1. I wanted to clamber up onto the table, and with a sausage on the end of a fork as my scepter, shout in my best Laurence Olivier voice, “Will no one rid us of this turbulent pastry cook?”

    Hahahaha! That’s awesome. 🙂 Never heard of this book (or this writer), but I’ll have to add it to my list. Thanks for the review!

  2. Oh, Amy!
    I’m *right behind* you. I am listening to the audio version (highly excellent reading by Jayne Entwistle) with the print book available for quote checks.

    Here’s a few more favorite quotes:

    And in that instant I decided that I like Mary, even if she didn’t like me. Anyone who knew the word *slattern* was worth cultivating as a friend.

    My head was spinning. I could think of nothing better to calm it down than the Oxford English Dictionary.

    …and one more!

    I had my own opinion about the true meaning of this obviously alchemical reference [verses in Revelation], but, since I was saving it for my Ph. D. thesis, I kept it to myself.

    It has been a long while since a character delighted me as much as Flavia de Luce.

    Thank you for the great review.

  3. I finished this up myself last weekend and thought about the same as you did. I seem to remember trying this several years ago and NOT liking it because I thought it was a children’s story (because she was 11) and realizing it was much too old for the girls. Now that I’ve read it as a quirky adult mystery, I enjoyed it a LOT more. 🙂

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