if you are her existing fan. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows is a Christmas story, with a great infusion of some new blood, which is a must for any series focusing on such a tiny place as Bishop's Lacey. Flavia's father is forced to rent out Buckshaw to a movie company to film its new feature. When the star of the movie is found murdered, Flavia is on full alert. Now...
  • Josie
    2012-01-09
    Having read all four Flavia de Luce novels in the last couple of weeks, I'm all Flavia'd out for the time being. She certainly is unique -- who else would try to capture Father Christmas by coating the roof and chimneys in birdlime? -- but perhaps is best taken in small doses. I don't think I can take much more of her tampering with crime scenes. (Does this bother anybody else? I could understand her looking around, but she disturbs the body, mov...
  • Laima
    2011-10-05
    ***I won this book from Goodreads as a First Reads giveaway***I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan BradleyI very much enjoyed reading this novel. It is the fourth installment in a series of books about Flavia de Luce. Eleven year old Flavia lives with her sisters Daphne and Ophelia and her father, Colonel Haviland De Luce, in a rambling old mansion in the English countryside. The story is set around Christmas sometime during 1940’s-1950's era.Flav...
  • Nikki
    2013-12-26
    At this point, I've elected not to take these books seriously at all, and just enjoy them for what they are without picking nits. After all, at least it features a curious, resourceful young girl who is interested in chemistry and forensics, who solves murders in a delightfully Blyton-esque way by getting herself all tangled up in them. Of course there're problems with this... fetishisation of an old British country house and ~British spirit~*, e...
  • Nicola Mansfield
    2011-12-02
    Reason for Reading: next in the series.Oh, the sweet pure pleasure of reading a Flavia de Luce mystery, the witty and wise 11yo chemist with a propensity for poisons. Book 4 in the series is as fresh and original as book 1 and, I think at this point, my favourite in the series. Making a great Christmas gift as our action takes place on Christmas Eve this is sure to please fans and newcomers alike. Fans will be pleased to see familiar faces but ne...
  • Donna
    2015-01-04
    These are fun, easy, light, reads. For me, the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley is just for fun. I enjoy Flavia and her adventures. I always say that she never sounds like a little girl, but this one was the closest of her being and acting her own age. I really liked that and it made me smile. I also like her family dynamic. It is her anchor and she knows that, even with the tension with her sisters.
  • Claire
    2016-10-31
    Absolutely spiffing! 4.5/5 starsThis review was originally posted on my book blog.I listened to the audiobook version of I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, narrated by Sophie Aldred.I picked up this audiobook from the library because it was the only title in the mp3 range which appealed to me. I didn’t have a clue that it’s number 4 in a series, and I’m very happy to report it made very little difference to my enjoyment of the story.I LOVED this. I...
  • Kathy
    2011-09-07
    There is but one word that appositely describes this book and its predecessors, "delightful." The plot, the setting, and the wonderful character of Flavia de Luce take the word "delightful" and fill it out to its bursting seams. I want to read these stories as fast as I can, and, yet, I want them to never end. I highly recommend this book and the others to anyone who needs a smile, a tug of the heart, a warm fuzzy feeling of comfort and joy. In t...
  • Kevin
    2011-09-05
    The only disappointment I found in this book was that it ended at 300 pages instead of at 3000. I adore Flavia De Luce. She is one of my favorite characters in all fiction.A couple of quotes from this series:“Tell them we may not be praying with them," Father told the Vicar, "but we are at least not actively praying against them.” “Books are like oxygen to a deep-sea diver," she had once said. "Take them away and you might as well begin cou...
  • Mai Laakso
    2016-01-24
    Ihmelapsi Flavia de Luce on 11-vuotias, mutta uskoo vielä joulupukkiin ja siihen, että joulupukki tulee savupiipun kautta tuomaan lahjat. Tuo ei mene oikein läpi, mutta onneksi hän alkaa epäillä asian oikeaa laitaa, jo oli aikakin. No sitä ennen hän oli ajatellut pyydystää joulupukin kiinni ja kehitteli erikoisliimaa ja liimasi kartanon kattoa sieltä sun täältä, mutta liimaan ei tarttunut joulupukki, vaan ihan eri tyyppi...Tämä hu...
  • Carl
    2012-01-18
    I am half-sick of Flavia de Luce. Yes, in this series she's been a precocious narrator of her own brilliant, amateur sleuthing as well as infatuation with chemistry, especially concerning poisons. There's been a good amount of good humor, as well as violent denouements which don't fit the overall setting.The setting, a large, old estate in a small town, must have been begging for the full blown "cozy" treatment, because this one delivers that, in...
  • Chance Lee
    2011-10-25
    I liked this one, but not as much as the others in the series. It took a while to get going. The entire book is set in Buckshaw, Flavia's epic estate. This incredible mansion would be a fine enough setting, but I missed Flavia zipping around Bishop's Lacey on her trusty bicycle, Gladys. At the half-way point, the residents Bishop's Lacey comes to Buckshaw for a show. Ah-ha, Flavia doesn't need to travel to Bishop's Lacey; Bishop's Lacey will come...
  • J. Brook
    2011-12-07
    This novel lacks the wit and descriptive brilliance of the previous installments. Perhaps it was hastily written to meet the Christmastime deadline? It was a quick read, as were the others, but I did not find myself as amused or deliciously satisfied as I had been with its predecessors. Dogger (my favorite) is still the most mysterious and complex character in the series, and I am glad to get a better glimpse into his psyche. However, I would lik...
  • Emilie
    2016-01-24
    Tämä oli tasoltaan yhtä hyvä kuin edellisetkin kirjat. Viihdyin loistavasti Flavian veikeässä ja tottelemattomassa seurassa, tunnelma oli mainio ja Agathamainen. Miinusta siitä, ettei kirjasarja kokonaisuudessa tuntunut kehittyvän tässä kirjassa mihinkään suuntaan. Flavian ja hänen siskojensa välinen ainainen huono suhde meinasi jo vähän kyllästyttää.
  • Narrow Gate
    2017-03-01
    It's Christmas time at Buckshaw in the fifth Flavia du Luce mystery, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows; but this Christmas promises to be quite different. In order to earn money to pay off the family's debts, Colonel du Luce has rented our the use of Buckshaw to a film company. The whole village is excited about the imminent arrival of the famous film star, Phyllis Wyvern. The vicar asks the actress if she would be willing to do a short scene in order to...
  • Michael
    2011-10-26
    Review from Badelynge.The de Luce family have suspended their usual Christmas preparations in order to try to generate some much needed cash, hiring out Buckshaw to a film company. Usually Christmas is the one time of the year that the warring sisters declare a temporary truce for the celebrations but that seems unlikely amongst the uproar of visiting film royalty. It's not long before things start going wrong and most of the population of Bisho...
  • Book Concierge
    2014-01-14
    Audio performed by Jayne Entwhistle3***In this 4th installment of the Flavia DeLuce series we find Buckshaw overrun with a cinema crew just at Christmas. It’s the perfect setting for the film and they’ll pay handsomely (keeping the estate afloat for another year). Flavia, however, is much more concerned with whether Father Christmas is real. In an effort to settle the question once and for all, she concocts a chemical trap – her own sort of...
  • Barbara
    2012-01-08
    I have truly enjoyed this series. (I say “enjoyed” since this is the fourth and latest book in the series. I hope there are more.)Flavia de Luce is an 11 year old, precocious, independent, and intelligent young girl and an amateur detective. I wouldn’t want to have her as a daughter; she’d be too much for me to handle. As a character in book, however; she is a delight. She is a bane in the side of the local inspector, since she can’t se...
  • Tiffany
    2017-01-25
    Loved this one as much as I did the previous ones. Simply adore Flavia, she's a riot. Can't wait to start the next book!
  • Trisha
    2012-10-19
    another great audio book. The girl reading it is so great at really bringing out Flavia.honestly what is Flavia's sister's issues though. They are so cruel to her.
  • Racheli Zusiman
    2015-07-16
    תענוג. אני מתה על הסדרה הזו. פלביה דה לוס שולטתתתתת!!!!!11
  • Melissa
    2012-08-01
    Christmas at Buckshaw is just what I wanted. Only Flavia de Luce would think of flooding an entire portrait gallery to create an indoor ice skating rink. The amateur chemist and detective is back for a holiday adventure. Her overly-logical brain has worked out a plot to “catch” Santa with a sticky chemical solution applied to the roof. She’s so clever it’s easy to forget that she’s still a little girl, wondering if Santa exists. As the ...
  • An Odd1
    2012-03-19
    "I am half-sick of shadows" (Flavia 4) by Alan Bradley is from Tennyson's "Lady of Shalott", the red cover and Santa hat, is Flavia de Luce, precocious 11, using her superb chemist skill to test the presence of Father Xmas with birdlime glue on the chimney pot, and celebrate the night with extra-dose gunpowder firecrackers off the roof. For much needed funds, her widowed father Haviland rents their magnificent manor Buckshaw to famous 1950s Briti...
  • Vampress Bathory
    2017-01-06
    This is one of my favorite mystery series ever. I love everything about this series and I'm so happy that I've discovered it. In my opinion this can easily stand with Agatha Christie's and any other good, classic mysteries. When you read a Flavia de Luce novel you get a cosy feeling even if the mysteries she has to solve are far from being cosy. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows happens around Christmas time in a very cold and harsh winter. Flavia is bus...
  • Allan
    2012-02-22
    I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, the fourth in Alan Bradley’s series of mystery novels featuring the precocious eleven year old sleuth Flavia de Luce is one too many — many times over. This is at least the fourth murder that Flavia has solved within the environs of Buckshaw, the decrepit and crumbling family estate, and since she is eleven years old in all these books, seemingly within a very short span of time. Statistically at least, the dump is ...
  • Ginger
    2011-12-28
    Every year at Christmas my friend and I listen to a "Christmas Mystery Novel" in the car while driving across the country to visit our families. She was pretty excited about this choice; the detective in question is an 11 year old girl chemist who lives in her family's ancient manor home and solves murders. The "Christmas" element of this novel is that it's set over the holidays and the child becomes obsessed with the idea of capturing Father Chr...