Ya' know all those news segments and newspaper columns titled "Someone You Should Know!"? Well have I got an introduction for you!
Alan Bradley has just written his first novel- a mystery involving a dead jack snipe (a kind of bird), a Penny Black (a kind of postage stamp- which, by the by, is curiously orange), and a most remarkable heroine, Flavia de Luce. Believe me, Flavia is the most interesting item on that list.
I'm glad I tripped over Ms de Luce... quite a windfall! I think we'll all be looking forward to meeting her again - and again.
Mr. Bradley won the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award for this first mystery, and the mystery is not the most perfect part of this book. Personally, I'm looking forward to future visits to Ms de Luce's Sanctum Sanctorum; curious things are sure to be bubbling...