Alan Bradley has created greatness with 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, a sort of 'Harriet the Cyanide Expert.' Imagine Ramona Quimby in a quaint English town, as told by Shirley Jackson. Whip-smart and sweet as an arsenic popsicle, Flavia sets out to solve the mystery of the dead body in her garden, while trying to deal with fearsome librarians, bothersome older sisters, priceless missing stamps, and detestable custard pie along the way. Viva la Flavia!
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters is a historical fiction novel with intrigue and passion. Set in 1920s London, the story follows a widow and her "spinster daughter" as they take in a young couple as tenants. Out Sept. 16