As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust by Alan BradleyAs Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust by Alan Bradley

As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust

byAlan Bradley

Paperback | November 3, 2015

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"One of the most remarkable creations in recent literature" (USA Today), Flavia de Luce, "part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire" (New York Times Book Review) is back in Alan Bradley's captivating internationally bestselling mystery series.
     Flavia rules! In this internationally bestselling series of enchanting mysteries, youthful chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve dastardly crimes--but this time, she leaves behind her beloved English countryside, and takes her sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools!
ALAN BRADLEY was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. He coauthored Ms. Holmes of Baker Street, to great acclaim and much controversy, followed by a poignant memoir, The Shoebox Bible. Now the internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, A Red Herring...
Title:As Chimney Sweepers Come To DustFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 1 inPublished:November 3, 2015Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385678401

ISBN - 13:9780385678407


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Even with a change of setting, the characters are just as vibrant and the mystery just as intriguing.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Age It threw me off that the character was a little girl. I just couldn't get into it becuase how can this child be so knowledgeable.
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed it This is, in my opinion, the best Flavia de Luce novel ever!
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time reading a Flavia de Luce novel I loved this book - not having any previous knowledge of the series, this is what got me hooked on Flavia de Luce. She's intelligent, sassy and a far better role model for girls than most characters out there now! I'm now reading 'Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd' after reading all the others, and am eagerly awaiting his newest book, "The Grave is a Fine and Private Place".
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent This one was definitely my least favourite of the Flavia de Luce series. It lacked a real sense of mystery, even with a dead body to solve. It was as others have put it, 'long-winded' and the author had taken Flavia in a direction I wasn't very interested in. I didn't get into this series for some MI5 spy stuff; to me it's all about the quaint village murder mysteries that piques my interest. That being said, it is still necessary to read this one, especially as the next one is great, but refers to parts of this one.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It was an interesting read, but it was lacking something.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flavia does it again I must say that I missed Buckshaw and the people of Bishop's Lacey but this was a fun story, none the less. The story itself was interesting. I've got a few questions of "Why?" but am sure they will be cleared up. Alan Bradley left lots of room for future developments. A really fun visit with Flavia de Luce, who never disappoints.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Taste of the Danforth, but I missed Buckshaw & Bishop's Lacey I'm always up for an adventure with Flavia! I live on the Danforth, and as much as it was something special to have my favourite poison enthusiast in my neighbourhood, I was homesick for Buckshaw. Maybe it was the gloom of Miss Bodycote, but all the characters felt flat, no one really stood out and I can't say I liked one more than the other. I found that some situations were a bit too far fetched, even for Flavia. That bathroom scene though, at the nursing home, that was hilarious!! Now banished and homeward bound! I'm looking forward to the next adventure!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In Canada you say? This book, set in Canada, is particularly hilarious. Flavia de Luce will say all the things you wish you did when you find yourself in a bit of a pickle. Will not disappoint. Make sure you read this series from the beginning.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book series Flavia de Luce is an enchanting and hilarious character. The things she gets up to! Every book leaves you wanting more. Bring it on!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As Chimney sweepers come to dust, Well written. Sometimes hard to put down. Interesting story consept. Keep writing, Mr. BRADLEY.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ahh so Flavia! Love this series, an interesting reminder of life in a time before tech but never lacking great science and intrigue- you go girl- can't wait for her next great adventure...
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as his others This book was not nearly as good as his previous books. I found it rather boring and long winded. Disappointed.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flavia is growing up Our heroine finds herself in Toronto where she finds herself embroiled in yet another murder. During the investigation Flavia shows signs of the woman she will become. Bradley is moving Flavia towards adulthood. I can't wait for he next book.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book Seven in the Bradshaw Chronicles about Flavia de Luce's is a thoroughly enjoyable, adventure with plenty of intrigue and added humour. As Chimney Sweeps Come to Dust By Alan Bradley Released: Jan 6, 2015 Read: Advanced. Readers Copy (ARC) My rating: 4 out of 5 Alan Bradley adds a new twist to an already outstanding series...think of a 12 year old female version of Sherlock in the 1950's, shipped (literally) by her father and Aunt Felicity (and to Flavia it feels it is more like being Banished) from her stately home in England and placed in Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada. This is the same boarding school as her mother Harriet attended. In the seventh book in the Flavia du Luce series, (or Buckshaw Chronicles as they are known,) Flavia is feeling lonely in Canada where the language is somehow different at times and this combined with being miles across the sea from home and her family, and our heroine, Flavia feels homesick...that is of course, until charred remains of a body, falls out of a chimney and practically land at her feet. There is nothing better to take Flavia out of this funk, than a mystery and a dead body. Suddenly Flavia discovers that all is not as it seems. There is more to this school than she thought. Flavia curiosity has been aroused and her super sleuth skills are tested. Flavia discovers that several girls from the school have gone missing and that one of the staff had been charged and acquitted of a previous murder. Flavia also discovers that her mother is well know amongst the staff and some of her classmates. Flavia is admired by some and disliked by others and she must find out who is actually on her side and who is not. Flavia can not trust anyone until she knows what is really going on. There are some wonderful new characters in this book from the stern but admirable Miss Bodycote, to the St. Trinian type school girls attending the school. This is but a year out of Flavia's life, but what an exciting year it is. I did miss some of the old characters from Buckshaw such as Flavia's sisters and Dogger in the beginning, but once the mysteries took hold and the adventure began, I too like Flavia, forgot the aching to return to Buckshaw. I could really empathise with Flavia when she first left England for Canada. I too had done this around the same age as Flavia. I was homesick for the comfort of England and my extended family and it felt quite strange and lonely at first. It must have been very hard on Flavia for at least I had my Mum, Dad and sister with me. Flavia was alone. Flavia is an exceptional brave young lady and she prove this throughout this book too. Her determination to find the answers, to solve the mysteries and still find time to be a 12 year old girl alone in a new country is admirable. How does Alan Bradley manage to continue to write such wonderful mysteries about a precocious preteen age girl from England during the 1950's with such passion, plenty of intrigue and humour astounds me. The characters in his books no matter how minor are always so well developed that they are believable and well remembered. Alan Bradley puts his heart and soul in his writing, he believes in Flavia and as readers of the Buckshaw Chronicles do as well. Writers could learn a lot from this man. Alan is a truly gifted writer who not only immerses himself into the writing process with passion and love for the characters in his stories but is the author of one of the best classic mystery series out there. It is a thoroughly enjoyable, adventure with plenty of intrigue and added humour which appeals to both the female and male reader of varying age groups....No wonder they are going to make this a TV series.
Date published: 2015-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent book! Flavia de Luce is "banished" to Canada to her mother's old alma mater Miss Bodycote's Female Academy. There she is to learn the ways of the Nide, but of course all is not what it seems & trouble follows Flavia. Her first night at Bodycote's a body drops out of her chimney. Who is it, how long has it been there and can Flavia help to solve all of the mysteries at the Academy? To add to Flavia's troubles she is warned to trust no one. Another excellent read!
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flavia Abroad Every outing in Alan Bradley's delightful series has me panting for more. This episode more than most because Flavia was on the move from Buckshaw. As always the story was very interesting and I find that in allowing Flavia to grow up a little, but retain the innocence of a child he has done his fans a great service. I can't wait to see what happens to Flavia when next we meet her.
Date published: 2015-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best thing since sliced bread This marvelous book should appeal to any age group, with virtually any interest. It is humorous (as usual), whimsical and delightful.My only regret is, that having read the book, I can't look forward to reading it.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust This book continues Bradley's vocabulary wit, creative characters, and Flavia's independent thinking. This is an intriguing read for all ages and invites us enthusiastically into an authentic Toronto in 1951. Excellent, but sadly over too soon.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flavia at i t again If you love Flavia, you'll get on with this book well! Entertaining with lots of the usual plot twists in a de Luce story. Makes you want to have another daughter!!!
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flavia comes to Canada! From the opening pages of the very first book, I have been a fervent fan of Alan Bradley's absolutely wonderful series that features one of the most captivating, intrepid sleuths I've ever encountered - twelve year old Flavia de Luce. ("The first syllable rhymes with 'brave' and 'grave'.") As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is the seventh book. Faithful readers have been eagerly waiting for this book - after several revelations in the last book, Flavia is on her way from England to Canada to attend Miss Bodycote's Female Academy - "where I was to be trained to assume some ancient and hereditary role of which I was still kept mostly in ignorance." (Canadians take note - it's located just off the Danforth) But Flavia being Flavia....yes, there's a dead body involved (okay, more than one). But along with that body, there's a whole new cast of characters to meet, a new setting and Flavia's mysterious legacy to unravel. There are numerous storylines running concurrently and the reader is kept busy alongside Flavia. Flavia's descriptions and dialogue are a constant source of delight... "The hours trudged by with chains on their ankles." "I must state here that I have no fear whatsoever of being in a room in the dark with a corpse. In fact, quite the contrary. The little shiver I experience is one of excitement, not of fear." "The hands are the canaries in one's own personal coal-mine: They need to be watched carefully and obeyed. A fidget demands attention, and a full-blown not-knowing-what-to-do-with-them means 'Vamoose'!" Flavia's curiosity, her keen observations and her disarming view of life utterly enchant me. I so wanted to be Nancy Drew growing up - having discovered Flavia, it's still great fun to imagine being a girl gumshoe. Despite her exceptional powers of deduction, her skill with poisons and her insatiable curiosity, she is still a young girl far from home. Will she ever see her beloved bicycle Gladys again? Her chemistry lab? Her dratted sisters, taciturn father, the enigmatic Dogger and the other assorted residents of the village of Bishop's Lacey? (I too, missed them!) As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust was great read for me (but devoured too quickly). I'll will be eagerly waiting for the eighth book!
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very refreshing read This is the first time I read a Flavia de Luce mystery (I know, I probably should have started with the first book in the series!) and it did not disappoint! She is a very witty character, reminding me a little of Temperance Brennan in Bones with her razor sharp focus and scientific analytical skills. This was thoroughly enjoyable and made me want to read more of her sleuth adventures.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just a Whole Lot of Fun “Banished!” There is no other word Flavia can use for her predicament in the latest in the Flavia de Luce series by author Alan Bradley. Flavia has been unceremoniously bundled up by her father and aunt and banished to the hinterlands, the far reaches of the British Empire, to attend Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy, the same school Harriet had attended in her youth. Fortunately, within her first day of enforced banishment, a wonderful thing happens – a charred body wrapped in a union jack flag tumbles out of her chimney. Oh happy day! Young Flavia is once again on the hunt for a possible killer and she soon discovers, not only many possible suspects and victims, but that Miss Bodycote’s is not what it seems; it harbours many more secrets than the one hidden in her chimney – it is a veritable treasure trove of possible malfeasance for a young smart chemist like Flavia. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is the seventh in the series and it contains all the humour, mystery, and just plain fun of the previous books. The new characters may be unfamiliar but they are just as eccentric and entertaining as those from past entries in the series. Flavia is at her indomitable best as a stranger in a strange land - she solves not one but several mysteries while braving the shoals of this far-off corner of the globe, attending classes, trying, admittedly mostly unsuccessfully, to make friends, interrogating suspects, and suffering the pangs of homesickness. Being away from home allows Flavia to grow as a character. As in the previous books, the mystery is tied up neatly and there are hints at a new phase in Flavia’s future endeavours as our young heroine continues to solve mysteries while stealing the hearts of readers both young and old everywhere.
Date published: 2014-12-04

Editorial Reviews

Nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller"Alan Bradley turns [Flavia de Luce] around and makes her new again. . . . [As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust] is great fun." —The Globe and Mail "There are plenty of Flavia witticisms and musings. . . . And we're kept guessing right until the end." —The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)“[The Flavia de Luce books] are delightfully clever mysteries. . . . Full disclosure: I am an unabashed fan of Flavia, equal parts sass, smarts and scientist. . . . Book 7 is fantastic. Can’t wait for No. 8.” —Montreal Gazette“These wonderful books set in small town England in the 1950s are great for mystery lovers of all ages.” —The Province (Vancouver)   “Flavia has a strong voice for an 11-year-old girl, a character you wouldn’t expect a middle-aged man—Bradley started writing these novels after retiring at age 55—to be able to create authentically.” —Toronto Star   “[As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is] a rattling good ‘girls’ own adventure’ yarn with an extensive cast of characters and suspects. . . . when all is revealed, the links, misunderstandings and secrecy have a satisfying click.” —Winnipeg Free Press   “Flavia, the brilliant, motherless, chemistry-obsessed, poison-loving kid at the heart of these books has become one of my favorite literary characters.” —Star-Telegram (Fort Worth)“Set in 1951, Bradley’s exceptional seventh series whodunit . . . takes Flavia de Luce, a preteen with an interest in poisons, from her family home in Bishop’s Lacey, England, to Canada, where she is to attend her late mother’s alma mater, Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy. . . .  Bradley makes Miss Bodycote’s a suitably Gothic setting for Flavia’s sleuthing. Through it all, her morbid narrative voice continues to charm.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review