In this novel, an ordinary girl named Flavia de Luce is interested in science and discovers a dying body outside of her house. His last word was “Vale”. Flavia also finds other weird things around her house, for example, a dead bird with a postage stamp with the bird’s beak pinned through it. Instead of being afraid, Flavia wants to solve the murder mystery on her own. At first her father is sent to prison for the murder, but Flavia knows the truth, and she is determined to prove it.
Reviewed by Jordan ’13