December 2011 Indie Next List
“The latest adventure featuring 11-year old chemist/sleuth Flavia de Luce is a Christmas gift in itself. Flavia's home is brimming with people as there is a film crew renting the manor to make a new movie and a Christmas Eve blizzard has stranded half of the citizens of Bishop's Lacey there as well. When a murder takes place, Flavia has to divide her time between 'helping' the police solve the crime and finishing the trap she is making to catch Father Christmas. The result is delightful!”
— Linda Walonen, Bay Books, San Ramon, CA
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 gathers at Buckshaw to watch Wyvern perform, yet nobody is prepared for the evening's shocking conclusion: a body found, past midnight, strangled to death with a length of film. But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene? As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must use every ounce of sly wit at her disposal to ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight.